Your iPhone is the wallet of the future: Apple Byte
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Verizon's CEO want's Apple to jump on board, CDMA iPhones are ready for production, we'll show you how to find missing iTunes Album Art, and get a Double Rainbow on your iPhone.
-What's happenin? I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte for all things good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let's get to the show. Now many of you are still torturing yourself over the potential Verizon iPhone, but a note by the Susquehanna research group says check with suppliers indicate Apple is ready to build 3 million CDMA-based iPhones in December for an early 2011 launch. Verizon, CEO, Ivan Seidenberg downplayed the idea again saying he hopes Verizon's 4G network will give Apple the kick it needs to jump aboard. He said, "Hopefully, at some point, Apple will get with the program. Seidenberg is also scheduled to be a keynote speaker at CES 2011, so maybe we'll hear something there. Now, Apple TVs are on track to ship out in the next few weeks. Some customers including you, the Apple Byters have told us that their credit cards are already being charged even if they haven't shipped them out yet. I was disappointed over the lack of any apps on the streaming device since it is iOS-based, but Steve Jobs says, they'll launch an Apple TV App Store when the time is right. And you know, I'm always ready to tap some apps. Visa recently started a new pilot program that allows New Yorkers to pay subway, bus, and train fares with a wave of their iPhone. The pilot is also being rolled out in the cities like London, Paris, Singapore, and others. You'll need to put a case on your phone that has a sensor and wave it in front of a contactless reader, but we're getting closer to using our iPhone as a wallet. Now, if you're like me and you're freaked out when you're playing songs on your iPod and your album artwork is missing, freak out no more with this how-to. -Hey, I'm Donald Bell and today I'm going to show the easiest, fastest way to fill in missing album art in your iTunes library. We all have songs in our collection that may appear in your iPod or your iPhone give you that lame generic album cover. The problem is you can never remember what songs those were when you sit back at your computer and you wanna go fix them. So, here's the trick, go the File menu in iTunes and select New Smart Playlist. For the first condition, make sure that media kind is set to music. Next, create a rule where the has artwork condition is set to false. Hit okay and now you've got a listing of all the songs in your library that are missing album art. Now, to fix up these songs and give them album art, first, see if iTunes can do it automatically. Select all the tracks in the list, hit it to the Advanced menu and select Get Artwork. iTunes will scan your library and fill in all the artwork that it can and automatically remove those songs from this list. For the songs that are left over, you can right click on any track, select Get Info and drag a Google image searches off for the artwork into the artwork tab. But doing this for each individual song is kind of tedious, instead, sort by album and select all of the album's tracks at once and then write click to Get Info. Drag the artwork out of your browser. Hit okay, and you can update all the songs at once. Now, one last trick, if all the songs that are left over on your list are just a random assortment of freebie downloads, DJ mixes and other odds and ends, you can just kill them all with one fun image and be done with it. Do a Select All and all the remaining songs in your playlist, write click to Get Info and drag any image you like into the artwork square. It might not be the perfect match for that song, but at least you'll get rid of the generic iTunes artwork. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. -Whoo! Saved by the bell again, oh, I like that. -Brian, that's not funny at all. -Really? -Not even a little bit. -Yeah! Shut up! -What was that? -Huh? No, nothing. Okay. Let's check out some quick bites guys. iWork fans on the iPad, the apps just received an update that now allows you to export in native Microsoft Office formats for Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and text documents and you can copy your files to MobileMe for quick access on any machine. Forbes released their annual list of the 400 riches people and Steve Jobs comes in at 42nd place with a net worth of approximately 6.1 billion dollars. That's just 6.1 billion dollars more than I have. And I'm also gonna show you some love to these iPad cases. Check out these 2 guys that you definitely should take a look at. The fully functional tyPad at buytypad.com pimps out your iPad to a fully functional laptop with thea touchscreen for $129. And if you guys wanna go retro, check out getheadcase.com for the Etch A Sketch iPad case for 39 bucks. The knobs don't control the device. Really guys, who cares? And let's wrap things up with my iPhone app of the week. If you haven't heard of the Double Rainbow Guy that you guys are gonna find on YouTube but he's milking it for all its worth with the official Double Rainbow App for the iPhone. It's 99 cents. You could take a picture, listen to the original audio and send your pics away. So intense. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Send your e-mails to the Apple Byte at cnet.com. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and we'll see you guys next week for another bite of the Apple.