iTunes Now Has Variable Track Pricing…. And New Xserves Hit The Streets Too

Acting Apple God CEO Tim Cook said this was coming at MacWorld, and now it’s here. Apple has flipped the switch on a variable pricing structure for iTunes where tracks would be $0.69, $0.99 or $1.29 USD depending on popularity. This was apparently part of a trade off with major labels to facilitate DRM-free iTunes tracks. I have my doubts about that, but I guess that’s just me. Check your copy of iTunes (which should be version 8.1.1) to see this in action.

Apple also dropped new Xserves that according to them offer “twice the performance” with less power use:

The new Xserve includes Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 2.93 GHz, each with an integrated memory controller with three channels of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC memory that delivers up to 2.4 times the memory bandwidth while cutting memory latency up to 40 percent.*** Using high-efficiency power supplies and intelligent thermal management, Xserve delivers a 19 percent reduction in idle power use.

Xserve’s industry-leading storage capabilities include a 128GB SSD boot-drive option that requires a fraction of the power of a hard disk and delivers up to 48 times faster random access times without occupying a drive bay.

Sounds cool. They’re available today for those who want to get hooked up as soon as possible.

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