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Apple: Up to the Minute

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September

Apple_jobs Proof that i have way too much time on my hands today: two posts in one day.

This time, its to note that Macworld has the most stable live blog of Apple's big announcements today, avoiding the slow loading and crashing that has made reading Gizmodo and Engadget so frustrating.

A digest of their reports:

"Steve Jobs opened Tuesday's "It's Showtime!" special event with a round of applause from the audience, after showing the new Bob Dylan iTunes ad that's been in circulation on television in recent days.

Applejobs Jobs noted that Apple shipped over 60 million iPods in total by the end of the last quarter, and joking showed an iPod toilet paper holder to demonstrate the widespread adoption of iPod accessories.

Jobs remarked that iTunes has a market share of 88 percent of legal US downloads.

The iPod video

Without further ado, Jobs introduced Apple's new and improved video-capable iPod, with a screen that's 60 percent brighter. Battery life has been increased from 2 hours while playing video to 3.5 hours, Jobs says. New earphone design, gapless playback and games are also on tap. 30 GB iPod video now at $249 and 80 GB model at $349.

New iPod nano, with front made from aluminum, periced from $149 to $249.

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1 GB iPod shuffle priced at $79.

New version of iTunes software allows iPod to move content between authorized computers, manage iPod through the software and allows separate sections for different forms of media -- with higher resolution for visual shows.

Films -- There are 75 films available, priced at $9.99 for older films, $12.99 for preorders and $14.99 for new releases. Movies take a halfhour to download by cable modem, but users can watch them after a minute into downloading.

And iTV -- code name for a product to be made available in 2007 which wirelessly networks home computer, TV and iPod."

See more -- and more current updates -- at the Macworld site.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:37pm]

    

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