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Update: iTunes 8.2.1

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iTunes 8.2.1 has been released and though this minor update still has the same obfuscated “provides a number of important bug fixes…”, this time around one thing is clear: an additional “…and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices” has cut short Palm’s effort to pull a fast one on Apple.

According to AppleInsider, the 8.2.1 update kills the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes. This comes after Apple’s warning last month saying they can’t guarantee that “newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.” However, Palm has already advised Pre user of a fix: don’t update.

Kidding aside, one wonders what Palm’s next move will be. I hope it’s something aside from camouflaging the Pre as an iPod.

You can download iTunes 8.2.1 via Software Update utility or directly from Apple’s iTunes page. Download size lists it as 77.3MB, and 75MB for the 64-bit Windows version.

My Mac’s Software Update utility hasn’t found this update yet. Might opt for a manual download instead.

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Apple responds to Palm Pre – iTunes hack. Sort of.

Before the release of the Pre smartphone, Palm made it known beforehand that the Pre can sync with Apple’s iTunes. A famous hacker has revealed that Palm hack’s makes the Pre act like an iPod even reporting as the Palm device as being made by Apple.

Apple hasn’t made any public comment about this hack. However, a Knowledge Base article makes it clear that they know what’s happening and made it clear that a software update may break the hack:

… Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.

An iTunes update may break the hack anytime soon. Palm will of course play catch up by upgrading their OS to put in a new hack. They may also recommend  their users not to upgrade to the latest iTunes version.

Why can’t Palm release their own multimedia manager anyway?

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Next iTunes update to support Blu-Ray?

MacRumors forum poster pointed out that in the iTunes 8.2 beta About iTunes window, a reference to Blu-ray can be found:

… DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and music and video-related data from Gracenote, Inc., copyright © 2000…

This has led to speculations that the next version of iTunes will be able to read or recognize Blu-ray discs. Seems like a big deal to some.

But what does this mean to me, as a Mac user?

For the answer, I need to quote Rhett Butler:

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

What’s the big deal anyway?

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iTunes 8.1.1 update released

From Apple’s support page:

iTunes 8.1.1 adds support for renting HD movies and provides a number of bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod touch.

It’s a 66MB download for Mac users and a 70.9MB download for Windows users.

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iLounge’s Instant Expert article: iTunes 8.1

iLounge discusses the secrets and features in the recently updated iTunes. The articles covers topics such as the ‘new’ iTunes DJ feature, autofill, importing CDs in iTunes Plus quality, and a few more.

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iTunes 8.1 enables autofill on all iPods

From ArsTechnica:

Apple didn’t really mention the expansion of Autofill when it announced iTunes 8.1 and, unlike Genius, iTunes itself doesn’t exactly get in your face about using Autofill. In fact, you’ll have to visit a few different screens to use the feature, although enabling it isn’t difficult by any means. Basically, once your iPod is connected, visit the Summary tab and make sure you’re set up to “Manually manage music and videos.” Once you’ve done that, use the triangle to reveal the contents of your iPod or iPhone, and click on Music, at which point you’ll see the source selector, Autofill settings, and Autofill button at the bottom of the screen.

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iTunes 8.1, Front Row 2.17 updates released

Right on the heels of the new iPod shuffles, Apple released updates for both iTunes and Front Row.

According to Apple’s download support page, iTunes 8.1 is “now faster and more responsive.” The support page also said, “You will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.”

Other improvements and bug fixes include:

  • Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
  • Includes many accessibility improvements.
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
  • The update also includes some security enhancements.

    iTunes 8.1 (64MB) can be downloaded using Software Update utility or directly from Apple’s iTunes download page.

    Front Row 2.17 provides iTunes 8.1 compatibility. This update (12.6MB) can be downloaded using Software Update utility or from Apple’s download page.

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    iTunes 8

    At the Let’s Rock event held on September 9, 2008 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Apple unveiled their latest iPod line up and iTunes version 8. This latest version of iTunes can be downloaded from Apple’s website or through the software update utility though Vista users have experienced issues after installing iTunes 8.

    Version 8 introduces iTunes Genius and grid view. Genius basically is a feature that let’s you pick a song and upon hitting the Genius button, iTunes will create a playlist that has the same attributes with the song that you chose. This can let you rediscover ‘hidden’ songs or songs you haven’t listened to for awhile. Downside is if you have a small library the Genius playlist won’t seem so smart.

    iTunes 8 also has the Genius sidebar on the right side which recommends songs that you don’t have in your library so that you can purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    The other new major feature is the addition of the grid view. You can view your collection by their album art (if present) and let’s you arrange them by album, artist, genre, and composers. You can adjust the size of the icon with a slider on the upper right corner. This is also a good way to find songs or podcasts that you may want to delete from your library.

    The one added feature I am most thankful for is the ability to automatically download recent episodes of podcasts that I listen to most often. It used to be an all or nothing option. Now, each new episode is download automatically when before I had to manually click the ‘Get’ button each and every time a new episode is available.

    For more on iTunes 8 you can read iLounge’s Instant Expert: Secrets and Features of iTunes 8 and Macworld’s iTunes 8 review.

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    Moving your iTunes Library? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Not until you read this…

    Mike Schramm of The Unofficial Apple Weblog has one advice when it comes to moving your iTunes library from one iTunes installation to another: it’s not as easy as you think.

    (Please check out the comments. The readers offer alternative solutions to what was linked to. Actually, the author of the blog Schramm links to also chimed in. Worth the read.)

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