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Apple Launches iTunes 9.1 With iPad & eBook Support

Gordon Kelly


Apple Launches iTunes 9.1 With iPad & eBook Support

It may be bloated, full of flaws and in need of a radical overhaul, but iTunes remains the glue which holds all of Apple's mobile devices together - and now a new update has readied it for the iPad.

Just in time for the 3 April US launch of the company's most controversial device in years, iTunes 9.1 adds three significant pieces of functionality. In the company's own words:

  • Sync with iPad to enjoy your favourite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go

  • Organize and sync books you've downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library

  • Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes
What is also worth pointing out is owners of jailbroken iPod touches and jailbroken/unlocked iPhones should be cautious since we are hearing reports that syncing your handsets with iTunes 9.1 will relock them. This is normally the case with updates, but some users also say they have experienced no problems so do it at your own risk.

As for a European iPad launch, that remains on course for late April, with the 3G version of the iPad also set to launch in the US at the same time. Two months on from the original announcement I still don't get the hype, but pre-order sales suggest it is going to sell like hotcakes anyway. In the meantime, if you could do with a refresher, best check out my iPad guide (and its record 184 comments!).

In related news earlier this week Apple also pushed out an update for Mac OS X bringing it up to v10.6.3. There's nothing mind blowing in there (security, compatibility and stability fixes dominate) and Mac users should have received it already, but cautious types can check out the full feature list first from the link below.



Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update Guide


March 31, 2010, 1:23 pm

Thanks TR! The download to update to 9.1 was half way through when I read the comment it may lock my jailbroken 3GS. "Quit" pushed and potential problem solved :D


March 31, 2010, 1:33 pm

Apple has posted 11 iPad Guided Tour videos on its website:


Ala Miah

March 31, 2010, 1:55 pm

I never update my itunes anyway because theres nothing ever worth while to update!


March 31, 2010, 2:16 pm

@It may be bloated, full of flaws and in need of a radical overhaul,

Does the job I suppose, I wanted to download 2 songs last night to burn for a funeral. Well I'm a big fan of Spotify so I thought I'd give it a go, that didn't go down to well, get to the point of submitting my CC details and bang!! Webpage error comes up. Tried it again just in case but no luck. So went back to Itunes downloaded and burned without a hitch. It might be dated in need of some updates, but from were I'm sitting it just works and that's what I like. You can keep your fancy glass and pointless effects interface, I'd rather stick with things that work when you need them.


March 31, 2010, 2:36 pm

I recently had the misfortune of having to install this pig of a program on my laptop at the request of my niece who has an iPod Touch. Aside from running several separate services concurrently, many even when closed - much like the greek mythological beast the Lernaean Hydra. It also installs itself into six separate programs, so getting rid of it was just as difficult.


March 31, 2010, 3:19 pm

@Ala - that's a very subjective and unsubstantiated statement.....

Andrew Marshall

March 31, 2010, 3:58 pm

Not sure I'd describe the iPad as 'controversial'. That would imply that it was in some way interesting.


March 31, 2010, 4:20 pm

I wish I was one of their full time student:


Ala Miah

March 31, 2010, 5:02 pm

@Dan itunes version 9.01, 9.02, 9.03 - You have to download the entire itunes again and run the update. How lame is that? Cannot it not just apply a patch or something?

All I want to do is sync my stuff from my library and I can do that on 8.9 and probably every version before that. There is no need to download and update unless you buy the iPad for 9.1.


March 31, 2010, 5:30 pm

Ironic comment about the iPad being the most hyped product of all time. This website along with many others helped create that hype, based on a couple of facts, some investor statements and a massive dose of speculation.


March 31, 2010, 5:33 pm

The performance of iTunes under Windows, no matter what your system specs, is shocking. I know that the two companies used to play a bit of 'cripple our software on your platform' ping pong, but I think MS have grown out of that.

Trying to incentivise people to buy into your platform by making it feature poor, slow and unresponsive on another just doesn't cut it these days. Apple need to get their finger out - they're falling behind.


March 31, 2010, 5:50 pm

@Greg - I'd respectfully disagree. At launch we published just one story and there have only been five since that covering major topics such as the official release date, removal of core functionality and iTunes support. We've deliberately aimed to keep the hype down even if it's a losing battle.


March 31, 2010, 9:52 pm

iTunes just about does the job. The performance is awful but the worst offender is that it can't/doesn't monitor folders. Surely that's just basic functionality. I much prefer the Zune software although without a Zune pass I'm missing out on all it has to offer.


March 31, 2010, 11:20 pm

When Sony made you use their own horrific software with their PMPs, people complained and they changed their approach. Apple somehow get away with it. With many Apple products, the big advantage is famously that "It just works"... but with iTunes it's more a case of "It just about works... barely".

Good thing you can use Winamp with iPods, or mine would be sitting on a scrapheap about now.


April 1, 2010, 1:26 am

It's always struck me as slightly strange, that Apple skin Safari to blend in with the Windows theme, yet leave iTunes with an OS X skin, so it sticks out like a sore thumb. I also agree that it's slower then it should be, buggy, and not nearly as nice as its OS X counterpart.

@Greg - On the other hand anyone who's tried Microsoft software (like Office or Messenger) on OS X will know they're not nearly as good as their Window's counterparts. So, it seems, for whatever reasons, both Apple and Microsoft are guilty of not being able to program for their rival's OS's.


April 1, 2010, 3:00 am


Not sure about the latest version but the Mac versions of Office used to be hailed as better than their Windows equivalents.


April 1, 2010, 5:29 am

@ravmania - Actually, retract my statement, Office for Mac wasn't that bad. It's just that the OS X release always seemed to lag behind it's Window's counterpart. It was a while, for example, before there was a native Intel version of Office. And when it did come, it was missing features like Outlook, VBA support & ribbons. All of which are coming in the next OS X Office release. And it always seemed quite slow to launch on my Mac mini, unlike Apple's own iWork.

It just seems to me that Microsoft and Apple seem to be happier coding for their own operating systems. I'd take Office 2007 on Windows, over Office 2008 on Mac. And iTunes on OS X over its Windows equivalent.

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