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Apple has published a teaser on the front page of its website, telling customers that an "exciting announcement" regarding iTunes is coming at 7 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget," the page reads. "Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes."

It lists local times in California and New York, at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively, that the announcement will be made. Also included are 3 p.m. in London and midnight in Tokyo.

The mention of iTunes could hint that the product will be related to the streaming of content, perhaps from the new data center Apple has built in North Carolina. Apple has been rumored for months to be working on a cloud-based iTunes service that would allow users to stream their music from any connected device.

However, recent reports suggested that Apple has encountered roadblocks in its negotiations with content providers. People familiar with those negotiations have suggested that any cloud-based iTunes features would likely be "modest" if they launch in the near future.



Nearly a year ago, Apple acquired Lala, a music streaming service that it shuttered earlier this year. Many have assumed that the acquisition was meant to pave the way for an iTunes cloud service.

Apple has already focused iTunes content on the cloud with its new Apple TV. The $99 iOS-based device has limited internal storage and relies on the renting of TV shows and movies, streamed directly from the iTunes servers to a user's home.
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Yes! Hopefully get to stream all my content from Apple's servers! That way I don't need to worry if my media storage disk crashes again! (Luckily iTunes Support was nice and let me redownload all my purchases)
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I'll rather keep my music on my HDDs, so I don't have to rely on the internet connection, which sometimes is great, but someother times is like non-existent...
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They didn't call a press conference so this probably won't be huge. I bet they will just announce the mac app store is activating.
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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.
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I'll rather keep my music on my HDDs, so I don't have to rely on the internet connection, which sometimes is great, but someother times is like non-existent...

Yes and no... I have 10 seasons of Stargate, 4 Seasons of BG (in HD) not to mention full seasons of The Wire, Rome, Deadwood, Fringe and about 15 others. It's 1.3TBs in size when I include all my movies.

While streaming them might not always be convenient, having content backed up in the sky that I am unlikely to watch again for several years, is potentially fantstic. I have 2x3 TB external drives connected to a Mac mini under the TV - it's not exactly the clutter free environment you'd want with your Apple stuff.

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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

I agree with your principle (of poor audio runing music for a generation) but iTunes has never done MP3.

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post #9 of 262
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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

Yes, it is a pipe dream, as MP3 has not ruined the hearing of a generation. And I find it amusing that you placed Apple Lossless with MP3. Apple Lossless is lossless, just like FLAC or WAV. Apple Lossless sounds exactly the same as FLAC or WAV.
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Subscription service...

Make it similar to some of the other ones that are out there.

$10 a month, and at the end of the month I get 10 songs that I can download and keep.

It's a win / win.
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Yes and no... I have 10 seasons of Stargate, 4 Sesons of BG (in HD) not to mention full seasons of The Wire, Rome, Deadwood, Fringe and about 15 others. It's 1.3TBs in size when I include all my movies.

Whole streaming them might not always be convenient, having content backed up in the sky that I am unlikely to watch again for several years, is potentially fantstic. I have 2x3 TB external drives connected to a Mac mini under the TV - it's not exactly the clutter free environment you'd want with your Apple stuff.


If this is the "Cloud" that is coming....how much will it cost for people that have sizeable content?

That's what I have wondered about every since it started being discussed. Nothing is free but how can me saving 150 Gigs of my iTunes on Apple's servers be affordable?
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The tricky thing here is that they are specifically pointing out time clocks in London and Tokyo, which would seem to not include the possibility of video streaming, that kind of thing, which would presumably be limited to the U.S.

i unfortunately agree, that it is probably the Beatles, which is a bigger deal to Steve Jobs than probably anyone else. I already bought the CD's I want, and imported them into Itunes. Being able to download them is no big deal...

I wish it were something bigger, and still hope it is.
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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

As the name suggests Apple Lossless is a lossless format, like FLAC or WAV. iTMS songs are encoded as AAC files, which are lossy like MP3s.
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Originally Posted by shakedown View Post

Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

You mean AAC not mp3. But I get your point. I can usually tell the difference between an AIFF and an ACC file. However I like getting all those songs on the iPhone.
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It lists local times in California and New York, at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively, that the announcement will be made. Also included are 3 p.m. in London and midnight in Tokyo.

This international clock choice could maybe hints for international expansion of the music and/or movie store? The announcement is made at 07.00 a.m. Cupertino time, quite unusual (usually it is 09 or 10 am). How much I wish the music and movie store could finally come here to the Czech Republic!
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"Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget.”

Hmm.. so if I don’t put certain tracks on my iDevice I’ll still be able to access them, hence never forgetting. Same goes with accessing a web-based version of iTunes away from my iTunes Library.
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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

Maybe when more than 10 people in a given population understand what the hell you are talking about without explanation, Apple would consider it.

While storage on a HDD may be a non-issue, on iDevices it is.
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They didn't call a press conference so this probably won't be huge. I bet they will just announce the mac app store is activating.

That has absolutely nothing to do with "iTunes" whatsoever.
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That has absolutely nothing to do with "iTunes" whatsoever.

Why would you say that as you will use iTunes to buy the apps similar to the current app store?
post #21 of 262
Color icons of the sidebar in iTunes -- it would be revolutionary!
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I hope this is a streaming model similar to spotify!
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"Never forget" - we'll be able to upload our brains to iTunes so we don't forget stuff.
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Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

1. iTunes serves it's music in AAC format, not MP3, which is much better quality for a given file size.
2. Apple Lossless is "lossless" so there's no compromise in sound quality. Same as Flac/Wave, but based on more modern technologies.
3. The difference in file sizes is NOT a non issue. Especially not on mobile devises.

You're just throwing up acronyms without knowing what they really mean, yet you claim to hear a difference. It's all in your head. Rather sad.
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Originally Posted by shakedown View Post

Maybe Apple will finally start using true lossless on ITunes (like Flac) instead of this MP3 nonsense that has ruined the hearing of a generation - not to mention being inconsistent with their high standards. I have never understood why they have not killed the MP3 when download speeds/storage are a non issue. The difference is day and night when you listen to an MP3/Apple Lossless vs. Flac/Wave.

I know this is a pipe dream but I thought it would be a good time to mention it.

You just implied ALAC isnt a true losssless codec.
You compared ALAC as bein as inferior in quality as the lossy MP3 codec.
You ignored any and all possible reasons legal reasons why Apple cant simply use a lossless codec.
You ignored the quality of the original content to focus on certain lossless codecs, while pooh-poohng other lossless and lossy codecs (i.e.: Take 64kbps MP3, convert to FLAC, yet you still have inferior sound, thus the original content it was ripped from is important. Note: CD is not superior audio quality).

You also just made my ignore list. Welcome back Teckdud!
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post #27 of 262
I don't want to hear one more damn thing about Ping.
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Color icons of the sidebar in iTunes -- it would be revolutionary!

That could be defined as changing everything again.
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post #29 of 262
They're going to announce a new app icon for iTunes that actually is good.
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Interesting. It will be more than just cloud based music streaming.

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Why would you say that as you will use iTunes to buy the apps similar to the current app store?

You will use your iTunes account not iTunes software. Based on what Apple demoed, the Mac App store is a separate software. Beside, they said 90 days and we are sill more than 60 days away. My bet is that the Mac App Store won't show up any time before that time frame.
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Why would you say that as you will use iTunes to buy the apps similar to the current app store?

No, you are wrong. The Mac "App Store" is a separate application. You can use the same Apple ID, or MobileMe log-in, if you want to, but it is not part of iTunes.

http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/
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Why would you say that as you will use iTunes to buy the apps similar to the current app store?

No, you won't. The Mac App Store app is a separate, standalone application. It will not be part of iTunes.
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Originally Posted by Ryszard View Post

No, you are wrong. The Mac "App Store" is a separate application. You can use the same Apple ID, or MobileMe log-in, if you want to, but it is not part of iTunes.

http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/

Oh ... I just assumed they would throw it into iTunes like they do all the other stuff.
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Originally Posted by stevetim View Post

They didn't call a press conference so this probably won't be huge. I bet they will just announce the mac app store is activating.

Which part of "Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes" has anything to do with the mac app store?
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Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget.

Ouch, such egregious grammar!
Can someone puhleeease have a word with Apple's Comms people?!



Either of these would be better:

Tomorrow is just another day...that you'll never forget.

Tomorrow is just another day, a day you'll never forget.

Tomorrow is just another day, and you'll never forget it.
post #36 of 262
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Oh ... I just assumed they would throw it into iTunes like they do all the other stuff.

They don't just, "throw it into iTunes." What's in iTunes is there because it makes sense that it's there: it's for managing your digital media content and iDevices, and it does the same thing on Macs and Windows. Mac apps aren't digital media content, and they don't (necessarily) have anything to do with iDevices, so it really wouldn't make any sense for the Mac App Store to be part of iTunes.
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I don't want to hear one more damn thing about Ping.

Amen.
post #38 of 262
My guess: Apple plans to replace the US Dollar with iTunes. And, reunite South Korea and North Korea.
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Originally Posted by pembroke View Post

Ouch, such egregious grammar!
Can someone puhleeease have a word with Apple's Comms people?!



Either of these would be better:

Tomorrow is just another day...that you'll never forget.

Tomorrow is just another day, a day you'll never forget.

Tomorrow is just another day, and you'll never forget it.

I don't think it means what you think it means. This is just like the "Back to the Mac" phrase. Everyone thought that it means Apple will go back and talk about Macs. It will make more sense tomorrow
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Are the iTunes 10 team being returned to Microsoft?
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