iTunes’ cover–art handling is a nice addition, making several third–party apps obsolete, but needs a tweak or two to really make it shine. Automatic art lookup (via Amazon or Apple’s music–service servers) would be nice. This could cause problems when songs are mislabeled or unlabeled, but would work like a charm for anything ripped directly from iTunes (assuming the CDDB’s records aren’t terribly fucked) or purchased from Apple Music.
According to Panicman Steven Frank, full albums cost just US$10 from Apple Music; something that makes my ears prick up with delight. Of course, there’s still no cover art or solid in–hand product; but an album for sixteen Australian dollars?!? Hell, JB can’t even compete with that. Assuming I do end up buying an iPod, I might just forsake CDs altogether. Sure, I’ll miss the covers and the lyrics and the photos, but… dizzamn.
In other iPod news: I’ve long thought that if I did purchase such a device that I could dump my whole home folder right on it, tweak NetInfo accordingly, and carry my entire digital life in my pocket. Not owning an iPod, I’ve never had the chance to test it out and see if it’s plausible (since disconnecting the iPod would, at any time, make the user’s home folder inaccessible… along with application preferences, library items, etc.); but if those rumors concerning Mac OS 10.3 turn out to be true (the ones about user–centricity) then that kind of thing would be a default capability of the OS. Nice. More excuses to buy an iPod now.
By the way… where the hell does iTunes keep the cover art you drop into it? So far I’ve just dragged photos from my browser, so I dearly hope it’s not reading them from browser cache.
The tiniest of tweaks to the layout stylesheet here at decaffeinated has solved a long–standing issue with the… uh… layout. Suffice to say, decaffeinated.org now displays properly (on both themes, too) in all the major modern browsers. All except IE6/Win of course, which is a ball–licking monstrosity.
That’s not to say that decaf doesn’t look just dandy in IE6/Win, it’s still quite handsome really, but let’s just say that IE’s handling of adjacent–sibling selectors, and floats, and… well… everything, is abysmal.
The iTunes Music Store is not available in your country yet. You will be able to browse music and listen to previews, but you won’t be able to purchase music unless your billing address is in the United States.
I’m confused, I thought that the internet eliminated those geographical barriers… particularly in a case such as this where there’s no shipping involved. I thought that all I needed to buy shit on the net was a credit card. I thought wrong. God damn it.
In case you hadn’t noticed (or had a custom style applied), a wondrous new theme has arrived! It’s called Cup–o–Coffee and it’s positively wretched, but justifies itself in that it is the first decaffeinated.org theme to actually feature a caffeinated beverage! Wait…
New month, new theme. Going to see X–Men 2 tonight, after having watched the original on TV just the other night. Geeking out over mutants makes me want to read the Age of Apocalypse crossover all over again, that shit was great.