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A new report states that Apple, as expected, will hold its annual iPod and media centric event for the week of Labor Day, scheduling the keynote for Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Rumors began to swirl last week that Apple would host an event that week, but the date should come as no surprise: For years, the iPod maker has scheduled its media keynote in the first half of September.

Digital Daily has confirmed the date as well as a San Francisco location with sources, and also passes word that the long-rumored tablet device will not be unveiled. AppleInsider sources have also long maintained that stance, and insist that the product will launch in early 2010.

Previous events were held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, though Apple has not yet specified a location. Digital Daily sources also could not say who would be presiding over the event, though company faithful hope to see co-founder Steve Jobs return to the stage.

Expected to be a part of the event are "Cocktail," Apple's full-length album download bundle with extras, and a new iPod touch and iPod nano, both sporting cameras.

There have also been rumors about a new iTunes, version 9, possibly with support for Blu-ray discs and social media integration. Apple has also reportedly been working on a video on demand service for its media player.

At last year's event, Apple unveiled iTunes 8 with the new Genius feature, debuted the fourth-generation iPod nano, introduced a reworked iPod touch with hardware volume controls and built-in Nike + iPod support, and refreshed the iPod classic with a 120GB model.
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Can we expect new iMacs on the same day as the music event?

That would be cool (in indeed iTunes 9.0 carries Blu Ray support).
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"Cocktail" should be pretty cool, and so should the new camera-equipped iPods.

Hopefully support for Bluray *crosses fingers*.

No surprise about no tablet.
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post #4 of 69
Interesting that this will likely be the last iPod event where the original (classic) iPod is involved.

Personally, I'm hoping for an all new iTunes that actually makes some sense, but I'm not holding my breath over it. Apple makes so much money off the store it's unlikely they will do anything to hinder that.
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Really wanna see a Steve Jobs keynote again. He'll get a standing ovation just by walking onto the stage.
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Can we expect new iMacs on the same day as the music event?

That would be cool (in indeed iTunes 9.0 carries Blu Ray support).

Updated Macs have always been done separately. This will surely focus only on the iPod/iTunes/iTunes Store.

The idea of Blu-ray support in iTunes 9 makes little sense to me. For starters, QuickTime or iTunes cant play protected DVDs at this point. Apple has DVD player specifically for that and its still that way in Snow Leopard. Lumping Blu-ray playback (which is the only support worthwhile here) seems silly. Secondly, Apple hasnt made Leopard or Snow Leopard support Blu-rays needed AACS at the OS level so adding Blu-ray playback to any app is foolish without that added first. Finally, putting focus on Blu-ray when Apple has a competing business of selling digital video makes absolutely no sense at this event. If they were to add it should be in a point update away from this event that updates the OS and updates DVD Player to play Blu-ray titles.
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Originally Posted by Eduardo View Post

Can we expect new iMacs on the same day as the music event?

That would be cool (in indeed iTunes 9.0 carries Blu Ray support).

No this is gonna be all about music. iMac will be announced, logically, at a computer evert. Maybe with the Tablet.
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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

Interesting that this will likely be the last iPod event where the original (classic) iPod is involved.

Personally, I'm hoping for an all new iTunes that actually makes some sense, but I'm not holding my breath over it. Apple makes so much money off the store it's unlikely they will do anything to hinder that.

I like the current iTunes feel okay, its the iTunes Store I hate. I now only buy things with my iPhone unless its a video. I just hate the cluttered setup.

Why do you think there will be a new iPod Classic? What do you think will be new about it? I think the only real change last time was cost-per-GB drop when the bumped the single-platter 80GB to 120GB and dropped the double-platter 160GB version. Unless they use iPhone OS X and a 3.5 touchscreen (which is highly unlikely, I think) to make it into a super capacity iPod Touch (with the caveat that its slower to access the drive), as the App Store and mobile iTunes Store is just too important to Apple. Otherwise, I dont see any changes or updates coming, and potentially discontinuing the device altogether if the sales have been low enough to justify it.
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9-9-09?

does anyone else think there might be a connection to the beatles big release on rock band? i guess i'm reaching but it's the same date and if they could license every beatle song for the ps3, xbox and wii, why not itunes? this would be a nice little surprise for itunes, cocktail, new ipods and whatever else apple has up their sleeve.
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Why Wednesday and not Tuesday for the event? Maybe Wigby is onto something.
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whatever could it be? hmmm
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Love that date!

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9-9-09?

does anyone else think there might be a connection to the beatles big release on rock band? i guess i'm reaching but it's the same date and if they could license every beatle song for the ps3, xbox and wii, why not itunes? this would be a nice little surprise for itunes, cocktail, new ipods and whatever else apple has up their sleeve.

This will be, in part, about the remastered Beatles catalog.

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Why Wednesday and not Tuesday for the event? Maybe Wigby is onto something.

Or because the Monday is Labor Day in the US and they don't want to make the journalist have to travel for work on a 3-day holiday weekend in order to make a Tuesday event or make their own employees work that Monday setting up for the event.

Because Steve is a nice guy that way.
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Wonder if they will unleash Snow Leopard then as well ? Don't see an event to just release the new OS..

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Updated Macs have always been done separately. This will surely focus only on the iPod/iTunes/iTunes Store.

The idea of Blu-ray support in iTunes 9 makes little sense to me. For starters, QuickTime or iTunes cant play protected DVDs at this point. Apple has DVD player specifically for that and its still that way in Snow Leopard. Lumping Blu-ray playback (which is the only support worthwhile here) seems silly. Secondly, Apple hasnt made Leopard or Snow Leopard support Blu-rays needed AACS at the OS level so adding Blu-ray playback to any app is foolish without that added first. Finally, putting focus on Blu-ray when Apple has a competing business of selling digital video makes absolutely no sense at this event. If they were to add it should be in a point update away from this event that updates the OS and updates DVD Player to play Blu-ray titles.



Managed copy and most iPhone and iPod users are on windows so it doesn't matter if there is no snow leopard support yet. It's apple inc, not apple computer
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Managed copy and most iPhone and iPod users are on windows so it doesn't matter if there is no snow leopard support yet. It's apple inc, not apple computer

None of that is germane to iTunes supporting Blu-ray. The managed copy is just a file that can be read by iTunes and/or WMP. It is on a separate DVD from what Ive seen, but even if it was on a Blu-ray disc, you still dont need to do anything but drag it into iTunes from the mounted disc. As for Apples name change, I hope you arent implying that Apple doesnt focus on computers anymore.
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mac's to apple are Windows and Office to MS. bastard step children that must be taken care of. they provide cash flow but the real growth is in other products. for apple it's the iphone and Microsoft it's in SQL, Exchange and other server products

you were able to play DVD's on Windows long before there was official support for it. the drive is recognized like any other optical device and the software was PowerDVD or one of the handful of other software DVD players.

i can buy a blu-ray drive for $58 for my PC now. if QT comes out with blu-ray support a lot of people will be visiting NewEgg
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I wonder if a Cocoa-based iTunes is on the cards, to coincide with the imminent release of Snow Leopard...
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Really wanna see a Steve Jobs keynote again. He'll get a standing ovation just by walking onto the stage.

I just don't see that happening. He still looks far too frail, which would eclipse the presentation. Let him either physically improve or continue to engineer events from off-stage. I still feel horrible for the guy and his family.

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Why Wednesday and not Tuesday for the event? Maybe Wigby is onto something.

Because whenever Monday is a holiday, Apple allows a travel day before the event for the press. It's about the only press-friendly thing Apple does.
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you were able to play DVD's on Windows long before there was official support for it. the drive is recognized like any other optical device and the software was PowerDVD or one of the handful of other software DVD players.

i can buy a blu-ray drive for $58 for my PC now. if QT comes out with blu-ray support a lot of people will be visiting NewEgg

Blu-ray support doesnt work that way. AACS has to be supported in the OS itself before any application can possibly play a Blu-ray title.

BTW, is that a desktop-grade drive that would only fit in Mac Pros or an external drive? It surely isnt the 9.5mm ultra-slim slot-loading drive needed for most Macs.


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I wonder if a Cocoa-based iTunes is on the cards, to coincide with the imminent release of Snow Leopard...

It seems likely that iTunes 9 would be Cocoa based and 64-bit compatible for at least Snow Leopard. So far its not, yet its at the core of 2-out-of-3 legs of Apples business. Since there is no beta on the developers site I wonder if there are also some major changes that they want to keep secret until the event.
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9-9-09?

that date is also the release of tim burton's 9 and is also the date of sister ruth's 90th birthday. i'm sure they're all connected somehow.
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New AppleTV.... Please!!
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New AppleTV.... Please!!

I hope so too. Since the original AppleTV was launched a lot has changed and the direction of that market is considerably more set that it was then. Blu-ray beat HD-DVD, Apple finally got rights to movies in the iTunes Store with rentals, ad supported TV viewing via websites as caught on, and digital downloads have caught on quite well.

There is a lot Apple could do with a new AppleTV in both HW and SW at this point. While that is surely a hobby for them, for lack of a better term, its not an area that they can give up on. Any ideas what direction you foresee them likely going?
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the high capacity still has a market! i'm not buying a 32 GB iPod touch for $400 just because my 16GB iPhone doesn't hold all my music. still need a viable option. maybe 64 GB nano or something sick like that.
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Let the speculation begin!

And let the farce be with you that don't get exactly what you believe you are entitled to receive.
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Since I don't give a damn about Blue-Ray, I would rather see them introducing 64-bit Cocoa-based iTunes. And when are they going to bring movie rentals and TV shows to Europe?
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what about Snow Leopard
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Why Wednesday and not Tuesday for the event? Maybe Wigby is onto something.

Also the back to school rebate on iPod Touches ends on the 8th.
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Blu-ray support doesnt work that way. AACS has to be supported in the OS itself before any application can possibly play a Blu-ray title.

BTW, is that a desktop-grade drive that would only fit in Mac Pros or an external drive? It surely isnt the 9.5mm ultra-slim slot-loading drive needed for most Macs.



It seems likely that iTunes 9 would be Cocoa based and 64-bit compatible for at least Snow Leopard. So far its not, yet its at the core of 2-out-of-3 legs of Apples business. Since there is no beta on the developers site I wonder if there are also some major changes that they want to keep secret until the event.



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Windows Vista didn't have any official blu-ray support. you need a drive, player program and the compatible video card driver that supports HDCP or HDMI
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New AppleTV.... Please!!

there are TV's coming out now or will come out soon with Netflix built into the TV. why bother with Apple TV?
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Sept 9th:

Great day for Apple.

Not so great for the ZunePod HD.
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Sept 9th:

Great day for Apple.

Not so great for the ZunePod HD.

Please stop bringing Microsoft into this forum. Please.....
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While it may not be unveiled I wouldn't be surprised if it's announced- like the iPhone was 6 months befor it was sold. This product could use the buzz and make people think twice before buying those netbooks. And therefor if SJ is there I think we could expect an end announcement by him.
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there are TV's coming out now or will come out soon with Netflix built into the TV. why bother with Apple TV?

I know - really- you can get wireless blu-ray machines now that stream rentals from much larger libraries. I think ATVs time has past. Get a Mini instead or go cheaper- get an iPod dock for your TV.
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I hope so too. Since the original AppleTV was launched a lot has changed and the direction of that market is considerably more set that it was then. Blu-ray beat HD-DVD, Apple finally got rights to movies in the iTunes Store with rentals, ad supported TV viewing via websites as caught on, and digital downloads have caught on quite well.

There is a lot Apple could do with a new AppleTV in both HW and SW at this point. While that is surely a “hobby” for them, for lack of a better term, it’s not an area that they can give up on. Any ideas what direction you foresee them likely going?

They could start by including an "On/Off switch" on it.
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As for Apples name change, I hope you arent implying that Apple doesnt focus on computers anymore.

No Apple has implied that itself if you base it on their product release priority over the last 2 years.
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No this is gonna be all about music. iMac will be announced, logically, at a computer evert. Maybe with the Tablet.

I hope they don't have some lame "Rocker" like Jack Johnson again ,like at their last "Rock" event.
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No Apple has implied that itself if you base it on their product release priority over the last 2 years.

Yet the market hasn't noticed.

Apple is selling more Macs than ever and is on track to do the same next quarter, and they continue to be #1 in PC satisfaction. It's just that their focus has shifted to notebooks, and rightly so, since desktops sales are way, way down in the entire industry.
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It's just that their focus has shifted to notebooks, and rightly so, since desktops sales are way, way down in the entire industry.

That's funny, I thought their focus shifted to phones.\ Why would I have thought that?
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