Apple informs labels that iTunes song previews will be 90 seconds long

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Nov 032010
 

It’s all up there in black and white, but we’ll be happy to spell it out again here — it seems that Apple has decided to extend the length of iTunes song previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds. Sounds just fine to us, but not to the recipients of this letter, who are told the change is happening whether they like it or not and it’s for their own good. “We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases,” the document reads, but without giving the music labels any way to say no. We don’t actually know the origin of this particular document, so we’re not saying this is a done deal by any means, but if the letter’s legit you’re looking at the world’s largest online music store telling the labels to put up and shut up — or else peddle their tunes somewhere else.

Update: It’s worth noting that CNET reported that iTunes song previews might double in length about two months ago.

[via engadget]

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 And iTunes 10.1 Beta 2 released

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Oct 132010
 

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. Continue reading »

Netflix app brings video out support to iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch

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Oct 052010
 

Netflix already added video out support to its iPad app a few months ago, and it’s now finally brought the same functionality to iPhone and iPod touch users as well. Unfortunately, it’s quite not bringing all iPhone and iPod touch users up to speed, as the app will only support video out on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch. If that doesn’t pose a problem for you, however, you can grab the updated app for free right now from your favorite source of iPhone apps.

[via engadget]

iOS 4.2 Beta 2 And iTunes 10.1 Beta now available to developers

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Sep 292010
 

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 4.2 (build 8C5101c) and iOS SDK 4.2 to developers of iOS Dev Center.

iOS 4.2 Beta 2 is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apple has also released iTunes 10.1 Beta and Mac OS X 10.6.5 Delta update as they are required for the AirPrint feature. The release notes does not provide any details about the changes but this time Apple has provided the requirements for the new AirPrint feature. Continue reading »

Apple Remote app 2.0 for iPhone and iPad, Adds support for new Apple TV

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Sep 282010
 

No surprises here, but Apple’s just released version 2.0 of the Remote app for iPhone and iPad, which adds in support for the new iOS-based Apple TV in addition to iTunes on OS X. The interface is mostly the same — a trackpad-like screen for ATV remote control and an iPod-like interface for more direct media playback — but it’s now optimized for the Retina display on the iPhone 4 and the larger screen size of the iPad. Since the new Apple TV is streaming-only, Remote also now has better support for controlling shared music libraries, making remote control of iTunes on your HTPC slightly easier as well. It’s available now and it’s free, so go grab it.

[via engadget]

Download Sn0wbreeze 2.0.1 to Fix iTunes Error 37 on iOS 4.1 Jailbreak

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Sep 232010
 

Sn0wbreeze has just been updated to version 2.0.1 to fix iTunes Error 37 which has been problematic for some iPhone 3G users when restoring to the custom firmware file. According to Deon Yeang on Redmond Pie’s facebook page, the error occurs when you are in midway of restoring to the custom cooked firmware using iTunes.

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iTunes Instant: Faster And Easier Way To Search iTunes And The App Store

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Sep 222010
 

If one of your biggest complaint about iTunes is that it is slow then you’re not the only one. iTunes 10 that was released earlier in the month is a little bit faster but just not fast enough.

So Stephen Ou, a 15-year-old developer (can you believe it) from the Bay Area created iTunes Instant, which makes it a lot faster and easier to search iTunes and the App Store. Stephen Ou apparently developed iTunes Instant in less than 3 hours using Apple’s own Search API. Continue reading »

How To Make Ringtones For Your iPhone For Free

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Aug 292010
 

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The simple ringtone hack that was discovered almost three years back still seems to work with the latest version of iTunes.

It is based on the fact that iTunes differentiates a song file and a ringtone by the file extension. While we all know that the song file extension was AAC; the file extension for ringtones is “M4R”.

All you need to do is take an m4a file, which is DRM free and not more than 30 seconds, rename it to m4r and add it to iTunes.

You can check out this step by step guide to create free custom ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes:

In iTunes, right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info.” Continue reading »

New iPhone, iPad model codes set up for iTunes activation bypass — CDMA versions, maybe?

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Aug 162010
 

So BGR’s got a tipster lined up with alleged details from within iOS 4 beta firmware that shows a section dedicated to bypassing the usual iTunes activation scheme for three new product codes: iPhone3,2, iPhone 3,3, and iProd 2,1. Actually, these product codes aren’t “new,” per se; we saw all three of them in the iPad’s firmware back in April, but they’ve yet to make the giant leap to officialdom. What’s different here, then? Well, apparently, this activation-bypass scheme has historically had a tendency to show up in Apple’s beta firmware right around the time a new iPhone goes into testing — ostensibly so that field engineers don’t need to worry about that rigmarole to do their jobs — which suggests that these new models are getting ready for action. BGR’s source says these will be the CDMA iPhone and the next-gen iPad, though you can’t tell that from the product codes alone, and that doesn’t explain why we’ve actually got two new iPhones listed. For what it’s worth, the current iPad — iPad1,1 — used to go by the moniker iProd1,1 in firmware, so it stands to reason that we really are looking at a new tablet here. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some Verizon Wireless field tech van recon to do.

[via engadget]

Jul 192010
 

Apple has just released iTunes 9.2.1, which according to the release notes includes a number of bug fixes such as issue upgrading to iOS 4 on an iPhone or iPod Touch with encrypted back-ups.

It is available via Apple Software update and is around 65MB in size.

According to the release notes, the following bugs have been fixed:

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