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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Apple Billion in Music

Say that with me "Bil--lion" !
Apple has launched their iTunes Music Store Billion Songs Coundown!
As Apple gets to one billion, the person who downloads every 100,000th song will receive a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card.

"If you're the lucky grand-prize winner who downloads the billionth song from the iTunes Music Store, you'll receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 60GB iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card to jumpstart your digital music collection. In addition, Apple will create a full-ride scholarship in your name to a world-renowned music school."
So get to buying!! :)


Also Apple has unveiled it's new 1GB iPod nano for just $149, offering the same features as the 2GB and 4GB iPod nano models and holding up to 240 songs or 15,000 photos.

The pricing for the iPod shuffle drops to $69 for 512MB & $99 for the 1GB.

It's all good now especially now that Corporation’s Showtime Networks (CBS) and Apple today announced that premium cable programming from SHOWTIME, including recent Golden Globe nominees “Sleeper Cell” and “Weeds," is now available on the iTunes Music Store.




Rosetta Compatibility listings & Speed issues
MacFixit has posted their latest update on Intel-based Macs running Rosetta "(#5)Latest application compatibility listings; Speed issues"

VLC Media Player -- compatible
Splinter Cell -- compatible
Adobe GoLive -- compatible, but slow
Change Desktop -- incompatible
iTerm -- compatible with cavea
Office applications slow to quit
Marine Aquarium -- incompatible
Adobe InDesign -- display bu
Azureus -- Universal release now available
MT Newswatcher 3.4 -- compatible but unstable
RCDefault -- incompatible

They also note that extra RAM is crucial to performance when running under Rosetta to get acceptable performance. Sayin that "1 GB of RAM seems to be the sweet spot for most Rosetta-reliant applications."

Also World of Warcraft has gone Intel-native!
Blizzard has today released the eagerly anticipated version 1.9.3 of World of Warcraft. The new version is a Universal Binary capable of running natively on PowerPC or Intel-based Macs.

According to MacWorld:
"Other changes in the 1.9.3 release include improvements to individual character classes including the Paladin, Rogue and Warrior; changes to Items, Professions, Quests and Reputation; improvements to Battlegrounds, Raid and Dungeons; and changes to the World Environment itself.

Blizzard cautions Mac users that World of Warcraft v1.9.3 requires Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later; the game will not launch on older versions of Mac OS X. World of Warcraft users will automatically be updated to the 1.9.3 version the next time they log on to the World of Warcraft servers."


Lastly

Intel unwrapped details of their next server chip at the International Solid State Circuits Conference taking place this week. The new chip called "Tulsa", is a dual-core Xeon server chip coming in the second half of the year.

They say the chip is all about performance. The chip will run at 3.4GHz, faster than the 3GHz Xeon chip (formerly code-named Paxville) on the market today. Tulsa also comes with a 16MB unified cache, a large reservoir of memory on the chip for rapid data access. This means that each of the cores can access data from the entire cache. Presently, Intel and AMD dual-core chips sport segregated caches; dual-core chips from IBM come with a unified cache.
(Homer Voice) Hmmm, Quad-core 3.4GHz Tower......

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