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iTunes 9: LPs, Home Sharing, Redesign and More

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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 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?

37 Responses to “iTunes 9: LPs, Home Sharing, Redesign and More”

  1. Hi all, if anyone can answer this question you will save my sanity – is there any way to get my music into grid view in my iPhone menu on iTunes? I can do it in my iTunes library but not in the music library under my Devices menu. Also, is there any way to add album artwork to an album that I’ve already put onto my iPhone? Thank you!

  2. well.. I got it working..
    All I had to do is change my country from bottom of the page under iTunes…
    No podcasts were available for India… I selected US and can download it all!

  3. Hi I can not see other options on top on iTunes store.
    Stuck with only app store and iTunesU…
    Right below the apple logo, next to Home Icon…I dont have podcasts, audiobooks…
    I have reinstalled iTunes, but same thing…
    iTunes version 9.0.1.8
    Somebody please advice… thank you!

  4. I am very unhappy with itunes 9. It took 2days for it to recognize my ipod, and 4 hours to find how to turn on the album view. WAY too much redesign with no warning and no easy way to find how to make things go back (like a “classic view” perhaps). And i don’t know how to go back to 8. 8 was easy. Everything just worked. I don’t want to spend time figuring out how to work the same software that was fine before i downloaded the freaking “update”. Whatever.

  5. I’m excited by many of the changes but where has the Genre|Artist|Album top window is list view gone? I can only see the horrid little column browser.
    The top list window was my primary way to view all my music. With so much music it wasn’t perfect but it was a lot easier to select from than scrolling through a complete list? Anyone? I’d rather not go back to 8 to see it. Surely it has to still be there somewhere???

    • Ahh I’d been searching the net for a couple of hours before posting that question, and now I find it! For anyone else that’s interested:
      Go View>As List.
      Go View>Show Column Browser.
      Go View>Column Browser>On Top.

      ! Awesome. Very Happy Now.
      I especially like the new look of the iTunes Store

    • Thank god somebody posted how to view column browser on top. I finally updated to new itunes and for the past half hour I tried to figure it out. Think I would have went back to old itunes if this wasn’t possible.
      Thanx

  6. Seems cool.. but most of the updates concerning the iTunes Store doens’t really matter to us living here in South Africa. We don’t even have a proper store! But it looks good nonetheless, just haven’t updated to it yet.

  7. The iTunes Store has always had the ability to make wishlist playlists where you could drag-and-drop unpurchased content into any number of playlists that you wanted, but these wishlists were locally stored on your individual computer. This new wishlist capability in iTunes 9 is even nicer, because it is server-based.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.