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iTunes Preview Gets 30-Second Sound Samples

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At the beginning of November 2009, Apple launched “iTunes Preview”. With the new iTunes Preview, clicking on an iTunes link on a website opens up a new web based iTunes pane within the browser, as opposed to the actual application itself.

When iTunes Preview was first released, users could only view information such as title, artist, ratings, and more, however still needed the full iTunes application in order to play, preview, or purchase a song.

Well iTunes Preview seems to have received an update as yesterday GigaOM noted that Apple has brought 30-second song previews to iTunes Preview. The GigaOM report explains that the new song previews are encoded in 44.1 KHz AAC format at 300+ kbps, via QuickTime.

I’m glad to see Apple do this, as it is far more convenient to preview the song in a browser than having to boot up the entire iTunes application.

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  • bbrnr

    This is something they should have been doing a long time ago.

  • Dusty

    It's about time Apple 🙂

  • Ryan

    Why is there so much non-iPhone content hitting the site lately?

  • Such as…?

    This is iTunes issue is related to the iPhone.

  • Dusty

    Doh! Another one commenting… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/reviews/iskin-soho

  • lol

    Maybe this user does not use iTunes with their iPhone. If so, Ryan,
    plug your iPhone into iTunes. That will allow you to back up your
    iPhone and manage your media!

    Since iTunes works with iPhone, this is iPhone related

  • Ryan

    Actually, it's an iTunes issue completely unrelated to the iPhone. I don't even believe you can view iTunes Preview on the iPhone. Also OS X system updates have absolutely no relevance to the iPhone and wouldn't generate much interest with a big chunk of your readers. Don't get me wrong, I love apple as much as the next guy, but you need to get a better idea of your target audience.

  • Appreciate the feedback. If you compare “iPhone-related” posts to “non-
    iPhone” posts you'll still see that 99% of the content here has the
    iPhone in mind. That being said I think expanding the range of stories
    benefits everyone.

  • Ryan

    Actually, it's an iTunes issue completely unrelated to the iPhone. I don't even believe you can view iTunes Preview on the iPhone. Also OS X system updates have absolutely no relevance to the iPhone and wouldn't generate much interest with a big chunk of your readers. Don't get me wrong, I love apple as much as the next guy, but you need to get a better idea of your target audience.

  • Appreciate the feedback. If you compare “iPhone-related” posts to “non-
    iPhone” posts you'll still see that 99% of the content here has the
    iPhone in mind. That being said I think expanding the range of stories
    benefits everyone.

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