More iPhone video features revealedVideo evidence keeps piling up for the next iPhone; we're not stoked about $1.29 iTunes tracks; every teen is getting an iPod; and the iPig makes a visit.
[ background music ] >> What's happening? I'm Brian Tong, and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. You know how we do it, so let's get to the stories. iTunes has transitioned to their new three tiered pricing model, so you guys get better get comfortable with buying tracks for a dollar and twenty nine cents. You'll still be able to find ninety nine cent ones, and now sixty nine cent tracks, but it's really up to the music labels to decide. Do you really want that? Now I checked out the top songs in iTunes for you, and twelve of the top twenty five are now a buck twenty nine. And this price bump isn't just specific to iTunes. Top Amazon tracks that I purchased for seventy nine cents a little while ago are now a thing of the past. Almost all tracks are ninety nine cents, and you'll find a sprinkle of eighty nine cent ones, but there's even one buck, and twenty nine cent songs on the Amazon store. So it looks like prices are being bumped up across all music stores by guess who, the record labels. Boo on them, and boo for us. Now we talked about video coming to the next gen iPhone, but new evidence is also making it a sure thing. Mac Rumors did some digging with the 3.0 software, and by changing a configuration file, they were able to pull up this screen shot. That clearly shows the option to take a picture or record video. Now Austrian site BenMAT [assumed spelling] claims to have found graphics that are directly related to video editing controls, such as grab points for users to define the beginning and the end of a clip. Add on rumblings of a potential camera hardware upgrade, and the mobile me publish video screen shot we showed you, it all points to video. But what would they call it? The iPhone 3GV? People, like some of you who currently own iPhones, might be left out from using these features. And come on guys, it would be a total Apple thing to offer the new 3.0 software upgrade to everyone for free, but push users towards getting the new iPhone if they wanted the video capabilities. Cause that's how Apple rolls. Now let's take a break from news, because I've got a tip to show you how to sleep with your iPhone. If you're looking for a way to secure the files you send from your Mac, you're in the right place. I'm Brian Tong with CNET.com, and we'll show you how to password protect files on a Mac. Now first of all you have to have some files you want to protect. Then find the disc utility. Go to your applications, and then find it in the utilities folder, or you can search for it using Spotlight. Now once it's launched, go to file in the menu bar, and create a blank disc image. You can make a few adjustments like changing the disc image size, but the key part is selecting the encryption level. You'll have two options, but we'll select the one hundred twenty eight bit encryption, then create the disc image. A prompt will ask you to create a password, and show you the strength of it as well. Now I recommend you uncheck the remember password in my keychain, and that prevents the disc image from opening on your computer without any password verification. Now press okay, and the disc image will be mounted on your desktop, and you can drag and drop your files onto it. When you're done with that, eject the disc image, and from now on if anyone wants to get access to those files, they'll need the password. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com, with your how to for password protecting your files on a Mac. Use it wisely. >> Thanks Brian. I will make sure to use it wisely. Now here's some quick Apple bytes. Piper Jaffrey's recent teen survey found that the market is pretty close to its saturation point with the iPod. 92% of students surveyed own digital music players, and 86% of them own an iPod. Now of those teens, 100% of them said their next purchase would be an iPod. So somewhere I'm guessing Steve Jobs is going mwahahaha. So where should they go next? Well I don't see many grandmas with iPods, so do it Apple. Okay. Google has overhauled their gMail site on the iPhone and Android based handsets. You can now see labels, star your messages, and they've implemented what they call a floatie bar to manage actions like archiving and deleting your email. I think all you gMail users will enjoy the upgrade experience, so you guys want to check that out. Now you know I love cool things and quirky stuff, so I had to show you this. This is the iPig from Spiegel [assumed spelling]. Now it works with your iPods and iPhones, and you can use his or her ears to control the volume level, and the sound's really good, and good enough for a small speaker set. So check this out if you're curious, Jasmine France, she did a review, and Jasmine I refuse to call this cute. So remember guys, send us your emails to email@example.com. Ask me some questions, and whatever you want, and we will answer them on next week's show. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, and come back next time for another byte of the Apple. ^M00:04:46 [ music ] ^M00:04:51 >> Aww you're so cute, look at your nose. Mwah.