Apple once again updated iTunes to version 8.1.1 featuring some very significant improvements. For those who do not know yet, iTunes is exclusively for iPhone and iPod only, signature products of Apple Corp. As an observer, what I want to see in the succeeding upgrades is to enable iTunes to run in other mobile devices such as Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman phone or Palm Pre Touchscreen Smartphone. Maybe this is a shot in the blue but making the iTunes more flexible could make Apple a richer company. With today’s trends, interoperability can really make a significant difference in the company’s earnings and user experience.
Just imagine if you can download American Idol song via iTunes using Motorola W233 Renew or Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic mobile handsets. I think it would be great to users of other cell phone brand to be able to gain access to these downloadable music files and videos also. But hey, this is just my opinion. Whether that idea is feasible or not, that is Apple’s concern.
As to the latest iTunes update, Apple indicated that “iTunes 8.1.1 is now faster and more responsive. You will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.”
In addition, iTunes 8.1 provides many other improvements and bug fixes, including:
• Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
• Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
• Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
• Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
• Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
• Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
• Includes many accessibility improvements.
• Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
iTunes 8.1.1 adds support for renting HD movies and provides a number of bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod Touch.
If you have some more disk space, go ahead and download the free iTunes 8.1.1 update. The filesize is almost 80MB and will take around 5 minutes to download on fast internet connections. Gotta try this myself and see if Apple can truly deliver on its promise to make the new iTunes version a faster one and generally better than its predecessors.