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Today Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at the media event and announced iTunes 9. It’s packed full of new features including a major overhaul of the iTunes Store. Read on for details on all the updates. iTunes LP One of the downsides of digital music […]

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Today Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at the media event and announced iTunes 9. It’s packed full of new features including a major overhaul of the iTunes Store. Read on for details on all the updates.

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One of the downsides of digital music has been the lack of interactivity that you once got from handling album packaging. Apple has brought their own version of this back and its calling it iTunes LP.

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iTunes LP is a way to interactive with new content including videos, photos, lyrics, discography, liner notes and more. Many of the LPs were created by the artists themselves.

Home Sharing

Home Sharing makes home networking work for you in that you can now share music, shows, and movies with up to five other authorized computers on you network. Secretly digging that new Britney Spears album your sister bought? Just grab it from her iTunes library and move it to yours. And then promptly punch yourself in the face for every digging Britney Spears.

iTunes Store Redesign

The iTunes store has been needing a facelift for quite a while. And a facelift it most certainly received!

Everything from the home page to artist pages, album pages, TV shows, and movie pages all received a major redesign.

In addition to the redesign is a new feature (one that I’ve wanted since the store debuted) called Wish List…and it’s exactly what you think it is. You can now add albums, songs, movies, shows to your Wish List to check out later and possibly purchase.

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Genius Mixes

The iTunes Genius got a bit of an upgrade with a new featured called “Genius Mixes.” Genius Mixes automatically creates up to a dozen mixes of songs that it thinks would go great together.

App Organization

A much requested feature has been the ability to organize apps right in iTunes instead of fumbling through a half dozen screens trying to move tiny icons around with your finger. Now you can do just that.

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Overall this is a much needed, and much welcomed update to iTunes and the iTunes Store. What are your favorite updates so far?

  1. I don’t have dark grid view? Am I the only one who does not like it?
    GUI change: Ok, nice. But it is not that good that it is worth to throw away design consistency and the beauty of minimalism, isn’t it?

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  2. I like the Home Sharing idea. It would be great if they came up with something like that for iPhoto.

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  3. I need clarification on the home sharing functionality. Does this now mean that I can load shared songs from another computer onto my iPhone?

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  4. All I can say about home sharing is that it is about freaking time they let my husband and I share our music libraries!

    I have about 7 screens of apps on my iPhone and am thrilled that I can now organize them via iTunes. Doing it on the phone itself has been a major pain.

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  5. I could tell that the new version is loading large libraries much faster!

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  6. As far as I can tell, the iTunes Store redesign is not available here in Germany. Everything looks just as chaotic as before… a pity!

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    1. I had the same problem with the portuguese store.
      Changed to the US store and then back into the portuguese and the redesign surfaced.

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  7. Is the ability to re-arrange apps exclusively for iPhone users? On my iPod Touch I’m just getting a big blank area next to the list of my apps.

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  8. You have to update your iPhone as well, prior to being to rearrange apps.

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  9. That should read “prior to being able to rearrange apps.”

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  10. iTunes 9 Grid view mode appears broken. Mine is currently sorting by Composer only; the tabs for Artist and Albums have disappeared, so has the slider allowing you to resize the tiles. Can anyone figure out how to change this?

    Genius Mixes look promising, however there doesn’t appear to be a way of refreshing the mixes.

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    1. While in Grid View, go to View>>Grid View>Show Header. That gets you the slider and Artist, Album, Genre, and Composer tabs.

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    2. Thank you :-)

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    3. I’ve spent the last like 4 hours trying to figure out why i couldn’t view Albums, (iTunes support) and finally i found that you have to turn the damned thing on. THank you for FINALLY letting me know what to do. I mean really, apple? did you really think hiding these headers would be a good thing. Have you tested this design?

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    4. I’m having the same problem; I’m stuck on artists but can’t view albums or composers.

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