I just got a press release letting us know that iTunes now has passed Wal-Mart on the list of the largest music retailers in the US. “The iTunes Store became the largest music retailer in the US based on the amount of music sold during January and February 2008.“. Pretty impressive: 50 million customers, 4 billion sold songs – in less than 5 years.
Traditional hard drives may be ready for museums faster than expected. Today Samsung announced that they have developed a new 64 Gigabit (Gb) multi level cell NAND flash memory chip – which basically means that the density of flash memories has doubled yet again, in other words you can expect to have at least 128 GB of storage in your iPhone in 2009.
Samsung promises 128GB flash drives by 2009 [tech.co.uk]
Microsoft is about to launch games for their mediaplayer Zune later this year (probably this autumn). Engadget took a closer look at the current state of the gaming platform and it looks pretty plain, but who knows…
Games for Zune details, hands-on [Engadget]
Apple Store was closed for a while today and they lowered the price of the iPod Shuffle 1GB to $49 and introduced a whole new 2GB version for $69. The old price for the Shuffle 1GB was $79 so it’s a pretty radical new price. Great.
iPod Shuffle [Apple.com]
Yesterday we told you that Apple TV v.2.0 is out and today I just like to pop a link to a nice review of the new software complete with a bunch of screenshots. The part I found the most interesting is where they describe the quality of the high definition movie rentals:
If we had to scale the HD movie picture quality of HD on a scale where Blu-ray is a 10, HD cable is a 7 and VHS is a 1, this would be about a 5.
I was hoping for a 8 or 9…but at the time we will get movie rentals here in Sweden they might have improved the quality.
Apple TV 2.0 Review [Gizmodo]
Today the delayed software update for Apple TV finally got released. The whole process takes approximately 15 minutes from start to finish and among many new features we finally get 1080p support (yeah!), HD rental movies, flickr integration and a slick new opening video. Check out the full feature over at Engadget for more information.
Apple TV (take 2), take two [Engadget]
These white earbuds are many times the size of the original white iPod earbuds and they look pretty neat next to a computer or mp3 player. The speakers features a built-in amp and 3-way power (wall, USB-port or batteries). No word on pricing but my guess is that they will be pretty cheap.
I own a XtremeMac Tango and I use it daily but one thing I really miss with it is that it doesn’t come with a built-in radio. Today I got a press release and a bunch of images of the new XtremeMac Tango X2 – and this one features a built-in radio with a neat hidden display and six presets. Nice one! A bunch of photos and some more information after the jump.
Here’s a quite interesting article showing you all the steps necessary to take to rent a movie through iTunes. One big let down is that you can’t access the HD versions through iTunes – they are exclusive to AppleTV…