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updated 08:55 am EDT, Mon August 25, 2008

iTunes 8 and Sept 9 Launch

Apple has a more definite release date in mind for its new iPods and iTunes 8, Digg founder Kevin Rose says in the latest episode of This Week in Tech. Coloring in details left out of his controversial blog entry, Rose alleges early on in the episode that the new devices and their companion jukebox software should be unveiled on September 9th, or just two weeks from now.

The news site creator declines to provide more details of the launch, though Apple in recent years has held special music events in September to refresh most or all of its iPods in advance of the holidays.

Rose also claims to be aware of multiple iTunes 8 features, but names only one out of concern that he might over-promise for the software. While not elaborating, he suggests the jukebox will look at a user's music and make recommendations of its own. To what end is unclear, though the recommendations will most likely tie into the iTunes Store. Apple already makes suggests through its Just For You feature but is dependent both on using previous iTunes purchases as well as by-hand additions of albums the customer owns from outside the store.

Rose also claims to have additional images of the purported fourth-generation iPod nano that he sent temporarily to TWiT show host Leo Laporte but acknowledges the possibility that it may be difficult to authenticate the images, although Laporte doesn't have any immediate reason to dispute the images' legitimacy.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Either the guy knows, or he doesn't! If he doesn't know then it's just more rumour-sh*t. If he has the inside track, as he claims, how can anything be an "over-promise"??? Or is this guy just another arseh0le?

  1. EdwinSneller

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No way that soon

    Sept 9th is too soon. The back to school promotion ends on the 15th. Apple won't release anything new until after that.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The promotion doesn't matter, since Apple specifies which models are available in the promotion. They updated the iMac once during the promotion period, but the iMac was specifically left off of it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And his great "new" feature isn't very new. It sounds like a cross between "Just for You" and Apple's mini store (you know, the thing most people turn off).

    A bigger help would be if Apple improved their little-arrow 'go to store' buttons. A lot of my music can never be found, even if some of it came from the store (and even though it actually is in the store). I especially like it when I go "Hey, that free song I got sounds pretty good, let's see the entire album" only to be told its not in the US store. anymore (yet, a quick search on just the artist finds the album, go figure).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: over promise

    Well, with the iPhone, he way overpromised. Said it would be CDMA as well as 3G or whatever. Said it would have a nice slide out keyboard. Said it would be really small.

    Oh, and the one thing he didn't overpromise on was that he said it might have a touch screen.

    Why anyone would pay attention to what he says over any of the other rumor sites out there is beyond me.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's Kevin Rose...

    ..the only thing this guy delivers reliably is hot air -- why anyone gives him exposure is beyond me.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Like audioscrobbler?

    Sounds like the audioscrobbler/ system, except without all the free unencrypted downloads and streams.

    Which works transparently with iTunes, thanks to iScrobbler.

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I want more

    iTunes features not related in anyway to the store. It seems like every new version of iTunes only reflects the store.

    How about a feature that puts iTunes in kiosk mode so when I have a party people can play music but not delete songs by mistake?

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