As a result of an announcement made at Apple’s ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’ event‚ you can officially kiss goodbye any hopes you had of doing something stupid in public and not getting caught. Yes‚ the rumors were true – the newest iPod Nanos can now capture you being Sharpie skunked by your “friends” in 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps – complete with AAC audio of your feeble attempts to ward off your attackers. I imagine Cisco feels like the time I guy you hear about who bought the HDTV from the back of a van and ended up with a box full of bricks.
They start at $150‚ so boo for remaining privacy/yay for stealth pr0n‚ depending on how famous you are and what you’re into.
The new Nanos also got a pedometer (for Nike + integration)‚ Voice Memos and FM radio.
While I’m sure someone over in the Zune product design camp is doing a little fist pump of vindication‚ Apple has done what it usually does with useless features stapled onto other people’s offerings – made them useful. In addition to being easily able to navigate stations and program presets using the scroll wheel and middle button respectively‚ “Live Pause”‚ brings timeshifting to FM radio. Pause a station when you’re interrupted and resume when you’re ready. You can even rewind and fast-forward through content. If you hear something you like and the station supports it‚ you can also “tag” a song for purchase (bonus revenue hook FTW!). So I guess M$ can go back to sucking it.
In other news‚ the new iTunes 9‚ also announced today‚ features “Home Sharing”‚ which allows you to share content between computers on the same LAN. While one would think that allowing one to access his content via MobileMe wouldn’t be a stretch‚ apparently that’s not yet supported (at least not in the 15 minutes since I started messing with it and subsequently threw my wireless keyboard). I WANT MY UBIQUITOUS CONTENT NOW!! /rant.
All in all‚ Apple looked to further position itself as a media innovator. As TMA digs further into the upgraded iTunes‚ I’ll be sure to keep my loyal readership posted. /sarcasm.
Oh – and the Beatles still aren’t on iTunes. If all media outlets could agree that “the Beatles” and “Apple” would never used in the same sentence for the remainder of time until it fucking happened‚ all famine and war would cease immediately.