Podcaster Denied From App Store -Update

Last month I wrote a post about a podcast aggregator for the iPhone that would download podcasts directly to the device. At the time of the post the application was going to be submitted to the App Store a few days afterward. Yesterday comes word from the developer that the application was denied from the App Store. The reason for its exclusion from the App Store is that “Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes” -Apple rep.

The problem is that there is nothing in the terms of service that dissallows the duplication of a feature. There are many applications in the App Store that duplicate the Apple created calculator, or the Yahoo weather widget, or the iPod music app itself.

Although the application isn’t going to be allowed in the App Store the developer has begun to distribute the application using Apple’s AdHoc distribution system. He is only asking for a $9.99 donation and if you want to get your hands on the app you can find it here.

Update: I’ve spent a little bit of time with the app and it works very well. It is very easy to use and incredibly reliable. The next time I plan on spending a weekend away from my laptop this will come in very handy when I want to listen to some new podcasts.

Second Bill Gates, Seinfeld Ad Airs

No one seemed to like the first ad and it seems that most people don’t “get” the second ad either. But, as someone (I can’t remember who) said about the ad, if you smile even once, Microsoft wins. All Microsoft has to day is make you think of Microsoft in a more posative light, and if it takes release an ad that has almost no relevance to Microsoft but makes you laugh than that is what it takes.

Apple Let’s Rock Event, Results Are In

So the Apple event was a little underwhelming (not to me, but to most) but I’ll just take a little bit of time to shortly recap what happened at the event.

  • NBC back in iTunes.
  • iTunes adding HD TV shows for $2.99 per episode.
  • iTunes 8 with Genius playlists and the Genius sidebar (suggests songs similar to a chosen song)
  • 120GB iPod Classic for $249 (supports new iPod Earphones).
  • iPod Nano, 8GB $149, 16GB $199. curved aluminum design, thinnest iPod ever, accelerometer. Available in 9 colors.
  • New in-ear headphones for $79 and earbuds for $29. Has, squeeze button, mic, and volume up/down buttons.
  • iPod Touch, 8GB $229, 16GB $299, 32GB $399. Hardware volume controls, and built in speaker. Built in Nike + iPod support.
  • iPod Touch firmware 2.1 with iPhone firmware 2.1 coming Friday.

Apple Event Today: “Let’s Rock” 10PM Pacific, 1PM Eastern

Unfortunately I will be at work while the event is going on so I won’t be able to find out what happened until about 3PM eastern time and won’t be able to post about it until after 4:30. But, I can start the day by doing some final predictions as to what I expect to see at the event.

  • iPod Nano update with new design featuring a widescreen display (while turned on its side)
  • iPod Touch Update, slight changes to the design and the possible inclusion of GPS.
  • iTunes 8, new visualizer, Genius playlists, and Genius sidebar.
  • Entire iPod line to see price drops (excluding the iPod Shuffle).
  • iPhone and iPod Touch firmware 2.1 (if not available immediately then available in the next few weeks).
  • HD TV shows

So that’s all I’m expecting at the event but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Steve Jobs pulled a “one more thing” and showed off something amazing (but I’m not going to get my hopes up).

I doubt that Apple will have a live stream of the event but they usually put one up a few hours after the show. But, during the event I would suggest those who are interested to follow Engadget’s live blog of the event.

There have also been a few of interesting images regarding the event floating around yesterday and today. The first is a mockup of what iTunes 8.0 will look like.

From KevinRose.com.

The last two images are claiming to be the interface of the upcoming iPod Nano.

From Gizmodo.

Apple Accidentally Leaks iTunes 8

Last night UFailPix posted about downloading iTunes 8 from Apple’s own website. This is of course unconfirmed because there has been nothing more than a screenshot of Apple’s website with an oddly placed download link to iTunes.

The blog says that it is a huge upgrade from the previous version but after shortly updated the post saying that he believes the version he downloaded is actually a release candidate.

I’m not sure if I believe the post since there are no screenshots of the application itself only of the web site, but, who knows. Mistakes have been made in the past and it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for Apple to have accidentally leaked the new version.


Update: they decided to post a link to the download which you can download here (link removed). I can’t confirm that it is iTunes since I just started downloading it, but once downloaded (in about 10 minutes) I’ll install on a see how it is. Hopefully it is the mac version but if not I’ll have to install it on one of my old PCs.

Update x2: This seems to be completely fake, I downloaded the file and even though it has a password on the archive I could see what files are inside of it. There are two files in the archive, one called obama.doc and one called zunesetuppkg-x86.exe. So I guess all the people in the comments that have said they downloaded it and liked it can’t tell the difference between iTunes and the Zune software.

So, the leak is fake and other than the rumors that say we’ll be getting iTunes 8 tomorrow we won’t know for sure until then.

iPod Nano 4G Photo Leaked -Update

Another iPod Nano 4G photo has leaked, this one is shows an orange version in its original packaging. This photo is much better looking than the one shown by Kevin Rose and confirms the new design changes once and for all.

This new design resembles the 2G iPod Nano much more than the 3G but features a larger display than the 3G Nano. Along with the photo came information that the new iPod will be shipping next week but will be exempt from the back-to-school promo that runs until September 15.


Engadget has posted another photo showing the Nano unboxed.

By the way, I’m curious what this new display size will mean for games on the iPod.


This just in: After looking at the second of the two photos above and comparing the porportions of the two iPods it seems that one of them is fake (my guess would be the second one). The distance between the bottom of the iPod and the play/pause button is different on the two of them and the curvature of the case itself is much different. Not to mention the fact that in the second photo it shows the old style iPod cable. Let’s just say the photo of the green iPod Nano is very suspect indeed.

EA Says Spore Coming to iPhone on September 7

Not only has EA announced that Spore Origins for the iPhone will be released on September 7 (it is already available for 5G iPods, iPod Classics, and 3G iPod Nanos) but they also announced that they are currently developing 9 more games for the iPhone.

Yahtzee Adventures, EA Mini Golf, Lemonade Tycoon, Mahjong, Monopoly: Here & Now The World Edition, SimCity, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09, Need for Speed Undercover, and The Sims 3. Many of these titles have already been mentioned by EA but there are a couple added to this most recent list. I’m most excited for SimCity, The Sims 3, and Yahtzee Adventures.

I’m incredibly excited for the iPhone as a gaming platform and wouldn’t be surprised if we see it up there next to the PSP and Nintendo DS in terms of how people think of it as a gaming platform. From the games we have already seen for the iPhone it is clear that it is an immensely powerful device and with time the games will only get better.


More new Spore screenshots after the jump.

Xbox 360 Core Arcade Bundle Now Available for $199.99

Officially today you can now pick up an Xbox 360 for (what I consider to be) that magical price point of $199.99.

This bundle includes the console itself (without hard drive), a 256MB memory unit, a wireless controller, Xbox LIVE Silver membership, Composite AV cable, 5 Arcade LIVE titles: Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket, Pac-Man Championship Edition, and Uno.

So if you are looking to pick up an Xbox 360 either as a gift for holidays or just for yourself right now is a great time to grab one.

Xbox 360 Arcade Bundle

First Microsoft Seinfeld Ad Airs

The first Microsoft ad featureing Seinfeld and Bill Gates aired yesterday and so far the general consensus is that the ad is good but doesn’t seem to have any relevance to any of Microsofts products. That analysis is correct but I’m fairly certain that there will be many more ads that tell a story (relative to Microsft’s products) overall and not necessarily a story for each individual ad.

I see this ad more as an effort to get rid of the ideas of Microsoft being an old and boring company and instead a company who is still doing interesting things. More ads will come doing this same thing with ads in between telling you about how great Microsoft’s products are.

Microsoft did a much better job than I though they would with this ad and it truly is funny.

Spore Already Cracked And Available on BitTorrent

Shortly after news that some stores in Australia broke the street date for Spore we hear that Spore has already been cracked and is now being traded on BiTtorrent networks (*cough* The Pirate Bay *cough*).

The cracking group called RELOADED didn’t seem to take that long to crack the SecuROM anti-pirating software used by Spore. There are now thousands of people downloading it and it’s 3 days before it is even supposed to be for sale in North America.


More iTunes 8.0 Info and New iPod Dimensions Posted

Kevin Rose is at it again with more information about iTunes 8. This time quoting one of his sources saying:

“What’s new in iTunes 8

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.”

We still don’t know if there will be an unlimited iTunes subscription (but it is unlikely) I would say though that Genius could become an unbelievable feature if combined with an unlimited option.

TV shows in HD is going to be really great but I wonder if this means that the newer iPods and/or the iPhone 3G are actually capable of playing back HD content. If you remember when the original iPod 5G came out it was only capable of 320×240 video but was later updated to allow playback of 640×480 video, could this also happen with the new iPods?

According to the quote we’ll also be seeing a 4G Nano, a 2G Classic, and a 2G iPod Touch. Oddly enough iLounge posted an image of what they claim to be the dimensions of the new iPod Nano and iPod Touch.

None of this really surprises me at all but what I’m wondering is what is going to be the pricing on the HD TV shows. Are they going to be $2.99? That is the same price as renting a movie and seems very over priced. Or, are they going to go the route of letting users rent HD TV shows for $1.99 with the same 30 day/24 hour system set up for the movies?

All of these questions will be answered on Sep 9th at 10am Pacific time but I sure hope that we’ll get HD TV shows and I also really hope we get some more info about iPhone firmware 2.1.

Kevin Rose

September 9 Apple Event Confirmed

Yes, I know, I was wrong, and even though I was wrong I am still pretty sure my logic was (at the very least) good. But, we will be seeing an Apple event on Sep. 9. The invitation went out yesterday to all of the “big guys” with the title “Let’s Rock,” the picture next to it depicted a typical iPod touting dancer who seemed to be carrying the rumored iPod Nano 4G.

There are strong indications that this event will bring about a new iPod Nano, iPod Touch, and more than likely some news about the 2.1 software update for the iPhone. While other rumors have suggested that we may be seeing MacBook and MacBook Pro updates, we probably won’t be seeing them until October or later.

On the software front there are rumors that we will be seing iTunes 8.0 and along with it might come features such as music suggestion and (hopefully) an unlimited iTunes subscription option.

I expect to see a new iPod Nano, new iPod Touch, iPhone 2.1 info, and iTunes 8.0. But, I don’t expect to see anything else.