Among the announcements today at Apple's Macworld Keynote Address, Apple confirmed circulating rumors that the iTunes Wi-Fi store on the iPhone and iPhone 3G would gain the ability to download media over the 3G network. Earlier this morning Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing, announced that they would be dropping the "Wi-Fi" from it's name, officially making it just the iTunes Store on the iPhone. With this new change, users will be able to download music anywhere without the need for a Wi-Fi hotspot.
German iPhone site iPhone-Ticker.de stumbled upon an interesting find recently. It turns out that Apple has been tinkering with their iTunes Store servers in anticipation of the next software release, or at least that's what they think.
According to screenshots posted by the German Blog Schimanke.com, Apple will indeed be adding over-the-air podcast downloading in the next iPhone update. Shedding more light the feature's implementation, the screenshots show that Apple will be including the iTunes podcast directory in the iTunes mobile app. The directory will be available over cellular and Wi-Fi networks and both audio and video podcasts will be available. Podcast downloads will be limited to 10MB over the cellular network.
Apple added iPhone ringtones to iTunes late last year, but only if you purchased them. After struggling against users for some time, Apple finally started allowing non-DRM'd ringtones in iTunes. This decision spawned quite a few solutions for creating ringtones from songs that you already have. One of the lesser known methods is using iTunes itself. The method is a bit tedious the first time through, but CNET's Bryan Thomas has come to the rescue with this nice step-by-step video.
Apple has released iTunes version 8.0.1 for Mac and PC. The update is the first we've had since iTunes 8.0, and just contains some bug fixes and adds stability. You can get iTunes 8.0.1 by updating iTunes or by downloading it from Apple.com/iTunes/download Check out the list of details after the break.
Some users over at the Apple Discussions have run into an unusual problem where iTunes on a Mac running Leopard will fail to recognize an iPhone when it's plugged in. We're not sure exactly what the cause is, but a fix has been identified. If you're experiencing this issue, try either updating or re-installing your version of iTunes by downloading a new copy from Apple.com. [via iSmashPhone]
Apple has released an official fix for the blue screen of death issue that Windows Vista users have been having when plugging an iPhone or iPod into iTunes 8. Support article TS2280 titled "iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod"
Findley Designs has updated their iPod Access software to include support for the newly released iTunes 8. iPod Access is one of many applications which can be used to retrieve music from an iPod, iPhone, or iPod touch. In addition to a pretty standard set of features for this type of application, iPod Access can also create full and sequential backups of your iPod in case anything goes wrong with iTunes. iPod Access is available on both the PC and the Mac and costs $19.99
While the Dev Team asserts that there is nothing Apple can do short of changing their hardware to remove the bug exploited by their Pwnage Tool, they did try in iTunes 8. The team wrote in their blog today that the new iTunes software will detect when a Pwnage exploit is taking place and prevents it from going through.
It turns out that iTunes 8 does in fact add a feature that Steve Jobs neglected to mention during the keynote yesterday. iTunes 8 now prevents users from installing iPhone-only apps from the App Store on the iPod touch, whereas 7.7 did not. One staff member with iPhone Atlas attempted to sync his iPod touch with the new version of iTunes, and received the following dialogue box (after the break):