iTunes 9.0.2 Update Loves Apple TV 3.0 Software, Breaks Palm Pre Syncing (Again)
Article by George Norman
On 05 Nov 2009
Cupertino-based software developer Apple has recently updated its digital media player iTunes to version 9.0.2. The update, which follows in the footsteps of iTunes 9.0.1 and iTunes 9.0, brings forth one significant new change: support for Apple TV 3.0 Software. Other changes include the option to select a dark background for Grid View, and enhanced app management.

The previous iTunes update, mainly iTunes 9.0.1, was a bug fix release that addressed the following issues:
  • Resolves issues browsing the iTunes Store.
  • Addresses a performance issue where iTunes may become unresponsive.
  • Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit.
  • Fixes a problem syncing Podcasts in playlists to iPod or iPhone.
  • Fixes a problem sorting albums with multiple discs.
  • Addresses an issue with the Zoom button not switching to Mini Player.
  • Improves application syncing for iPod touch and iPhone.
  • Genius is now automatically updated to show Genius Mixes.

Before that there was the iTunes 9.0 release. Version 9.0 was a significant version change that came with the following features and enhancements:
  • New look for the app and iTunes Store
  • Share your iTunes library with up to 5 authorized computers.
  • Improved syncing
  • Enhanced App Management
  • New music format called iTunes LP
  • Genius Mixes puts together a playlist composed of songs it thinks go well together
  • iTunes U items are organized in their own section of iTunes library
  • About 30,000 ringtones available for purchase.

Getting back to iTunes 9.0.2, I mentioned earlier that it brings support for Apple TV 3.0 Software. But what does Apple TV 3.0 Software has to offer? Here are the highlights:
  • Redesigned main menu
  • iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in fullscreen
  • Listen top Genius Mixes and Internet radio on your home theater system
  • Available for free to existing Apple TV owners


Vice President of Internet Services with Apple, Eddy Cue, comments: “The new software for Apple TV features a simpler and faster interface that gives you instant access to your favorite content. HD movies and HD TV shows from iTunes have been a huge hit with Apple TV customers, and with Apple TV 3.0 they get great new features including iTunes Extras, Genius Mixes and Internet radio.”

Last but not least, the iTunes 9.0.2 update brings something to the Palm Pre WebOS user as well: the inability to seamlessly sync the Palm Pre phone with iTunes. This isn’t something we weren’t expecting. Ever since Palm announced that its WebOS-powered devices can sync with iTunes 8.1, Apple has done its best to prevent it. It updated iTunes to block Palm Pre syncing; then Palm updated WebOS to re-enable it; then Apple updated iTunes to once again block Palm Pre syncing; then Palm updated WebOS again…and the game goes on an on.

Tags: Apple, iTunes, Apple TV 3.0 Software, Palm Pre, Web OS, Syncing
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