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Just days before the iPad lands in our hands, Apple 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.

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Just days before the iPad lands in our hands, Apple 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.

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

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    1. I would try reinstalling.

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      1. Didn’t work for me…

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  2. 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 :)

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    1. 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.

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

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  4. [...] leicht überarbeitet) lassen sich in iTunes 9.1 nun nicht nur umbenennen und verschieben – wie TAB ausführlich beschreibt – auch lassen sich ungewollte Mixe löschen und bei Bedarf [...]

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  5. Who has 1993 unlistened to podcasts? boggle

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  6. There’s also a full-screen option when viewing the store.

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    1. Hmmm, what full-screen option are you referring to? I’m not seeing it.

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      1. 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.

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  7. 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?

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    1. 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).

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

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    1. Apple hasn’t said anything yet.

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    2. 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.

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  9. [...] iTunes 9.1: iPad Support and Genius Updates Mac Love [...]

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  10. [...] iTunes 9.1: iPad Support and Genius Updates Mac Love [...]

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