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Apple Byte: Is iTunes coming to the Web?

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Apple Byte: Is iTunes coming to the Web?

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Apple's acquisition of Lala shows signs that iTunes might move to the browser; magazine publishers are preparing for the Apple Tablet; and Ustream live broadcasting comes to the iPhone.

[ Music ]^M00:00:07 [ Background music ] >> What's happening I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Applebyte it's all the goodies and the bad stuff inside the world of Apple so let's get to the show. Now the biggest recent news has been Apple's acquisition of music streaming site Lala.com and what it could mean for iTunes. Could Apple finally be warming up to the idea of streaming music? There's no doubt they're looking at it but reports point to the fact that Apple may have acquired Lala for their engineering talent instead and streaming through iTunes isn't coming any time soon. Now if you haven't checked out Lala you should because I could possibly see Apple building the iTunes store into a web browser with their layout. There are plenty of people who hate the behemoth that iTunes and how slick would it be to purchase content from any computer and then take it with you. I don't see streaming coming any time soon but Lala has a great model so we'll see how or even if Apple incorporates any of this in the future. Now 5 major magazine publishers are forming an alliance and recently announced a joint venture to create a standard for a digital storefront and content to be viewed on portable devices. You could just think of it as their version of iTunes for magazines. It's a collaboration between Conday Nass [assumed spelling], Hurst, Meredith, News Corporation and Time Inc. and it's about time media companies work together. I'm just excited to get cool digital versions of Good Housekeeping, Modern Fishing and Wood Magazine. Yeah you might be surprised but don't judge a book by its cover. Now there's no specifics on the content or platform of release yet but with the amount of smartphones, eReaders and future tablet devices it's a good thing publishers are coming together because they'll need this to survive and since we're talking about tablets the latest from an Oppenheimer and Company analyst claims Apple will begin manufacturing their long rumored gadget in February ahead of a launch in March or April. They also claim the tablet device will comand a price of 1,000 bucks so since the timing is around my birthday you all know what to get me and it would be perfect for my sweet 16. >> Sweet 16. >> Alright let's check out a little trick for your Macbook with Tom. >> Carl the machinist wrote into The Real Deal podcast recently saying he had a cool trick where he put his Mac to sleep and took out the battery. When he put the battery back in and turned on the Mac all of his programs were right where he left them. Now granted Apple no longer sells any laptops with a user replaceable battery but if you have an older Mac like mine it's a really cool trick. I'm gonna put a flash game up here on the screen before we put the Mac to sleep, I have a few other programs running here. Now remember where everything is. I'm gonna put the computer to sleep by tapping the power button so that the sleep menu comes up and then click sleep. Alternatively you can go to the Apple menu, select sleep from there. Once the sleep light starts blinking and you confirmed the hard drive is no longer spinning carefully close the lid so that you don't reactivate the computer and then remove the battery. The light goes out, the computer will be dead. Now either connect the computer to the AC power or just put the battery back in, open her up and restart the computer. You'll see a progress bar and then the computer will return right where you left it. See look at that! Not only will it amaze your friends but if you need to yank that battery out on a trip or you just want to make sure the laptop doesn't wake up in your bag while you're driving to work it's a great way to make sure you can pick up right where you left off. I'm Tom Merrit, CNET.com >> Thanks Tom I could kind of see how that's useful especially if I wanted to impress the ladies. >> What that's funny! >> What? No. >> No! You're not gonna get a date from that. >> There's a reason they call me the Mac Daddy. I'm the Mac Daddy you know what I mean? >> There's a reason you've never had a date. >> Ok you know what you can go back to that corner and shoot the show that's ok. Alright let's check out the iPhone app of the week. This week's App is You Stream Live Broadcaster for the iPhone that gives you the ability to now stream video live from your phone and have people see it from their computer. It works on both the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It streams over both Wi-Fi and 3G. We checked it out and it works great and best of all it's free so for all you future live casters out there you can now walk around with your iPhone on your forehead. Now in a few quick bites the Wall Street Journal reported that AT&T mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega addressed their network reliability and heavy smartphone markets like New York and San Francisco and said AT&T is still looking to incentivize customers to reduce their data usage. If that means more money in my pocket I'm good with that. The Google Chrome Browser for Mac OS10 has finally been released as well and I've got to say it's really speedy so you guys should check that out as well. Alright that's gonna do it for this week's show. Send me your emails to the Applebyte@cnet.com. I'm Brain Tong thanks for watching and come back next week for another bite of the apple. ^M00:05:02 [ Music ]

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