By - Spacelab Research Staff
Apple holds its "Let's Rock" press event in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 9th; there's already been rampant speculation into what big secrets Apple will lay on us all. How deep will the Apple rabbit hole go? There's a lot of theories...
The most common theories include a reduction in price to Apple's iPod Touch, and an expanded set of features for the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle to include downloads from Apple's new App Store.
There's also a renewed focus on iTunes, and how it's used with the iPhone and the iPod. Some are saying that it's time for the next big release, a.k.a. iTunes 8. There's different talk about what will be offered, ranging from a subscription service, increased functionality around the App Store, and new features with names like Genius and Grid View. Who can't dig the idea of a feature named Genius? It sounds brilliant!
Ars Technica is saying they've got it good that iTunes 8 is a go: "A person close to the situation has informed us that, as of this morning, iTunes 8 is finally confirmed for September 9."
Digg founder Kevin Rose said that iTunes 8 will include a new Genius feature for playlist-making and a Grid view for purusing your library and the store.
"iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don't already have.
With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer."
Perhaps one of the most interesting theories comes from the Motley Fool , who suggest that Apple is rolling out the concept of the interactive album, complete with "lyrics, liner notes, and special features." An interesting concept, since most digital albums so far have really lacked any sort of new conceptual development besides just giving you a bunch of songs, with the occasional PDF of artwork thrown in. They claim Snow Patrol will be among the first bands to roll out this kind of album.