Apple has posted a few iTune tips that will help you understand how to share your iTune libraries effectively between systems.

Sharing libraries via streaming:

You can enable it on the Sharing tab in the Preferences panel, which will allow your computer to look for the libraries others are sharing and let you choose whether to share your whole library or just selected items and playlists. When Sharing is turned on, shared libraries on your local network appear in the Shared section of the iTunes window’s left-hand column. You can play the content that appears there as if it were on your own computer.

Home Sharing:

lets the users of up to five computers on a home network copy over music or any other item they’d like to have in their own library. Then they can then enjoy it even if your computer is no longer on the network, and they can sync it to their own devices. To turn it on, use Turn On Home Sharing in the Advanced menu on each of the computers, and use the same active iTunes account to activate each one. Copying is then a simple matter of dragging from a shared library and dropping into your own.
iPad-Guided-Videos.jpg has just post a complete Video Tour Guide that is a must view for all potential iPad Owners! Grab a drink and some pop corn because it will take a while to make it through all 11 demos. The videos will guide you through using Apple's major iPad applications such as Safari, Mail, Photos, Videos, YouTube, iPod, iTunes, iBooks, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

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Fortune is out with a new report that indicates suppliers have revised their sales forecast for Apple's iPad due to the increasing demand. According to Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty the iPad will have an impact on the sub $800 notebook market which account for 120 million units sold annually. Along with this news, Apple's stock hits a new high today of $233.87 per share.

  • iPad suppliers now forecast shipments of 8-10 million iPads in calendar 2010, up from their previous estimate of 5+ million.
  • Suppliers now expect to ship 2.5 million in the first three months alone (March to May), considerably ahead of Huberty's estimate of 750,000 by the end of June.
  • Shipments are not sales, however, and Huberty is sticking with her sales estimate of 6+ million iPads in 2010. The Street's consensus, she says, is closer to 3-4 million.
  • Each incremental one million iPads shipped, by her calculation, equates to earnings increases of roughly $0.25 EPS.

[Source: Fortune]

Apple posted a press release today confirming Saturday April 3rd will be the launch date of the Wi-Fi iPad! Read the full press release below:

Apple’s magical new iPad will be available in all 221 US Apple® retail stores and most Best Buy stores this Saturday, April 3, beginning at 9 a.m. Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

“iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend.”

Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. Also beginning Saturday morning, all US Apple retail stores will host special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

Pricing & Availability
iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (Apple), Apple’s retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores. The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3.
Members of have reported this morning their iPad Wi-Fi pre-orders have started shipping and tracking numbers have been provided. The iPads are expected to be delivered by UPS on April 3rd, however UPS does not guarantee Saturday delivery on all cities so unfortunately some customers may have to wait until April 5th. It will be interesting to see if any packages slip through the cracks and get delivered before the 3rd!

Thanks for the tip Brobar,LMControl!

Even this close to launch we still haven’t had the chance to see that many iPad-specific games in action, so it’s really nice to see these screenshots from Tequila Mobile and I-Play’s forthcoming iPad game, Warships – Sea on Fire. The game has been designed from the ground up with the iPad in mind, with an iPad-dedicated, full-screen HD and UI.

The game basically plays a lot like a fancy version of Battleships, with players getting the chance to participate in 60 grid-based battles across three different themed areas – World War I, Pirates and Science Fiction. Each theme has its own dedicated music and sound effects. You start Navy Career mode as a lowly Ensign, and climb up through the ranks to eventually become Fleet Admiral. On the way up the career ladder you can also earn medals, titles and rewards.

There’s been a lot of talk about the iPad reinventing the board game and the table-top family gaming experience, so it will be very interesting indeed to see if an iPad version of a simple classic such as Battleships takes off.

By Maura Sutton

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