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In keeping with the release schedule they’ve established, Apple yesterday let loose new versions of its iPhone 3.0 OS and accompanying SDK. This time around, developers got another goody, in the form of an early pre-release of iTunes 8.2. The new version of iTunes is apparently […]

In keeping with the release schedule they’ve established, Apple yesterday let loose new versions of its iPhone 3.0 OS and accompanying SDK. This time around, developers got another goody, in the form of an early pre-release of iTunes 8.2. The new version of iTunes is apparently required for activating the new iPhone OS beta, build 7A300g. As always, users must also install the latest iPhone SDK (build 9M2732) in order for the update to work properly.

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The new iTunes pre-release is stealing the spotlight this time around, thanks to a mention in the “About iTunes” legalese of Blu-ray (screenshot above) among other formats mentioned in conjunction with Gracenote, the software used to gather track information when CDs or other media are played back in Apple’s media jukebox app. Many are speculating that this could foretell the coming of the sometimes maligned video disc format to the Mac platform.

Before you get too excited, though, realize (as Gizmodo points out) that the same legal content in iTunes 8.1.1 (the current version) didn’t list DVD, so the inclusion of Blu-ray doesn’t necessarily indicate anything. Unless, of course, it indicates an upcoming ability to play back (folding DVD Player into iTunes and getting rid of the separate app) and/or import from both sources, in addition to CDs. Now that’s tantalizing.

On the iPhone side, there are some nice new features that I actually am really happy to finally see included. The “Store” menu that showed up in previous builds, but that didn’t actually have any content, now lets you sign in and out of your iTunes account, and view and change your account payment details and credit card information. The less dependent on iTunes the iPhone becomes, the better, in my opinion, and this virtually cuts the cord. Now we just need wireless syncing.

  1. Most of the previous betas came with a slight mod to itunes, especially the mobile device piece. I have some ideas on why it is broken out into 8.2 this time around, but don’t really want to start any rumors.

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  2. iTunes needs a rebrand now, It’s become the iPod of apps. Starting off as a music player and adding video, then morphing into an all encompassing media management solution with a store. Even stealing iSync’s functionality.

    How much more can Apple add to iTunes bloated feature list?

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  3. I’ll wait for the FR, thanks for the announce anyway.

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  5. [...] would presumably let a user change settings of the built-in App Store. With iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, seeded to developers earlier today, it has turned out to be a useful new feature: users can finally switch between multiple iTunes [...]

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  6. “As always, users must also install the latest iPhone SDK (build 9M2732) in order for the update to work properly.”

    This is not true, I’ve never had to install the SDK updates in order to install the beta OS 3.0 updates.

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  7. you need help getting your UDID activated on a developers account i found the website that i linked to my name above actually found them in facebook, just click on my name to go there. They had me up and running in no time and i now have complete access to their Apple developers account with my own user ID and password. It was worth it, just my 2 cents for anyone who is in the same boat i was.

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  8. [...] would presumably let a user change settings of the built-in App Store. With iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, seeded to developers earlier today, it has turned out to be a useful new feature: users can finally switch between multiple iTunes [...]

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  9. [...] New iPhone 3.0 OS Beta 4 Comes With iTunes 8.2 Pre-Release In keeping with the release schedule they’ve established, Apple (s appl) yesterday let loose new versions of its [...] [...]

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  10. @ john
    Truem you do not need to install the SDK, however, with “properly” they mean “fully”. Or at least I think thats the case, because I can’t send MMS or tether my iphone. Probably if i would have the sdk, these features would be unlocked.

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