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Daily Apple: Surrounded, Nebraska, Psystar & Songsmith

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MPEG Surround Support May Come to iTunes – It’s not in the bag, but Ars is reporting on it, so it must be more than the usual rumor chaff. They’re a class act, right? Anyways, they’re reporting that support for MPEG Surround, which has been around for quite some time, might finally make it to iTunes via official means.

Nebraska State Senate Goes a Little Air Crazy, Budget Wild – Well, they didn’t agree unanimously about it, but Nebraska state senators will have around 70 brand new MacBook Airs to play with thanks to a recent equipment purchase. At least one naysayer felt they were spending too much. Response: But they’re just so cool!

IR Control Via Your iPhone – One thing I miss about my Palm Pilot is NoviiRemote, the app which allowed me to hide and forget about my thousands of remote controls. The iPhone can’t do the same thing, since it doesn’t have IR. But now it does, via an IR widget and app developed by University of Toronto students. Way to go hometown team!

Cost of New MacBook Pro Battery Replacement Revealed – Not too steep, when you consider how much it costs just to buy current replaceable batteries. Don’t like the exchange rate for CDN $, though.

New Line of Argument for Psystar – Switching horses once again, this time sort of back to their original position. They claim that once they bought the copies of OS X legally, they’re allowed to resell it on their machines, and to say otherwise is to violate the Copyright Act.

Microsoft Offers Songsmith to Challenge GarageBand – A new music creation app from Microsoft is trying to take on Apple’s GarageBand, since their products have a history of coming late to Apple’s niches and doing well (Zune, right?). Songsmith does offer the interesting feature of coming up with musical arrangements that go great with your terrible crooning.

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