It’s Showtime!

Apple’s “It’s Showtime” special event has brought us many more consumer products, of which I’ll briefly list here.

  1. New iTunes 7
    • New blue icons instead of the old green ones.
    • Will download missing album art for free.
    • Reorganised left section.
    • Gapless playback.
    • New “album view” and “cover view”.
    • Spruced up interface (a lark to Lepoard?)
    • iPod Updater and iPod Preferences now built into iTunes interface (no more seperate applications or going to the Preference window).
    • Sync between computers with your iPod.
    • No more Mini Store?
  2. iTunes Movie Downloads
    • 75 movies currently all from Disney owned studios (Pixar, Touchstone etc.)
    • 640×480 .h246 encoded videos.
    • Same access rights as TV episodes.
    • TV episodes also receive a resolution boost.
  3. New iPods
    • iPod Nano now aluminium.
    • Nano available in 2, 4 and 8GB sizes.
    • 2GB is only in silver, 4GB in all the colours of the rainbow, except black which is exclusive to the 8GB.
    • Dissapointing update to the iPod Video, just brighter screen, longer battery life and updated interface.
    • iPod Video also gets gapless playback (has Apple been listening to feedback?)
    • A smaller iPod Shuffle.

More updates and opinions later.

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