iTunes 10.4.1 released

Apple has released a small update for iTunes 10.4 users. The new build of iTunes contains no new features, but does fix a handful of irritating bugs that users have come across over the past few weeks. The original 10.4 release of iTunes added a number of Mac OS Lion specific enhancements including full-screen ability. According to the information posted on Apple's Software Update application, iTunes 10.4.1 contains the following bug fixes:

  • Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes 
  • Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos 
  • Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie 
  • Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep 
  • Addresses issues with VoiceOver support

iTunes 10.4.1 can be downloaded directly from the iTunes website or a surprisingly small update (around 15mb) can be downloaded via Apple's Software Update application for both Apple and Windows users.

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Just if anybody wants to know, they fixed the cloud services (where you can redownload your old stuff). I do not know why it was not listed as a correction in the log. That was the only issue I had with the previous version. I no longer have access to my old hard drive, so I have been download all my purchased friends episodes again (yes I bought every episode!)

Media controls still don't work for me with the mmkeys.dll plugin on windows.

While iTunes operates absolutely fine for me I am still hoping for a big update this year; it's usually September when they do that isn't it?

It's true that this software takes a long time to load for a Media Player... I use a SSD so Itunes boots in 1.5sec, but on my older laptop it took almost a minute. Altought i'am not found of the music player itself, i found the store to be not so bad, i buy most my tunes there. 256bps AAC is enought for me because i really don't have the headphone power to discern a difference between this and loseless, i'am listening to music pretty much only with i ride the bus/metro

screw all that non-standard stuff that forces their software on you like zune/ipod etc etc to transfer files to your device.

i would rather avoid anything that don't run Rockbox (open-source firmware for DAP (digital audio players)) as that works like everything should which is you connect your device to the PC and you can directly transfer files to it from windows explorer without the need of some official application being forced on you.

rockbox works great on my Sandisk Sansa e250 (v1) running Rockbox.

and for making my own MP3's (or basically any other audio format i want)... i just use Foobar2000 v1.1.7 and convert from FLAC to MP3/MPC/AAC/OGG etc.

That's fine for you, and likely many of the people on Neowin, but for the other 99.99% of the computer users in the world, iTunes or something like it is essential. Hell, if you asked most users to open "Windows Explorer", the vast majority of them would open Internet Explorer.

gate1975mlm said,
When will we get a brand new Quicktime with new features and look for Windows?
The same time they optimize the code so that the program doesn't take ages to load.

hairbautt said,
The same time they optimize the code so that the program doesn't take ages to load.

Strange it loas really fast on my PC. As fast as WMP. Not as fast as MPC though but nothing is as fast as MPC anyway.

LaP said,

Strange it loas really fast on my PC. As fast as WMP. Not as fast as MPC though but nothing is as fast as MPC anyway.

Same. That being said WMP and iTunes are both kinda bloated.

LaP said,

Strange it loas really fast on my PC. As fast as WMP. Not as fast as MPC though but nothing is as fast as MPC anyway.

Takes about 5 seconds to load, which is pathetic considering I have an SSD, photoshop loads quicker...

omganinja said,

Takes about 5 seconds to load, which is pathetic considering I have an SSD, photoshop loads quicker...

Must be something wrong with your installation then, as I'm using an HDD, and iTunes loads up in less than 2 seconds for me.

Still seem's really slow and un-responcive on Windows.

They need to re-code it, because Zune is alot faster.

Xerax said,
Still seem's really slow and un-responcive on Windows.

They need to re-code it, because Zune is alot faster.


Funny, on my i5 with 8GB of RAM, it seems just the opposite.

Kuraj said,
i've never really tried itunes, but zune really feels like a hog.
Weird, It runs about 4 times better than iTunes on my 4GB of RAM.

roadwarrior said,

Funny, on my i5 with 8GB of RAM, it seems just the opposite.

On my i7 with 6GB of RAM, iTunes takes about 30 seconds to open, locks up for about 1 minute after opening. If I dare to plug my iPhone or iPad in, it locks up for roughly 2 minutes. Zune for me uses about 90MB of RAM and iTunes uses 60MB. But Zune opens in 3-4 seconds and has never locked up on me.

McKay said,

On my i7 with 6GB of RAM, iTunes takes about 30 seconds to open, locks up for about 1 minute after opening. If I dare to plug my iPhone or iPad in, it locks up for roughly 2 minutes. Zune for me uses about 90MB of RAM and iTunes uses 60MB. But Zune opens in 3-4 seconds and has never locked up on me.

As for the long load times for iTunes: did you uninstall the iTunesHelper? Zune installs a similar "helper" program (I believe) which makes it seem like it is a snappy launch, but that is partly because it loaded itself when you booted your system up. I think MS invented that trick with IE 4...

Xerax said,
Still seem's really slow and un-responcive on Windows.

They need to re-code it, because Zune is alot faster.

Sorry to say this but iTunes on Windows has always sucked - the only hope maybe is 10.5 which seems to be getting a pretty big overhaul.

Shadrack said,

As for the long load times for iTunes: did you uninstall the iTunesHelper? Zune installs a similar "helper" program (I believe) which makes it seem like it is a snappy launch, but that is partly because it loaded itself when you booted your system up. I think MS invented that trick with IE 4...

iTunes Helper is present on my Task Manager at all times.

roadwarrior said,

Funny, on my i5 with 8GB of RAM, it seems just the opposite.

On my i7 with 8GB RAM its also extremely slow. How such ab "innovative" company can produce such crap software I'll never understand

Xerax said,
Still seem's really slow and un-responcive on Windows.

They need to re-code it, because Zune is alot faster.

This.
Last year some time it actually started freezing for minutes at a time (this was on my old PC with a dual core processor and 1GB RAM). I switched to foobar2000, I'm on a new PC and haven't tried iTunes again (due to how slow it is, and also because I don't want to install 60 gazillion background processes onto my new PC which won't remove themselves properly when I uninstall iTunes)

Neobond said,
Still waiting for MusicMatch.

I miss the original musicmatch...wasn't it awesome player? I liek the fact too, that if you install an EQ plugin, you could rip disks and include the EQ settings. I still use it in XP...to bad it wont run properly in Windows 7.

Skittlebrau said,
The smaller file size is most likely due to delta updates being enabled since Lion was released.

But what about the small file size for Windows users?