The REAL Apple iTunes 11 Release Notes

It’s 3:48 AM, and I’ve spent the last hour trying to get a simple thing done on iTunes.  It’s not working.  Reading the release notes didn’t help either, but I thought I would at least re-write them for people who are faced with the same thing:

About iTunes 11.0.2

The new iTunes includes a dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you’ll love (if you can actually use the product due to us leaving out the obvious usability use cases) — despite all our hard work and stunning design, this is the most useless best iTunes yet.

  • Completely Redesigned. We left out the part where we don’t make it obvious how to download all your iCloud purchases at once. Some of you can expect to spend a good hour trying to find a simple “Download all purchases stored in the iCloud” function.  You’ll probably give up in complete frustration.
  • A new opportunity to rant on the Apple forums, and A New Store.
  • Play purchases from iCloud, but just don’t download them all at once to your new overpriced Mac you spent good money on. We would prefer you click on the little cloud icon on EACH and EVERY song you’ve purchased. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.
  • Up Next. It’s now simple to see which songs are playing next, but it doesn’t really matter because that’s useless until you go through hundreds, perhaps thousands of songs to click that cute little cloud button to download each one.
  • New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space, except download all your iCloud purchases at once.
  • Improved search. That little cloud next to each song is a great reminder that you get to click on it hundreds or perhaps thousands of times to download each and every song – one at a time.  We hope you don’t go crazy in the process, but it’s never been easier to find what you’re looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you’ll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it.
  • Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

This update adds a new Composers view for music, improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in your iTunes library. This update also includes other stability and performance improvements.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Windows SHA1= c247ece76d06101867ec11191aead1cebc46ea32

Windows 64 SHA1= 14ccca67b9ba181bfb126de028d3e6aa4df3b684

Mac SHA1= e8eba6c2b83b9e24116a9944c808525bed260aa0

Android apps running on RIM’s Playbook?

The RIM press release says it all … that developers will be able to repackage and resign existing Android apps to run on PlayBook.

Yeah … That’s what the developer community needs … more undocumented RIM SDKs to add to the existing, poorly documented and cumbersome family of RIM development SDKs!

The cost of writing mobile apps for RIM devices is already about (I estimate) 30% higher than any other device just due to the challenges of dealing with the RIM SDKs and hardware.

Is adding another build step really going to help?

A New Page for Newbies

Starting out on the path of J2ME development can be hard.  You have to get a computer, get a phone, install software from at least two different companies, and then hope that you get all the information in one spot.  On top of that there’s the J2ME tutorials/training, reference information from the phone manufacturer, etc … much of which you have to search for on the massive websites of large mysterious companies.

The end result can be a feeling of mental retardation.  Or, worse.  A conviction that there’s some conspiracy determined to keep the “average citizen” from breaking into J2ME development seriously.

This new page is for you, wayward J2ME traveller…