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Moving to a new server. (3/23/2009)
Well, I decided to bite the bullet and started to move this entire site to a new server. I figured that sooner rather than later, since many of the iTunes feed don't work anyway. After the move, I will be moving all the content to a "content management system"

Blocked!!! (3/19/2009)
Well, a lot have happened since the last entry... my twin daughters were born, changing lots of diapers... But today, when I checked the web site, I discovered that the iTunes feed that was working since 2007 stopped working. I know that Apple has changed the feed format to accommodate more media formats. But many pages on this site just stopped working. I am working hard to get feeds for new feed format, but I'm a little curious why it stopped working all of the sudden.

2.0 Firmware for iPhone before everyone else! (7/10/2008)
For people who just couldn't wait, here are the links and instructions for download and install the latest 2.0 firmware before its official release! I have installed it on my iPhone and the App Store works great!

Apple introduces iPhone 3G (6/9/2008)
As expected, Apple introduces iPhone 3G, at $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. However, the monthly data rate is now $30 instead of $20. The only two features seems to be 3G (we don't know if it supports HSPA) and GPS, and bigger battery. Everything else seems to be the same. It is scheduled to be out on July 11, 2008.

Apple iTunesMovie rentals now available (1/25/2008)
Movies are now available to rent from the iTunes Store - for $3.99 for new releases and $2.99 for library titles. You can now sit back and enjoy the show on your computer, or transfer the movies to iPod or iPhone to watch on the go!.

iTunes now offer DRM free music for $0.99 (10/17/2007)
iTunes Plus now offers DRM free (no copy protection) songs encoded at 256 kbps AAC for only $0.99. This means the songs bought from iTunes Plus can be played on any MP3 players including the iPods.

Led Zeppelin coming to iTunes on November 13!(10/15/2007)
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It's official! $100 store credit for early iPhone Owners (9/4/2007)
People who bought iPhone before August 22 can now get $100 electronic credit toward the purchase of products at the Apple Retail Store or Apple Online Store..  To get started, go to the web site here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/storecredit.

Apple Will Give iPhone Adopters $100 Store Credit (9/6/2007)
Apple announced today that people who bought iPhone before 8/21/2007 will get $100 Apple Store Credit. People who bought iPhones 10 to 14 days before 9/5 will get a $200 rebate(10 days for online sales, 14 days for retail sales).  I wasn't too happy about the price drop since I bought my iPhone on 6/29, but now I'm a happy camper!

Was the $100 Store Credit Enough? (9/7/2007)
I was pretty happy about the $100. But my wife didn't think it was enough. She thinks that Apple should do more or risk losing loyal customers who will now think twice when a new Apple product comes out.  From her experience, a company that cuts price without any good reason will pay the price in the long term.  I agree with her. All of us who bought the iPhone during the first few days are looking like fools.  Many of us will be laughed at as early adopters at the office, at the school, at family gatherings. $150 gift card would be better, but $200 gift card will restore our loyalty.

Apple Will Give iPhone Adopters $100 Store Credit (9/6/2007)
Apple announced today that people who bought iPhone before 8/21/2007 will get $100 Apple Store Credit. People who bought iPhones 10 to 14 days before 9/5 will get a $200 rebate(10 days for online sales, 14 days for retail sales).  I wasn't too happy about the price drop since I bought my iPhone on 6/29, but now I'm a happy camper!

New iPods and iPhone Apps announced today (9/5/2007)
  • New iPod Shuffle colors
  • New iPod Nano with video playback on 320x240 screen
  • New iPod Classic with 80 GB and 160 GB capacity
  • New iPod Touch, a wid-screen phone-less iPhone with WiFi
  • New Ringtone App to turn any part of purchased song into ringtone
  • New wireless iTunes Music Store to purchase songs from iPod Touch and iPhones
  • iPhone 8 GB is now $399, a $200 price drop. The 4 GB iPhone is discontiuned.

iPod shuffle 1GB - Green iPod nano 8GB - Blue iPod classic 80GB - Black                      iPod touch 16GB - Black
Wal-Mart will sell music downloads playable on iPods (8/21/2007)
Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCWal-Mart today said it will sell music downloads without copy-protection for 0.94 per song or $9.22 per album. This new format will be playable on almost any MP3 players, including iPods and iPhones.

John Lennon on iTunes (8/14/2007)
iTunes has added John Lennon's catalog to the library. Could Beatle's songs be next? John Lennon's songs are available as high quality 256 kbps AAC format for $1.29 each.
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Imagine (2000 Remaster) John Lennon - Imagine (2000 Remaster) - Imagine

My iPhoneI got my iPhone!!! (6/29/2007-- 7:20 pm)

There was no line getting into the Apple Store. I was asked if I want to buy an iPhone or just for demo. There is a very short line at the cashier, and I got my iPhone in less than 5 minutes. There seem to be plenty of iPhones in the store.  People who want to buy one seem to be able to get one no problem.  The Apple store will be open until midnight.  I'm not sure if they will be sold out by then, but it seems plenty of people are buying the iPhones.  I will post more pictures and a full hands-on review later.

Less than one hour to go at Chicago... (6/29/2007-- 5:05 pm)

Plenty of people showed up at the AT&T State Street store in Downtown Chicago (couple hundred of people, I think.) The TV crew is there, well, the store is right next to ABC 7 Studio, of course the TV crew is going to be there.
                                                                 iPhone Launch at AT&T Store on State Street in Chicago

More people showed up around the block for the iPhone launch. (6/29/2007-- 8:00 am)

                   iPhone launch at Chicago Apple Store

A line forming just outside at the Apple Store on North Michigan Ave. in Downtown Chicago, IL(6/28/2007 -- 8:30 pm)

        iPhone Chicago Launch   iPhone Launch Line

iPhone Inventory Tracker. (6/28/2007)

iPhone Inventory TrackerApple has posted a tool on the web to check local iPhone availability at Apple Stores throughout the states.  There have been reports of 2000 iPhones for the Apple Stores and 100 iPhones for each AT&T Stores.  This means there will not be any shortage for the iPhones for anyone who wants to purchase one.  As soon as I get mine, I'll post a review on this site.

AT&T iPhone Data Rate Posted. (6/27/2007)

AT&T and Apple have released more details about the voice and data plans. Also, the iPhone will be activated via iTunes.   New AT&T customers will need to sign a two year contract with minimum $59.99 ($39.99 for 450 minutes + $20 of unlimited data and 200 SMS).  Existing AT&T Customers will be able to buy the iPhone and add/switch to the new iPhone data plan for $20.

iPhone Buzz!!

Here are some more information about the pending Apple iPhone on June 29th, 2007 (The same day for the release of Disney/Pixar movie: Ratatouille).. Last Friday, Apple and AT&T send out e-mail about the new Guided Tour.  There are reported offers on Crigslist for people who are willing to wait in line for you (for a fee of course).  Personally I'm not too happy about the speed of the EDGE network, it is slow and it is not 3G, but at least there is WiFi. .

If I Can Dream Celine Dion and Elvis Presley duet music video! (4/25/2007)

I've always been a big fan of Celine Dion. The music video of Celine Dion and Elvis Presley on American Idol was fantastic! No more cuts between the old footages, it was seamless, onstage, and totally integrated with the camera movements.

Apple and EMI will sell unlocked music online

Current iTunes music are locked so that it can only be played on an iPod. The unlocked version will be able to play on any MP3 players, at a higher price. In my opinion, record companies need to add more value to digital downloads. In my opinion, I would be willing to pay a higher price for a high-fidelity track with full size album arts, digital booklets, and lyrics.

Apple introduces the iPhone today. I have to say it exceeded all my expectations. Here is the quick run-down of the features: (1/9/2007)

  • 3.5 inch wide-screen display with 160 dpi (480x320?)
  • iTunes 7-style touch user interface
  • Sync contacts and calendar with Mac or PC
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Sensors to detect orientation, ambient light, and proximity to the face
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • GPS functions with Google Map
  • E-mail with Yahoo
  • Runs on a version of OS X operating system.
  • $499 for the 4 GB version and $599 for 8 GB with 2 year Cingular contract.
  • 5 hours of talk time or 16 hours for music playing.
  • Available in the US in June 2007, Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008.

The technical problem was resolved when Google updated the gadget API today.


We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with Google. For some reason, Google no longer displays the iTunes Gadget on Google personalized homepage. We checked with our servers and they seem to be working without any problems. In addition, it seems "Google Gadget For Your Webpage" works just fine. We'll keep you posted and sorry for the inconvenience.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" link found!

Band-Aid was organized by Midge Ure & Ultravox, the song on iTunes was under the album "If I Was - The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox". The link has been added to Top 50 Christmas Songs.

Get our FREE iTunes Gadget for Google Homepage! Get the latest feeds from iTunes Music Store with this Flash 8 based gadget. Keep track with the most popular songs and albums configured to your favorite genre from music store around the world. This gadget also links directly to songs, albums, and artists at iTunes Music Store. (11/17/2006)

A new Blog has been created to comment on the current state of music, technology, and other fun stuff. it is created using blogger.com. you can access the blog here.

Apple has released new iPods
and iTunes 7.0 with movie downloads and new genre codes. This web site has been updated to reflect the new programming changes.

Please feel free to look around, tell us what you think, and send us your suggestions, comments to tunemaster@captunes.com.

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