iTunes 10.5 beta 9 releases

With just over 90 hours to go for Apple’s mega event, the Cupertino giant has seeded iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers interested in trying out the upcoming iTunes Match service. Following known issues were spotted from the release:

– “Scan and match” feature is not yet complete. Some users’ tracks may not be recognized by iTunes Match even if the tracks are available in the iTunes Store, and those tracks will be uploaded to the users’ iCloud storage. Some tracks may also be mis-matched to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.

– Music can only be added to iCloud from one computer at a time.

– Updating an iOS device to iOS 5 beta 7 may result in music failing to play. Users should turn off iTunes Match in settings and then turn it back on to restore functionality.

Via MacRumors

Google retains most valuable brand ranking, Apple moves up to #2

Google have retained their numero uno status in the battle of the brands according to a London-based research firm, Brand Finance, while “innovative design, loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities” have bought Apple to the number two spot behind Google, overtaking Microsoft, Wal-Mart, IBM, Bank of America and GE in the process.

Google tops the chart with a brand value of almost $48.3 billion (up 9%), while Apple follows with a $39.3 billion valuation (up 33%) and Microsoft was down 9% to $39 billion in the top 30 U.S. brands analyzed by the Brand Finance. Here’s the top 16 brands:

Full list available here (PDF)

MTV Roadies 9: Exclusive first look promo (video)

MTV Hero (Hero Honda turns to Hero) Roadies 9 – Everything or Nothing – the game goes to America this time. Auditions start Friday, 16 September. Watch the exclusive first look promo below:

Will you be entering the auditions to become a roadie or you’d rather enjoy the action from your TV?