Strings of code have been found in the new iTunes 8.2 released earlier this week revealing new radio tagging capabilities that would offer a way to buy tagged songs in iTunes running on the desktop. While this could be a sign of FM radio capabilities in a future iPhone, it could also just be for use with an app that works when the iPhone is plugged into a radio-enabled device.
The iPhone Dev Team has posted a warning on their blog not to download the iTunes 8.2 update released yesterday if they want to maintain the ability to jailbreak or unlock their iPhone. As iPhone Alley reader back2thebeatof84 pointed out yesterday, the new version of iTunes breaks YellowSn0w, QuickPwn and the Pwnage Tool. They list four reasons why not to update.
Apple has released iTunes 8.2, which adds support for the yet unreleased iPhone OS 3.0 expected to take the spotlight at WWDC. Apple also lists it as including several accessibility improvements and bug fixes. You can download the new version by checking for updates in iTunes or re-downloading at Apple.com.
As if the hype around the Pre weren't already enough, the iPhone may be losing part of their competitive edge to the Palm device in an area that
no few other smartphones no MP3 players have: iTunes. It was briefly mentioned by a Palm rep at CES earlier this year that the device will be the the first non-Apple smartphone that will be able to sync with iTunes.
Apple has released version five of the iPhone 3.0 software (Build 7A312g) to developers, as well as a new pre-releas version of iTunes 8.2 and version five of the SDK (build 9M2735). As was the case with the last beta software download, iTunes 8.2 is required in order to install the latest beta OS. We're still waiting on details about new features and changes from the previous version.
9to5 Mac versions of the iPhone OS and iTunes will allow parents to chose which age group of App Store apps the device is unable to access. It's separated into four levels: 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+The new feature should mean that some of the riskier apps will start getting approved into the app store, as Apple told one rejected developer. Screenshot after the break.
Apple Seeds iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, Pre-Release Of iTunes 8.2 [Update: Multiple iTunes Accounts, Notes Sync Requires 10.5.7]
Apple has seeded version 4 of the iPhone OS 3.0 beta to developers, as well as a pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which is required to activate the new beta OS. No new features have been found in the new beta as of yet, but we'll let you know as they come up. [via Apple]
An interesting trend has popped up with iPhone apps released by bands. While Apple offers no streaming music service in iTunes, several bands have started releasing paid apps in the App Store that stream the band's music to the device. The latest of these bands is Presidents of the United States of America, who is offering streaming access to their entire discography for just $3 with the app The Presidents' Music - PUSA [$2.99]. Could this be the next big trend? [via Ars Technica]
AppleInsider writes that Apple is in the process of creating an on-demand streaming video service for iTunes TV and movie purchases on personal devices. Rumor has it that iTunes 8 will add a new service called "iTunes Replay" that will remove the need for free storage space on the device by storing purchases on a server instead of on the device.
In edition to the ability to download music on the iPhone 3G over the 3G network on AT&T, Apple also made several changes to the pricing and copy protection for the songs available. Today they announced that for the first time since the iTunes Music Store opened, pricing for songs would be divided into categories based on their age to determine their price.