Apple’s latest version iTunes, version 8, seems to be causing some grief for Windows Vista users.
According to reports, some users are experiencing a “blue screen of death” after plugging in an iPod or iPhone. Apparently having the device plugged in when the computer boots doesn’t make a difference.
Some affected by the problem have been able to connect their iPod or iPhone to their Vista computer succesfully by first unplugging other USB devices, particulary HP printers and scanners. For some, however, this doesn’t help at all and even a clean install of Vista doesn’t make things work.
Could it be related to a bad USB driver with iTunes 8? That’s what some users are guessing.
Either way, seems safe to say it is related to Apple’s inexcusably poor QA as of late. Seems that they’ve adopted Microsoft’s “screw it, we’ll patch it later” mentality.
At Apple’s Let’s Rock event today they announced that NBC content was returning to iTunes and would be available in HD.
That means that all of these neworks are also back:
- USA Network
- SCI FI Channel
- NBC News
Yep, that also means that shows like 30 Rock, The Office, Hereos and Battlestar Galactica are also back.
Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event is taking place tomorrow, September 9th, and according to rumors we can expect to see:
- Updated iPod Touch
- Updated iPod Nano
- Release of iTunes 8
- Release of iPhone 2.1 firmware
There’s an outside chance that MacBooks will be updated as well but that seems pretty unlikely at tomorrows event.
There’s also a rumor that the iPhone 2.1 firmware will hold a few surprises for developers with some new features being revealed that had been previously withheld in SDK releases.
[Via Ars Technica]
Apple today released an updated firmware for the iPhone and iPod Touch, version 2.0.2.
As usual, aside from “bug fixes” no one outside of the iPhone team at Apple really knows what’s different in this version.
Grab the update for yourself from iTunes.
Apple today has announced that movies are now available to rent or purchase via iTunes in Australia and New Zealand.
Eddy Cue, Apple VP of Internet Services, says “movie fans in Australia and New Zealand can choose from a great selection of over 700 films for purchase and rent on the iTunes Store…iTunes provides an incredibly easy and fun way for people to discover and enjoy movies, and has quickly become the world’s most popular online movie store with customers renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies everyday.”
In Australia movies can be purchased for A$9.99 for catalog titles, recent titles for A$17.99 and new releases for A$24.99. Rentals start at A$3.99 for older movies and $5.99 for new releases in SD; HD versions will cost one dollar more.
In New Zealand movies can be purchased for NZ$9.99 for catalog title, recent titles for NZ$17.99 and new releases for NZ$24.99. Rentals start at NZ$4.99 for older movies and NZ$6.99 for new releases in SD; HD versions will cost one dollar more.
Movies have been available in the US from iTunes but there’s one thing that Australia and New Zealand have that US doesn’t have–a 48 hour rental period (just 24 in the US once you start watching it).
Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Wingfield had a chance to talk with Steve Jobs a bit about the success of the App Store, Apple’s iTunes-based store for iPhone and iPod Touch applications.
Everyone knows that the App Store is a success but just how much of a success is a bit mind boggling.
In the first month it was open for business, 60 million applications were download. Sure, many are free, but quite a few others cost from 99-cents to a few dollars. Roughly $1 million worth of paid apps have been downloaded so far, meaning the App Store has raked in around $30 million in just one month.
If the the pace of $1 million per day continues, that means $360 million each year of additional revenue.
It’s important to point out that the majority of this revenue won’t be staying with Apple, and will instead be going back to the developers who write the applications.
For example, of the $30 million from the first month of sales, $21 of that will be going back to the developers.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” said Jobs.
“Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that…we think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.”
Not revenue related but still worth noting, if an application is found to pose privacy and security issues Apple does have the ability to remotely disable it just in case.
Says Jobs, “hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.”
For the full story check out WSJ here.
You might recall back in April that Apple’s iTunes online store for the first time surpassed Wal-Mart as the number one music retailer in the US. They had the lead, but could they keep it? Looks like the answer is yes.
NDP Group has released the sales numbers for the first half of 2008 and the rankings are:
- Wal-Mart (Walmart, Walmart.com, Walmart Music Downloads)
- Best Buy (Best Buy, Bestbuy.com, Best Buy Digital Music Store)
- Amazon (Amazon.com, AmazonMP3.com)
- Target (Target and Target.com)
Amazon is an interesting story. In April they were in fifth place but they’ve come on strong thanks to their DRM-free MP3 store and moved into fourth position.
Will they crack the top three by Christmas? They’re definitely building momentum…
[Via Mac Rumors]
Apple today released a new update for iTunes, bringing it up to 7.7.1.
In usual Apple style, the description says that it is to “improve stability and performance” (thanks for that).
Not much else is really known about it at this point, but if you want it you should be able to see it in Apple’s Software Update.
[Via Mac Rumors]
BlackBerry owners interested in syncing music from their iTunes library are now able to do so thanks to a new tool called Media Sync.
Using Media Sync “it’s incredibly easy to transfer the music you want to take with you.”
Supported BlackBerry devices include the Pearl 8100, Curve 8300, or the 8800 running BlackBerry Device Software 4.2 or higher. On the computer side you’ll need to be using a PC running the 32-bit version of either Windows XP or Vista (sorry, no Mac version)
For more info or to download Media Sync, check out this page.
iPhone 3G launch day is here and like the rest of Apple’s week things aren’t quite going according to plan.
Reports are coming in from all over the world that people purchasing a new iPhone 3G are having trouble activating their phones. People have waited in line for hours (if not days) for the chance to purchase the newest version of the device only to find out that the can’t activate them.
Unfortunately the problem isn’t just occurring at AT&T or Apple stores–people that are unable to activate their iPhone 3G in the store are being told to take the device home and finish it from there only to find out that they can’t be activated from there either.
The problem seems to be on the iTunes server side but specifics aren’t known at this time. Is the activation process somehow tied to the new MobileMe service which is still not available? No word from Apple, but I’m sure they’re working on it.
Assuming the problems are the result of the servers being overwhelmed with traffic, how Apple network engineers could possibly underestimate the load their servers would be under at this time is beyond me.
When the first generation iPhone launched last year there were some activation troubles by now the process should have been ironed out or replaced with a new one. There’s just no excuse.