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New iTunes 11.3 brings iTunes Extras for HD movies

updated 12:03 pm EDT, Thu July 10, 2014

iOS users will have to wait for iOS 8

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac and Windows users. The main addition is support for iTunes Extras associated with HD movies, granting access to things like galleries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes clips, and short films. Not every movie has Extras, since these require special formatting on the part of content creators, but even previously-purchased titles can get Extras for free if they're added later.

Extras should now also be accessible to Apple TV owners. In that circumstance, people must be running the v6.2 firmware released last month. Extras will also eventually make their way to iOS, but Apple says that users will have to wait for iOS 8.

iTunes 11.3 can be downloaded via the Mac App Store, Apple's website, or the Software Update tool for Windows.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Found a bug/flaw/problem. The update removes the ability to set default behaviours for each podcast. Probably a compilation error, will likely be fixed in a future update (sent feedback), but in the meantime if that's an important feature to you, you might want to hold off on upgrading to 11.3.

  1. thinkman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-04-05

    Previews are now back down to 30 seconds!!! WTF!

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    What the hell is iTunes extras?

    I tried doing a search and came back with "iTunes LP" and the wikipedia article on it made absolutely no sense, just that it's something to do with mixing album artwork.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    thinkman: some previews have always been 30 seconds and never changed. Might be just bad luck. EDIT: Just checked, previews are 1:30 still for the things I checked. FURTHER EDIT: well, turns out you're not imagining things -- the record companies (or Apple) have definitely reverted some previews from 90 seconds to 30 seconds, seemingly randomly. There are definitely plenty of 90-second samples still out there, but quite a few have changed back as I sample around more widely. Going to look into this.

    And.reg: think like DVD extras on a DVD. Some iTunes movies have them. ITunes LPs are albums that offer digital booklets, additional art, maybe music videos or behind-the-scenes stuff, but you have to buy the whole album to get that stuff.

  1. webraider

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 11-16-04

    Just got WiFi sync back with previous update.. now it's GONE again, this time completely

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    I'm having some "stalling" behavior when iTunes is idle, but not all the time. New to 11.3 for me.

    Working the problem.

  1. Bezoar23

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-02-13

    New ver of iTunes no longer recognizes my older ipod (iPod Mini)

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