meet iTunes 7
September 12, 2006
As expected, Apple today rolled out version 7 of its iTunes software and online store, now featuring full-length films in addition to the previous offerings of music and television shows. At the moment, Disney is the only content provider, so you’ll have to content yourself with 70 films from Walt Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, and Miramax; at least Pirates of the Caribbean is in there, right?
Quality should be reasonably good at 640×480 resolution H.264 video, though the files will play only in iTunes or on the 5G iPod due to Apple’s proprietary FairPlay DRM. Most titles sell for $9.99, though new releases cost $14.99 and pre-orders $12.99–not too competitive with DVDs, unfortunately, even with the added convenience factor. The software itself has received a facelift as well, making album art easier to acquire and buffing the already-sleek interface design, among other enhancements. Download it here, and enjoy.
Update: The word is that an iPod software update included with the download enables playback of the new iTunes movies on existing 5G iPods, which were previously limited to 320×240 resolution clips.
–D. S. W.