iTunes 8.1 Announcements

 

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With the release of iTunes 8.1 for both Mac and PC, Apple has stated that the program allows customers to download HD quality movies.  This new high definition content will be available to download or rent within the next 30 days and users will be allowed to watch the movies on their computers, televisions, and AppleTV sets as well as in standard definition on their iPhone or iPods.  Movies available now include “Twilight” and “Quantum of Solace.”  The new HD content requires iTunes 8.1 and purchase prices range between $15 and $20, while rentals are $4.

After a brief delay after the 8.1 version was released, Apple has re-activated the “Genius” feature for movies and television shows.  Activations of this feature was not publicly announced and users simply noticed that it suddenly worked during the last week.  Similar to the existing feature for music, Genius allows a user to select a movie or television episode from their library and it will recommend other shows or movies from the iTunes Store.

Apple Store Supports Cross-Country Orders

For those of you who have relatives in other countries that you’ve been dying to buy an iPod for,  you no longer have to go through difficult routes to get them their desired product.  The online Apple Store announced that you can now order products and have them shipped door-to-door to friends and family in Mexico, Europe, and Southeast Asia.  Simply click the country you want the order to ship to,  go shopping for the products you want to buy, and use your credit card to make the purchase.  Once that simple process is completed, the order will go out internationally without hassle.

Getting Sued over e-Book Infringement

A Swiss company called MONEC Holding AG has named Apple in a lawsuit involving the iPhone.  The company claims that the phone has violated a patent and is seeking triple compensatory damages including lost profits, interest, attorneys fees, and costs.  MONEC’s lawyers are seeking a jury trial. It is unknown if MONEC will go after other companies such as Amazon over its “Kindle” device, which potentially infringes on the same e-book reading patent.

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