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iTunes, iPod software updates released

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Apple has released iTunes 4.7.1 and iPod Updater 2005-01-11. The new version of iTunes includes support for the new iPod shuffle and other performance improvements. iPod Updater 2005-01-11 includes iPod shuffle Software 1.0 for iPod shuffle. The update also contains the same iPod software included in iPod Updater 2004-11-15 for all other iPod models.

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1

wow. ive never been the first person to post a coment on ipodLounge. .....has a second to consider moment of glory….

well. what do i say to the new ipod software.
my ipod shuffle dont come for another 2weeks.
Its like having a calender for 2006….

Posted by >nATHAN in UK on January 11, 2005 at 2:46 PM (PDT)

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iTunes 4.7.1 disables music that has been un-DRM’d using Hymn. None of the music I bought through iTunes and then ran through Hymn will play or transfer to the iPod.

Posted by dbar99 on January 11, 2005 at 2:53 PM (PDT)

3

so thats one of the ‘performance improvements’, anyone know what else has been improved?

Posted by FLAmous in Aotearoa on January 11, 2005 at 3:26 PM (PDT)

4

the interface is the same as the previous version. I really dont get why apple has to release an “update” for its new released product.

Posted by frankthetank on January 11, 2005 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

5

well it’s so iTunes has the features like being able to tell the iPod shuffle how much space to reserve for data files and such, which isn’t part of itunes 4.7

Posted by MATRIXsjd in Burbank, Ca on January 11, 2005 at 3:50 PM (PDT)

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iPod shuffle isn’t as bad as I expected. Think about it. Everyone expected"Oh you can’t put songs in a specific order” well now you can, you just chose, I guess, I’m not sure, what order to put them in on iTunes. It seems cool, and it has a USB connector built in. That’s awesome. BTW Mac mini is amazing.

Posted by maxman on January 11, 2005 at 3:55 PM (PDT)

7

End cap?  No screen?  No thanks.  Stupid idea, and anyone who picks this over other, better flash mp3 players is buying it because Apple made it, not because it has great features.

Mac Mini, on the other hand…now THAT is a product.  Nicely done.

Posted by stark23x on January 11, 2005 at 4:52 PM (PDT)

8

My iTunes updater says it can’t reach the internet, but I can access the music store just fine.

Any ideas?

Posted by TennBikeBerk on January 11, 2005 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

9

Damnit, still no 3G updates :( Never again, I bet

^ I have that too, but I’ll probably just stick w/ 4.7

Posted by ipodman715 on January 11, 2005 at 5:36 PM (PDT)

10

there will be no 3G updates unless it is for “critical” compatibility, ie. something to make sure iTunes 5.0 or AAC+ etc. works (i am making that stuff up but it could happen.) no new features ever though.

Posted by canyonblue737 on January 11, 2005 at 5:51 PM (PDT)

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Our course, those companies… leaving their customers behind :(

Posted by ipodman715 on January 11, 2005 at 5:54 PM (PDT)

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*Of

Posted by ipodman715 on January 11, 2005 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

13

You can basically forget about any futher updates for the 3Gs. Apple want to force us to buy another one of their “newer” iPods and dropping support for the 3G is just another way to do it. Unless 3Gs start randomly bursting into flames, we’ll get nothing more from Apple. We’re on our own… yet Apple themselve keeps selling refurbished new 3G… they want your money and then want to abandon you… not a good way to get my return business.

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on January 11, 2005 at 9:22 PM (PDT)

14

Except they never fixed the ‘OK To Disconnect’ for the 3G iPod.

Posted by Chris Matchett in London on January 11, 2005 at 11:58 PM (PDT)

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nor have they been able to make SmartPlaylists stay in order on the iPod.  I guess I’d be happy with a bug-free iPod firmware, forget having “Shuffle” on the main menu.  If Apple thinks this highly of its “new features,” and this lowly of its past customers, then, to quote Jobs, “boom!” ...  no more fanbase.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 12, 2005 at 12:12 AM (PDT)

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To those who are complaining about the 3Gs not being updated, they still play your music collections, don’t they? 

And as for iTunes 4.7.1, I had some major problems with 4.7.0 causing write errors with my iPod.  It would throw some “unknown error” message box up, then insist that the iPod wasn’t formatted.  But if you ran the iPod’s disk scanner it said everything was fine and then it would work again until you hooked up to iTunes again.  At first I thought my iPod hard drive was failing but switching back to 4.6 has solved all my problems. 

Posted by phennphawcks on January 12, 2005 at 12:38 AM (PDT)

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phenn I’m complaining that the 3G still does not work as advertised. In fact the OK To Disco bug was introduced by a firmware update. We want these sort of things fixed.
I don’t expect new games, features, Shuffle Options, colour, photos or even longer battery life.

Posted by Chris Matchett in London on January 12, 2005 at 1:42 AM (PDT)

18

Anyone know if autofill works for other versions of the iPod? Has this been added in version 4.7.1?

Posted by robroe in Manchester, UK on January 12, 2005 at 4:45 AM (PDT)

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Just an FYI…if you’re running an iPod Photo and you have album art in your music collection…iTunes 4.7.1 update removes it all FROM THE IPOD (capitalized that to signify that it’s still in iTunes).  To get it back, uncheck “Display Album Art” option in iPod preferences, undock/redock the iPod, and re-check the “Display Album Art” option.  Takes a while to put it all back but it will fix it.

Posted by jfarrx19 in Pittsburgh, Pa. on January 12, 2005 at 5:04 AM (PDT)

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TO: Chris Matchett:

Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

If you look hard enough in the forums (archives maybe?) you’ll find a list of the bugs in the current 2nd generation iPods.

Since Apple already proved they were willing to ignore the customers who helped make the iPod the success it is today, what makes you think you ‘johnny-come-latelys’ will be treated any better?

Posted by IDSmoker on January 12, 2005 at 7:01 AM (PDT)

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