iTunes 10 available today; new social network Ping

iTunes 10 is available later today, sporting several new features that change how you browse and discover content. This update also comes with a brand new icon, as Apple felt that the CD was outdated and that we as a whole are moving to digital downloads.

Apple has looked more at how screen real estate will be used, and how it can be optimized. With that in mind, the company has decided is that in list view, if there are five or more songs in a row with the same album, then the album art will be shown instead of the repeated text of the album title.

Coming with the new update is Apple's new social network, Ping. Ping is designed to help users find new music, concerts, and connect with friends. This will work much like a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter. You will be able to follow your friends and artists, and they will be able to post images, videos, posts, and show recent activity. Naturally, you will have to setup up a profile associated with your iTunes account to use this feature.

On an artist's page you will be able to see their favorite songs, posts they have made, as well as their next concerts. There will also be a "Follow" button so you can get all of their updates right on your main page.

For your friends, Ping will show their recent songs, posts, concerts they are going to, and people they are following. Privacy however has not been overlooked as you have the option to make all content available to everyone, or you can keep it in a close circle of friends. When viewing profiles and feeds, videos and photos, or photo galleries are able to be accessed right from that page. 

Ping will has over 17,000 concert listings, you will get custom song and album charts based on your friends, and you can post your thoughts and opinions. Ping will also be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. In the iTunes store on the mobile devices, there will be a "Ping" button. 

iTunes 10 is available today, right here, to 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries.

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I will go as far as to agree that iTunes should be more optimized for Windows AND Mac. In my experience, iTunes runs exactly the same in either OS on the same hardware.

But, I don't think it is nearly as bad as many of you make it out to be (in the typical bitch-and-moan rants). It is certainly snappier than Windows Media Player is for me and that is made BY FRIGGEN MICROSOFT. Also, people who say iTunes doesn't "fit in" with Windows...well, maybe Apple is just taking lessons from Microsoft. Since when did MS make anything that "looks" like it belongs in Windows besides Notepad? Last version of Office that "looks" like it belongs in Windows was 2003. WMP, WMM, Windows Live Mail, Windows Messenger, they ALL have different looks and feels.

Anyway, when it comes to Windows I prefer VLC for video and Foobar 2000 for my music. But I don't fall over and nearly die when I need to use iTunes for something....

WMP 12 on 7 is a hell of a lot faster than iTunes

And I think the integration has been explained before. You don't have to make every app look exactly the same. Office uses the new ribbon style because it works better. Windows Live has its own style, with parts using the ribbon. Zune has its metro style. With the exception of the Zune player, the other 2 still fit into 7 quite nicely.

iTunes on the other hand, looks like a mac application.

Is it going to be available anytime in the near future? I've been waiting most of the day for it to be available.

DarkNovaGamer said,
Is it going to be available anytime in the near future? I've been waiting most of the day for it to be available.

Hopefully tomorrow, but there are still like 7 hours left in Apple's day.

Great. More bloat.

I'd love if Apple went ahead and stopped adding "features" and started actually making the app usable.

Owen Williams said,
Great. More bloat.

I'd love if Apple went ahead and stopped adding "features" and started actually making the app usable.

Your computer must be broken. iTunes is perfectly usable.

Owen Williams said,
Great. More bloat.

I'd love if Apple went ahead and stopped adding "features" and started actually making the app usable.

I'm not sure if there is something wrong with your computer or its just a 'placebo' effect you are having. I have had iTunes installed on Windows and OS X and have yet to have an issue. Though different setups, different results I suppose.

Shortyg34 said,
Owen Williams what is not usable about itunes ?
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I find it perfectly usable but it's pretty damn bloated. 92MB (v. 9.2.1) for an audio player is pretty crazy. Even with the added features, performance increases and slimming it down would be appreciated over the ability to 'Ping'

Edited by PL_, Sep 2 2010, 7:16am :

Can Ping being accessed without iTunes? If I need to install the bloated iTunes to share my favourite music, why I don't use Facebook for it?

I thought it was going to be iTunes X like QuickTime X and OS X to be honest. Oh well, not that it changes a lot, but iTunes X would be much cooler to pronounce

Oh and, no FLAC support ? This hasn't been discussed yet. I don't have anything with this format here, but is there any reason why Apple wouldn't support this format? To push their Apple Lossless or what?

PsykX said,
I thought it was going to be iTunes X like QuickTime X and OS X to be honest. Oh well, not that it changes a lot, but iTunes X would be much cooler to pronounce

Oh and, no FLAC support ? This hasn't been discussed yet. I don't have anything with this format here, but is there any reason why Apple wouldn't support this format? To push their Apple Lossless or what?

obviously because they hope to push their close and slower Apple Lossless Apple usually supports open standards and flac is surely the standard in lossless music since it's been adopted by many labels ect. They ditched the cd in the logo because is "old tech" but they still haven't jumped to lossless music that's why i'm ditching iTunes. In 2-3 years with flash memory getting bigger and nets gettings faster i'm pretty sure they'll offer HD-AAC lossless (which should be the universal lossless compatible with everything) or the crappy Apple lossless, i would love flac instead but it's always better than nothing.

Shortyg34 said,
Most people just plug in ipod / ipad launch itunes sync and buy music = works PERFECT
no need for new file formats

itunes is so much more then just a music player its like a Hub for all mac products / backups / syncs / tv / movies / apps ect.. its great and works and its easy .

thanks steve.

Anyone been able to install this without Quicktime?

It won't let me start iTunes X, I'm guessing the latest version doesn't support the old version of Quicktime Alternative.

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