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iTunes 9 introduces streaming, social networking

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009

Also incorporates new iTunes Store

Confirming rumors, Apple has unveiled iTunes 9, a major revision of its music and video jukebox software. The interface of the software has been improved for better layout and navigation, including a new app management system, which simulates the iPhone interface and lets users rearrange apps individually or in groups. Twitter and Facebook integration has been added to allow creating wishlists, or gifting media.

iTunes 9 introduces Home Sharing, allowing transfer of music, movies and TV shows amongst up to five authorized computers in a home network. Family members can view up to five iTunes libraries, view only the portion of these libraries they do not have, import content directly to their own machines, and automatically add new purchases from other systems. New too are changes to Genius technology, such as Genius Mixes, which automatically generate endless playlists based on library analysis.

Of major significance is a revised iTunes Store, which has been given a cleaner interface with top-aligned menus, allowing faster jumps between sections. The store view can be now maximized within the interface, and when browsing, users can see previews by mousing over some items, or clicking a Quick View icon to access both preview and purchase options.

Some albums are now being sold in the new iTunes LP format, which provides an interactive presentation with photos, liner notes, animated lyrics and performance videos. Debut albums include Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me, The Grateful Dead's American Beauty and Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: iTunes Pass.

Movies at the iTunes Store now include the extras of their DVD counterparts, such as interviews, photo galleries, special clips and making-of footage. Some introductory titles include Twilight, Batman Begins, Wall-E and Iron Man.

Apple has further added precut ringtone downloads, with over 20,000 currently available at $1.29 each. iTunes 9 is now available for download.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iTunes 9

    First, I thought we were already using 9. Guess it was 8.1 or something instead (shows you how little the version numbers really mean).

    But we also know Apple can't go iTunes 10 on our asses. Maybe iTunes X? Or iTunes Pro 1.0 (remember back in the day when all the apps went "Pro" so they could start back at 1.0?).

    Maybe this will be the time Apple changes the name to 'iPodShop' or "The iPod Store".

  1. timbck2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shiny new interface

    iTunes 9 has new chrome - I assume this is what Snow Leopard looks like (since I don't yet have Snow Leopard).

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iTunes 9 interface needs help Apple!

    I wish they hadn't removed the resize slider for the thumbnail view. The all white background is not appealing at all - It makes me wish it had the same adjustable background the iPhoto has. And the banner graphic they created for their "Social Networking App Essentials" is UGLY on a Microsoft clipart level.
    And please put the Shopping Cart or "Wish List" back in the main left column for the Store section :(

  1. popshed

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Interface changes

    It bugged me that the album grid view seemed to be gone. The grid view options had been removed from the top and I could no longer scale the view by using the pinch gesture on the trackpad.

    Well they are all there, their just buried in a sub-menu in the view menu which you can only get to when you're in grid view. Fortunately you can turn the header options back on there too. Why on earth they changed the defaults to remove them is anybody's guess.

    Also not liking the "green button no longer takes you to mini-player mode" nonsense. Yes I know people complained about the inconsistent nature of the zoom button in OS X but now I have to do a three-finger salute to get the old mini-player back - but it's still fine to push the zoom button to get the main window back, go figure.

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