Earlier today Facebook held a special media event at it’s headquarters in Palo Alto, in which the company announced a new unified messaging for the online platform. The new feature theoretically allows all Facebook users to receive messages from the service, from wherever they are, and on whatever device they may be using at the time.
Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has chimed in on Apple’s major iTunes announcement tomorrow, stating that he’ll be “very surprised” if the announcement is at all ‘music’ related.
With Apple’s iTunes announcement just around the corner, TechCrunch weighs in on the notion of Apple killing off the MP3 completely, and why it makes more sense than you probably think. Think about it. Every song ever (deals with record labels permitting, of course), right there on your iPhone, your iPad, your Apple TV, your MacBook, on-demand and always at the ready. If you can access the Internet (“the Cloud”), then you can listen to your tunes. And just like that, your MP3s are worthless. Why would you maintain a giant collection of hard drive-eating MP3 and AAC (the file format iTunes uses) files when you can access the same songs from a handy app? Let’s see… gigabytes upon gigabytes of music files versus a single app that can stream any song with the touch of a button. Well, the[...]
We’re just hours from Facebook’s live event today and already the company has issued an update to its official client for iPhone (and iPod touch). The update adds the ability to access both your privacy and general account settings without ever leaving the app.
1. “..You’ll never forget” seems to indicate some sort of cloud backup of data. Perhaps music and video from iTunes in the cloud? That’s something that has been long rumored. Or maybe Apple fixes the DST bug. 2. AppleTV is due for the 4.2 Airplay video update. Airplay from the cloud seems like a likely tie in. 3. There isn’t any media or ‘event’ planned. This will be a streaming event only. That should be a tie-in. 4. People of North Carolina, expect some lights dimming in the house around 10am. 5. This will be something webcast tomorrow morning in the US. The timing indicates it is a global event, not US centric (otherwise why wake up at 7am on the West Coast – and show the time zones London and Tokyo? That’s a likely tie-in to the big news.[...]