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Ahem... anyone who could give me an idea of what this actually is?
Looks like some plug-in kind of thing to allow for neat display of "Playing now" info for streaming media...
Any details about this? E.g. how does it interact with the media streaming server, which ones does it support, what do I need to do to make it run with mine?

Thanks,

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-05-07

You can include it on your webpage, so that every visitor can see what music itunes is playing.

Henning, 2004-05-07

Bingo. It looks at what is currently playing in iTunes, creates a bitmap and uploads it to the website. I am not going to run it, so this bitmap will no longer change. But you have the same information as text in the sidebar.

Volker Weber, 2004-05-07

Absolutely uncool?

Sorry folks, but I just don't understand this iTunes hype. For me (and I agree that your mileage my vary!), this little gadget is absolutely superfluous. As superfluous as iTunes itself, for that matter.

-buck, 2004-05-07

As superfluous as iTunes itself, for that matter.?

!?How is an application that stores and plays music on one’s computer “superfluous”?

Ben Poole, 2004-05-07

I'd say that the answer really depends on one's point of view. If you regard iTunes as "just another application that plays music on my computer" then, well, there are many other programs that do the job quite as well. In case you consider iTunes to be just a bloated client to ITMS and don't want to throw money in the direction of RIAA but instead want to get the latest music for free through the use of the various p2p networks available, for sure, iTunes is superfluous. Presonally I like iTunes because it allows me to listen to music that is streamed off my central server and it does this equally well on my Windows machines and on the iBook. Still, that doesn't mean that everyone will find iTunes useful at all. Also there's a chance that there are people out there who even find the idea of a computer playing music ridiculous ;-)

Stefan Rubner, 2004-05-07

OK, I _was_ provoking. Sorry 'bout that.

Anyway, Stefan, you are basically right: from my POV, music should not be listened to if played by a computer. MP3s are okay if stored on a USB stick for jogging. I can (hardly, but...) even accept those iPod thingies. ;-)

-buck, 2004-05-07

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