Archive for the ‘iPod’ category

Apple – Seminars Training & Events

September 22, 2006

Free Apple Seminars online? You bet and they’re fantastic! Click for all the details

QT 7.1.3 Flash Playback

September 13, 2006

So, I’m updating to iT7 yesterday and the iTS tells me it needs a QT update to 7.1.3. Okie dokie.

Well, as I’m double checking to see that it didn’t tromp on my QT Pro key I see that Flash playback is now a check box on the prefs pane. HUH!?

Turns out the iPod games are Flash based. Makes sense then that the iPod (a QuickTime device if there ever was one) would inherit the Flash goodness.

VERY slick!

Showtime Full Coverage

September 11, 2006

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Stream is on!

Coverage doesn’t stop here. I’ll be updating on the streaming situation and the software update timing. Stay tuned!

Store is back up. Am downloading iTunes7 now via iTunes website (not available yet in Software Update).

iTunes 7 requires a QuickTime update to 7.1.3! Well, sure it does! 🙂

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Apple, Creative Settle Dispute

August 23, 2006

If you can’t beat em, pay em off. Apple & Creative Announce Broad Settlement Ending Legal Disputes Between the Companies.

Back when Sim Hoo announced they were going to beat Apple with something new and exciting I had a vehement reaction unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. I remember it really well. It was a cross between a snort and a laugh… but the air was trying to go in as it was also trying to go out. I dang near choked myself blue, my eyes were all teared up and my ears rang for nearly an hour. Honest to God truth. Like inhaling a gnat or something while getting the Jackie Chan style treatment to the head.

So, when I saw the press release I felt like Mr. Hooey finally got his day. Apple must have REALLY tred all over Creative’s intellectual property. If it wasn’t for deep pockets… I don’t suppose we’ll know where that one could have gone.

Now, Creative has cash in the coffers to pound the hell out of Zune and the cell phone co’s. While Apple essentially passes “go” but pays $100M.

Oddly, there’s some inequality in this deal… several people are losing their jobs today and in the coming days at Apple Stores Retail for Leopard related activity (still not clear what really happened there) and maybe cost Apple all of $1,000 (before legal fees). Some doofus gets akimbo with Creative’s intellectual property and costs the company $100 MILLION. Wonder if their box was packed for them and a free escort to the parking lot was provided? Kinda doubting it.

The Banner is Done!

August 3, 2006

OK the banner/masthead of the g-WH!Z blog is now complete. Drop in and let me know what you think. Lots of obscure application logos in there. How many can you name from memory?

iPod Connectivity in your Car

August 3, 2006

Who wants the bother of a cassette to iPod adapter? Or, the FM transmitter thingy from Griffin (yes, I had one and gave it away, eww!). Not me. Not any longer.

Apple’s hoisted a GREAT page on the matter and there are some SUPERB alternatives for hardwiring your iPod into your stock (or for that matter, aftermarket) stereo in a way that your steering wheel and LCD dash control and display every bit of what your iPod can handle. VERY NICE!

Also, look for WWDC blurbs about how Apple’s penetrated the US automotive manufacturing for 2007. The numbers are going to be impressive.

ZUNE!

July 25, 2006

Zune’s probably going to be a hit. Cool name, GREAT logo! Sufficiently non-Microsoft to get a chance to actually thrive.

Zune logo

The best part of it all though is if it truly gives the iPod a run for the money… Imagine how much better the iPod experience is about to become. Think about that! A serious challenger comes along and pushes the game into the stratosphere. Like Tiger did with Golf or Andre and Boris did so many years ago in tennis (or, gasp… Michael Jordan). I can’t wait for this deal to land. No matter, I’m dyed in the wool Apple all the way. Call it koolaid or whatever. I’m just glad it’s not Creative whining about this or that. Someone’s really intending to turn up the heat and it’s coming from Redmond. That’s awesome!

Now, what would really ring my bell is if it contains all the wireless goodness the rumor mill’s spouting. Apple may just have to respond with the tablet they’re holding in their hip pocket. Shoot, why wait? Bring it out at the ’06 WWDC and blow us all to smithereens!

iRent iTunes Movies

July 18, 2006

If I’m going to all the trouble to A) pay for a movie and B) pay for the bandwidth to download a movie I better own the danged thing at the end of the day. If I wanted to rent a movie I’d just do Cox Pay Per View and be done with it (and I’d probably dvr it in the process). Hell, Netflix and Blockbuster could match this deal in a heartbeat.

EXCEPT in a very special situation where there’s a tablet Mac or super-sized iPod involved. I travel enough that I might just have a reason to rent several movies for, ehem, keeping the kids under control. ‘Course I can’t recall the last time any of my children flew with me… But, that’s beside the point now isn’t it?

iPod and iTunes or WMP11 and Clix

May 24, 2006

Hard to make a comparison betwwen iTunes and WMP11 (does that really look like it says wimpy? must be me). (more…)

New version of iTunes coming soon…

May 23, 2006

A new version of iTunes is coming out soon to accomidate the Nike+iPod program. Specifically, they’re adding sport-related music content to iTMS.

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