iTunes 8.1 and the new shuffle

Apple updated iTunes to version 8.1 that improves iTunes for speed and some other aspects of the system as well as some new items.

One such change is iTunes DJ which allows you to share a library with friends and they can select songs from the library to play (as opposed to just randomly selecting songs from the library).

  • 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.
  • Apple also released an updated, larger and SLIGHTLY more expensive iPod Shuffle. The 3rd generation shuffle is a 4GB device slightly larger than a AA Battery (and costs $79).

    The device uses the same small form factor and minimizes space by not putting a screen or controls on the device – instead the controls (volume, skip, playlist) is all controlled through the pressing of the headphone button (similar to how the iPhone headset works).

    This is the first iPod Shuffle with voice feedback so you can know what song, artist or playlist you are listening to so you can pick a playlist and run through it without being at the whim of the electronics of the device. Great idea!

    Drawback, since all is controlled through the headphones, the iPod Shuffle only works with the Apple Headphones (though Apple says some other companies will be releasing their own headphones in the coming weeks).

    I know many of you know the market that is Apple iPod accessories – I would not imagine it will be too long before some nice headphones appear for people like me who do not “fit” the headphones from Apple…

    Anyone see a new Shuffle or get your hands on one? Let us know.


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