Maccast 2008.09.30

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Podcast

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 239. As the App Store Turns. Apple updates Java. iTunes rocks unsigned artists. Would Apple shutter iTunes with royalty hikes? Macbook and Macbook Pro rumors linger. New iPhone software on the horizon. Apple stock takes a dive and rebounds. Immutable flag prevents changes. External hard drive and freeing up space at Home. Some simple Mac security. Is it time to finally move to Intel? Eject before disconnect? Living dangerously.

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EOL: Lego Mac Pro

I like toast. Its the muffins that must be stopped. — Duckman (1994)

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  1. Marty | Oct 02 2008 - 08:42

    Adam, — had to turn on mom & dad, eh? Look, Apple has every right to be the ultimate gatekeeper on its developers. And it’s the company’s prerogative to apply that gatekeeper role in any way it sees fit. The reason we’re so gung-ho on Apple as a company and as an innovator, is that they keep certain things from their adoring public… they keep secrets about new products, they provide us with bare-bones descriptions of their updates, and they keep a tight reign on the applications, products, partnerships & developers that become associated with the Apple brand.

    I agree with your assessment that Apple is sort of where Microsoft was several years ago on this, and they’ll definitely have to deal with some disatisfied and potentially letigious developers, but ultimately, it’s THEIR hardware, THEIR developer partnerships, THEIR SDK and THEIR marketshare. If they choose to play the heavy, they make take some hits for it, but that’s never bothered Steve before. And of course even if Apple comes off as a little prickly on the App store issues, we’ll all continue to patronize them with reckless abandon…. because we love our macs.


  2. James | Oct 09 2008 - 08:26

    Hi Adam,
    In reference to running your itunes from an external hard drive, you made the comment that if you don’t have the drive mounted when you launch itunes it will just open up as a new blank library… I haven’t found this to be the case rather it just opens up and when you try and play a track the exclamation marks appear showing that the file can’t be found, but all the library is still visible.

    In the case of not having the drive mounted and then trying to import a CD or download a podcast it will just default back to you internal disk, I had found this a little frustrating because i then had some music in another location if I had forgotten to mount the drive, but found your advice on the ‘consolidate library’ library option very useful. Now I have an easy way to copy music that has gone astray back into my library when the drive is mounted. Thanks for that tip.


  3. Adam Christianson | Oct 09 2008 - 09:17

    Sorry James, you are right. I made a mistake. I meant that iTunes would open and would use the default music location which is ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music. If you wanted you could hold the option key down while launching iTunes and create a new blank library locally, but then you would have your music in 2 different libraries and 2 different locations. Not sure that is helpful for most people.

  4. Louis | Oct 14 2008 - 07:17

    This show was the best…I love the news on the news but all the tips and tricks provided in the podcast were amazing///Thanks for sharing! A lot came in handy…..

    Thanks Adam!