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
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.
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
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.
MOSCOW—December 4, 2012—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.
Movie fans can choose from a wide selection of films available for rent or purchase from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as leading local distributors.*
The iTunes Store is available in 119 countries and is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.
iTunes® in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match℠, a service that stores your entire music library in iCloud® for access at any time, from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for purchase in the new countries added today.
Customers also have access to the revolutionary App Store℠ with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries.
Pricing & Availability
iTunes 11 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from apple.com/itunes. iTunes Store purchases require a valid credit card with a billing address in country.
*Movies are available today in Russia, Turkey, India and Indonesia, and will be available in select additional countries.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
The release of iTunes 11 marks a major upgrade for the media, entertainment and app store application from Apple. This update has been anticipated for weeks now as Apple delayed the release by a month and that users have complained about the archaic menus and navigation of iTunes for several years now – me included. Apple seemed to be pushing iOS and OS X further and further from a look-and-feel perspective yet iTunes was… iTunes. Boring, not very user friendly and certainly not moving forward.
That has changed with iTunes 11. It is the first iTunes release that feels completely new since I would argue release 7. The navigation is simple and easy. The new App Store is fast with a look-and-feel of the iTunes stores on your iPhone and iPad. This release feels fresh and having used it for a few hours now, it is well worth the upgrade.
When you install iTunes 11 or upgrade to it and start the app for the first time you will have a tutorial page that highlights the new navigation of the app. Here you have arrows pointing to where you can find your music, movies and other media
as well as how to access the iTunes Store. There is also an option to go to the Apple website and watch tutorial videos on how to navigate and use iTunes 11. If you are new to it then you may benefit from watching. That said, the navigation throughout iTunes is natural. Things are where they seem they should be and I’ve not been stumped so far on trying to find some obsure setting or feature within iTunes after this update. If anything, it is easier.
Once you are past the tutorial page you are brought to your music library of all of your albums. If you click on an album then all of the songs for it are displayed in a drop-down page from the album. Here you can select a song to play as well as give it star rating. You can also create a Playlist from this drop-down page or go to the artists iTunes Store page. No more double-clicks or right-clicks to navigate around. It’s all right there in view.
It has taken years but today AC/DC has finally released a digital collection of their music. The Australian band has been one of the last big name bands to hold out against the digital wave that has swept the music industry over royalty and piracy concerns. Fortunately this has come to a happy ending for fans and iTunes users.
In iTunes you can now find the full collection of AC/DC’s four decades of music available for purchase. You will also find ringtones available in iTunes.
The entire studio album collection can be purchased for $99.99 with individual albums available from $14.99 to $5.99 each.
With the end of October tomorrow, it isn’t surprising that Apple has delayed the release of the much anticipated iTunes 11. Apple confirmed with CNET News today that the new media hub will not be ready until late November.
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”
The new version of iTunes is highly anticipated, especially in light of the updated version of the iTunes stores in iOS 6 that were released in September. The ties to the iOS versions to the new desktop version will be both visual and deeper iCloud integration, improved searching and new Mini Player mode. (To see the iOS 6 updates, check out my iOS 6 Review).
The delay could also be reflective of Apple taking a bit more time to get it right instead after the debacle of the Maps in iOS 6.
No official date was given for the release but the Apple site has been updated to reflect the November release date.
This really shouldn’t come as a shocker but in the latest version of iTunes, Apple has announced the death of Ping. Ping was Apple’s attempt at a music oriented social network.
And it failed. Miserably.
Ping never got the attention it likely deserved nor did it garner any significant following from artists and from consumers alike. Now it is destined for the digital trash heap.
According to iTunes 10.7, the last day Ping will be available is September 30th. That coincides with the release of the new iTunes stores, integrated iCloud and Facebook in iTunes.
No word on exactly how Apple will kill Ping but my guess is it will simply disappear from iTunes on the 30th.
SAN FRANCISCO—September 12, 2012—Apple® today announced the new iTunes® for Mac® and PC featuring a completely redesigned player, seamless integration with iCloud®, and a stunning new look for the world’s most popular online music, apps, TV and movie stores. The new iTunes is coming in October and will feature a dramatically simpler and cleaner interface that keeps your favorite iTunes content at the forefront. With iCloud integration, your music, movie and TV purchases made on any of your iOS devices or computers is conveniently displayed in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC, available anytime you want them. The redesigned iTunes Store®, App Store℠ and iBookstore℠ have been rethought to make buying your favorite content on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac or PC simpler than ever.
“We created iTunes because we love music and we’re going back to our roots with an incredibly clean design that keeps
your music at the forefront,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The new iTunes works seamlessly with iCloud, always keeping your entire library at your fingertips, and we’re adding great new features that make listening to your music more fun.”
The redesigned iTunes features a full-window interface on your Mac or PC that’s simpler and cleaner, always keeping your favorite content in front of you. The new library view makes it easier to view your music, TV shows and movies, allowing you to click on the category of content you want to browse and that’s all you will see. The expandable album view allows you to see track listings for an individual album, while letting you continue to browse your music library. The new search feature searches across your entire iTunes library, including music, movies and TV shows. The re-imagined MiniPlayer makes it easy to control your music with a small tool bar, you can skip to the next song or search for something new to play—all without having to open your library. Up Next is a fun new way to see what songs are coming up and queue songs or albums you want to hear next.
I admit that I’m a big fan of the ABC series Pan Am. It debuted earlier this television season and both my wife and me love it. Part of it of course for us is the personal history of Pan Am in the family but it actually is a pretty good show in our book.
Now you can check it out yourself – for free! iTunes has Season 1 of Pan Am available in HD for free. Nothing to lose!
Today members of the Apple Developer Network were told that tomorrow, October 27th, that existing iTunes Match libraries would be deleted to “improve overall stability and reliability” of the service. Translation: We are cleaning things up to launch it for everyone.
Back on October 4th during the iPhone 4S launch, Apple committed to having iTunes Match available to everyone by the end of October. Given this notification and with only a handful of days left in the month, it would seem that things are progressing as planned.
For those who somehow have missed it, iTunes Match is the $29.95 per year service that matches all of the music in your iTunes library – even music that you did not buy from iTunes – in iCloud. This assures that your music is safe and available to your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. This even includes music that you may have, um, gotten from questionable sources (translation: Torrents).