Another Update for Itunes

Sometimes I think that Itunes gets more updates than other similar apps. Indeed every time I look around I’d swear an update pops up. So no surprise after Steve Jobs presentation yesterday announcing a slew of product updates we see a newly formed delivery in the shape of Itunes 9.

From the Apple spiel about it ….

iTunes 9 comes with many new features and improvements, including:

• An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.

• iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.

• iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more — available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.

• Home Sharing helps you manage your family’s iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.

• Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.

• iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.

• iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.

• Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).

• iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more

You can see I’ve highlighted the option that may be most of interest to those of us with multiple pcs and users
in terms of “Home Sharing” – it will be interesting to get a handle on what this really means and how it will changes users use of paid for music held in Itunes.