Leaked in iTunes 8.0: Genius

Leaked in iTunes 8.0: Genius

Summary: It may have gotten lost in the end of yesterday's particularly long-winded fortune teller piece, but the Oracle of Cupertino, ahem Kevin Rose, posted a pretty convincing-looking snippit of a document proclaiming to be "What's new in iTunes 8."It goes like this:iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together.

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Leaked in iTunes 8.0: GeniusIt may have gotten lost in the end of yesterday's particularly long-winded fortune teller piece, but the Oracle of Cupertino, ahem Kevin Rose, posted a pretty convincing-looking snippit of a document proclaiming to be "What's new in iTunes 8."

It goes like this:

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

If true, the Genius feature is a brilliant idea by Apple to capitalize on the popularity of music recommendation services like Pandora and Last.fm. What makes it different is that Genius is rumored to recommend music from your existing iTunes library, potentially re-introducing you to music you haven't heard in a while, or possibly, never at all. Where it gets good for Apple (and its shareholders) is that the Genius service will also recommend music from the iTunes Store in hopes that you'll buy it.

I'm not sure what to make of the grid view thought, it sounds kinda like that funky start page in Google Chrome. Last, and arguably most interesting for TV junkies, is the addition of High-Definition (HD) television programs, which were previously only available in Standard Definition (SD).

And let's not forget about the rumored new visualizers. It's about time Apple did something with them frankly.

(Image credit: MacRumors forum member swinneyn)

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility

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  • Bummed

    Frankly, i'm bummed that every stinkin detail is emerging about the upcoming event. This has been happening with increasing accuracy for the last couple of years. Whatever happened to going into the event not knowing ANYTHING about what was coming??
    cnelson26
  • RE: Leaked in iTunes 8.0: Genius

    MusicIP already does this with their MyDJ application. They even have a plugin for iTunes (on Windows only, currently).

    Their desktop mixer provides even more rich functionality for creating playlists out of your own music.
    icariancypher
  • Genius? Sounds like Nutsie Sidetunes

    I've been using nuTsie's sideTunes sidebar mod for iTunes
    which already does a lot of what the new "Genius" is
    claiming. It mixes in recommended, streaming music based
    on what's already in your iTunes collection.

    http://www.nutsie.com/sidetunes
    Christian Anderson
  • iTunes + Genius = Oxymoron

    This is obviously only a marketing gimick made to only
    sell more over-priced music that gives more profit to
    Rights holders rather than the artists or writers.
    Apple will with pomp and flash sell it as a must have
    feature though. iPod zealots will bite, and become
    more broke than ever.
    Narg
  • RE: Leaked in iTunes 8.0: Genius

    I suppose we will know for sure by this time tomorrow. Who wants
    to bet five bucks that the new iPods still won't have graphic EQ?
    fondy
  • Movies were already in HD

    The movies were already in HD format - its just that many people always thought "iPod = SD or lower". From day 1 when I hooked up my iPod Nano to my HDTV I had HD output from it.
    kokuryu