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Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7 Reply with quote

Apple Releases iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Posted by: Charles

Apple has released iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7 via its Software Update utility and on the Web. According to the company, iTunes 8.1 is now faster and more responsive. Users will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.

In addition, iTunes 8.1 provides many other improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation)
- Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ
- Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows
- Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs
- Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods
- Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus
- Includes many accessibility improvements
- Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls

Apple also released Front Row 2.1.7. This update basically provides iTunes 8.1 compatibility.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iTunes definitely starts up faster. It also feels more responsive with grid view.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scooper wrote:
iTunes definitely starts up faster.

It sure does. I think everything feels faster. That new request feature in iTunes DJ for friends also sounds neat. I haven't tested it though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They had me at performance improvements. Laughing

It feels way more responsive now. 8.0.2 felt like a bloated pig in comparison.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just downloading it now...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trustory wrote:
I'm just downloading it now...

My download actually went slow. I would assume their servers are getting hammered. The iTMS also seems slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My download actually went slow. I would assume their servers are getting hammered. The iTMS also seems slow.

The download speed wasn't too bad for me but it seems to be taking a long time to update my Genius info.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems good so far. I wish they would give us a firmware update for the new dvd drive so it rips faster.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really does seem to be faster across the board. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure feels snappier!

oh wait, I think that word is reserved for Safari.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice iTunes update. When are they truly going to do something with Front Row though? It's just sitting around and lingering.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This little update sort of restored my faith in iTunes. I'm talking from performance standpoint. The previous versions of 8 felt totally bloated. To be honest, I always thought it had something to do with the Genius feature. I'm not sure if that's where some of the tweaks were made, but I'm loving it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have any of you guys noticed iTunes 8.1 slowing down? It felt fast at first, but now it's back to being slow. It's not starting up as fast either. Two or three bounces has turned into seven or eight.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weee wrote:
Have any of you guys noticed iTunes 8.1 slowing down? It felt fast at first, but now it's back to being slow. It's not starting up as fast either. Two or three bounces has turned into seven or eight.

Not really. It's still doing much better for me.
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