On January 9th, 2001 Apple released the first version of iTunes at Macworld. The application was based on SoundJam MP, an old piece of software Apple purchased from a development company called Casady & Greene in 2000. Apple simplified the SoundJam MP interface, added CD burning, and rebranded it as iTunes.
According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
For a limited time, Walmart is offering the $50 iTunes gift card for $40. That’s 20 percent off and the lowest price yet. The card comes immediately through email, and it counts toward free shipping on other items.
Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular OneNote app. The note-taking app is available in the App Store for free with limited functionality. A $14.99 in-app purchase unlocks the ability to take an unlimited number of notes, while free users are limited to 500.
Microsoft OneNote for iPad is a note-taking app for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.
Create searchable notes with text, pictures and bullets. Make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes. Then keep your notes in sync using free Microsoft SkyDrive® online storage to access, edit and manage them from virtually anywhere, from your PC or almost any web browser. Access your notes online at http://skydrive.com.
iPad users must be running iOS 4.3 or higher and have a Windows Live ID to use the OneNote app. Microsoft notes that the new release also includes better language support, a tabbed user interface, quick note creation, table rendering, an improved sign-in experience, the option to sync only over Wi-Fi, and the in-app upgrade option.
Additionally, both apps support several new languages including English, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Apple has released iTunes 10.5.2 to the public alongside an update to its iTunes Match service. The newversion of iTunes only deals with audio distortion issues when playing or importing certain CDs. Apple has remained vague about the specific improvements that have been made to iTunes Match.
Here are the notes:
What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2
iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit:support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
If you have an Apple Developer Account then now is the time to hit the software update button! Earlier today Apple released iOS 5.1 Beta 2 to the developers.
The biggest change is the addition of a much-requested feature related to the management of photos in the Photo Stream:
NEW: Photos taken using iOS 5.1 can be deleted from Photo Stream on your device and will be removed automatically from Photo Stream on your other iOS 5.1 devices. Older photos can be manually deleted from your iOS 5.1 devices.
The new seed comes just two weeks after the previous iOS 5.1 Beta 1 was seeded on November 28. For more information and additional support resources, visit:
We know a lot of people have been waiting for Apple to add the download feature, how about you do you think Photo Stream has lacked this feature?
Throughout the past few years Apple has a holiday promotion that gives away free music, movies or apps via their 12 Days of Christmas app. The giveaway starts December 26 and ends January 6. Each day there’s a new seasonal treat to download, and the app notifies users when the promotion goes live. If you download the app however be sure to download the offers on a daily basis, since they are well daily meaning they only last for 24 hours.
Angry Birds Seasons has been updated for the holidays with a new “Wreck the Halls” edition for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac. The company behind the massively successful franchise, Rovio, releases updates for its Angry Birds Seasons app alongside new holidays, with the previous update being for Halloween.
The iOS 5.1 beta 1 SDK is now available for download by paid devs at the iOS developer site. Sign in with your developer credentials to gain access to the updated SDK. You will need to download and install firmware via iTunes.
Because it cannot be said too often, make sure you read any release notes on-site. For everyone intoxicated by new technologies that might allow you to update using other means, I cannot strongly encourage you enough to go to the site and read the release notes. Installation alerts appear in a big yellow box on the main iOS dev page. The yellow box for 5.1 is larger than ever.
The beta is, as always, released under the terms of Apple’s NDA.
Coming several weeks late, Apple has just now officially launched iTunes Match to customers in the United States. The iTunes Match launch is facilitated by the release of iTunes 10.5.1, which now allows users to subscribe to the $25/year service offering cloud-based matching and upload of users’ complete iTunes libraries. iTunes 10.5.1 is available via the iTunes download page and should be rolling out to Software Update shortly.
Apple had apparently initially intended iTunes Match to launch by mid-October as part of iTunes 10.5 as seen in a number of developer betas, but the company removed the feature from iTunes 10.5 for the public release, giving it a few more weeks to complete work on the service. Even so, Apple missed its stated launch target of “end of October” and did not provide an updated timeframe for the iTunes Match debut once the target was missed, although the company continued testing with a new developer beta of iTunes 10.5.1 just this past weekend.
iTunes Match is a U.S.-only service for the time being, although the company is reportedly working hard to secure licensing to details to expand availability to other countries. iTunes Store users in a number of countries have been greeted with a “coming soon” tag on iTunes Match promo listings in their country-specific stores, suggesting that Apple is optimistic regarding expansion of the service in the relatively near future.