iTunes 9 A Intereactive Music Service by Apple

iTunes 9, which offers several new features, such as "iTunes LP ‘. The album format is categorize under the songs with lyrics, info, lyrics, of course, a booklet or the respective artist interviews accumulates. The trick: The bands or the labels themselves are able to deposit such additional content on iTunes for download.  Apple launches the latest version of iTunes  called iTunes 9 to the public  on October 10.  Supported OS are Windows XP / Vista and, Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later.  The iTunes Store is limited to a specific album to be sold, as well as music files, song lyrics and artwork, liner notes, interviews, photos, album credits and provides more visual data than ever before. Apple is "looking forward to coming back flip through the vinyl.  

The United States also increased its content in film distribution comes with the nearest "iTunes Extras" available. Documentary, cut scenes, an interview, which will include interactive galleries and movies like, "Twilight", "Batman Begins", "WALL-E", "IronMan", "The Da Vinci Code", etc. Sharing features with a new home tool. By iTune’s home sharing tool a user can share the same library on 5 PC at a time.

Also, iTunes 9 is available in the latest "iPhone OS 3.1". So that means you can use the same on your iPhone. In addition, you can synchronized to music by genre and artist name. However, for the United States also started selling ring tones for iPhone. Provide more than 20,000 songs can be downloaded for 1.29 dollars per song. Apple has added to the "Genius mix," serve as the basis of the analyzed 54 billion songs from iTunes libraries to 27 million. The function is twelve "compose endless and stylistically appropriate music mix. iTunes is now sorted and managed programs from the App Store. When you synchronize to your iPhone or iPod Touch iTunes carried out in order to preserve the applications. Also helping with the Apps "Genius" to keep things clear – based on the already downloaded Apps, propose the new feature before. This requires in addition to 9, an iTunes iPhone / iPod touch with OS 3.1, which all owners of version 3.0 for free.

What is new as compare to iTunes 8 :
Instead of throwing to share impressions hot, I preferred to spend several hours exploring the program and making some comparison with iTunes 8, before upgrading all of my computers to the new version. The finishing touches to the graphical interface of iTunes 9 does not displease me. The small icons on the sidebar are much sharper, for example, and there are positive mention other details later. But there are details that convince me not. The chrome iTunes 9 is brighter and lighter shades of that in iTunes 8, and was pronounced a certain three-dimensionality of controls and indicators that I find a little ‘free, not to mention the central panel (I am referring to the display of the player where are the status information of the song playing, etc..), who returned to have the look ‘shiny’ opened, I believe, in iTunes 5, and that was back in later versions progressively opaque to 8. Even the progress bar has undergone the treatment 3D, and has been slightly lowered. The color difference between the ‘full’ and ’empty’ however, at least in my eyes, is rather thin, and ends up being less immediate to rapid reading.

In the progress bar in iTunes 8, a simple gradient effect, the contrast between the ‘full’ and ’empty’ is greater, and combined opacity of the central panel, in my opinion gives a result more readable.

Instead, a small improvement which affects the central panel that now has more status information, and that in the line above the characters appear in bold type, which contributes to the readability. In the figure the central panel is visible when I was downloading a software update to iPhone: In previous versions of iTunes, when you download from the iTunes Store, if I remember correctly, there appeared nothing in the middle panel: the download was in progress.
Now seen as the background in the grid (both the album that applications for iPhone / iPod) is white instead of black gloss. I appreciate little choice: the current Macs all have very bright screens, and all that white is not resting on (my) view, in the long run. However, it is a subjective matter – some have trouble reading light text on a black background. Instead, a change which I find quite acceptable. Both applications, the iTunes Store, as well as in the dialog boxes lies within the main iTunes window. The introduction of the Helvetica font is simple and readable, allowed to slightly shrink the font size used for the information, and therefore certain titles a bit ‘long you can read.

The whole aspect of the iTunes Store has been revised, again trying to focus on the clarity and ease of navigation. In this respect the introduction of the permanent menu at the top of the window of the iTunes Store is a good thing, because it can quickly jump from one genre to another and is always on hand to explore different parts of the Store with a click. Here, as I said, white background and Helvetica as the default font. Disappears shopping cart, but now it is now possible to add the product you are interested in a ‘wish list’ (at last), and copy the link to the product, send an email, and share it on Facebook and / or Twitter.



From various signals captured on the network, I received confirmation of a suspicion that I had come by noting the increased speed of rendering content on iTunes Store: iTunes 9 uses WebKit to display them. In previous versions, as John Gruber points out, was using a custom rendering engine and the XML markup was a type of ownership is very different from HTML. The 9 on the iTunes Store will be encoded in HTML and designed with WebKit (not the App Store, however, has remained at the old XML).

It is also interesting to note that, unless you upgrade to iTunes 9 and stay with iTunes 8.2.1, by logging in to the store you will not notice any change (dark background and content organization), this indicates that changes to the design the Store is very dependent on the capabilities of the ‘browser’ (i.e iTunes) to display, and are not separate.



The performance with iPhone & iPod Touch :

Regarding this area, for now I did not see that improvement. Now under Applications, applications purchased from App Store can be displayed in list view, as Grid or Cover Flow. The list view without icons, it is particularly useful for those who have downloaded and has a large number of applications. When you are in this view, you can sort the list by Developer / Reseller, date added, date modified, gender, type, date of purchase, date of issue, size and year.

The most notable innovation is however the possibility to organize the applications installed on iPhone and iPod touch directly from within iTunes. When iPhone is connected, it appears all the pages in the applications installed: the page on which you are working is displayed in the foreground, the others appear as thumbnails on the right. Here you can do with comfort those operations that were made directly with the finger on the device in a more difficult: You can remove an application or move to a new location or on another page. But iTunes can now select and move multiple applications, and even select the entire page and change the order on the device (useful if maybe we realize more and more often use different applications on the second page so we can take the whole page and put it in the bottom). On the left of the window displays a list of applications downloaded from the App Store: Each entry shows the icon, name, category and size of the application. In this list you can select the applications to synchronize and those who want to take away from the device: just toggle the check mark. Furthermore, the list can be sorted by name, category or date on which you downloaded the application.

To me just because of having this added comfort in the management of the iPhone and iPod touch, the update to iTunes 9 is a must. Should be clarified as to take advantage of this change is necessary to update the software of the iPhone and iPod touch to version 3.1, otherwise it will not work.

Smaller items, such as the display of the song position has been changed slightly. The browser, which allows you to navigate through genre, artist and album was promoted by default from the top left. Useful in terms of widescreen displays, but also look like a question of taste: About "Representation" → "column browser" who can carry the column browser can also back up (like, may add here: "where he belongs"). The screen display is brighter and has held the dark now also a bright background.


iTunes 9 has new features and enhancements : –

  • Mix Genius  – Mix Genius was the first breakthrough by Steve Jobs. With over 27 million library built by analyzing over 54 billion songs, the software is now ready to create Genius Mix, which Jobs has likened to a personal DJ at a radio station built only to satisfy their taste buds. Mix Genius goes beyond music, though. Even the movies can be classified using the new technologies, and the same goes for the applications installed on your iPod touch or iPod.
  • Home Sharing – Sharing in the family carries the sync iTunes to a new level. Until now, it was not easy to sync iTunes between multiple computers without the use of scripts or third-party applications. Now you can copy songs, movies and television shows between a maximum of five authorized computers that are in their own home. You can see each of the computers that operate with the new sharing feature, the flow of contents of the other ‘, and move with drag-and-drop content from one library to another.
  • Improvements – The interaction of users with the iTunes Store has been greatly improved, thanks to a more intuitive navigation between content and new pages devoted to artists, TV shows and movies. In particular, the pages of artists have received a major overhaul, with many more materials to browse and see. Music, photographs, liner notes, interviews, are the focus of "iTunes LP", the new multimedia diary of Apple.  For the American market is also a iITunes LP for film and video, and a new section "iTunes Extra" allows you to view extra content, like those included in the DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Application Management – The applications gesture iPhone and iPod touch has become a nightmare, especially for those who have a large number. The solution comes with Apple’s new iTunes, which introduces the possibility to organize the applications directly from iTunes, rather than the iPhone or iPod touch. A new interface lets you view the screen of the iPhone, sort and search for applications and much more.
  • Media centers support – You can look through the media centers to choose from other computers, whether you want to see all objects or only those that are lacking in one’s own library.
  • Local library –  Missing objects can then easily select and import them with one click in the local library. iTunes uses while stubbornly the title, artist and album information. Automatically sync iPods and iPhones.
  • Sync – The synchronization of different media libraries the Blend of writing, while you can still fall back on familiar AppleScripts that there are numerous and continue to do their service.
  • Compatibility – This does not apply to all iTunes extensions. he iLike Sidebar, however, is not compatible with the current version of iTunes 9.
  • Photos – The calibration of the photos from iPhoto now supports not only the albums events and faces – who would ever have here, therefore all the photos of loved ones on his iPod, just have a correct mapping in iPhoto, make faces, everything else does iTunes automatically.
  • The new format iTunes LP "for albums from the iTunes Store in iTunes is of course supported 9th With such an album is actually a little LP to Feeling: While it may sound, you can browse photos, read background info, plus bonus material comes from additional songs to videos.


Summary :

iTunes 9 new features include, iPhone will deliver a video demo of the new management interface and a home-sharing application. iPhone apps from iTunes to manage the iPhone / iPod touch deployment capabilities for graphical editing apps. Overall, iTunes seems – at least on Intel Mac – a bit to have grown rapidly, especially starting and stopping at a large library are felt quicker. On the G5 is no speed difference is noticeable compared to the previous version. Whether it has also become more stable, remains to be seen, in the first 12 hours of use on four computers, it also gave many crashes of iTunes. These minor problems with songs that were in the library to edit or delete, but that could be remedied with a restart of the program. Not pretty, but nothing that would make the program unusable.


Features : –

  1. Look better, including a new browser column to easily view artists, albums, movies, TV shows and more.
  2. iTunes Store has a brand new look and improved navigation allows for quick and easy browsing.
  3. LP iTunes and iTunes Extra offer an extraordinary experience with interviews, videos, exclusive photos and more – available with the purchase of certain albums and movies in the iTunes Store.
  4. Sharing in the family helps you manage your iTunes collection of family among the computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases or you can select only the items you want.
  5. Mixes Genius is created for you by iTunes and play songs perfectly matching library.
  6. Now the synching of iPod and iPhone allows you to organize the main screens of iPhone and iPod touch directly into iTunes. Synchronization is now more flexible and allows you to synchronize individual artists, genres, TV shows and podcast episodes.
  7. Now the elements of iTunes U are organized into sections on the iTunes library.
  8. Sync with iPod nano (fifth generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009) and iPod touch (Fall 2009).
  9. iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with the rules of smart playlists, more simple organization of multimedia documents in the folder iTunes Media and more.

System Requirement :

Macintosh –

  • Mac with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or G4
  • The standard definition movie playback of iTunes Store requires an Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 1GHz or higher
  • The playback of HD movies, iTunes and iTunes Extra LP iTunes Store requires an Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
  • 512MB of RAM, 1GB for playing HD movies, iTunes and iTunes Extra LP
  • Screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher, 1280×800 or greater for playback of iTunes and iTunes Extra LP
  • Movie playback requires at least 16MB of video RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection with the iTunes Store
  • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio CDs, MP3 CDs and CD backups can be also some third-party recorders
  • Apple SuperDrive to back up the library on DVD, can be also some third-party recorders
  • Macintosh Software
  • Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later, Mac OS X version 10.5 or later for playback in iTunes and iTunes Extra LP
  • QuickTime 7.6 or later
  • Support for HE-AAC requires QuickTime 7.6.4 and Mac OS X version 10.5 or later
  • Safari 4 or later
  • 200MB free disk

 

Windows  –

  • PC with Intel or AMD 1GHz
  • The standard definition movie playback of iTunes Store requires an Intel Pentium D or higher
  • The playback of HD movies, iTunes and iTunes Extra LP iTunes Store requires an Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
  • 512MB of RAM, 1GB for playing HD movies, iTunes and iTunes Extra LP
  • Screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher, 1280×800 or greater for playback of iTunes and iTunes Extra LP
  • DirectX 9.0 compatible video card with 32MB of video RAM, 64MB recommended
  • Sound card compatible with QuickTime
  • Broadband Internet connection with the iTunes Store
  • CD or DVD burner compatible with iTunes to create audio CDs, MP3 CDs or CD or DVD backup
  • Windows Software
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later or 32-bit editions of Windows Vista
  • The 64-bit editions of Windows Vista require the installer to iTunes 9 to 64-bit
  • QuickTime 7.6.4 (included)
  • 200MB free disk

 

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