Apple TV 3.0 and iTunes 9.0.2 updates available now

Apple's Apple TV device is a rather low-profile one; even the Cupertino company itself stated that it's just a "hobby" for them, but it's certainly a popular device for those who use it. Today, they've updated it to version 3.0, bringing some welcome changes.

The general UI of the Apple TV itself has been re-done, making navigation a bit easier, and support for iTunes LPs and Extras is now built-in. To add to that, Genius Mixes support is now there as well, and users can now listen to Internet radio directly from the device. If you're a user of iPhoto, you can also take advantage of its features (such as Faces and Events) on the Apple TV itself, according to MacRumors. We've included the full list of changes, directly from Apple, below:

· An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.
· iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.
· iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more - available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.
· Home Sharing helps you manage your family's iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.
· Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.
· iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.
· iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.
· Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).
· iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more.

iTunes 9.0.2 is now available also, bringing a few changes including the obligatory Apple TV 3.0 support, as well as many other tweaks (including some new UI choices) which we have again included below:

iTunes 9.0.2 adds support for Apple TV software version 3.0, adds an option for a dark background for Grid View, and improves support for accessibility.
iTunes 9 comes with many new features and improvements, including:
· An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.
· iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.
· iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more - available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.
· Home Sharing helps you manage your family's iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.
· Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.
· iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.
· iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.
· Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).
· iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more.

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