Apple has introduced iTunes 9, the latest version of the world’s most
popular software application to purchase, manage and play media,
packed with innovative features such as iTunes LP, Home Sharing and
Genius Mixes, as well as a redesigned store and improved syncing.
iTunes 9 makes it easier than ever to discover, purchase and enjoy
your music, movies, TV shows, and apps for iPhone and iPod touch from
Apple’s revolutionary App Store. Plus, Home Sharing now lets you
easily transfer songs, movies and TV shows to other computers in your
“iTunes 9 is a great iTunes release, with innovative features that
make using iTunes better than ever and iTunes content richer than
ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iTunes LP, for example, lets
artists share more of their creativity with fans and gives music
lovers the feeling of being immersed in an entire album with art,
lyrics, liner notes, photos and videos.”
iTunes LP is the next evolution of the music album delivering a rich,
immersive experience for select albums on the iTunes Store by
combining beautiful design with expanded visual features like live
performance videos, lyrics, artwork, liner notes, interviews, photos,
album credits and more. iTunes LP debuts today with albums including
Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me,”
The Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” and Dave Matthews Band’s “Big
Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: iTunes Pass.” The new iTunes Extras
provides a similar experience for movies on iTunes with features
including documentaries, deleted scenes, interviews and interactive
galleries. iTunes Extras is now available for select movies including
“Twilight,” “Batman Begins,” “WALL-E,” “Iron Man” and “The Da Vinci
Code.” Customers can enjoy iTunes LP and iTunes Extras on a Mac or PC.
iTunes 9 also introduces Home Sharing, which lets you easily transfer
music, movies and TV shows among up to five authorized computers in
your home. Family members can now view up to five iTunes libraries on
their home network, see only the portion of these libraries they
don’t already have, import their favorite content directly to their
own libraries, and automatically add new purchases from other
computers into their library.
The incredibly popular Genius feature gets even better with Genius
Mixes which are created using the results of over 27 million music
libraries with over 54 billion songs that have been submitted and
analyzed by Genius. The new Genius Mixes feature is like having a
“Genius” DJ that automatically generates up to 12 endless mixes of
songs from your iTunes library that go great together.
With improved syncing in iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3.1, you can now
organize your iPhone apps right in iTunes and they will automatically
appear on your iPhone with the same layout. Plus, syncing music,
photos, movies and TV shows is easier than ever with the added
ability to sync music by artist and genre and sync photos by Events
and Faces. The iTunes Store on iPhone now features precut ringtone
downloads with over 20,000 ringtones priced at just $1.29.
iTunes 9 is available immediately as a free download at http://www.itunes.com .