updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed March 11, 2009
Along with the new iPod shuffle launched on Wednesday, Apple also quietly introduced iTunes 8.1. The company claims to have improved performance when loading large libraries, browsing the store or syncing devices. The Genius sidebar feature, previously only available for music, will now recommend TV shows and movies to the user. The items can be previewed and purchased directly from the sidebar.
Following the recent expansion of 256-kbps iTunes Plus tracks, the program now allows music imports in the higher-quality format.
iTunes 8.1 should be available soon, although Apple has not yet provided a date.