TuneKit provides a media authoring platform that is easier to use and more familiar to developers than DVD or Blu-ray authoring. iTunes LP and iTunes Extras still haven’t made their way to the Apple TV but it is clear that support is coming. There are HTML meta tags with references to “hdtv-fullscreen” and “hdtv-cursor-off” found inside iTunes Extras index.html file.
Now all we are waiting for is Apple to flip the switch on a software update that will give iTunes LP and Extras support to the Apple TV. This move will push Apple into an even more competitive position against physical media.
Update 9/14/09: Apple has discontinued the 40GB Apple TV and dropped the price of the 160GB model to $229. It isn’t exactly a hardware refresh but it’s a step in the right direction.
Update 9/15/09: The Loop has found indications that the Apple TV will soon be capable of iTunes U synchronization. Just one more sign that a software update is coming soon.
Update 9/29/09: The Boy Genius Report is claiming that Apple is developing a touchscreen remote for the Apple TV.
Update 10/14/09: Build Your Own iTunes LPs
Update 10/30/09: Apple TV 3.0 Software Update
Update 11/27/09: Apple Releases iTunes LP and Extras Developer Documentation