Turns out there an iTunes Dock setting for the Mac, hidden deep inside the new Lion OS. Once activated, the Dock will produce a pop-up notification of which iTunes track is currently playing. Although you can program Growl, a useful little utility, to show similar notifications, you may prefer having the native one found in Lion.
Apple had released iTunes 10.4 back in July to add support for Mac OS X Lion’s full screen apps feature and as a 64-bit Cocoa application under Lion.
According to the release notes, iTunes 10.4.1 includes the following bug fixes:
Apple has quietly released iTunes 10.3.1 earlier today, less than a day after it released iTunes 10.3, which brought features such as Automatic Downloads and Purchase history to PC and Mac, which are part of the iCloud’s iTunes in the Cloud feature. It also added Books to iTunes Store.
iTunes 10.3.1 is 75.8 MB in size for Mac OS X and 77 MB for Windows.
The support document for iTunes 10.3.1 does not provide any further details about what was fixed. It simply states the features that were introduced in iTunes 10.3.
Folks at 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple is sending out emails to customers offering free iTunes movie rentals.
It looks like the free codes are being sent to iTunes users, which can be used to rent one of the 8,500 available movies. 9to5Mac reports: Apple today started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to many iTunes users. This seems to be random and we have no idea why they’re doing this. Maybe to promote the rental service? People aren’t renting enough movies? The free movie rental promotion lets you rent one of the 8,500 compatible movies and you have 30 days to start watching and 24 hours to finish.
We’re still holding out hope for a cloud-based subscription service to make that full-page teaser on Apple.com seem worthwhile, but it looks like today’s unforgettable iTunes announcement will indeed just be the arrival of the Beatles to the store — the Fab Four’s page just went live, about 20 minutes before the official announcement. It looks like the entire catalog is available in a $149 box set complete with iTunes LP content, and there’s also a few videos for your enjoyment. We’re sure some of you are super-stoked about being able to buy this stuff in yet another format — and we’re glad Steve and Yoko worked it out — but unless something else happens today we’re feeling like we just witnessed a lot of empty hype.
Update: Yep, it’s official — the Beatles are on iTunes. No streaming announcement, no subscription service. Apple’s given its entire front page over to a full-size shot of the boys, and as a bonus the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” video will stream for free for the rest of the year. Ringo, can you sum this up for us?
“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr.
You were always our favorite, Rings.
Whoa, what’s this? Apple just updated its homepage with a new splash screen teasing an “exciting announcement from iTunes” at 10AM ET tomorrow, saying that “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget.” All streaming subscription service based out of that North Carolina data center? More video content in the store? Apps for the Apple TV with the iOS 4.2 update? The Beatles? Whatever it is, we’re digging for more, and we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
Applidium had released the VLC Media Player for iPhone and iPod Touch earlier in the week after releasing VLC Media Player for iPad a month back.
If you haven’t downloaded it already then do it quickly as it might be removed from the App Store.
Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the primary developers of the VLC Media Player has filed a formal copyright complaint to Apple regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Rémi Denis-Courmont has issued the following statement:
Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 4.2 (build 8C5115c) and iOS SDK 4.2 to developers of iOS Dev Center.
iOS 4.2 Beta 3 is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Apple has also released iTunes 10.1 Beta 2 as it is required for the AirPrint feature. The release notes does not provide any details about the changes.
Google has released a new version of their Google Earth iOS app (version 3.1) for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The new version brings native support to iPhone 4’s retina display and will also allow you to explore underwater landscapes and terrain on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Peter Birch, Google Earth Product Manager announced the release of the new version on the Google Mobile blog: