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iTunes 9 leak shows Facebook ties, third-party sync

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Wed August 19, 2009

New iTunes 9 leaks

A fresh collection of purported iTunes 9 screenshots shows both new and previously-hinted features. Within the latter category is Facebook integration, now shown as allowing people to display playlists and purchased tracks in their personal news feed. Items in the feed link back to the iTunes Store, as a means of pushing Apple's music sales.

Also shown in the screenshots is built-in DVD playback, complete with chapter selection options. iTunes is already capable of playing downloaded or imported videos, but has not been able to directly read movie discs, a function typically reserved for separate apps on both Mac and Windows PCs. Other reports have suggested that iTunes 9 will finally enable native Blu-ray support on Macs.

An unexpected feature is third-party device sync. Though such devices can currently sync through secondary software, or by fooling iTunes into treating hardware like an iPod, Apple has generally excluded other companies from native sync as a means of bolstering iPod and iPhone sales. If leaks are accurate, they could be a sign that Apple is worried about the universal sync support in competing apps, such as Winamp or Windows Media Player. The company has also taken flak for disrupting Palm Pre sync.

by MacNN Staff





  1. statbit

    Joined: Dec 1969



    well. i couldn't find the link to the article these screenshots actually came from.

    would be nice if info is reposted from another site, a link was prominently featured.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Name

    Okay.. but iTunes needs a new name. It's more than a tune player. It's a media player, especially if it's going to playback DVD's and BluRay. It should be called.. iMedia

  1. BillyGreene

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Social Networking

    Oh God, iTunes as well! I guess at 32 years old I am official an old dude and out of touch!

    Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. have got to be the stupidest waste of time services that I have ever heard of and now they are being incorporated by Apple into genuinely useful applications.

    The sky is falling!

  1. SF App Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Share Your iPhone's Music

    If you like the idea of sharing your favorite songs on your iPod via Facebook, Twitter, and Email check out the Mobile Music Messenger iPhone App that just went live in the iTunes Store this past weekend.

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