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Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.5 released

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

piciTunes 4.5 has been announced by Apple within the iTunes Music Store.

What’s new in iTunes:

  • Free Downloads/Single of the Week

  • iMix - Publish Your Playlists

  • Music Videos

  • Movie Trailers

  • Radio Charts

  • Party Shuffle

  • CD Insert Printing

  • Wish List

  • Import WMA Files (Windows)

  • Lossless Encoder

  • Links to Music Store (Requires iTunes 4.5)

    What’s new in this version:


    License: Freeware
    System Requirements:


    Windows XP or 2000
    500 MHz Pentium class processor or better
    QuickTime 6.5.1 (included)
    128 MB RAM minimum/256 RAM recommended
    Latest Windows service packs recommended
    Supported CD-RW drive to burn CDs, video display card, soundcard
    DSL, cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection recommended for buying and streaming music


    Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later
    400MHz G3 processor or better
    QuickTime 6.2 required to encode AAC
    128 MB RAM minimum/256 RAM recommended
    DSL, cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection recommended for buying and streaming music

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    Whoo hooooo!!!

    Radio charts are awesome!!

    These are all great (minor) improvements…

    Let’s hope they’re there for the right reasons.  (Meaning… I hope these are not simple minor concessions to “soften the blow” of future price hikes)

    Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on April 27, 2004 at 9:25 PM (PDT)


    Yeah,  I won one song from the Ben & Jerry’s ETOV Turn It Around Sweepstakes.  And I went to go buy a song.  It brought up that page which list the new features.  I clicked ok or something and it started to download my song.  Cool.

    Posted by willij in TX on April 27, 2004 at 9:30 PM (PDT)


    hey guys, i just saw that foo fighters was a free download, so i started to download thinking i would get a warning, it started to download the whole album without being free i think. i stopped it after one download, but it automatically starts to download foo fighters whenever i log back to ITMS. HELP ME, i only want it if its free, what should i do???

    Posted by tony help on April 27, 2004 at 10:09 PM (PDT)


    Wow, pleased to hear of a new release.

    Posted by LinkinJunior on April 27, 2004 at 10:09 PM (PDT)


    Hi tony I would suggest the following. 

    Wait until they release 4.5 for download or upgrade.
    Maybe it will become free during Steve Jobs call. 

    I thought I would just help.  I probably didn’t.  Have a nice day.

    Posted by willij in TX on April 27, 2004 at 10:22 PM (PDT)


    thanks willi,

    thats a positive advice, and i think i will heed that indeed. I wont log back on till tomorrow morning, and then ill download 4.5. WOW, i can’t believe there is a lossless encoder, thats awesome.

    thanks will.

    Posted by tony on April 27, 2004 at 10:26 PM (PDT)


    I wonder what the lossless thing is. AFAIK there’s no lossless part of the AAC standard yet.

    Posted by Virduk on April 27, 2004 at 10:28 PM (PDT)


    HEY GUYS, go to in ipod ITMS link and they are starting to add all the new features of Itunes 4.5…. WOW, its awesome, a lossless encoder about half the size of AIFF. IM IN HEAVEN… look at all the new features, go look quick…

    Posted by tiger on April 27, 2004 at 10:35 PM (PDT)


    To whoever is having the foo fighters problem,

    It’s just one song that’s free- “My Hero”. Notice the price next to it- .00. before you hit buy next time, make sure to read…

    Hope this helps,

    Posted by Matt on April 27, 2004 at 10:39 PM (PDT)


    Hi Matt,

    I didnt see anything saying about O cents, and also i didnt even get a warning before downloading. Now i cant log back on because Itunes keeps downloading the whole album. and ive tried five times to send an email to ITMS but my request cant be sent for some reason, and i even have a MAC account..

    Posted by tony on April 27, 2004 at 11:03 PM (PDT)


    i just installed itunes 4.5, and it keeps flickering.  WTH?!?  Because it keeps flickering, I can’t click anywhere.  Weird…

    Posted by blupixelz on April 27, 2004 at 11:31 PM (PDT)


    same flickering here (for windows)! don’t know what to do, back to the previous version….

    Posted by angelo on April 27, 2004 at 11:42 PM (PDT)


    Reporting in—- no issues.  Flawless upgrade, fun new features! 

    Four thumbs up!

    Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on April 27, 2004 at 11:46 PM (PDT)


    the flickering is caused by the itunes sidekick. remove iTunes_Sidekick.dll from the plugin folder in the itunes directory

    Posted by proc on April 28, 2004 at 1:01 AM (PDT)


    thank you azdude-15gb!

    Posted by angelo on April 28, 2004 at 1:25 AM (PDT)


    I want to use the new version, do I have to uninstall the old one? I don’t want to lose all my album art and ratings and so on…

    Posted by Vincent on April 28, 2004 at 1:29 AM (PDT)


    lol, it was actually me that posted the solution, but whatever, glad its working now angelo.

    Posted by proc on April 28, 2004 at 1:51 AM (PDT)


    Whilst these improvements are great, a lot of them are only useful to US users as they rely on the Music Store. For those of us outside the US, the wait is a massive irritation, especially given the fact that I doubt the Music Store will ever be available here (in South Africa).

    Posted by David Reinhardt on April 28, 2004 at 1:58 AM (PDT)


    just downloaded it,
    installed fine
    still doesn’t recognise my darn CD drive.
    ahh well, back to CDex for ripping.

    Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on April 28, 2004 at 3:13 AM (PDT)


    Damn, still need a credit card to get the free download. Thought it would be a nice way to try out the store from over here in Australia, but guess not.

    Addition of a lossless codec, and the party shuffle are both welcome.

    Posted by Nathan on April 28, 2004 at 3:17 AM (PDT)

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