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About NatMusak

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  1. I see what you're saying. At the same time most of the limitations are due to hardware constraints (iPhones are mobile devices, not full-fledged computers) or legal constraints (Apple doesn't allow porn on iTunes, thus it's not going to allow pornographic apps in the App Store; similarly, the RIAA and MPAA would surely shut iTunes down if they allowed P2P apps). Apple could very easily kill your iTunes account, which allows you to sync your iPhone with iTunes. They could do that to prevent malware and spyware from entering your device, but they aren't, obviously, if people are still jailbreaking their phones. You also have to consider what competing companies like RIM and those selling Windows Mobile phones would do in similar circumstances. The difference is Apple's competition offers such pathetic desktop syncing, most people never even update their devices, nor download 3rd party apps.
  2. How is giving developers an SDK, which a relatively small niche of users were crying for, somehow telling those users what they can and can't do? Unless they themselves are devs, Apple isn't telling users to do or not do anything. They also haven't cracked down on jailbreaking, which they rightly could do as a safety precaution, so if anything, they've only empowered the end user as some devs will likely use the SDK to develop jailbreak apps.
  3. Fifth generation iPods updated to 1.3

    Hmm, just updated my 5.5gen iPod Video and I'm not seeing what you're talking about. Are you only trying this with iTunes for Windows? I'm using Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 and iTunes 7.6.1. I don't think Apple dropping support for these iPods is that bad, nor avoidable. The iPod classic uses new hardware that can handle CoverFlow, but it's still a stretch. I wouldn't doubt they stop making these hard-drive based iPods in a year or so when flash/ssd storage becomes more affordable. The classic will soon lack a place in Apple's lineup. - iPod shuffle: for those who want something ultra portable and durable for the gym. - iPod nano: for portable videos, movie rentals, and browsing with CoverFlow. - iPod touch: soon enough will have 64GB and (what I can't wait for) 128GB, in addition to WiFi, a nice screen for video, touch controls, etc. - iPhone: a great phone, internet device, and an iPod for those who don't need to carry a large music collection. iPod touch is really a kind of teaser for overseas markets where iPhone isn't yet available. iPod classic only has an advantage on the storage side, thus it's headed for the chopping block.
  4. Sorry, but that's incorrect. They're not requiring you to distribute your app at all. You can use the free SDK and enjoy your own personal apps without any worry of censorship. However, if you want to distribute that app to everyone through the App Store, obviously you'll have certain guidelines.
  5. Apple isn't telling YOU what to do with YOUR iPhone/iPod touch, they're telling DEVELOPERS what they can do on THEIR platform. As for no background apps, that simply means no third party apps can be running in the background when in other apps. That's already true for a number of Apple's own preinstalled apps. OS X on iPhone/iPod touch quits most applications when you hit the Home button to save battery life, reduce heat, and keep whatever app you choose to use running smoothly. You'll still be able to listen to music while using AIM and when you move from AIM to Safari, you're chat history will not disappear. You'll pick right back up where you left off without having to log back in or anything like that. Also, to the author, the SDK has most definitely made it easier for third party devs to develop apps. The iPhone/iPod touch are not full-fledged computers, they're mobile systems that must contend with processor and RAM constraints, battery life, heat, etc. Here's an article that addresses this myth if anyone cares to question what they read: http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2008/03/13/i...titasking-myth/
  6. iTunes 7.6.1 Released

    No, they last for 30 days, like normal rentals. There's just a different movie available for $0.99 every week, like the free single of the week.
  7. 10.5.2 Due Soon

    roboskip, where did I "lie?" I said Microsoft releases "...service packs that just introduce more problems, fix a few bugs, and ignore the fine touches requested by users." Apple consistently delivers while MS consistently promises, delays, promotes, delays, and finally either releases a mediocre product to compete with 1-5 year old Apple tech, or finally lets the vaporware evaporate to announce something else they'll never deliver in an attempt to distract the consumer away from the ever encroaching competition. What's REALLY cool is someone who pretends Apple's the new Microsoft, Zune is the new iPod, up is the new down, nonsense is the new logic, etc., etc.
  8. 10.5.2 Due Soon

    These kind of updates are what separates Apple from Microsoft. While the core OS is very functional, they've obviously listened to complaints about little problems (on/off switch for translucent Menu Bar, hierarchal Stacks menus) in addition to the usual bug fixes. No waiting months for service packs that just introduce more problems, fix a few bugs, and ignore the fine touches requested by users.
  9. What? The sorting is done in iTunes, not on the iPod.
  10. The problem with your observations is that they all appear to be based on either your preferences due to being a Windows user or hearsay from these "clients" of yours, who also all use Windows. I appreciate that you admit this to a certain extent, but what were you expecting? I've been using Windows since 2000 both at home and school and when I first used a Mac at work, I felt a bit lost. After just a few times on the thing, I realized that it wasn't that different, but where it was different, it was a good kind of different. Same thing when I tried Puppy Linux and Ubuntu. Once you really start using a Mac, you'll notice a serious change: you'll actually enjoy using your computer. It's hard to put a price on having fun with a Mac when you're so used to using a Windows PC that's mediocre at best, unintuitive, unstable, and insecure at worst.
  11. You bring up a good point. While DRM isn't a good thing, at least iTune's FairPlay DRM is humane and it doesn't try to tie you to Mac OS X as WMV and PlaysForSure tie you to Windows. I think a lot of people forget that you can strip that DRM from music bought from the iTunes Store by simply burning a CD of the music (use the "Include CD Text" option under Advanced>Burning for best results) and re-importing the songs; I don't believe this works with a Data Disc or DVD as you're just copying the songs over as they are, but perhaps the mp3 CD option could work. I wonder if this works with videos, too? Apple wouldn't be using DRM if the big labels didn't force them to do so. I believe the last of the Big 4 music labels agreed to release their music DRM free, so soon DRM will be gone from music.
  12. Australia: No pr0n 4 u!

    That is a false and slanderous comment made by Hillary Clinton during a debate. In 2001, The Patriot Act was authorized by everyone (except Russ Feingold of Wisconsin), including Hillary Clinton. Obama wasn't in the Senate in 2001. When Hillary referred to his vote, she's bringing up when he OPPOSED the re-authorization of the Patriot Act in 2006 without significant alterations that would place more checks on the government. You can read about it HERE, which includes links to records that show those who originally authorized the act and where Obama was during all of this. He's no flip-flopper. This is why I refuse to vote for another Clinton!
  13. Do you know about iTunes' sorting options? All songs in version 7.5 have a Sorting tab, which allows you to keep the song/artist/albums name the same, but have it appear where you want it based on its Sort Name/Artist/Album. I have artists with number names, like 2Pac for example, but I've made his Sort Name Tupac, so it appears in the Ts. Hmm, I swear that's been the way iTunes always sorted songs/artists/albums beginning with the letter "a." However, that can be fixed with the Sorting tab, too. Just change A Perfect Circle's Sort Name to APerfect Circle. By not placing a space between a and perfect, it will be listed in the "A" section. As long as you keep their actual name in the actual Name space, you won't see the different spelling. Hope that made sense. Not sure why a number of people assume iTunes DVD ripping (if this rumor turns out to be true) will place DRM on the imported movie. They don't do this with CDs. They're eliminating DRM in most of their music, and there are already some DRM-free music videos. I do question the legality of iTunes doing it compared to Handbrake; if Handbrake can, why not iTunes? They could even use Handbrake's source, right? *EDIT* Apparently, iTunes doing what Handbrake does would violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, I think it still could be up to the film studio rather than Apple.
  14. Mac OS has no "real" interface? Right, when you turn one on there's just nothing on the screen... Oh, so because Mac OS X doesn't treat it's users like kindergartners by placing the word "Start" somewhere, people will be lost? Come on now. Applications are not "buried" in the Finder. Some are displayed in the Dock (generally the most useful ones) while the rest are in the Finder's sidebar, under Applications. The Finder helps you find everything on your computer, which makes a bit more sense than just Start. Internet Explorer may be initially easier to identify as a browser than Safari, but then again, that's only due to Window's monopoly status. Once you know Safari is the browser, it's pretty unforgettable. I can think of a number of Windows utilities and programs (Windows Live v. iChat, Outlook v. Mail, Control Panel v. System Preferences, Windows Explorer v. Finder; HyperTerminal, Run, Registry, the Accessories folder, and my fav, the Recycle Bin) that are named oddly. If you've ever used a Mac (which obviously you haven't, or haven't much), the Finder's sidbar contains the following clearly visible folders: -Network -Macintosh HD (kind of like My Computer in Windows) -Desktop -Home folder -Applications -Documents -Movies -Music -Pictures Right. You wouldn't wanna get lost on the desktop, not knowing where to start... You see something wrong with Leopard's use of transparency, which is fairly light, compared to Vista's grotesque over-use of transparency that not only affects performance, but also makes navigation more difficult. The top of many Vista windows are transparent and when they overlap, they bleed together. Meanwhile Leopard's only misuse of transparency is in the Menu Bar, which has been a tad over-dramatized considering it only affects people with overly busy desktop pictures and bad eyes. It's not such a difficult thing to remedy if Apple decided to increase the opaqueness. One of your points is to read Paul Thurrott's review of Leopard? He's one of the most uninformed Windows shills. Is this where you're getting your talking points? Are you trying to pull up some article that shows the number of security fixes in Vista vs. Leopard? I'm guessing that article says Vista has more. Just because MS has spent more on security this time around doesn't mean Leopard is slacking. It means MS had more holes to plug. Mac OS X is fundamentally more secure. WGA didn't just affect those who illigally obtained Windows, but also those who simply moved their hard drive from one PC to another, or made other alterations to their systems that MS deemed illegal. I don't think I've ever heard someone argue for WGA. As for this Apple "WGA-styled system," I linked earlier to an article HERE that debunks that myth and gives a logical use of the technology which Apple patented back in 2005.
  15. Movie importing would be a pretty amazing new feature, if that's what this is. I can't tell if this will be among the top things demonstrated at MW, or if it's in the "one more thing" category. Would this be considered legal? I know Handbrake does it and hasn't been shut down, but Apple/iTunes? If all DVDs can be imported, I see AppleTV becoming WAY more popular.