Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

Dec 25

Last week Apple released iTunes Match international service after accidentally initially sent a launch announcement to users in several countries around the world.

When the service became available to users shortly but subscriptions were suspended registrations and now everything seems to be back to normal. Last night, Apple released on its Web site the first information about the new service and according to that document iTunes Match is now available in 17 countries around the world:

Australia, Belgia, Canada, Cipru, Cehia, Elvetia, Franta, Germania, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexic, Marea Britanie, Noua Zeelanda, Slovacia, Spania, si in final SUA.

Although services are available in so many countries, only in United States a certain part of content may be redownloaded through iTunes and reloading in the remaining countries is impossible.  In many countries is not anticipates a launch of iTunes Match in the near future and should note that we can not even download movies through iTunes so they have pretty much to expect.

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Nov 13

This week Apple released the first update of iOS 5 which allowed users to install the new version of the operating system directly from their devices. If you have not yet updated to iOS 5.0.1 from iOS 5 then most certainly that you have badge displayed in the upper right of the Settings application, badge which will warn that you have an OTA update undone.

I saw that many asking about a way that could get the badge out of there but unfortunately this is now impossible to do without jailbreak. Apple does not offer an opportunity to close the application’s badge so the only way to get rid of it is to make the OTA update at iOS 5.0.1 or to install iOS 5.0.1 through iTunes.

If you have jailbreak on your device then the elimination of badge is quite simple by installing the BadgeClear’s tweak from Cydia. Once you install it you will have the option to remove that badge along with any others displayed by your applications and theoretically it should not appear unless Apple launch iOS 5.0.2 through OTA update. This is the only way you can get rid of that badge, and unfortunately it does not work on the iPhone 4S where you do not have jailbreak.

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Oct 22

For years is rumored that Apple will launch a TV and behold, before the death of Steve Jobs seems to be ‘read’ the secret of building such a product. The information comes from the biography written of course by Walter Isaacson where Steve Jobs said that he knew how to build a HDTV to be successful on the market.

Jobs want to do a simple and elegant HDTV that would have an intuitive interface and that of course would be connected to all iDevice and Mac where a user could take even content.

He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson wrote. Isaacson continued: “‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me.

As he presents the TV, it’s a product that could connect to iTunes, could be controlled on an iDevice that could run even multumedia content. Honestly I do not know how successful such Apple TV would give there are so many brands on the market.

If they launch a new and innovative product that really would have a very simple and elegant interface that would work in any home, not just the iDevice’s but it would be cheaper then I think they might have greater success in the global marketplace.

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Oct 21

The iOS 5 of the software company from Cupertino was already installed on 25 million of iDevice’s but some owners of iPad still fail to install the 3G version of the operating system although it is available for more than a week in iTunes.

Moreover, any attempt to restore will lead to inability to stop using the tablet because it remains stuck in Recovery Mode and without SHSH for 4.3.5 does not allow the restore. Those who fail to do restore to iOS 5, or in DFU mode, get an error during the restore process, error apparently is related to damage of internal components of the tablet.

On the Apple discussion forums already three threads discussing this problem: 1, 2, and 3 and yet those who have encountered have contacted Apple and were told that they must change their tablet with a new one. Apple does not seem to have a solution for an error besides the physical change of the tablet so if you are in this situation might not have choice but to send the tablet to guarantee.

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Oct 15

At WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs has speak about the new data center of Apple’s built in North Carolina, the data center infrastructure that is behind iCloud. In 2009, Apple has promised to invest about $ 1 billion in this new data center and so far has invested three quarters of that amount according to Asymco.

750 million dollars were distributed only for building the construction and fitting the location, not including the amount and cost of purchasing servers or Azure platform that apparently would be the basis for icloud.  Unfortunately, even a few days ago we had a demonstration of how the Cupertino company’s servers can handle downloading some 5 million copies of iOS and SHSH registration for iTunes.

What this level of spending implies is that iCloud (and Siri and iTunes) are expensive. They may seem ephemeral and even trivial as services, but they require a staggering commitment few can make. Apple made that commitment and they made it early on, before the first quarter billion users were even on the horizon.

Unfortunately the demonstration gave us to understand that Apple can not yet handle with the huge traffic without a problem and with millions of users that woke up with various errors displayed by iTunes during the update. Even by investing a huge amount of money in a modern datacenter, at Apple still exists a place for improvement of existing infrastructure.

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