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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 iWork.com, 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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YES!
By Josh7289 on 1/6/2009 8:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
This is almost a godsend for those of us who have to put up with $30+ albums before shipping (Japanese music).

I just checked by chance today and found my favorite Japanese artist is now DRM-free on iTunes. Really, I checked just after I decided to give up expensive Japanese CDs for cheaper (more sanely priced) download music (and before I heard about this news of the new totally DRM-free iTunes), so that's cool.

Really, I'm just so so so so glad iTunes is totally DRM-free now (well, March/April), since I don't have an iPod nor do I plan to buy one.

This is so great. Now, let's get more Japanese music on iTunes (and Amazon, etc.)!

And keep it cheap, at most $0.99 per track wherever at all possible.




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