For better or worse, iTunes and the iTunes Store have become a significant part of the digital media consumption. In fact, it’s such a common part of the experience that Apple just expects that everyone has installed it.
If you click on an iTunes link in a web browser, iTunes either opens up on your computer or you’re taken to a page that tells you you need to install iTunes, particularly.
However, as Macworld figured out, that’s starting to change. Apple has just quietly rolled out some web-based search and viewing capabilities for the Music and TV portion of the iTunes Store called iTunes Preview.
Right now you can see iTunes Preview by going to the iTunes Charts page or by following a link from the music store created within iTunes like this one. You can now view an albums page, see the songs included on the album, the length, individual track price, and read review from iTunes reviewers. You can also browse through the disco-graphy of that artist and look up similar artists and genres.
You cannot, however, preview song tracks. For that, you still need to open up iTunes (or click on a “view in iTunes” button). You can also browse through movies and TV shows, but not to the extent that you can music.
iTunes Preview makes us wonder if some sort of web-based version of iTunes is on the horizon. As it stands, iTunes 9 is essentially just rendering WebKit pages anyway, so the ability to offer up the results on the web is already available.
If Apple were to have a more web-oriented iTunes, it could potentially open up the store content (the stuff that isn’t DRM anyway) to other devices. Apple has always used iTunes as a way to convert customers to using an iPod or iPhone, but that might not always be the case happens.
What do you think of iTunes Preview? Do you think this is a sign of things to come? Let us know about it!
iPhone 4 Available in China From September 25 , 2010
The rumors becomes true. Apple issued a press release today announcing that the iPhone 4 will be released in China on September 25th through China Unicom stores and through two new Apple stores —Which will be one in Beijing and one in Shanghai.
The Chinese iPhone 4 actually has not that much difference significantly from the devices sold in other countries. FaceTime, Retina display, LED flash and HD video are all there. That said, the iPhone 4 won’t be cheap there. According to the press release, the 16 GB model will sell for 5,999 yuan and the 16 GB for 4,999. That’s around $890 and $740, respectively.
This might not be easy for Apple to get prominent share from Chinese Market.
iPad fans mob Apple stores for international launch
Thousands of gadget fans have mobbed shops around the world as Apple began the international launch of its iPad.
A 200m (656ft) queue formed outside Apple’s flagship Sydney store in Australia, and there were similar scenes in Tokyo, Japan.
The 25cm (10in) device is also going on sale in the UK, Canada, and parts of Europe as part of a staggered global roll-out.
One million iPads were sold in 28 days after its launch in the US.
The international launch date was pushed back by a month after huge demand in the US where the product went on sale in early April.
‘Worth the wait’
In Sydney, security guards were on hand to deal with the crowds of shoppers.
Rahul Koduri, who queued for more than 24 hours, became the first to buy the touch-screen computer at Apple’s George Street store.
4G Verizon iPhone caught on camera?
The photo above is purportedly the 4G Verizon iPhone that is launching in June 2010. If you look at it closely you can see that it has an aluminum uni-body.
Now the picture is grainy, and according to IntoMobile Adobe Photoshop CS 4 was used on this image so I wouldn’t trust it one bit. It doesn’t make sense for Apple to make the iPhone with an aluminum case because it hinders the cellular reception.
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