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  • iTunes 9.1 to be Released With iPad

    According to a source inside Apple, iTunes is about to be bumped to version 9.1 and will sport a new "Books" section in the Library sidebar along with feature and technology improvements. The report in MacRumors says that their "source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update" indicate that it will be released around the same time as the iPad launch on Sunday.

    Apparently, the existing “Audiobooks” link in the sidebar will be replaced with a “Books” heading. The source says that a "similar change will made to the sources for managing content on connected devices such as iPhones, iPods, and iPads." What this appears to mean is that the Audiobooks subsection on your device will be replaced by a Books subsection, but the source goes on to say that Books "will reportedly display all book content compatible with a given device for easy content management." So that suggests that you won't be able to drag an e-book into that section. While Apple has made much of the iBooks app for iPad, nothing has been said about a version of that app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's certainly possible that the app may come in a "universal binary" version for all devices, but it seems unlikely that Apple will let any of their older devices steal the spotlight from the iPad.

    The update will reportedly also allow the option of re-encoding AAC tracks at a lower bitrate to allow more music to be loaded on an iPod, iPhone or iPad. The "Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC" feature, which is currently only available for the iPod shuffle, dynamically downconverts tracks on the fly without affecting the original file stored on your iTunes library. However, users generally complain that this takes a long time, even with the small 4GB flash memory on the iPod shuffle. Unless significant changes were made in the algorithm, this might not be a very attractive feature for users with large libraries.

    There will also be some feature additions to Genius Mixes, which will doubtless be welcome news to anyone who has tried to do anything with this odd feature of iTunes. Users will now be able to rename the mixes and rearrange them as well as delete them with a right click. For the first time, Genius Mixes will also be usable as sources for the iTunes DJ random playlist.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iTunes 9.1 to be Released With iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Hopefully this update will not have any hidden agendas to rock the jailbreaking community.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      i like lolcats (if its a she, otherwise i like lolcats mom) j/k lol
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I love the idea of converting on the fly but I wish there was an option of how low to convert the bitrate. 128 is too low
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I hope it doesn't block jailbreaking.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      It's too easy, just don't update iTunes right away.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      I'm pretty sure this is gonna complicate the JB process.lol They like too sneak something in all the time.
    1. GTOpilot's Avatar
      GTOpilot -
      "it will be released around the same time as the iPad launch on Sunday."

      Did I miss a memo or are we still on for saturday.
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Now if only they'd fix the bug in iTunes about home sharing........

      Home Sharing bug in iTunes 9? | Digital Noise: Music and Tech - CNET News
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      its still Sat :-) had to check apple again...lol
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      Hope this does not kill my jailbreak i will wait for a report before i update
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I got an e-mail this morning saying my iPad was shipped Awesome!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      128k sounds like poop. Very much the same way iTunes runs on my Windows box...poop. I understand that it is intended to run on Macs, but most ituners have Windows. Fix it already!
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Will it do something with our Jailbreak?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      iPad is coming in 4 days.
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      Wow, a new device is coming out, with new functionality (the books thing), who woulda ever thunk they would update iTunes to support it? All the people saying don't update, well guess what? If you buy an ipad, and hope to actually use it with iTunes, you will have to update. The ipad will require the updated itunes. And it includes a feature to make the music sound even ********???? No thanks, I'll stick to group rips, and ripping my own cd's with the EAC/LAME powerhouse. iTunes is merely the way to get music onto my iPods.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Got my tracking number today
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      nice stealth nice
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea I am pretty pumped about it. Can't wait til Saturday
    1. HelioPause's Avatar
      HelioPause -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      iPad is coming in 4 days.
      5 days
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      gonna be a big day