Apple releases iTunes 9.1

Just in time for the launch of the company's new product, the iPad, Apple has launched version 9.1 of its media management software, iTunes. Earlier, it had been rumored that the Audiobooks category would be scrapped in favor of a new 'Books' section (as the iPad features the iBook Store for eBooks), and it seems that those murmurs held true.

As MacRumors reported, iTunes 9.1 features the ability to sync with an iPad, as well as boasting a revamped Books system, complete with support for eBooks and audiobooks, allowing people to keep such material in one central location. In addition, iTunes 9.1 gives users greater control over Genius mixes, with the ability to rename, delete and re-arrange them as they see fit. Expect to see this functionality carry over to the iPad and the iPhone in a future firmware release (though the iPad most likely has it built-in already).

If you're on Mac OS X, head to Software Update to get the newly updated iTunes, otherwise use Apple's updater on Windows. If all else fails, you can always download a fresh copy of iTunes directly from the download page on Apple's website. If you're planning to pick up an iPad over the weekend, this update is essential, so ensure you've got the latest version of the software before you try syncing any new hardware.

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noticed after updating that blackra1n no longer work and keep saying asl.dll not found. went back to previous version

I prefer Foobar 2000, but I don't mind using iTunes to sync my iPod and my iPhone with my media library and backup the device.

I messed with third part iPod syncing some years ago and found that it really isn't worth the trouble (for me). You don't have to always have iTunes running for the occasional sync. If you are so anal retentive that you don't want it installed, then I would ask the question: "Why the hell did you buy an i-whatever anyway?"

iTune is still bad and i don't use it.

But it's not as bad as the troll here are saying. It's an okay media player. There's far better alternatives and some of them sync with the iPod i think (i don't own an iPod so don't know). But it's still an okay app.

Seriously i read comments here on Neowin and either people here are still running Pentium 200 MMX or people are not honest and troll every subject related to products made by companies in competition with MS.

I mean people here say HD video video lag with flash. Yet my computer has absolutely no problem playing HD video with flash technology and there's still lot of ressources free.

And this is the same for iTune. It's average no doubt. But it's not as slow as people here say.

I have a Core I5. Good cpu i'll admit but my old Opteron 180 did not have much problems with iTune or flash either.

LaP said,
iTune is still bad and i don't use it.

But it's not as bad as the troll here are saying. It's an okay media player. There's far better alternatives and some of them sync with the iPod i think (i don't own an iPod so don't know). But it's still an okay app.

Seriously i read comments here on Neowin and either people here are still running Pentium 200 MMX or people are not honest and troll every subject related to products made by companies in competition with MS.

I mean people here say HD video video lag with flash. Yet my computer has absolutely no problem playing HD video with flash technology and there's still lot of ressources free.

And this is the same for iTune. It's average no doubt. But it's not as slow as people here say.

I have a Core I5. Good cpu i'll admit but my old Opteron 180 did not have much problems with iTune or flash either.

I run a modest machine with a dual core at 3.6ghz, 4gb RAM, and a decent video card, hard drive, etc. Everything runs great including Crysis on ultra. But iTunes still freezes up and uses a ridiculous amount of resources for what it is. The reason people complain is that for the number of folks using it, it is terribly written and optimized for something as simple as a media manager.

iTunes updater on Windows? That's the crapware installer, right? Or is it the 'built-in' updater which simply downloads a whole new version of iTunes, not the update. If MS can slipstream a service pack or updates for millions of configurations of components and software updates, is it really too much to ask for Apple to update software without just reinstalling the whole damn thing.

Are you still on 33k dial-up that you're so upset about this? And to make you feel better: Mac OS X' Software Update downloads the entire new version as well and not just the updated components. It takes me a whole few minutes to download and install so personally I couldn't care less.

I don't use it because it is almost a joke that it has taken them several years just to include features that should be there in the beginning, but many clients of mine do.

There are tons of alternatives, including Winamp, J. River Media Center (my favorite multimedia player), SharePod, Floola, etc.

I make customized installers for Windows x86 and x64 without quicktime, bonjour, and other unnecessary stuff for most people.

If anyone is interested, here's a link to my site: http://www.ajuaonline.com/2008...1/itunes-without-quicktime/

wow. They are really desperate it seems. I specifically said no to "Apple Crapware Update" and it still installed it! Good going apple.

I never owned an ipod, so this might be a stupid question...but what about copy & paste to the damn device?!? I get the sync option to my mobile phone, to my mp3 player, but I rather just copy the stupid mp3 files directly, as the device shows up in my computer as a simple drive. Is this impossible with ipod?!

It has a database to manage the library. It has lots of information that features rely on for it to work and just throwing songs on makes those features not work.

TDT said,
I never owned an ipod, so this might be a stupid question...but what about copy & paste to the damn device?!? I get the sync option to my mobile phone, to my mp3 player, but I rather just copy the stupid mp3 files directly, as the device shows up in my computer as a simple drive. Is this impossible with ipod?!

There is no dropping files on Ipods or Iphones. One reason I could never own one of these devices. Too many limitations.

TDT said,
I never owned an ipod, so this might be a stupid question...but what about copy & paste to the damn device?!? I get the sync option to my mobile phone, to my mp3 player, but I rather just copy the stupid mp3 files directly, as the device shows up in my computer as a simple drive. Is this impossible with ipod?!

That's crazy talk! If you can do that then how are they supposed to tie a shopping cart in?! The real point of iTunes is to tie you to their music store.

andrewbares said,

+1 lol

Got that right, 102.1MB download on Mac OS X All I want is a media player than syncs to my iPod - not a whole operating system. Its pretty much competing with emacs in the 'space hogging' competitive stakes.

iTunes for Windows just ****!
I'm running W7 x64 with Quad Core bla bla bla and the performance of this program is just sooo bad!
I understand they will not optimize their software for Windows, but I just hate the software as it is now and there is no way around: you have to use iTunes to sync an iPod

TrOjAn. said,
iTunes for Windows just ****!
I'm running W7 x64 with Quad Core bla bla bla and the performance of this program is just sooo bad!
I understand they will not optimize their software for Windows, but I just hate the software as it is now and there is no way around: you have to use iTunes to sync an iPod
Yeah and STILL slow sync lol, so bad! 28hrs for 6gb? Come on, usb2.0 is way faster than apple. :-p

TrOjAn. said,
iTunes for Windows just ****!
I'm running W7 x64 with Quad Core bla bla bla and the performance of this program is just sooo bad!
I understand they will not optimize their software for Windows, but I just hate the software as it is now and there is no way around: you have to use iTunes to sync an iPod

I hope you downloaded this one

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL925

joker999 said,
Yeah and STILL slow sync lol, so bad! 28hrs for 6gb? Come on, usb2.0 is way faster than apple. :-p

It takes ~ an hour to sync 16 gigs of data to my iPhone, and that's on a 4 yr old machine..

I think your computer may be at fault here.

TrOjAn. said,
I understand they will not optimize their software for Windows, but I just hate the software as it is now and there is no way around: you have to use iTunes to sync an iPod

Mediamonkey or Doubletwist work much better. I think you need to have iTunes installed for Mediamonkey to work. Not sure about Doubletwist. Either way it's way nicer than having to *run* iTunes at least. Even without the bloat it's a terrible media manager compared to even old ones like Winamp. It's not much more than a way for Apple to tie a shopping cart to their media manager and sell more ITMS stuff.

TrOjAn. said,
iTunes for Windows just ****!
I'm running W7 x64 with Quad Core bla bla bla and the performance of this program is just sooo bad!
I understand they will not optimize their software for Windows, but I just hate the software as it is now and there is no way around: you have to use iTunes to sync an iPod

Performance and feature wise its about the same in Windows as it is on Mac (when compared with Windows 7 64bit and Mac OS X 10.6 on my Macbook Pro). I'm not trying to defend it. I'm just saying that its about the same on either OS.

collegeHumorMan said,
All hail the great and mighty Apple. They have released iTunes 9.1.

And don't forget to hail the performance and stability improvements in this new version!

protocol7 said,

And don't forget to hail the performance and stability improvements in this new version!

Bah, and here was me thinking I would get more cow bell

collegeHumorMan said,
All hail the great and mighty Apple. They have released iTunes 9.1.

What is the point ?

Edited by LaP, Mar 31 2010, 5:28pm : typo

Also i hear somewhere about losing the ability to sync iphones or touch with jailbreak, it's only a rumor, but you should wait until someone confirms.

Oscar Salinas said,
Also i hear somewhere about losing the ability to sync iphones or touch with jailbreak, it's only a rumor, but you should wait until someone confirms.

I will confirm it as not true. Running 3.1.3 jailbroken, syncing to a Mac running 9.1. No problems at all.