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Apple releases iTunes 4.8 with video support [updated]

Apple has quietly released iTunes 4.8 for both Mac OS X and Windows. According to the brief release notes, version 4.8 includes “new Music Store features and support for transferring contacts and calendars from your computer to your iPod (requires Mac OS X version 10.4 on your computer).”

This update will presumably bring support for at least some of the previously mentioned new international iTunes Music Stores, including Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Norwary, and Denmark. In fact, French iPod enthusiast site iPodGeneration is reporting that Apple will be holding a press conference tomorrow at Zurich to introduce the service in Switzerland.

iTunes 4.8 also adds new video features, including the ability to drag and drop movie clips from your computer into the iTunes Library for easy cataloging and organization. Clips appear with a new movie camera icon in your library; however, categories such as “album” and “composer” continue to be used for these files, and no new “videos” or “movies” genre has been added to accommodate them.

There is also a new “show video full screen” button that lets you easily watch full-screen movies that have been organized in your iTunes Library, as well as options to view movies in a separate smaller window, or within the main iTunes pane. When you “get info” on videos, they appear with a preview picture that can be resized to your liking. The video functionality does not appear to allow users to transfer videos to currently available iPods.

As stated in the release notes, users of Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger can now manage their contacts and calendar information right in iTunes instead of using iSync. Windows users will still need the help of a third-party utility to transfer contacts and calendars to their iPod. (See screenshots of the new video and contact/calendar features by clicking read more.)

Update: iTunes 4.8 also patches a security hole in the software. “The MPEG4 file parsing code in iTunes versions prior to 4.8 contains a buffer overflow vulnerability. Parsing a maliciously-crafted MPEG4 file could cause iTunes to terminate or potentially execute arbitrary code,” Apple says. “iTunes 4.8 addresses this issue by improving the validation checks used when loading MPEG4 files.”

Update #2: Several iLoungers report that Apple has made a select number of music videos available for download as bonuses to single or album purchases at the iTunes Music Store. For instance, those who buy Morcheeba’s The Antidote will get the video for the band’s “Wonders Never Cease” for free with the album. There does not currently appear to be any videos available for individual purchase.

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61

I’d like the clock to stay on the screen when the iPod isn’t on.  Since it’s never really completely ‘off’ anyway, it shouldn’t take too much more battery power to keep the top line of the screen on the display, heck, leave the battery level indicator visible too!

Posted by derosa 1989 on June 3, 2005 at 1:08 PM (CDT)

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Has anyone noticed, which I was happily suprised with!, is that iTunes now works with MSN Messenger 7. The part that shows what you are listening to in your display name. I love this!, not only cause I now don’t need to use Media Player to show my music, but that throughout the MS program it says how it ONLY work with Media Player 9 or above, and Apple have gone and broken that barrier. Brilliant! :-D

Posted by chezza on June 6, 2005 at 11:15 AM (CDT)

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HELP!!!  I’m trying to burn a cd which I’ve done lots before and now my iTunes software won’t allow it.  It gives a message that “none of the items can be burned to disc”.  Which is odd since I’ve burnt one of the playlists to disc for my wedding venue already.  Peculiar.  Like many people I have no software support but since I can’t use the iPod without iTunes I think it’s harsh to charge for software support.  Now I’m stuck - can anyone else help??

Posted by alisonranger on June 7, 2005 at 8:55 AM (CDT)

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Man - this sounds a Microsoft mid-90’s product release.

Posted by ape on June 8, 2005 at 8:54 AM (CDT)

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alisonranger, check your burning preferences.

If you are set to burn an MP3 disk, you can’t burn AACs (songs purchased from iTunes). They wouldn’t play on an MP3 CD player, anyway. (Not while they’re still in AAC format, at least.)

If you are set to burn an Audio disk or Data disk, you should be fine.

Posted by Sara on June 10, 2005 at 10:41 PM (CDT)

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Alisonranger/Sara, I have had this problem,too (and now have a nice dinner party set of silver coasters, grrr).

My burning is set to audio CD…worked fine and dandy until 4.8 installed….anyone have a clue?

Posted by fenbunny on June 13, 2005 at 3:27 PM (CDT)

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One big negative to iTunes 4.8…It only lets you share your music with 5 people in a 24-hour window.  Version 4.7 allowed only 5 at at time, but now as soon as 5 people log onto your iTunes (like in an office environment) to listen to your music, it locks anyone else out.  Also, if you are one of the first 5 to log in and then you disconnect and the account becomes locked out for the rest of the day, you can’t log back in!  This is the most ridiculous thing out there.  You can’t even copy music from other iTunes accounts (without some hacked software), so there’s NO reason to block people from simply listening to your music!  I’m very dissatisfied.

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