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New iTunes, August 19-September 9, 2003 In some ways, Apple seems determined to do the wrong thing. The initial release of the iTunes Music Store was wide open, and hackers were able to learn a lot. Later, however, Apple began to encrypt nearly everything, and I simply can’t find a way to get the information out of there. How then can I present a list of albums recently added to the iTMS?

Screen captures and copy-and-paste. If anybody has a better idea, I’m all for it. Some sort of onscreen OCR would be nice. In the meantime, you can click on the “thumbnail” image to see a the full list for the last four weeks. The full-size image is 1280 pixels wide and 7282 pixels high. It took me quite a few screen captures to get that right.

Last week Apple snuck a bunch of albums by “The Rolling Stones” onto the list. Four weeks ago, many Spanish albums showed up, all apparently from the same label. Some weeks are obviously more busy than others, and I see classical, jazz, religious and rock albums, all listed together.

It’s a beautiful thing.

I’m sure someone is thinking of suggesting that the email Apple sends me every Tuesday is a great source of information, but that lists only a small fraction of all of the new albums every week. Here, for example, was last Tuesday’s:

Just Added
The Best of 1990-2000 – U2

When the Sun Goes Down – Bluebird Blues: Sonny Boy Williamson – Sonny Boy Williamson
Dear Old stockholm (1993 Reissue Version) – John Coltrane
Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Legacy Edition)- The Byrds
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
A Johann Strauss Celebration – Johann Strauss
The Eleventh Hour – Jars of Clay

The HTML rendition is quite attractive, listing all right albums – with their covers – in a nice table. But there were many more than eight albums added this week.

If you can access the iTMS, you can visit the Just Added list directly yourself. Or, you can try to parse the encrypted XML yourself. Good luck!

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  • Wow, I wasn’t quite sure what would happen with such a tall image. In Safari at least, it just keeps going and going and going. Unbound by the borders and the white background, it is to my right even now, and has a way to go.

    I suspect other browsers might force the box to contain the image. Their loss. 😉

  • To other readers,

    I’m still worrying the ACC issue. Is there any way around the inability to convert iTunes Music Store downloads to MP3 other than going hard copy to CD and then converting the copy to MP3? And, just how bad is the loss of quality?

  • You can try this for yourself without spending money on a track. Simply rip a CD in AAC format in iTunes, then convert it your self and test the audio results. There definitely is some degradation, but you’ll have to determine just how bad you think it is compared to both the AAC track and the original disc.

    Quality is subjective.