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Preliminary Notes on Apple’s Recent “It’s Only Rock and Roll” Music Event

In no particular order:

* **App recommendations**: Wholly necessary, but we aren’t out of the woods yet regarding App Store curation. I bet there’s a good deal of money to be made just doing that: Curating collections of apps. Boing Boing got huge during the blog boom for curating other blogs, why wouldn’t it work for applications on a still-new platform? Someone’s going to get rich digging down on serious Touch applications.

* **iPod Touch** No camera, no mention of 3GS-type speed bump. Kinda got the shaft. I can’t think of a single good reason for not including a camera that doesn’t involve trying to trick people into buying a Nano. Surely they aren’t afraid a (not that great) camera is going to steer fence-sitters from the iPhone to the Touch? **Update**: It’s now come out that the 8gb ($199) iPod Touch has the older, slightly slower, hardware, and all the others in the Touch line have the upgraded “3GS” innards. You’ll notice on the “[Compare iPod Models][compare]” page on Apple’s site, the 8gb is sectioned off from his higher-capcity and speedier brothers.

[compare]: http://www.apple.com/ipod/compare-ipod-models/ “Apple.com: Compare iPod Models”

* **iTunes 9** Now with more bloat and cumbersome, non-portable, versions of the extra features that people who illegally download albums already get in more useful formats. Still a 32-bit Carbon app. [Gruber was right about WebKit][webkit].

[webkit]: http://willnorris.com/2009/09/itunes-9-now-with-more-webkit “iTunes 9: Now With More WebKit”

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