As well as new iMacs and MacBooks (not sure if I like the new name, but, heh), Apple have delivered updates to QuickTime and iTunes, now at versions 7.0.4 and 6.0.2 respectively. They’re available via Software Update on OS X but I’m not sure if they’re available to download from Apple’s site.
They’re not big updates, as you’d expect from the version numbers, but iTunes gets a ‘MiniStore’, which adds a strip at the bottom of the screen with links to the iTunes Music Store. It’s context-sensitive – highlight a Gorillaz track and it’ll let you buy other songs by Gorillaz and suggest similar artists. It’s on by default, but can easily be hidden via the Edit menu or Cmd+Shift+M.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that if you right-click an MP3 file and choose Get Info, it’s able to tell you what encoded it if the data is in the file. As far as I know, only the Lame encoder adds this data, but it’ll at least tell you the version used.
I’m still waiting for the OS X 10.4.4 update to become available.
And typically, as Apple were announcing loads of cool new schtuff, Microsoft were announcing… critical update patches. As well as the WMF patch that was released last week, there’s another critical patch for Windows and one for Office. I don’t have MS Office but the Windows patch did not require a reboot, which was nice.
Update: Note that if you have the MiniStore enabled, iTunes will send the current track that you are playing back to Apple so that it can suggest music store links. If you hide the window, then it doesn’t, and this has been verified by packet sniffers. It’s a pity Apple didn’t make that particularly clear in the update, but at least it’s easily disabled.