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Apple has confirmed it will offer live streaming of its event today. The live video will be available here:
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of Today’s Event
What: Live video stream of Apple’s October 20 event
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Live Video Streaming
Apple® will broadcast its October 20 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010 at www.apple.com/uk.
Here's the Apple CEO in his own words talking during Apple Q4 Earnings Call:
Hi, everybody. As most of you know, I don’t usually participate in Apple earnings calls, since you’re all in such capable hands with Peter and Tim. But I just couldn’t help dropping by for our first 20-billion-dollar quarter. I’d like to chat about a few things, and then stay for the rest of the Q&A, if that’s all right.
First, let me discuss iPhone. We sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter, which represents a 91 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter, and was well ahead of IDC’s latest published estimate of 64 percent growth for the global smartphone market in the September quarter. And it handily beats RIM’s 12.1 million BlackBerrys sold, in their most recent quarter ending in August.
We know that the White House is full of iPad users, now it’s the same in the UK. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has come out to declare himself an iPad (and Mac) user.
CNet reviewd the new Apple TV 2-nd generation. Here's what they think of it:
The good: Costs $99; rent movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store; 99-cent HD TV show rentals on some Fox and ABC shows; supports Netflix streaming; incredibly small design; outstanding user interface; can be controlled by iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch; streams music and videos from PCs and Macs running iTunes; promising future AirPlay functionality should be available in November.
The bad: Very limited selection of TV shows, especially compared with Amazon Video On Demand; confusion between what's available on Apple TV iTunes Store and PC-based iTunes store; doesn't support the full suite of media apps (Pandora, etc.) available on the iPhone and iPad; can't connect to older, pre-HDMI TVs.
The bottom line: The Apple TV's new low $99 price makes it an easy impulse buy for Apple fans looking to bring Netflix into the living room, but you may want to wait until more content--or Apple's forthcoming AirPlay update--becomes available.
Watch the video below:
iTunes 10.0.1 makes it easier to share your favorite music with your friends on Ping. You can now Like or Post about music right from your iTunes library. You can also easily see the recent activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping using the new Ping Sidebar.
The What is iPad series of the commercials continues to tell us just how wonderful the device is– now iPad is not only Delicious, iPad is Musical!
The ad shows the device in several scenes with a caption for each. Now we know that iPad is medical, live, musical, work, play, memories, social, magazines and historic.
Enjoy the video – quite a nicely created ad!
It may have happened in a later iTunes 9 update, but iTunes 10 definitely includes a very helpful update. Plug in any iOS device, iPhones included, and you can play its music or videos without having to make a tricky sync.
iTunes' habit of insisting that every new iPod or iPhone plugged in must be a new purchase that you want to sync to your Library—and therefore wipe out all media on the device—was among the worst of its habits. In iTunes 10, and perhaps some up-to-date iTunes 9 versions, you can now plug in an iOS device, tell iTunes to Cancel the sync request, and from there on out simply play music or movies off whatever device you have plugged in through that iconic white cable.
Unsurprisingly, iFixit is close behind with a detailed teardown of the diminutive music player. It took a half hour of prying and heat application to open the device's case, but they were finally able to gain access to its internals. Among the interesting items of note:
Apple have started to ship iPod touch 4 and is sending out shipment notifications. The device became available for pre-ordering after Apple’s Special Music Event last week, on Wednesday, September 1. With iPod touch 4 you’ll get Retina display, 720p video, FaceTime and some iPhone 4 features.
Have you ever wanted to listen to your friend’s music through the computer? That’s something iTunes 10 lets you do now – just plug the iPod touch, iPhone or iPad into PC and you can play the music on that iOS device.
That still doesn’t mean that you can export music files to your computer though…
It’s been 48 hours since Apple introduced their social music network called Ping, and now the company has announced that there are already 1 million users signed on.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services, says:
According to Reuters, Google is planning to create a music download store and digital song locker. Andy Rubin, Google Vice President of Engineering, is currently in talks with leading music labels over what the service could look like. And if Rubin’s plan works, we might even see the service out there before Christmas.
No actual deals have been signed yet, but the prospect of having another competitor in the music industry is very appealing to the labels. Currently, 70% of all digital music sales come from Apple.
The next version of iTunes includes Ping, a social music discovery tool that allows users to follow friends and artists, helping customers to discover and share new music. The product is based on discovery, allowing users to see what their friends are listening to and what concerts they're going to. Users can choose to "follow" artists, as well as their friends, and iTunes will populate a customized top 10 list that represents what their friends are downloading. Users can also see concerts that are coming near them, and inform their friends that they will be attending.
iTunes 10 will also ship with a new logo, which Jobs joked reflects the fact that by next Spring, Apple is expected to surpass all CD sales in the U.S. The new iTunes logo dispenses of the CD that was previously featured, and only includes a musical note.
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Apple hosted their media event today and announced a number of new products and updates:
- Apple announces all new iPod models:
- iPod Shuffle with the new VoiceOver button on top, which allows users to hear the name of the currently playing song and to switch between songs, playlists or Genius Mixes- the iTunes feature
- iPod Nano with multi-touch display and without Click Wheel, with built-in FM radio and new feature "Shake to Shuffle," giving music lovers the ability to shake their iPod Nano to shuffle to a new song in their music library
- Thinner iPod Touch with Retina Display, forward-facing camera and Apple's A4 chip
- Apple introduces updated apple TV
- Apple releases iTunes 10 with 'Ping' Social Networking and Open/Minimize/Close buttons are vertically oriented
- Apple announces pending release of 4.1 and 4.2 preview
- The iPod Classic is still for sale but with no changes
- The new iPod Touch's back camera takes still photos at a disappointingly low 960x720 resolution
- The impressive game demo by Epic Games is now available on the App Store as a free download
- The new iPod nano has no camera and apparently can't play video any longer