Return of the matte!We're giving away five inCase Sliders cases for your iPhone. The matte is back on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and we answer Apple Byters' e-mails this week!
[ Music ] ^m00:00:06 >> What's up? I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte. I'm out of town right now so we're going to sprinkle in a few new stories. We have a special prize giveaway that will at the end of the show, and most importantly we'll get to all your emails. Now a few episodes back we covered a Financial Times report that said "record labels and Apple were working together to create interactive albums". UK based newspaper The Times is now reporting that the big 4 music labels are creating their own digital booklets called CMX, while Apple is creating a format of their own called Cocktail, after rejecting the CMX idea from the labels 18 months ago. The mode of the music industry, welcome to the world of tech where everyone steals each other's ideas. Well you guys should already be used to that. Will these interactive albums really spur album sales? I say no, but we'll see. The CMX albums are expected sometime in November. Now we know the 17 inch MacBook Pro has a matte screen, and guess who's joining the party? The 15 inch MacBook Pro will once again have the option for an LCD matte finish screen, and you know what that means? ^m00:01:11 [ Music ] ^m00:01:23 We're back aren't we? Alright, you know what? We're just waiting for the matte screen to make a return on the 13 inch. OK, I told you we'd talk about emails so let's just get to them. The number 1 email I keep getting from you all goes something like this from Jimmy Clark. Will the iPhone ever be released for Verizon? If so when? This is the only thing holding me back from buying one. Apple Byters, I don't think the iPhone is coming to Verizon anytime soon, and we're really more likely to see a new device a NetBook tablet from Apple on Verizon's network before we see an iPhone; especially because Apple would never let the Verizon store live on an iPhone. And I'm still saying it's about a year out at the least. That's just my gut. Now McAbee in Berkely California writes in, Hey Brian I was wondering when the 3.1 software was going to arrive for all iPods and iPhones? Now at the time of this shoot McAbee, Apple has set no date but I'm guessing we'll see it in September when Apple refreshes their iPod line. The updates in 3.1 are really small improvements, so there's nothing major that should be holding that back. Neil Fishmen says, 1,000 bucks for 4 megs of RAM! Bad Apple! Baddd Apple! Neil I am totally with you on that, but I do think you meant to say gigs. But for everyone else, go to Crucial.com to get your extra RAM and just install it yourself. But Neil, do you really sound like a sheep? OK, let's help you out with some software stuff. Jose Luis De La Cera Roblez, I get that right? He asks, how can I remove missing or duplicated files from my library lists? iTunes doesn't seem to update the library each time I play around with the original files. Now Jose, in iTunes if you have any duplicates, go to file in the menu bar and then show duplicates. iTunes will display all of the dups that you have. Select the tracks you want to delete, read the prompts, and make sure you move the files to the trash. This will clean up your collection and update your library until the next time you sync. Now Albert [inaudible name], I hope I got that right asks, is there an official iTunes action to look at a song's lyrics that have been put in by the user, or we do seriously have to click 'get info' and be locked in the lyrics box unable to control iTunes? Albert you are correct unfortunately, but there's a way to get around this using the dashboard widgets in Mac OS X. So first off you're going to want to find Canto Pod, it's a free widget, and install it. It does find and let you copy the lyrics into your song playing, but at the same time there's also a built in iTunes widget, so you'll be able to use both of them together. You got your lyrics and you got your music controls, so hopefully that's a solution that works for you. Now Saheel writes in with, yo Bri Bri what's up? Hey what's up Saheel? I just got an iPhone 3GS in Canada after roaming to at least 10 stores. So now I finally have my nice shiny device, but question is how long will the shine last? So I'm wondering should I get a case? Saheel, get a case! And this is the perfect set up for our special prize giveaway. Now the only case I've used on my iPhone is the Incase Slider. People have constantly asked me what I'm using, and this is it. So you know, when I drop my phone, I stepped on it, slid across the street, and it survived without a scratch. The Slider is 2 pieces, comes in a ridiculous selection of colors, and it now comes with this S stand to watch your videos on a flat surface. I asked Incase to show some love to you, the Apple Byters, and they delivered! So we've got 5 of them, count them, 1... 2... 3... 4... 5! Just for you to win, so watch last week's paper toss skit and tell us how many times I was hit by a paper ball. Send your email to the Apple Byte at CNET.com. Get them in by August 19 and we'll pick the winners at random and announce them on next week's show. Alright that's going to do it for this week. Send in your emails again to the Apple Byte at CNET.com. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, and come back next time for another byte of the Apple! ^m00:05:23 [ Music ]