Microsoft bites off AppleMicrosoft is turning the tables on the Big A; we've got Eye-Fi giveaways for you; we'll show you how to print a CD with iTunes; and Walmart wants more Apple goodies.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> What's up? I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and the bad inside the world of Apple. And you guys, I have some free, you heard it free give aways and yes, you'll have to wait until the end of the show to find out. But let's get to the stories first. Apple's iPhone has doubled it's smart phone market share in the first quarter of 2009 compared to Q1 2008. Now according to a Gartner study, it jumped up to 10 point 8% from 5 point 3 a year ago. Apple continues to hold on to its position as the third best selling smart phone behind Nokia and Research In Motion. So get that new phone out, make one available on Verizon, oh yeah and you might want to make it cheaper and maybe you might move up a spot. Now remember those Microsoft ads attacking the price of Macs? How could you guys not? Well, it looks like they might be working. Brand Index found that Microsoft was able to overtake Apple when 5000 people daily were surveyed about which brand gives more value for the money they spend. Now we can't break down the entire survey, but this funny little graph shows Apple's value close to a score of 70 in February. But with the ad campaign in full swing, it gradually dropped below Microsoft to a 12 in May and then Microsoft climbed to a 46. Now they don't track actual purchases and only consumer perception, but come on. Perception is reality and that's what Apple's been doing all these years. So I'll just leave it at that and let the war rage on. Now instead of war, why not show some love with the help of iTunes in this how to. [ Music ] Nothing shows you care more than making a CD mix for that special someone. Hey dude, check this out. I made this CD mix just for you. >> Oh, ok. Cool. >> Cool. >> Thanks man. >> I'm Brian Tong with CNET.com and we'll show you how to make it even flashier by printing a CD sleeve for it from iTunes. The first thing you'll need to do is create a playlist in iTunes and I'm going to name it My BFF Mix. And then drag and drop songs from your music library onto the playlist, that will become your mix CD. If you purchase your songs from an online story, they'll come loaded with album artwork, that you can see here in the corner of iTunes. But if you have songs without album art, you can download the images directly from websites like Amazon.com or DiscOgs.com. Now select your song without the album art in iTunes and drag and drop the picture file into the bottom corner and now your song has artwork. Once you have that all taken care of, you can make your CD sleeve. So we're going to go to file in the menu bar and then print. You'll see a few different options such as Mosaic and single cover and if you want to really be creative, you can even create your own custom album art and attach it to songs and create your own personalized CD sleeve. When you're happy with what you've got, print out your CD sleeve, trim down the edges and you'll be making new friends in no time. Hey, check this out. I made this cool mix and then I made this CD case for you. >> Oh. >> Pretty cool huh? >> Cool. Hey, what are you doing right now? >> I don't know, nothing. >> Let's go grab a bite man. >> Really? >> Yeah, I love you. >> Cool man. >> Let's go. >> I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com with your how to for printing your own CD sleeves in iTunes. Use it wisely. You know, I've never been wined and dined like that in my life, so I just want to say thank you Ariel for that very special night. Ok, here are some quick bytes. There are reports that Wal-Mart is developing an Apple dedicated section in their stores. They currently sell iPhones and iPods, so could Macs be coming next? We'll see. And Apple has also flipped the switch on, allowing developers to start testing out its push notification system for the iPhone 3 point 0 software. It's a partial solution since the big A still won't allow apps to run in the background. But imagine, all your apps with all their different notification settings going off? That's not going to really help battery life either. Ok, now when I come across cool things, I'm going to show them to you. And this week we have the iFi explorer video SD card. The product has been out for about a year and a half. And this is an SD HC card with a wifi chip built in that allows you to take the pictures and video clips from your camera and then upload them wirelessly to your favorite sharing sites like Flicker or You Tube. Even cooler, the card geo tags your photos if it's within range of Sky Host's wifi positioning system. Another plus is that when you have this card, there's an iPhone app that also allows you to upload your pics from there. Now the only reason I'm talking about this thing so much is because I honestly love the product. So I asked them to hook you guys up. The Apple Byters that I love so much. So, I have five, 4 gig explorer video cards from iFi and if you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of teeth the bad apple with its tongue sticking out had in last week's episode, I'll do a random drawing and five of you will get your own card for free. All right, that's going to do it for this week's show. Remember keep sending your emails because we are working on that email show for you. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and we'll catch you guys next time on another Byte of the Apple. ^M00:05:05 [ Music ]