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iTunes LP, iTunes Extras tap into new JavaScript framework

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon September 14, 2009

Could be aimed at support Apple TV functions

The LP and Extras features introduced in iTunes 9 are built around new JavaScript framework, probing is said to show. Called TuneKit, the standard is not only aimed at supporting interactive bonus media, but handling it without the need for plug-ins such as Flash, typically used to deal with animations. TuneKit is otherwise paired mainly with HTML and CSS code.

It is believed that TuneKit may be designed with the Apple TV in mind, since it produces results similar to DVD and Blu-ray extras, while being easier to develop for. TuneKit is also designed around a 1280x720 resolution, which makes it suitable for output on HDTVs and desktop computers, but not a 13-inch MacBook. More importantly iTunes 9 carries two unusual new HTML metatags, "hdtv-fullscreen and "hdtv-cursor-off." TuneKit can only so far be run on a Mac or PC.

The discovery comes as Apple has made the first change to the Apple TV in some time, discarding the 40GB model and lowering the 160GB version's price to $229. The company could be looking to clear stock in front of a major update, considered overdue by some analysts. Some features could include 1080p output, and larger storage capacities.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It being an Apple technology, can you call it a 'standard'?

  1. chas_m



    It's Official

    Apple has decided the Flash SUX.

    And they're right, quite frankly.

    TuneKit could be the second step of an all-out effort to extend Javascript/HTML to compete with it.

    But Testudo is right: it's incorrect to call Tunekit a standard. It's BUILT on a standard, but it's not itself a standard.


  1. LEStudios

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple are offering more HD titles from Disney and

    They having and about to expand it more.

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