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Rumor Has It: Apple Event Sept. 9; Music to Take Center Stage

iTunes IconDetails regarding the fast-approaching Apple (s aapl) iPod event in September are beginning to firm up, as is the norm when we draw closer to the anticipated date of these kinds of Cupertino media circuses. By firm up, of course, I mean that various online sources appear to agree, but that’s often as close as we get to confirmation before Apple opts to spill the beans.

The date of the event is set for Sept. 9, according to AllThingsD, and the rest of the blogosphere seems to have accepted this as solid fact, despite the deviation from the usual pattern Apple has of holding press events on a Tuesday. Sept. 9 is a Wednesday, but 9to5Mac points out that it also happens to be the day Beatles Rock Band ships. They don’t see that as a coincidence, and instead suggest that the Beatles catalog could finally come to iTunes at the event.

More definite rumors include the much-publicized iTunes 9 update, which is expected to be bringing a lot of new features to the Mac media workhorse. One of those improvements is the “Cocktail” music format, which could be poised to be the album of the digital age, and includes lyrics, photos, and video in addition to music.

On top of iTunes 9, expect to see new iPod models introduced. The iPod touch is well overdue for a refresh, and with cases, pictures and videos popping up all over the place purporting to show a new, camera-toting model, it’s unlikely this event will pass without an unveiling of at least that device and a new iPod nano with similar features.

Less than likely is the possibility that Apple will unveil its tablet device at the event. Its existence at this point is not often debated among the blogging community, but release timelines continue to be fuzzy, and seem more likely to extend into 2010.

12 Responses to “Rumor Has It: Apple Event Sept. 9; Music to Take Center Stage”

  1. The Beatles. With Apple shipping Beatles music on 9/9/09, Apple would look irrelevant to the Fab Four’s musical legacy if nothing is announced in SF.

    Nice reference earlier to number nine, number nine, number nine. And also, there’s “…one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to heaven. One, two, three, four…”

  2. pListOFF

    “Less than likely is the possibility that Apple will unveil its tablet device at the event…” ?!?

    ” Its existence at this point is not often debated among the blogging community…” And the “blogging community” knows nothing more than the rest of the universe.

    Why do all these blog sites talk about this as if it’s a fact. Maybe there will be one, and maybe there won’t but there is no substantive evidence supporting this.

  3. Osmodious

    Thankfully someone FINALLY mentioned the Beatles connection…I’ve been surfing around all day wondering why nobody thought of it. I mean, they are going to supposedly introduce a new container format for ‘albums’, on the SAME DAY that the remastered Beatles albums are coming out?

    09-09-09, iTunes 9….sounds like they will have signage with a big ‘9’ on it, and maybe the intro music will be an intonation, over and over again, saying, “Number nine….number nine….”

  4. Of course, any extensions of iTunes 9 will roll to AppleTV, as well.

    As much as we always enjoy ours – along with content from a number of online sources of IPTV – I’d love to have access directly to the Web via the living room TV with the sort of seamless interface one expects from Apple.

  5. I’ve got to say I’m excited for the upcoming event, not because I expect anything great to be announced, but because I’m excited to see if we’ll see the return of Steve Jobs. With that being said I have to say I just don’t see the appeal of the Beatles catalog being released on iTunes and I definitely don’t see why it would be big enough news to have to be announced.

    Of course, that’s just me.

  6. Essentially we are looking at a run-of-the-mill September event then, with a small possibility of something special. Am I the only one who grows tired of solid schedules?

    Equally, september has been a time for iMacs and such like; so you never know if Steve has something up his sleeve. Wishful thinking I guess.