MUSIC label Sony BMG has ended its online music wrangle with Apple, announcing it would make its catalogue available through Apple's Australian music store.
Sony BMG Australia and New Zealand chairman Denis Handlin welcomed the agreement, which makes the company's catalogue available immediately.
"There is a great opportunity for digital music to explode in 2006 and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with iTunes," he said.
The Big Switch has been publicly underway for a mere seven months, and it has borne fruit in the form of a new iMac and laptop, the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro is due to hit store shelves at some point in February. The iMac is available now, and we've had a 17" Core Duo iMac up and running at the Ars Orbiting HQ since we were able to get our hands on one. Externally, the iMac appears identical to its PowerPC
It looks like the Japanese are still up to their old tricks of snapping up the most recent Apple hardware and disassembling it. The series of pictures featuring almost every individual internal component of the iMac reveals some interesting design choices. There are no less than three blowers inside the machine, and the most interesting part? The CPU is installed in a socket, not soldered to the board as was the case in previous, IBM-powered models:
The idea of running Windows on the Apple hardware just got a lot more appealing with the introduction of Macs built on Intel processors. But don't expect Apple to be too keen on the idea.
"We haven't done anything to explicitly prevent it, but we haven't done anything to encourage it either," said Apple manager Wiley Hodges of running Windows on Macs at the recent MacWorld conference.
At the expo, Apple introduced two new Intel-based machines, an iMac desktop and the MacBook notebook; the iMac is available now, with the MacBook scheduled to ship in February.
We’ve received some information regarding Apple's newest portable, the MacBook Pro, and with it a hidden message for would-be hackers. We were made privy to a text dump from the System Profiler of one of the new MacBooks and, naturally, couldn’t wait to sort through its contents. What we didn’t expect to see was a warning from Apple to those that would hack OS X, presumably to those wanting it to run on beige-box PCs: