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iTunes get silent "upgrade," Genius sidebar returns

updated 02:40 am EDT, Sat October 30, 2010

Also features Ping summary and new controls

Apple has silently upgraded iTunes earlier today and restored the "Genius" features in a revamped fashion, renaming the sidebar (which became the "Ping" sidebar as of 10.0.1) to simply the "iTunes Sidebar." The new sidebar features Genius recommendations based on a selected song and even includes the ability to play samples of suggested songs without entering the iTunes store.

Members of Apple's ongoing Ping social service will also see a short summary of recent activity, but non-Ping members only see Genius recommendations, now delivered on-the-fly as songs are selected (they do not have to be played to generate recommendations). Ping members can "like" or post about a selected song, and all users can listen to recommended songs or sample albums right from the sidebar.

If no song is selected, the Genius feature recommends albums based on recent purchases or items in the user' iTunes Library. There is no new version number associated with this change, and of course the sidebar can be turned on or off at any time with a small control on the bottom-right corner of the main iTunes window.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Replacing the 'new' useless feature back with the old 'useless' feature.

    Now if they can make it actually look like an OS X application again, they might be onto something!

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You never like anything

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: hey testudo

    Given that Apple created OS X, they are the ones that dictate what the applications look like.

    So Apple gets to move stuff around in each of their apps.

    And yet get all religious and hard-assed if any other developer does the exact same thing. How do you expect anyone to take talk of 'following standards' seriously when Apple can't even do the same damn thing?

    If they want to move some buttons or change some icons, they have that right. Sorry if you don't like the changes, but it doesn't make the software defective and such.

    Wow, and if an app developer for the iPhone did this, they'd have their app rejected! Hypocrisy at the least.

    As for the useless comments, perhaps you have no use for them, but others might.

    Yes, social media is where it's all at. That's why Apple developed Ping! To be at the forefront of it. If the forefront was five years ago. Its just another Facebook and Twitter. If MS did this, you'd all be laughing at them for being so far behind the game or something.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And lest we forget, iTunes is just becoming more and more bloated with stuff. Everyone talks about the bloat of MS and Adobe, but what is iTunes now? A Music/Video/Podcast/Book manager, an iOS device/app manager, a music/video store, a media streaming server, a social media access point.

    Which probably explains why it takes so long to load, so slow to sync, and chews up CPU on my Mac just sitting idle.

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  1. graxspoo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OK, so I've only found one friend on Ping because the method of finding people is so limited. So, the 'recent activity' area in the sidebar doesn't change much, meaning its useless.

    Luckily, now I can at least restore the Genius Sidebar back to its former functionality by simply turning off Ping, which I just did. Goodbye, and good riddance. "Ping me again Apple, when you have Facebook integration." ;-)

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