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:
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.