2009 was a busy year for the iPod, iTunes, and Apple TV. Here’s a quick wrap-up of some of the big events of the past 12 months in the world of home entertainment.
Another year, another batch of iPods
iTunes goes to 9
During the same September event, Apple also dropped a new version of iTunes. iTunes 9 ( ) added a Home Sharing feature for copying media between local libraries, improved media management and syncing capabilities (as well as iPhone app organization), and added a Genius Mixes feature for auto-generated playlists—among other things.
iTunes Store keeps on keepin’ on
Farewell, DRM—we hardly liked you
It may have taken six years, but in April 2009 Apple finally stopped selling music with digital rights management restrictions attached. At the same time, Apple moved to a variable-pricing model for iTunes, with songs costing 69 cents, 99 cents, or $1.29 a piece depending on the whims of record labels (album prices weren’t affected by the switch).
Apple TV gets its due…sort of
What’s in store for 2010?
With 2010 just around the corner, we’d be remiss if we didn’t don our Carnac the Magnificent turbans and prognosticate just a tad.
Apple tablet I’m not going to waste your time (and mine) telling you what I think Apple’s mythical tablet will look like, although we have a clue now when we might see it. But it’s a pretty good bet that sometime in 2010, Apple will show off/introduce/talk about/ship a larger touchscreen device ideal for watching movies and TV shows, reading books and newspapers, and doing other things that people may care about. Enough said.