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Update: The Boy Genius Report has posted more details on iTunes 9, attributed to the same source. According to the report, iTunes 9 will allow users to broadcast what music they’re listening to, connect to friends, and update all your statuses at the same time. The new software is also said to allow for iPhone app organization by genre, date added, or custom arrangements, and that the social networking integration found in iTunes 9 may be part writes that Blu-ray support will be coming in the next version of iTunes, which is curious considering that Apple currently doesn’t sell any of its own computers with Blu-ray drives installed.…">

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iTunes 9 to gain Blu-ray support, app organization? [updated]

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, August 10, 2009
News Categories: iTunes

iTunes 9 will feature Blu-ray disc support, as well as a better way to handle iPhone and iPod touch applications, according to a new report. Citing a “pretty reliable source,” Boy Genius Report writes that Blu-ray support will be coming in the next version of iTunes, which is curious considering that Apple currently doesn’t sell any of its own computers with Blu-ray drives installed. However, Blu-ray support could be added to upcoming Mac computers, and potentially aid Blu-ray-equipped PCs with iTunes in importing iTunes-friendly Digital Copies or using interactive Blu-Ray content.

The report also claims that iTunes 9 will include the ability to visually organize and arrange iPhone applications, and that the software will offer some form of social networking integration, specifically for Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm. No release timeframe is given, although it is likely that the release could coincide with the release of updated iPod models. Apple introduced iTunes 8 with Genius auto-playlist support on September 9, 2008, the same day it introduced new iPods.

Update: The Boy Genius Report has posted more details on iTunes 9, attributed to the same source. According to the report, iTunes 9 will allow users to broadcast what music they’re listening to, connect to friends, and update all your statuses at the same time. The new software is also said to allow for iPhone app organization by genre, date added, or custom arrangements, and that the social networking integration found in iTunes 9 may be part of a larger social networking push by Apple that may include plans for a standalone application.

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1

I have to cry BS on this one. Maybe hte Mac OS will have integrated Blu-Ray support but iTunes?
ITunes currently doesn’t interact with DVD’s in any formal manner. Digital copies are simply taken off the disk as data, not “ripped”.

Posted by Whaaaaaaa? on August 10, 2009 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

2

There is an option in the Blu-ray spec called “Managed Copy” to rip full resolution copies of BDs.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 10, 2009 at 8:36 AM (PDT)

3

Being able to organize apps on the phone through iTunes would be great. It’s a pain to move things around when you have many pages of apps. I like to keep mine organized by page. So BS apps on one page, social and networking apps on another, pic modifying apps on another, etc. I have been hoping they would do this.

They also really need to start working on iTunes speed. The apps icon view page….SLOOOOOOOOOW!

Posted by Johnny L on August 10, 2009 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

4

I want to be able to sort my apps by labels I give them.

Posted by ort on August 10, 2009 at 9:11 AM (PDT)

5

Really.  Managed Copy.  You’re going to copy all your Blu-Ray discs to your HD?  At 50Gb a pop, that’s a lot of disc space, even for a 1Tb HD.

And of course, it’s only going to start being available next year, and it’s generally accepted that you’ll have to pay for each “managed copy” you make (which is also in the spec).

Posted by dave on August 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM (PDT)

6

Interesting, I can’t wait to see what happens! 9-9-09 my birthday!

Posted by Leo on August 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM (PDT)

7

A bit off topic here, but I thought iLounge do not run rumor reports before. I don’t mean it in a bad way, I visit the site everyday for news and I always read the review section before buying any iPod/iPhone gear. I always think of iLounge as just not another rumor site, but a trusted site for good info on news and products. I don’t mean that this news is not true or anything. But I think I don’t want to see iLounge to become just “another Apple rumor site”. My opinion anyway.

Posted by Simon on August 11, 2009 at 12:19 AM (PDT)

8

The line between rumors and news has regrettably been all but erased by Apple’s strategy of controlled leaks, by which it lets certain details of upcoming software and hardware trickle out and then refuses to comment on them officially, responding to virtually everything except for its own press releases as “rumors and speculation.” Consequently, it leaves us (and anyone else interested in truth rather than conjecture) to decide what is likely enough to be accurate that it’s worthy of sharing; rest assured that we only post that which we believe has a high degree of reliability.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 11, 2009 at 6:47 AM (PDT)

9

How about an option to sort apps by usage?

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

10

I hope the speed is improved as well as the ripping speed of cd’s.

Posted by maddog707 on August 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM (PDT)

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