If you have been waiting with baited breath for good news to roll out of Apple’s special event, well, you are in for a real treat! Of the various things that Apple announced that includes the new set of iPod, iTunes 10 would be right up there at the top.
The ground for this announcement was paved with some amazing revelations about iTunes: it has 160 million active user accounts and song downloads are approaching the 12 billion mark! iTunes 10 aims to give you a better interactive experience and is much more than a simple update (if you are having any doubts!).
Let’s talk about iTunes 10
First up, the logo of iTunes 10 has been changed. iTunes 10 is represented by a double-clef note in a blue circle. The old CD icon has been dumped for good. You will also notice the changes in UI elements.
When you start using it, you will find iTunes 10 to be faster than the previous version. Then there are new features such as an advanced search option and the ability of the software to find album art and titles if you select just five songs from the same album.
The close, minimize and expand buttons are now vertically aligned. But the biggest change is the integration of a music social Network called Ping, which you can access via iTunes. Just how good or useful it is, should be known in the days to come. Download iTunes 10 For Windows and Mac OS X.
And now for something which will affect all Apple devices…
Apple has also announced the two new versions of its operating system – the iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2 firmware versions that will be available to all users very soon.
The iOS4.1 will be available as early as next week, as a free update for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Apart from fixing some bugs and glitches of previous iOS versions, there will be new features such as HDR photos, Game Center, TV show rentals. You will also be able to upload high definition video over a Wi-Fi connection!
This should come as a relief to iPhone 3G owners who have been suffering since opting for the iOS 4 update. Also iPhone 4 owners will be able to get rid of the proximity sensor issues in the device, which resulted in unwanted phone calls and unreadable text messages.
Then in November, iOS4.2 will roll out, also as a free update. Expect some amazing features such as wireless printing to be included. New line of iPods, iTunes 10, iOS4.1 and iOS4.2: which excites you the most?