Contrary to rumors leading up to the Apple news conference this morning, we didn't get a touch-screen tablet computer or the Beatles on iTunes or a new Apple TV. But we did get Steve Jobs, who introduced cheaper iPods and a slew of improvements to the Nano, including a video camera and FM radio.
And, as Jobs promised, the new version of iTunes is available for download. This update to the most popular media player software brings a slew of small tweaks and big features.
You'll notice some of them immediately when you boot up the jukebox, but others are under the hood. So, we broke down some of the most notable changes.
You will need this guide: Apple attempts to alleviate the transition to the new application with an introductory video that launches the first time you open iTunes 9. It's pretty informative -- if you can get it to download.
Perhaps due to an influx of new users following the announcement, the tutorials took more than 20 minutes to load. Before that, we waited a few minutes for the new version to prep our music library. If you're impatient, start the install process now and keep reading this guide.
New look: ITunes' software design has traditionally been ahead of the rest of Apple's software. This new version introduces a number of noticeable visual tweaks in addition to a completely redesigned store. Apple has also given more options to the browser view, which lets you more easily sort through artists and albums. The new look is getting some mixed first reactions on Twitter.
Share on Twitter and Facebook: Speaking of Twitter, Apple is finally embracing social media, albeit in a pretty small way. The iTunes Store now has buttons to easily send messages on Facebook and Twitter about your favorite songs and videos. Baby steps.
ITunes LP adds goodies to album purchases: Thanks to chatty music execs, news of iTunes LP, formally called Cocktail, leaked long before the conference. But the store's new section of media-rich albums is definitely worth checking out. With versions containing digital booklets and ...