iPod users with first or second-generation iPods also got a fillip - Apple has released iPod Software Update 1.3.

The update provides iTunes 4 support, including playback of AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) encoded audio files (Mac-only). Additional enhancements include audio playback and user interface improvements, increased playback time on scroll-wheel iPods, and longer stand-by time for all iPods.

The update is only compatible with touch-wheel and scroll-wheel iPods without a dock connector. The new iPods don't require it. An update for Windows will be released in early May.

The company has also released a series of AppleScripts built for the new iPod features, which supports reading and storing text notes.

The scripts are: Clear all notes; Clipboard to note, Eject iPod, List notes and a script to make notes from Safari Web pages.

The scripts are available for download from Apple.

Apple also introduced QuickTime 6.2, which is required for its new range of consumer audio products.

This update includes new foundation support for iTunes 4, according to Apple, along with an enhanced AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) audio encoder for QuickTime Pro users.