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Apple rolling out updated iTunes LP/Extras files

Apple has begun sending out emails to customers who purchased iTunes LP or iTunes Extras content prior to the release of Apple TV Software 3.0, informing them that updated files are now available. As Apple revealed in a Support document last week, the new Apple TV software requires updated iTunes LP and iTunes Extras files to work properly. The emails states, “We have updated the iTunes LP that was included with [Album title and artist] so that it can now be viewed on Apple TV in addition to your Mac or PC.” The email includes a direct “Check for Available Downloads” link, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do so manually. It also notes that the updated files will automatically replace currently existing versions, and that the new files must be synced with the Apple TV.

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Weird.  I just pulled out an older CD box set (Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs”) and was easily able to read & enjoy all the extra content - photos, liner notes, historical info - all without doing a “box set update” of any sort.  Very strange….

Posted by Cold Irons on November 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM (CST)


@Cold Irons

You think it is strange that software sometimes needs to be updated?  I don’t know of anyone else doing allowing you to buy an album that can be played on your music player, phone, or even TV that also comes with photos, liner notes, historical info, etc. so it doesn’t really shock me when there is an update to the software that makes that all possible.  No one is stopping you from buying CDs, the reality is that people are buying less and less physical product which is hurting the artists.  It seems like me that iTunes is offering a compelling alternative to stealing the music, which is how the majority of music is acquired these days.  It’s not crazy to imagine that Apple would only decide to invest in a program where they will see some return, but from all of the analysis I have seen on their music business, they are doing it for artists and the fans, not themselves.  It’s easy to criticize someone who tries something first…

Posted by Music on November 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM (CST)


Well…I think I have a pretty good grasp of software, but maybe you aren’t that familiar with sarcasm.  Sorry, I just don’t find iTunesLP “compelling” in any sense at all, rather a little silly.

I’m pretty sure that all of my albums CAN already be played on my music player, PC, phone, and TV.  If iTunesLP is something where you are gonna have to regularly “update” CONTENT vs. program, it seems like a not very well thought out concept.  Each time Apple updates Apple TV (or maybe iTunes) iTunesLP owners are gonna have to spend time to reaquire the content?  Don’t think so….

Posted by Cold Irons on November 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM (CST)


I purchased MIKA’s new “iTunes LP” Deluxe Edition with all the attached (but hidden to the user) videos, extras, etc.  The quality of the videos is equivalent to the original iTunes video resolution (i.e., really poor) and it is tedious to wade through menu after menu option (most aren’t even labelled—you must float your mouse over certain icons to see what will play).

A very disappointing experience, especially if you watch the video content via Apple TV to your high-resolution HDMI-equipped TV set.

In the end, a clever idea, but ultimately useless.  Save yourself the frustration and just buy the physical CD.  No upgrading to iTunes 9.0.2 required!

Posted by zyzyzyzyzyzyx on November 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM (CST)

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