The usual fanfare that accompanies any Apple hardware or software release was curiously missing today after the company launched iTunes 4.8. That said, it’s still got some interesting updates.
Most important globally is that the software brings support for a number of new international iTunes stores including Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, but for those of us closer home the big change is video.
Now if you drag and drop a movie clip onto the iTunes library it will automatically catalogue alongside the rest of your files. A new movie icon appears beside it and it can be played in a scaleable window in the bottom left corner. A “Show Video Full Screen” button is also available which performs the obvious.
This new element does appear to be in its early stage however, since only .mov files are currently supported and iTunes still looks for “Album” and “Composer” information rather than giving options such as “Film” and “Director”.
Clearly, the feature has been introduced quickly because of the new option to purchase music videos online. One example is on the new Morcheeba album, Antidote. Download it and the video for first single “Wonders Never Cease” comes free (though we all know Morcheeba hasn’t made an album worth buying since Big Calm, after which they sold out and became a guitar driven M People - grrrr).
Another feature of version 4.8 (if you are a Mac owner with Tiger) is that you can now manage your contacts and calendar information directly in iTunes rather than using iSync. In addition, a security hole which exploits a vulnerability when loading Mpeg4 files has been patched.
Grab iTunes 4.8 which it is still warm and fresh out of the oven here