Apple today announced iTunes 8, the next major release of Appleâ€™s ubiquitous music and video player for Macs and PCs. iTunes 8 includes the new breakthrough Genius feature, which lets you automatically create playlists from songs in your music library that go great togetherâ€”with just one click. Genius helps music fans rediscover favorite songs in their existing music library and suggests related music on the iTunes Store they might want to add to their music collection. iTunes 8 features new ways of viewing your music and video libraries, and adds television programs in stunning high definition for sale on the iTunes Store.
iTunes 8â€™s new visual browsing interface displays your music and video libraries using your album and video covers, and also provides a great way to navigate your movies, TV shows, iPhone apps, podcasts and audiobooks.
Along with the ability to generate playlists of similar songs, the Genius playlist feature also lets those playlists update based on the music in your library. According to Apple, information about your iTunes library is transmitted to Apple when you use the Genius feature, but the company stated that the data is sent anonymously and aggregated with data from other iTunes users.
iTunes Store now also has TV episodes in stunning HD for just one dollar more at $2.99 per episode from ABC, NBC, and Showtime networks.
iTunes 8 is available as a free download for Mac OS X and Windows users from Apple's iTunes Web site. iTunes 8 for Macintosh is 55.9MB in size, it is also available from Software Update. iTunes 8 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later.
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