iTunes 7.0.2 seems a bit less slow at playing videos — but maybe it just so happened that my computer was feeling less bloated than usual when I tried it.
However, the missing chapters button hasn’t returned yet. This is what happens when you let Windows developers design Apple apps (the lack of a specific button in less annoying on Windows, since the menu is right above the buttons).
Windows Media Player 11 is out, looks cute, mimics the iTunes interface as much as it can, wants to become iPhoto as well, and… prominently integrates with Urge, that online music store that shouldn’t be compatible with the Zune — is there rivalry between the different digital audio teams at Microsoft, or is that just a parting gift to MTV, featuring Urge for a month or two before switching to the Zune Marketplace?
As you start ripping CDs into Windows Media Player 11, information is compiled through a database and waveforms are matched to identify the song.
Weird. Does Apple have a patent on ripping tracks and identifying the CD itself? Because I fail to see how computing each track’s audio fingerprint is more efficient.
Implications of Adobe’s Intel-Only Soundbooth: in short, it’s quite worrisome. D’un côté, Adobe is setting a very bad precedent for other developers; on the other, I can’t help but wonder how skilled Adobe’s programmers are if it’s so hard for them to make their cross-platform app work independently of hardware architecture. I know there’s got to be some optimization for real-time processing, but I can’t believe it’s that hard.
Inquisitor 3, the Safari plug-in that displays search result previews and suggestions, looks nicer and is now free — looks like the programmer relies on Yahoo and Amazon affiliations for revenue (sorry, I immediately switched it back to Google).
Le Monde switches from Typepad to WordPress [via]. Wow, that’s big. Not that their hosted blogs are huge, but they’re rather high-profile — plus, switching a whole blog hosting platform from one software to another is pretty spectacular.
Didja know that you can use Gmail as an SMTP server?
What the hell was I thinking? I should have made thumbnail reflections when redesigning this blog. I totally dropped the ball on this one.