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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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iTunes 11.3 Expands iTunes Extras as Apple TV Finally Adds Support and Apple Plans for iOS 8




Apple today released iTunes 11.3, including several improvements to iTunes Extras, including new features for HD movies. This new content will be added automatically to previously purchased iTunes movies for free.

Alongside the launch of iTunes 11.3, Apple has also announced that the Apple TV is finally supporting iTunes Extras with the 6.2 software update released late last month. The first-generation Apple TV supported iTunes Extras, but the feature was lost when Apple revamped the Apple TV back in 2010.

Finally, Apple has also announced that iTunes Extras will be coming to iOS with the public release of iOS 8, which is slated for this fall.

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iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director's commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall.

New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available - at no additional charge.
iTunes 11.3 can be downloaded from the software update tool in the Mac App Store or Apple's iTunes web page.

Update: Apple has added a feature page [iTunes Store] to the iTunes Store highlighting iTunes Extras and compatible movies. The page also includes a promotional video for iTunes Extras.

Article Link: iTunes 11.3 Expands iTunes Extras as Apple TV Finally Adds Support and Apple Plans for iOS 8
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 AM   #2
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I have never seen Apple release an update this early.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:26 AM   #3
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Does it include making iTunes match no longer suck?

No?

Oh well...
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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iTunes Extras are still a thing? I thought this went the way of ping ;-)
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:27 AM   #5
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Finally, good to see iTunes Extras on the Apple TV.

Though wondering HOW iTunes Extras will work on iOS...will it be yet another Apple App or within Videos or somewhere.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:27 AM   #6
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This is fantastic. Installing now, but I'm wondering how the iTunes Extras will work? Will it automatically begin to download HD versions of the iTunes Extras content I have now? Will the Extras themselves be modified with new content (depending on the movie and studio)? Will I be notified of what's new in any way?
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:27 AM   #7
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Good news on Apple TV and iTunes Extras. Only got a couple of films with them myself, mainly though redemption codes in BluRay packs i.e. Prometheus.

Now for iTunes LP on iOS/iPad please?
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:27 AM   #8
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pretty yawn inducing. people still care about itunes extras
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:28 AM   #9
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Every time there is an update to Apple TV it just makes me think that a major refresh is further away, which makes me sad
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:28 AM   #10
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I just wish it wouldn't crash on me and wouldn't have issues with sporadic home sharing and pausing during video playback during home sharing
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:28 AM   #11
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Seems like iTunes is due for an overhaul, from the ground up... Maybe it's just me, but it feels clunky as it has grown to do much more than music...
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:30 AM   #12
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Seems like iTunes is due for an overhaul, from the ground up... Maybe it's just me, but it feels clunky as it has grown to do much more than music...
Due for an overhaul is an understatement. I'm glad I rarely have to use it.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:30 AM   #13
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Seems like iTunes is due for an overhaul, from the ground up... Maybe it's just me, but it feels clunky as it has grown to do much more than music...
It should do all it does right now, but they should do a rewrite. It became way too slow for an app this important and frequently used.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:33 AM   #14
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what are the chances of iTunes and thus iOS getting native support for non MP4 video formats ?

Or is this already possible and I'm just ignorant on the matter (which is highly possible)
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:33 AM   #15
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Seems like iTunes is due for an overhaul, from the ground up... Maybe it's just me, but it feels clunky as it has grown to do much more than music...
Well, they didn't show iTunes on WWDC, and the new, red icon we saw when they showed Yosemite is not present in the developer's preview.. iTunes might be the only program which still has the old 3D-looking traffic light buttons in DP3.. So maybe a rewrite for the fall release of OS X?
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:36 AM   #16
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It is really great we can soon enjoy these truly immerse extras across all our devices. I for one am happy with this news and it's a big advantage of being invested in Apple's platforms when buying and consuming content.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:39 AM   #17
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Great. Now how about letting rentals access them?

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what are the chances of iTunes and thus iOS getting native support for non MP4 video formats ?

Or is this already possible and I'm just ignorant on the matter (which is highly possible)
Next to none.

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Well, they didn't show iTunes on WWDC, and the new icon we saw on the Yosemite preview is not present in the developer's beta.. So maybe a rewrite for the fall release of OS X?
I wouldn't expect a rewrite, just a Yosemite UI makeover.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:40 AM   #18
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"New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available - at no additional charge." I hope that doesn't mean I'm going to have 300GB of iTunes Extras downloads waiting in my queue when I get home that I can't get rid of?

I hope they finally made it so it's an option to NOT download the extras with a purchased movie, or have it sit in your DL queue forever, begging to be downloaded every time you connect to the store. I just want the movie, not the rest of that crap hogging my bandwidth and hard drive.

I've been enjoying not having to navigate menus and extras and previews. I just wanna watch the damn movie. /rant

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:42 AM   #19
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I have never even heard of iTunes extra...what a crock of crap this is. Bring us the features we ask for!
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:42 AM   #20
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It is really great we can soon enjoy these truly immerse extras across all our devices. I for one am happy with this news and it's a big advantage of being invested in Apple's platforms when buying and consuming content.
I wonder if this is in part due to Disney's Movies on the Go app, or whatever it was. That linked to your iTunes account and allowed viewing on Extras on the iOS devices.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:43 AM   #21
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itunes extras in iOS available for iPhone 5c , iPhone 5s, iPad mini with retina, and iPad air with retina

place your bets
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:43 AM   #22
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Don't know what iTunes extra is nor do I care. I guess I'll update either way.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:44 AM   #23
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Does it include making iTunes match no longer suck?

No?

Oh well...
It normally can get my music to the cloud and after that it does it's job decently.

Though yes, I wish we would see more updates for match.

The music app on ios should work better with it, we should see more controls updating what is in the cloud. And perhaps a web based version to keep iTunes from getting even more bulky.

I would love to be able to bring up icloud.com and stream my itunes library from anywhere. Perhaps jump in quality of music, a specific feature to retrieve either explicit or non-explicit versions of a song, how hard is it to offer that as a right click in iTunes?

iTunes match still feels half done, though my library is to big to not have it nowadays.
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pretty yawn inducing. people still care about itunes extras
The lack of Apple TV 2/3 support was the only thing keeping me from switching away from Bluray. Certainly not yawning here.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:45 AM   #25
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Still nothing WOW about this... Apple should open up for local app's like Smart TV's has been doing for the last 3 years

Living in the US AppleTV is cool. Outside of the US it's close to useless.
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