iTunes 9.1: iPad Support and Genius Updates

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Just days before the iPad lands in our hands, Apple (s appl) has updated iTunes to version 9.1 so that we can sync content onto the new device just as soon as we post our unboxing photos to Twitter. iTunes 9.1 provides the ability to sync books from the iBooks app and adds some improvements for managing Genius Mixes. The update is available in Software Update, but details have not been posted online at this time.

Genius Mixes can now be rearranged, renamed or removed. You can rearrange Mixes with click-and-drag.

And Mixes can be removed by right-clicking and choosing “Remove Mix” or using the “delete” key. If you accidentally remove a Mix, you can “Restore All Mixes” by right-clicking on Genius Mixes in the lefthand source list or on the background.

To rename a Genius Mix, click directly on the title. As seen below, use the Esc key to cancel editing and revert to the original title.

The iBookstore is not yet available in the iTunes Store, but Audiobooks are now found under “Books” in your library and we have to assume that this is where you will manage iBooks content as well. It might be of interest to some that the iBooks app appears to be the first app in the App Store (as opposed to the apps that are built-in to the firmware releases) that will sync content with iTunes directly. I know a number of developers that would love to have USB-syncing of content for their own apps, but I suspect that this feature is restricted to Apple’s iBooks at the moment.

It is possible, but pure speculation on my part, that the filesharing settings that have been spied in the iPad might open up a standard method of syncing content between computer and iPad. If so, we can only hope that this feature will be brought to the iPhone in a 4.0 release.

Some cosmetic changes were made to the Advanced tab of the iTunes Preferences window to include iPad among its more diminutive counterparts. Of course, seeing “iPad Remote” immediately makes me dream of a new Universal App release that utilizes the bigger display for an even better iTunes/Apple TV remote.

22 Comments

matt

I upgraded itunes…plugged in ipad. The ipad shuts down and does no more… is it dead jim?

Idowu wasiu

I will like to have the latest version of itune…………

Thom Moore

Thanks so much for the tip on restoring accidentally deleted genius mixes. Why do I never think of ctrl-click menus?

Matt

Any idea if it will be possible to sync epub files in iTunes with an iPhone?

Grant

They’d have to create an iPhone version of iBooks, which I would love, but I feel like they won’t do, or else they would have announced it already.

Jenn

sigh tried installing last night, but it still shows as 9.03 and still keeps asking em to upgrade to 9.1. Do you need the os update 10.6.3 update for this? Or should i just download itunes 9.1 from apple site?

Jenn

face palm oops. forgot that I moved itunes into a sub dir. itunes 9.1 installed in applications. I moved to the sub directory and all was well. Anyone know what the new option for ipod classic does? the label reads convert high quality songs to 128 aac (or something like that).

Weldon Dodd

Preferences > Store > Use Full Window for iTunes Store

It’s not full-screen, it just hides the source list on the left (full window). I think it’s a dumb option.

Gazoobee

I’m a bit surprised it took them almost a year to fix the genius list bug, but it’s welcome all the same.

Lloyd Hannesson

If you have any .epub books kicking around you can now drag them into iTunes and they will show up in the Book section. Sadly the same is not true for .pdf files. Glad that I’ll be able to read all my non DRM’d ebub books on the iPad, bummed that PDFs won’t show up there.

Oh well, maybe in an update :)

Elizabeth

You can download a free converter such as calibre that turns PDFs into epub flawlessly. I did it to get for the ipad. Over 200 done.

Eric

iTunes now crashes every time I scroll through the column browser.

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