iTunes 8 Features

7 09 2008

According to Ars Tecnica, iTunes 8 will have a many new features.  “a “Genius” feature that can build playlists from “songs in your library that go great together.” Genius will also include a Genius Sidebar, which really sounds like just a refreshing of the MiniStore already included in iTunes. We aren’t sure whether the Genius Sidebar will use smarter technology to recommend iTunes Store music that is truly like the music in your library or the currently playing song.

Another major new feature is the arrival of HD for TV shows, and Rose says customers will be able to download HD content to iTunes. This is very interesting when you consider the current state of HD in the iTunes Store, as only a small collection of movies are currently offered in 720p HD, and even then, only for the Apple TV.

If you’re already burned out on the fancy Cover Flow mode for flipping through your artists and albums, Rose says a new Grid view is coming. It isn’t hard to imagine what this will look like, but we certainly hope this new view isn’t limited to just music. Lastly, a new music visualizer is also said to be on the way. Apparently, people still use music visualizers in iTunes.” – Ars Technica, 2008


Although these new features are great, one more great feature would be some features for organizing music on multiple computers, or being able to watch a folder for files and add new ones to your library.


Ars Tecnica believes that iTunes 8 won’t be available by September 9th when the new iPods will be announced.  I sure hope it is though!




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