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iTunes 9: Whats New?

iTunes 9 was announced today bringing a new and better user interface for the iTune Store and some much needed features. See inside!

iTunes LP

The best thing to happen to fandom. The visual experience of the record album returns with iTunes LP. Download select albums and experience a beautifully designed, interactive world right in your iTunes library on a Mac or PC — many are created by the artists. While you listen to your favorite songs, you can dive into animated lyrics and liner notes, watch performance videos, view artist and band photos, and enjoy other bonus materials. And become an even bigger fan.

Home Sharing

A better way to share. iTunes makes it easier to share music, movies, TV shows, and more. With Home Sharing, you can browse the iTunes libraries of up to five authorized computers in your house, import what you like, and automatically add new purchases made on any of the computers to your own library.

The Redesigned iTunes Store

Check out the new venue. The world’s #1 music store is even better. With a beautiful redesign and refined navigation, the new iTunes Store makes it easy to explore songs, movies, TV shows, and more.

iTunes Extras

Now featuring: Special features. When you buy select movies from the iTunes Store, you won’t get just a movie. You’ll get iTunes Extras — a world of special features you can experience right in your iTunes library. Watch interviews and trailers, view photos, and more on your Mac or PC.

Genius Mixes

Perfect mixes come automatically. Meet Genius Mixes. This new feature searches your iTunes library, finds songs that go great together, and creates up to 12 mixes you’ll love. All automatically. These mixes are like channels programmed entirely with your music. You may discover songs you never knew you had — and rediscover forgotten favorites.

Improved Syncing

A simpler way to sync. iTunes brings new, more flexible ways to sync your media from your computer to your iPhone or iPod. And it’s easier to organize all the apps on your iPhone or iPod touch, because now you can do it right in iTunes, right from your computer. Shop the App Store on your computer, iPhone, or iPod touch. Then go to your iTunes library to arrange (and rearrange) your apps and add (or delete) Home screens. iTunes automatically syncs your new Home screens with your iPhone or iPod touch.

Many Other Improvements

Refinements that rock. iTunes brings you even better ways to manage and share everything in your library. You can make your Smart Playlists even smarter. You can save iTunes Store items you want to purchase later in a new wish list. You can buy ringtones of your favorite songs directly from the iTunes Store on your iPhone and assign a specific song to a contact. And if you’re an avid social networker, it’s easy to tout your favorite music, movies, and TV shows on Facebook and Twitter right from the iTunes Store.

Download iTunes 9:


Mac(link in just a bit)

iPhone & iPod Touch 3.1 Firmware Update

iPhone and iPod Touch firmware 3.1 was announced at today's Apple event and it is already available to download today! The big things they showed off at the event were Genius recommendations for apps, Genius Mixes, download ringtones wirelessly, and the ability to organize apps in iTunes. Nothing that surprised me very much, although the organizing apps from your computer will definitely come in handy. You can find download links for all the device firmwares and a list of all the other new features or fixes in 3.1 inside!

  • Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos1

  • iTunes U content organization1

  • Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store

  • Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store

  • Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll

  • Option to "Save as new clip" when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS

  • Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on

  • Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe

  • Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets

  • Paste phone numbers into the keypad

  • Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS

  • Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing)

  • Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling

  • Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly

If you notice any new features Apple hasn't stated be sure to let us know in the comments.

Here are the firmware download links for all devices:


It's Only Rock and Roll Event Recap

I want to quickly take a minute to do a quick recap of everything that Apple announced at today's event. First off let me say that its nothing that is going to blow your socks off but they can't make us happy all of the time can they?

- iTunes 9

- iPhone & iPod 3.1 Firmware

- iPod Nano now comes in more colors and has a video camera.

- New App titles

- iPod Touch now comes in 64gb for $399. They have also dropped the price and done away with the 16gb.

And that about raps it up. Of course we will be going into detail about each of these in upcoming posts so stay tuned!


Dev Team iPhone 3.1 Unlock Warning 

MuscleNerd from the Dev Team (that allow use to Jailbreak and Unlock are iDevices). Well they have said not to update to 3.1 firmware that is due to come out this week. This is only for iPhone 3G & iPhone 3G[S] Users that have an unlock and want to keep it. The Dev Team said if you do update these users may lose there unlock forever. Again if you want to keep the jailbreak or unlock wait till we have the Jailbreak for the new firmware.

If you would like to read more just click the following link here and you will be redirect to the Dev Teams Official blog.

Where to find Apple's 'It's Only Rock and Roll' Event Updates

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Apple's event starts today (9/9/09) at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific time but how can you get updates of what is happening if you aren't there or you are stuck in school? There are many places to find real-time updates of the 'It's Only Rock and Roll' but here are a few of the best.

- @tysiphonehelp & (of course)

- Gizmodo

- @Macrumors

- @jon4lakers

And of course be updating you guys through the Tube as well after the event.

I will leave it at that but if you anymore great sources or live videos streams of the event please let us know in the comments so we can add them immediately.