Apple releases iTunes 8.0.1; Apple TV 2.2

Apple releases iTunes 8.0.1; Apple TV 2.2

Summary: Apple released iTunes 8.0.1 yesterday. The 58.5MB update includes the following:• Seamlessly plays the current song when creating a new Genius playlist.

TOPICS: Hardware, Apple, Mobility

Apple releases iTunes 8.0.1; Apple TV 2.2Apple released iTunes 8.0.1 yesterday. The 58.5MB update includes the following:

• Seamlessly plays the current song when creating a new Genius playlist. • Improves syncing spoken menus to iPod nano. • Addresses an issue of deleting HD TV episodes when downloading. • Improves checking for updates from the App Store • Improves accessibility with VoiceOver. • Addresses problems syncing Genius results to iPod.

iTunes is available from the Apple download page or by launching Software Update if you already have it installed.

Apple releases iTunes 8.0.1; Apple TV 2.2

In other software news Apple also released an Apple TV software update (version 2.2) that adds the new Genius playlist feature from iTunes 8 and the last round of iPod to Apple TV. To use it, hold down the play/pause button while playing a song and you'll see a dialog to "Start Genius," or add to an on-the-go playlist (pictured).

Apple TV 2.2 also fixes a vulnerability that could allow a "maliciously crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution." You can get the Apple TV 2.2 update from Settings > Update Software or just by waiting for the weekly software update check.

Have you found any new features in the updates?

(Apple TV picture: TUAW)

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility

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  • I've lost count how many updates and how much bandwidth this year

    I am getting really sick of having to update iTunes every other week.

    Am I just the only one? And it's not like I have a convenient alternative either.

    I have a Zune as well as my iPod and I now prefer my Zune 3.0 but Zune marketplace isn't available in my country so it's a real pain to constantly convert iTunes songs to my Zune.
    • Not a problem for me.....

      I only update rarely. I find if I don't need it why bother. I
      often find skipping a few upgrades and getting a combines is
      better anyway. I don't own a Zune and I find it odd that you
      would own both. Oh and I'm on a Macintosh sounds like you
      might be a PC user.

      Never had a problem with iTunes or the iPod(s) I've owned.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • Updates

    According to numerous reports, Windows was completely
    vulnerable to attack for 271 days in calendar year 2007.
    This has been attributed to (among other things) delays in
    shipping patches due to testing on sixteen googol (NOT
    "Google") configurations.

    Which would you rather have: a well-understood, basically
    stable platform that has regular system and application
    updates (both for functionality and security), or a
    seemingly infinitely-variable, explosion-in-a-pasta-
    factory complicated system that has outgrown the
    understanding of mortal men precisely because it is so
    deeply conmingled...where any attempt to improve security
    is, HAS TO BE, as much a leap of faith as an achievement
    of "engineering"?

    And lest anybody think I'm bashing Microsoft people here,
    I really don't mean to be. They've gotten themselves DEEP
    into the brier patch, for what were entirely justifiable
    reasons at the time, and now they're paying the price:
    competition on both the low end (Linux) and high end
    (Mac) are proving more nimble at closing security holes
    and improving functionality, making Microsoft look slow
    and ineffective in comparison. This is more a function of
    their respective environments and development methods
    than the relative talents of the technical or management
    personnel involved. Windows, specifically Vista, is roughly
    analogous to Copland or Pink in the Apple timeline. On the
    one hand, it speaks volumes for Microsoft's determination
    (some would say arrogance) in shipping Vista when Apple
    shipped neither Copland nor Pink to end users. On the
    other hand, there is something to be said for respecting
    the First Law of Holes ("When you find yourself deep in a
    hole, the first thing to do is to STOP DIGGING."). Microsoft,
    especially on the operating-system side, never have been
    terribly good at cutting their losses and starting over.
    That's not a technical problem, or even a line-management
    problem. It's institutional, and can really only be fixed by
    top management accepting the limits of what can be
    accomplished - by anyone. Making clear what you DON'T
    do - to your employees, customers and competitors - is at
    least as important as doing what you DO at least as well as
    your competition does.

    Getting back on topic.... I don't mind the frequent Apple
    updates. I appreciate that they're proactive. I appreciate
    that, with rare exceptions (iTunes 8.0.0) they're generally
    doing things right, and when they have less than perfect
    execution, they fix it quickly (8.0.1). I rarely have the kind
    of security worries on my Mac that I routinely do on my
    Windows systems, or even on Linux (I'm downloading how
    many patches from how many sources? will anybody step
    on anybody else in my particular configuration?). I've had
    exactly six hours of downtime in the last year, and the
    only reason it lasted that long was because I decided to go
    to sleep and fix it in the morning. I can't say that about
    ANY Windows or Linux system that I've ever used managed
    over the last 20+ years. That's why I'm getting ready to
    pay a seemingly ridiculous price for a new MacBook Pro
    (compared to brand-name Windows notebooks): my time
    and peace of mind are worth something to me, and even
    with the (Singapore) $2K differential, I expect to have that
    made back within 4 to 6 months (out of a projected 3-year
    lifetime of the system) simply from reduced hassle and
    Jeff Dickey
    • Vista vs. Copeland/Pink

      I found this statement interesting:

      "Windows, specifically Vista, is roughly analogous to Copland or Pink in the Apple timeline. On the one hand, it speaks volumes for Microsoft's determination (some would say arrogance) in shipping Vista when Apple shipped neither Copland nor Pink to end users."

      You do know that the original "Longhorn" was scrapped in 2004 and restarted anew? The Vista that we got was developed in 2 to 2 1/2 years.

      Yes, the original Longhorn was more akin to Copland, and Allchin recognized what a disaster it was becoming and, despite Gates' resistance, started it over. If he hadn't, we probably would still be waiting for Longhorn today.
      • You're right; I sit corrected.

        I think I wrote that earlier bit late at night and wasn't thinking
        too clearly. Of course I remember the Great Reset, when all
        things new were flushed out of the code base and what
        remained was restarted from the Windows Server 2003 code
        base. So I probably should retract the "it speaks volumes"
        remark; what Microsoft did was closer to a bait-and-switch.
        It doesn't at all compare to the move to OS X, since Microsoft
        used their own historical code.
        Jeff Dickey
  • RE: Apple releases iTunes 8.0.1; Apple TV 2.2

    The thing that has always confused me about updating iTunes is that you have to download the WHOLE THING again. Surely the amount of stuff that is in this patch is worthy of at most a 5 to 7 megabyte patch - not the whole 50+ mb!

    It's the same on both Mac and PC - I'm writing this on my Mac at the moment whilst it downloads, then in a bit I'll be doing the update on my Vista machine.

    At least MS only updates the parts of programs that need it. Not the whole thing. (See Media Player updates for reference - the only time you have to download a full program is when you go to a major iteration e.g. WM10 to 11).