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What happens when you die? No matter what anyone may assert, we don't really know what exists beyond this corporal mortal coil. Some angelic (or overheated sulfuric) afterlife, a ghostly post-existence haunting our former haunts, reincarnation as some animal or famous person, probably the big sleep of nothingness. We do know a bit more about what of our physical possessions we can pass on once we, uh, pass on, such as our record or CD collection. But once you pass away, your iTunes digital music tracks cannot be passed on to another iTunes account holder. I and many folks think there's something fundamentally wrong about this, including Bruce Willis, that has induced in me and likely many others a wave of iTunes buyer's remorse.
 
Apple made a slew of announcements today as it revamped its iBooks presence on the iPad to make it more friendly to educators. There's iBooks 2, which adds textbooks from big names; iBooks Author lets anyone create periodicals for iDevices; and iTunes U, a learning center full of free video and more. Pretty exciting stuff, but not the most exciting announcement here.
 
The days of storing your iTunes music locally on your iPod, iPhone or iPad are over. It's all about having your entire iTunes music library in the iCloud now baby. iTunes 10.5.1 is ready for downloading and it comes with a major update: iTunes Match, Apple's subscription service that matches all of your non-iTunes purchased songs and stores them up in the cloud.
 
Great news for all of you diehard Beatles fans out there who have yet to buy the music of The Beatles! You can now download the Beatles' albums from iTunes! I'm sure there are some people excited about this, right?
 
Right now, iTunes grants users the ability to download tracks and albums à la carte, though many of its competitors — including Microsoft's Zune Marketplace — give you access to all the music on the service for a subscription fee. Turns out, that may be something Apple is interested in as well.
 
Apple came out swinging with plenty of big announcements: a relaunch of Apple TV, some nice new iPods, and even a social networking service. Still, there are plenty of things Apple didn't — perhaps even failed — to make official. Here are six of those.
 
Call me a cynic, but I can't imagine that Apple's new, ambitious social network Ping is going to take off. Built into iTunes and the iTunes Store iPhone app, it's designed to let you share what music you're enjoying with your friends while also following your favorite musicians.

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