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iTunes Update Brings Wish Lists into View

Apple has released a minor update to iTunes for both Mac and PC that brings visibility to your Wish List into the app along with other minor improvements.  The new version is 11.1.4 and it is available now via the iTunes website or through the App Store on your Mac.

Until now, viewing your Wish List could only be done by visiting the iTunes Store inside of iTunes.  You could not see it

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iTunes 11.1.4 Update

when you are in Library viewing mode.  This has changed with this update, allowing you to see your Wish List while viewing your library.

In addition to this, Apple has also improved language support for Arabic and Hebrew in iTunes and has added the normal mix of fixes and enhancements to the app.  What exactly Apple fixed, as always, is a mystery.

The update is about 128MB in size for Macs so it isn’t a huge update and it installed on my Macs in less than a minute. If you are using a Mac, just go to the App Store and click on Updates and you should see it there waiting for you (unless you have auto install of updates turned on in which case it may already be installed).

 

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App Store Annual Holiday Starts December 21st

Apple has reminded developers that iTunes Connect will be shutdown starting December 21st via email today so any apps they want updated or prices they want changed in the App Store needs to be done prior to this day.  For those who are not familiar, iTunes Connect is the name for the system that allows developers to get their apps in the App Store along with changing prices for sales and the like.  The shutdown lasts through December 27th.

How this effects you & me, users of the App Store is pretty straightforward.  After December 21st you can expect there to be no app updates in the App Store through December 27th.  Developers will not be able to upload updates, fixes, price changes or anything related to their apps during this window.  If you are like me and you check for app updates everyday in iTunes, save a bit of time from the 21st to the 27th.  There will not be any updates.

More importantly however it gives the App Store team who curate and approve these apps much needed time off.  With a million apps now in the App Store, this team is somewhat of an unsung hero in making the whole blinkin’ thing work.  Sure they get time off at other points in the year and sure they will have to do some behind-the-scenes work while iTunes Connect is closed.  The point is they get a break from the day-to-day and that only helps all of us on the consumer side.

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X-Men Movies All On Sale for $9.99 in iTunes

If you are looking to complete your X-Men movies collection or to get all of them to start and complete your collection at once, look no further than iTunes.

Right now in iTunes you can pick up any of the four X-Men movies plus the X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 1080p HD for only $9.99 each.  If you don’t have any of the movies then iTunes also has a bundle of the four X-Men Movies for $24.99,

X-Men Movies On Sale in iTunes

X-Men Movies On Sale in iTunes

which is a saving of about $15 if you were to buy them separately.  You can get to the deal in iTunes either on your PC or Mac or on your iPhone or iPad via the iTunes Store.

X-Men – $9.99
X2: X-Men United- $9.99 HD
X-Men: The Last Stand- $9.99 HD
X-Men: First Class- $9.99 HD
X-Men Origins: Wolverine- $9.99 HD

 

X-Men Quadrilogy (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class) for $24.99

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Apple Updates iTunes for Mac and PC with Equalizer Fixes

Apple has released a minor update to iTunes for Mac and PC that brings a small but important list of fixes and improvements to the media library app.  iTunes 11.1.3 addresses an issue with the equalizer in the app not performing as expected in previous releases.  Apple does not detail in the release notes what specifically the issue was with the equalizer but based on my own experience, it would seem to cause iTunes to lag at times when I had the equalizer enabled.  This morning in my testing I didn’t have such issues.  I do not know if there were other problems users were having that I did not encounter.

Additionally, Apple has address performance issues when switching between large iTunes libraries and the ever popular “additional minor bug fixes”.

iTunes 11.1 launched with the release of OS X Mavericks and has had a couple of these minor updates already.  It seems that Apple is trying to address any issues more quickly than in the past.

There are several ways to get this update for iTunes.  iTunes for Mac users on OS X Mavericks can get the update via the App Store on their Mac by checking for updates (note that Mavericks users who have auto-download and install of updates enabled should already have it installed).  Mac users along with Windows users can go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to get the latest version of iTunes.

 

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Lost Doctor Who Episodes Come to iTunes

Since moving to the UK a year ago I have become a big fan of Doctor Who, the longest running Sci-Fi show in the world.  It’s been broadcasting for – get this – 50 years and there have been to this point 11 different Doctors in the series.  You kinda need to watch it to get it admittedly and there is plenty of cheesy lines and effects in the shows (even the contemporary ones) which is part of the appeal of the show.

Some of the early episodes of Doctor Who were thought to be lost but recently some of these lost Doctor Who episodes were discovered in a BBC location in Africa.  These episodes were thought to have been lost forever and have not been seen in 40 years.  Now those episodes have come to iTunes.  Even better, they aren’t stupidly priced.

You can get the Doctor Who: Enemy of the World series which is from December 1967 and features the second Doctor, Patrick Toughton.  The series consists of 6 episodes, all in black & white and all for $9.99 (or $1.99 individually).

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The second lost Doctor Who series that is now available is Doctor Who: Web of Fear.  This is from 1968 and again features Patrick Toughton as the Doctor.  It also consists of 6 episodes and is $9.99.

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For all Doctor Who fans this is a wonderful find by the BBC and it brings hope that many others can be found.

 

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80s Albums On Sale $7.99 Each in iTunes

We interrupt our normally schedule news & reviews for an important message… For children of the 80s, iTunes has some deals for you!

Right now there are dozens of albums from the 80s or artists from the 80s for $7.99 each.  Here are just a few of them:

There are plenty more to chose from but as you can see, there is a little something for everyone.

Enjoy!

 

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Get All 10 Original Star Trek & Next Generation Movies for $49.99 in HD

Star Trek fans, iTunes has a deal for you.  Right now in the iTunes Store you can get all 10 of the original Star Trek and Next Generation movies in HD for $49.99.  That’s less than five bucks a movie.  In HD!

The bundle which is a whopping 39.2GB download (so this is an overnight download job) gives you the full length HD

Star Trek Original Movies on iTunes

Star Trek Original Movies on iTunes

versions of all of the movies.

  • Star Trek – The Original Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III – The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V – The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek VII – Generations (where Next Generation comes into the series)
  • Star Trek VIII – First Contact
  • Star Trek IX – Insurrection
  • Star Trek X – Nemesis

There is no word on when Apple will disband this bundle or the price will change so if you want to get this deal you should jump on it.

By-the-way, the HD price and the non-HD price are both $49.99 so yeah, may as well double-down and get HD.

Star Trek Movies 1 Through 10 Bundle – $49.99 (HD) – Download Now

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Apple Updates iTunes to Address Issues

Apple has released a minor update to iTunes today, specifically addressing syncing issues when users switch from a wired to wireless connection.  The update, version 11.0.4 for those keeping score, addresses a problem that comes up when switching from a wired to wireless connection that requires you to enter your Apple ID password repeatedly.  It has affected a lot of users – me included – so it is good that Apple has addressed this one pretty quickly.

The update, which is available in Mac App Store now, is a 43MB download.

The Release Notes really just repeat what was added to iTunes in 11.0.3 which was released a couple of weeks ago including the new Mini Player.

If you were impacted by this bug and have updated, leave a comment here or on our Facebook Page and let us know if this resolved it for you.

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Newest iTunes Moves The App Update Button

Yesterday I posted on the new 11.0.3 update Apple released for iTunes and all of the different enhancements and updates they made to the media app.  You can read that post here.  I however discovered this morning there was an additional item with this new release that you need to be aware of if you haven’t discovered it already.  Apple has moved the Update Apps button.

I discovered this earlier this morning when I was going to do my normal morning routine of checking for new updates to apps in my iTunes library.  Until 11.0.3, iTunes had the Update App button in the lower-right corner when you viewed

iTunes Update Moves the Apps Update Button

iTunes Update Moves the Apps Update Button

your apps in your library.  In the update it has been replaced with a “Get More Apps” button which takes you directly to the App Store.

To update your apps, look to the menu at the top of the pane where your apps are shown.  At the very end is an Updates menu which when clicked will check to see what updates you have available and will give you the option to update them.

In the grand scheme, this kinda makes sense as it is an option function of iTunes to update your apps.  But seriously Apple, you have to tell us these things in the release notes!  I had 30 seconds of panic thinking something with the update had gone wrong!

So, don’t panic AlliOSNews Peeps – it’s there, it just got moved on you.

Also, don’t judge me based on my apps.

 

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iTunes Update Brings New Mini Player

Apple has released an update to iTunes for Mac bringing a new Mini Player amongst several other improvements.  The update, which is about 129MB in size, now has album artwork and a progress bar on songs you are playing while in Mini Player mode.  It is a far better look and frankly a more useful view than previous versions of iTunes.

In addition, the 11.0.3 version has an improved Song view which also displays the albums artwork and much better

The New Mini Player in iTunes

The New Mini Player in iTunes

support for multi-disk albums.  In previous versions of iTunes, multi-disk albums were treated with each disk treated as an individual album.  This goes away in this new version as these are now treated as one album.

Finally for those of you who have large iTunes libraries, this update brings a more optimised search function to find tracks, albums and artists a bit quicker.

iTunes is built in to OS X and the update can be obtained via the Mac App Store update functionality.

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