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Apple intros iTunes 9 with iTunes LP, app organization, more

Apple has released iTunes 9, brining with it support for Apple’s new iTunes LP enhanced album format, app organization features, an improved iTunes Store layout, smarter syncing, Genius Mixes, and Home Sharing. iTunes LP is a new enhanced album format that gives users an interactive, DVD-style presentation of the content, including lyrics, photos, writing, videos, and more. The new content will launch on a number of new albums, including Pearl Jam’s upcoming release Backspacer, as well as “Deluxe Edition” reissues of classic albums such as Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, American Beauty by the Grateful Dead, and The Doors: 40th Anniversary Mixes. An equivalent feature called iTunes Extras will be included with select movies, offering a DVD-style interface with extra features, including (for Wall-E) 3-D set fly-throughs, details on different robots, and more. Continue reading for more on iTunes 9 and for screenshots of the new software.

“iTunes 9 is a great iTunes release, with innovative features that make using iTunes better than ever and iTunes content richer than ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iTunes LP, for example, lets artists share more of their creativity with fans and gives music lovers the feeling of being immersed in an entire album with art, lyrics, liner notes, photos and videos.”

iTunes 9 also adds a new application management feature, which allows users to set up pages of apps from their existing application library, move and reorder entire pages of applications, and can of course still change them on their devices. Genius Mixes are an expansion of Genius Playlists, utilizing a “Genius DJ” that creates “endless mixes of songs that go great together”—up to 12 from a media library. When syncing in iTunes 9, users can now choose to sync by artist or genre automatically, in addition to playlists, sync photo Events and Faces in addition to Albums, and automatically sync new purchases of music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and applications. Also new is a feature called Home Sharing, which lets families copy iTunes content to and from 5 authorized computers in their house, using drag-and-drop, and can also auto-sync new music, movie, TV, audiobook, or application purchases across all 5 computers.

Finally, iTunes 9 brings with it a completely redesigned iTunes Store, with a new navigation bar at the top of the Store, providing one-click access to different parts of the store, drop-down menus to dig deeper into different sections of the store, and new artist pages, movie, and TV pages. Users can now preview and buy songs and albums right from the top charts, with easier Quick View and previewing of albums, and a new arrow next to the buy buttons lets users create wishlists, gift albums or songs, and share links on Facebook and Twitter, directly from iTunes. iTunes 9 is available as a free download starting today.


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iTunes 9 looks sweet!! Cant wait to download it. Unfortunately the 64bit installer is keeps giving an error. Gotta wait as usual. But all in all the update looks awesome!!

Posted by cbco2k9 on September 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM (CDT)


I have downloaded iTunes 9 and went to switch between the regular big window and the mini player using the x - + button in the top left but it dose not switch like it did in all the previous version makes me mad. You have to go the View menu and select switch to mini play switch can be inconvenient. I am using 10.6… Anybody else find this change??


Posted by phil on September 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM (CDT)


Hey Charles!

iTunes 9 Austrian Store was born WITHOUT enhanced features - no redesign, no mouseover to instantly play, no iTunes LP.

Dare we say “yet”? It will probably take years. Sigh.


P.S. Still happy about Home Sharing and App Management tho’

Posted by Alicia on September 9, 2009 at 4:56 PM (CDT)


I personally love the new iTunes update.. I’m wondering.. Within a few months I’m getting a new computer.. will I be able to use iTunes to send over my whole library to a new computer without having to use an external hard drive?

Posted by Sandi on September 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM (CDT)


LOVE the iTunes LP feature but my question is how do I develop for iTunes LP? I’m a registered developer and can’t find any info on Apples site. Someone must know.

Posted by Giulio Sciorio on September 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM (CDT)


I noticed that too. Hold down the option key while pressing the green + and it will switch to the mini player.

Posted by Sandy R on September 9, 2009 at 7:31 PM (CDT)


All of the new features in version 9 of iTunes are welcomed features.  The one problem is that when arranging applications on the iPhone or iTouch you are only allowed to arrange the applications on each of the blades up to and including the 11th blade.  However one of the features that some may not be aware of is that you can continute to install applications and use the touche’s search feature to launch the unseen application.

I currently have approx 33 applications that don’t appear in the blades and cannot re-arrrange those application because they are not seen in in iTunes.  Some may argue that one should not have that many applications on a devise.  but since v3 of the iPhone software the application install is only limited by the amount of memory available on the device.

Hopefully Apple will allow the apps that are not seen to also be arranged, unless there is some trick that I’m not aware of.  Other then this shortcoming all is positive and a long time in coming.  I was really looking forward to application re-arrangement but I will get very little benefit from this feature. 

For now I just keep the unseen applications in my notes so that I can call them up by there application names when doing a search.

Posted by Duckee on September 9, 2009 at 8:03 PM (CDT)


I downloaded 9 but I don’t see the Genius Mix.  I have Genius on the side bar, but no Genius Mix.

Anyone else have this issue?

Posted by Jeff on September 9, 2009 at 8:52 PM (CDT)


iTunes now has a “watched folder” feature.  Some folks will find that very useful.

Posted by Galley on September 9, 2009 at 9:11 PM (CDT)


thanks sandy

Posted by phil on September 9, 2009 at 9:39 PM (CDT)


yea i dont have genius mix either, anyone know to fix it?

Posted by j on September 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM (CDT)


So, am I missing something here? What happened to my shopping cart?

Posted by Michael on September 9, 2009 at 11:28 PM (CDT)


Nevermind. I see they use a wishlist system now. I was afraid that I lost everything in my cart, but it’s still there.

Posted by Michael on September 10, 2009 at 12:20 AM (CDT)


To all those having trouble seeing your genius mixes, you need to update your genius results first.

Posted by John on September 10, 2009 at 12:33 AM (CDT)


When I decide to turn on the home sharing button, it comes on, asks for my log in information, tells me im done after i put it all in, and then just dissapears. There is no home sharing. Its as if i just put into a scam(i know this isn’t the case), but wasn’t that the main purpose for itunes 9? to make it so we can put our music through different computers, without using a mass USB drive? If it wasn’t then theres no point to it, vs itunes 8. I just need to know how to fix this issue, me and a few other people are having the same issue.

Posted by Anthony on September 10, 2009 at 4:26 AM (CDT)


I have the same issue Anthony.  I believe that I need to go to each machine and turn home sharing on and have not done that yet.  Give it a try.  The issue that I’m now having is that after syncing my iTouch I received a message that there were 196 applications on my iTouch that were not authorized and was asked if I wanted to authorized them i typeed in my iTunes password and the applications were then authorized.  However now I have gone from 3 out of 5 computers authorized on my account to 4 out of 5 computers now authorized.  It appears that my laptop has counted for a authorization under v8 and now v9.  This was not a issue prior to to the upgrade and I am not sure of how to resolve this short of contacting apple.  What gives?

Posted by Duckee on September 10, 2009 at 5:10 AM (CDT)


I’ve downloaded and installed Windows 9 on Windows (XP) and although I like the the new features I’m experiencing several issues so I’m just curius to know if anyone else is seeing those problems….
1) iTunes seems to be unable to coorectly order song of albums that has multiple CDs. In particular I have one album, that I bought on iTunes stores (U218 Singles) in which the first 19 songs are tagged with track number 1 to 19 and CD number as 1 of 2 and then other 9 songs tagged with track no 1 to 9 and CD number 2 of 2. If I sort by album by Album per year the songs order gets all mixed up between CD 1 and CD 2. It did not happen in previous releases

2) If I choose the option to minimze iTunes in the tool bar of windows (it shows a miniplayer in the apps bar) that’s it…..I can no longer see iTunes in full screen, need to close it and re open it

3) I can only update to new versions of apps one by one….update all now gives me an error

4) Video Podcasts do not reproduce correctly. It gets stuck after few second and after that it get video and audio out of sync. It happens with all of my podcasts, old and newly downloaded.

Posted by smiduri on September 10, 2009 at 6:09 AM (CDT)


Figured out the authorization issue.  Had to de-authorized the same computer twice, and then re-authorized it.  It seem as though iTunes v9 found the need to authorize again, and now I’m at 3 of 5 which is where I should be.  If iTunes state that you have XXX number of apps on your iTouch/iPhone that need to be authorize most likely iTunes will re-authorize your computer in the process.

Posted by Duckee on September 10, 2009 at 6:24 AM (CDT)


Shopping Cart is now your Wishlist - phew!, thought I’d lost everything!
But that Mini Player issue is really annoying - I used the green button all the time and now have to use keyboard shorts or view menu - hows that an improvement in efficiency?

Posted by Cookie on September 10, 2009 at 2:19 PM (CDT)


When I put in a gift card it used to tell me how much credit I still have in that gift card, now it does not say it anywhere.

Does anybody know where?

Posted by Kevin on December 4, 2009 at 11:21 PM (CST)

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