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Apple has several software updates it discussed during Macworld

In addition to the usual hardware announcement during Macworld Conference & Expo, Apple also had several announcements regarding its software.

Since its release, Apple iTunes has offered songs for $0.99 -- and has done well, becoming the top online music retailer in the United States -- but will drop DRM for at least 8 million songs.  The price tier will change from a single $0.99 to $0.69, $0.99, or $1.29 per music track.

The Cupertino-based company introduced a new version of iLife, a program designed so users can easily manage photos, make movies and create DVDs.  Two crucial updates to the newest iLife includes the ability to organize and look for photos using face-recognition technology and easy access to share photos through Facebook and Flickr.

iMovie received an update to include a precision editor, animated travel maps, and dynamic themes.  Hand-held movie camera footage will become clearer with the new video stabilization feature that removes the shakiness of users.

The Apple iWork software suite includes Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet and the Keynote presentation tool, and the presentation of the new "Magic Move" technology able to change the position, scale, opacity and range of images, graphics and text.  All 3D charts used in the program also have support for cylinder shapes, new textures, four new 3D build effects and beveled-edge pie charts.

iWork '09 is shipping today for $79 for a single license, $99 for a family pack, or $49 when purchased on a new Mac.

iWork users can also make use of, a new online service -- available for free while it's in beta -- so multiple people can share and collaborate on the same project.  Users can comment, edit and save files they are working on with other iWork users.

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RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By mmntech on 1/6/2009 5:15:35 PM , Rating: 3
8 million immediately plus an additional 2 million by the end of Q1. Apparently they're going to charge you 30 cents now to upgrade your library to DRM free, on top of the higher song costs. So you'll now be paying the same or more for the digital version as you would for CD tracks, but with less audio quality. Well, at least RIAA got what it wanted. Unfortunately, iTunes is the only DRM-free service in Canada so us Canucks are screwed again.

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By Stacey Melissa on 1/6/2009 5:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
They've always charged 30 cents to upgrade the songs you previously bought. And for most of the time iTunes Plus has been around, they've sold Plus songs for 99 cents and got rid of the DRM versions of those songs entirely. The ONLY thing that changed today is that a lot more songs are in the Plus format.

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By therealnickdanger on 1/6/2009 8:16:36 PM , Rating: 4 MP3s...

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By meepstone on 1/6/2009 10:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
well i've bought drm free songs off itunes plus and sometimes the albums are a dollar cheaper than amazon and i dont have to dl the amazon downloader.

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By drzoo2 on 1/6/2009 10:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but Amazon lets me dl all I want from my Linux PC. Say what you want about Apple but Amazon actually ported their dl app to Linux. They have my business.

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By therealnickdanger on 1/9/2009 10:08:04 AM , Rating: 3
dont have to dl the amazon downloader

What's wrong with the Amazon Downloader? At least I don't have to download iTunes...

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By bigbrent88 on 1/6/2009 5:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
Is emusic or amie street not available in Canucklandia?

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By oab on 1/6/2009 6:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
eMusic is available in Canada, I've used them myself in the past. Got 75 free songs out of them with a promotion they were running too.

CD's are DRM free too...

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By NullSubroutine on 1/7/2009 7:04:57 AM , Rating: 2
I accidentally hit not worth reading. I am replying just so your rating is restored. (Because apparently once you post all ratings that you did disappear)

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By Shadowself on 1/6/2009 7:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
I have seen no announcement from Apple about the cost to convert. As far as I can tell it is pure rumor that Apple will charge anything at all for the conversion.

Apple used to charge for the conversion partly because they used to charge $1.29 for DRM-free songs at 256 kbps while charging $0.99 for DRM-burdened songs were 128 kbps. Apple stopped charging a premium for DRM-free songs quite a while ago and also stopped the charge to change.

Apple may or may not restart the charge to change your library. So far I have neither heard nor read anything official. Everything else is pure speculation made up from the vacuum.

RE: All Songs DRM-Free?
By kelmon on 1/7/2009 6:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
The usual iTunes to iTunes Plus charge applies. I upgraded my library for a cost of about £16 last night. Free would be nice but I don't mind the charge since its not much and it doubles the audio quality.

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