In honor of the debut of iTunes Plus, it’s a plus-sized edition of the Macworld Podcast. We’ll talk to the former head of Apple’s Industrial Design Group, look back at last week’s D: All Things Digital conference and its high profile Bill Gates-Steve Jobs summit, and examine (of course) iTunes Plus.

We kick things off with a report from online executive editor Philip Michaels, who attended a lecture on industrial design at Apple held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Phil talked with one of the featured speakers, Robert Brunner, who ran Apple’s Industrial Design Group from 1989 to 1996. Then, editorial director Jason Snell sits down with PC World editor-in-chief Harry McCracken; both Jason and Harry attended the D conference last week and report on what went down when Steve and Bill shared a stage. Finally, I explain the finer points of iTunes Plus to a collie.

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Show Notes

Before we wade into the above interviews, I talk a little bit about the iPhone’s June 29 ship date, in particular the ads that debuted on TV this past weekend. Take a look at the ads for yourself.

You can get Jason’s impressions of the Jobs-Gates session here (or read the full transcript of the event.) Jason was also on hand to report on Jobs’ solo session with D co-host Walt Mossberg.

Finally, my iTunes Plus segment will make a whole lot more sense—well, the non-collie parts anyhow—if you glance at my first look at the DRM-free online music offerings.

Music Credits: The untitled Macworld Podcast theme music was written by yours truly.

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