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Apple releases iTunes 4.5, offers new iTMS features

updated 02:10 am EDT, Wed April 28, 2004

iTunes 4.5 released

Apple today released , which includes several new features, many of which tie into the new iTunes Music Store. iTunes 4.5 allows users post and share their iMixes and rate other people's iMixes, watch music videos and movie trailers, and save Store previews for purchase later. Additionally the iTunes Music Store terms of use have been modified -- playlists with purchased songs can be burned seven times now (down from ten) before they need to be altered, but up to five computers can play purchased music (up from three). Tracks can still be burned an unlimited number of times and copied to as many iPods as you like. Other features of iTunes 4.5 include a new Party Shuffle feature that dynamically creates playlists, the ability to print CD inserts, convert unprotected WMA files to AAC, and a new Apple Lossless encoder for importing music without any loss in sound quality.




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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lame

    All a bunch of lame changes. Only 7 burns of a playlist? What is this, Mother russia? No real WMA import (just crappy non-DRM'd import - which basically is for all the poor losers who didn't realize WMP does WMA files by default).

    Why don't they give us what we really want! Unlimited sharing of all our music between iTunes users, so I can get a bunch of new music without having to fork over cash for it all.

  1. Awimoway

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Lame

    Nice going! Way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The very fact that WMA has been added will be a major boost to the Windows version of iTunes and to iPod sales.

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    nice changes

    I like these changes/improvements. Although I only know 1 person who uses WMA files, WMA import is a great idea.

  1. BlueDjinn01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Fair tradeoff

    Old DRM: 10 burns per playlist, 3 computers authorized at a time.

    New DRM: 7 burns per playlist, 5 computers authorized at a time.

    Since more and more people are playing music off of their computers and/or iPods (imagine that!), this seems doesn't seem like a problem to me (I haven't played music off of a physical CD in over a year now anyway; it all runs off of my Mac or my wife's iPod...which is kind of the point!)

  1. James Arnold

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Oh Canada

    Still no mention of iTMS coming north to Canada. I honestly have no idea why, it would be much easier then going into Europe. Maybe we are just to small :) Otherwise there does not seem to be anything new in here unless you live in the US.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Lossless!

    Lossless encoder! Yippee! Is it FLAC? Looking forward to it!

    BTW, Louzer, your name is fitting.

  1. PuzzleOfLife

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Stealing Steve's Thunder

    Wonder if someone is going to get fired again.

  1. JLL

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Thunder

    I don't think it would steal Steve's thunder - I don't think there will be any thunder since it's only a conference call and not a special event.

  1. JLL

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Download

    You can download it now btw.

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

  1. Joel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It's Available Now

    You can get it by clicking on the iMix "Learn More" link. The download link is right under the "Done" button at the top.

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