Apple Inc. has pushed out an updated version of its popular iTunes multimedia software ahead of the iPhone 4 launch next week. Top of the list of changes is compatibility with iOS 4 and syncing with iPhone 4. It also introduces book syncing and reading with an iPhone or iPod Touch running iBooks 1.1.
iTunes 9.2 also supports organizing and syncing PDF documents as books and supports the new “Folders” feature of iOS 4 that lets users organize their applications into groups. The update version also promises some improvements such as much faster backups while syncing with an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4, and quicker display of album artwork in the iTunes library.
Changes between iTunes v9.1.1 and iTunes v9.2
Sync with iPhone 4 to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on-the-go
Sync and read books with iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 and iBooks 1.1
Organize and sync PDF documents as books. Read PDFs with iBooks 1.1 on iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4
Organize your apps on your iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes
Faster back-ups while syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4
Album artwork improvements make artwork appear more quickly when exploring your library
Result for: favorite music
SanDisk has announced the launch of the Sansa Clip+ MP3 player, which uses a microSD slot for added memory.
The player will work with SanDisk’s slotRadio and slotMusic cards, which are cards purchased from retailers with preloaded music on them. You can of course add your own music to a microSD card and play it back.
“We made a great product — the Sansa Clip — even better,” said Eric Bone, vice president, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “This small player packs big features, including a new microSD memory card slot that gives music lovers the ability to listen to thousands of additional songs in seconds. It’s the perfect player for travelers, busy moms, fitness buffs or anyone looking to enjoy music without the hassle of loading songs from their computer or updating playlists.”
The company also says the player is the first Windows 7 certified MP3 player.
The player should be available in multiple colorways, and available at Best Buy on August 31st. 2GB model will sell for $39.99, 4GB will sell for $49.99, and 8GB for $69.99 USD.
From the press release:
* Superior sound - one of the best sounding MP3 players on the market
* microSD expansion slot which is compatible with slotRadio and slotMusic cards and any standard microSD card
* A wearable clip for hands-free portability and effortless enjoyment of digital music on the go
* Large(1″), bright (OLED) screen with a simple user interface that makes it easy to choose playlists or songs sorted by title, artist, album, genre
Result for: favorite music
The European Union has told MP3 player owners that they are risking permanent hearing loss if they continue to listen to their favorite music at maximum levels.
Scientists from the EU reported that listening to MP3 players at volumes over 89 decibels, for more than an hour daily, for at least five years will leave almost 10 million Europeans with hearing loss.
EU spokeswoman Helen Kearns added “it’s damage that may come back and haunt you later in life.”
Kearns added regulators would be looking into lowering the limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players sold in the EU. In the past Apple was forced to pull its iPod line from shelves and upgrade the firmware to limit sound output to 100 decibels.