October 16, 2003

Apple Music Event Preview

Reliable sources have informed Think Secret of possible announcements for Apple's upcoming "major music" event:

* iPod-compatible peripherals = will include an iPod-compatible microphone as well as an image card reader. Through the firmware update, iPod Software 2.1, users will be able to use the new accessories to record voice memos and store digital photos. I'm somewhat doubtful of the latter capability. Seems like so much work and too little hardware. Let's hope I'm wrong.

* iTunes 4.1 = will enable users to share music between Mac and Windows computers, as well as synchronize On-The-Go playlists and voice notes from an iPod. Users will also be able to use iTunes 4.1 to buy spoken-word content from Audible.com directly through the iTunes Music Store. Other updates in Version 4.1 will include the ability to drag URLs from the iTunes Music Store to other applications, and to burn large playlists on multiple CDs without interruption.

* iPod Software 2.1 = will include enhancements and improvements to the On-The-Go playlist feature, playback performance, backlight functionality and battery status indicator, as well as a better default contrast setting. The firmware update will also include a new Music Quiz game in addition to Solitaire, Brick, and Parachute. iPod Software 2.1 will require a third-generation iPod with a dock connector.

Let's see how much of this is true, and of course, other non-reported announcements.

Posted by ronn at October 16, 2003 02:04 AM

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