Possible new iTunes 9 screenshots depict Facebook social playlist integration, third-party device support
These all look pretty credible — much more so than the previous rumor shots. But this one depicts a feature that I have doubts about: supposedly it allows you to “import” (rip) DVD movies to your iTunes library.
Given Apple’s relationship with major content publishers, I can’t imagine them offering this. iTunes does allow CD ripping, but that’s much simpler and doesn’t require the precedent-established violation of the DMCA that DVD ripping does. The MPAA and its member companies are so paranoid, DRM-happy, and piracy-obsessed that they make the music industry look progressive.
The other screenshots show a few things uncharacteristic of Apple, too:
- The Facebook news-feed post has a giant, ugly URL in it.
- The Samsung phone’s sync screen has a TV Shows tab. This would require the phone to support iTunes’ DRM, which no other non-Apple device has ever supported (except the short-lived handful of Motorola music-playing phones, starting with the ROKR).
But if these are fakes, they’re very well done.