updated 12:25 am EDT, Thu March 12, 2009
iTunes Front Row updates
Apple has released several updates including iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7. The latest version of iTunes allows users to import tracks from CDs and save them using the 256kbps iTunes Plus format. The Genius sidebar feature will now recommend TV shows and movies to the user, in addition to the previously-available song listings. The company claims to have improved performance when loading large libraries, browsing the store or syncing devices.
For the Windows platform, the update also addresses a security issue that could have allowed a maliciously crafted DAAP message to cause a denial of service. The DAAP messages are now processed through additional verification. The Mac variant fixes a vulnerability that permitted podcasts to bring up an authentication dialog, potentially enticing the user to send sensitive information to the podcast server.
The Front Row update is required for compatibility with iTunes 8.1. Both updates are available for download directly from the Apple Support pages.