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Old Oct 29, 2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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Has Anyone Got iTunes Extras Working?

I asked the question in another thread and saw someone else ask the same thing, so I thought I'd make a thread of it.

Has anyone been able to get iTunes Extras to work for movies? I have some purchased movies with iTunes Extras content, but it's not showing up in Apple TV.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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I got it to work for music albums.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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I got it to work for music albums.
I think that's "iTunes LP". Good to know that it seems to be working!

Anyone have success with the movies extras?
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 05:59 PM   #4
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I'm having trouble geting it to work for iTunes LP. How do you do it?
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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I believe you have to re-download the Extras content. Try Store > Check for Available Downloads under iTunes 9.0.2. Apparently the content has been updated to be compatible with AppleTV, and Apple is sending out email to those who purchased such content. I'm just relaying info I found in other threads, as I don't have any iTunes purchased content.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:34 PM   #6
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I don't see my LPs anywhere. 'Include iTunes LPs' is checked in iTunes, I checked for downloads and got nothing…I'm lost.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:37 PM   #7
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I believe you have to re-download the Extras content. Try Store > Check for Available Downloads under iTunes 9.0.2. Apparently the content has been updated to be compatible with AppleTV, and Apple is sending out email to those who purchased such content. I'm just relaying info I found in other threads, as I don't have any iTunes purchased content.
You're definitely right: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3938

Has anyone gotten their email yet?
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:38 PM   #8
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Here's the answers.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3938
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:43 PM   #9
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OK. I guess I'll wait.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 11:30 PM   #10
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I haven't gotten my email, and there aren't any downloads available in the appropriate menu in iTunes. :-(
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 03:17 AM   #11
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It says you'll get it over the next few weeks.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 03:28 AM   #12
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I know, I'm just impatient.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 05:44 AM   #13
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Honestly how pathetic is this. Did NO ONE at Apple have the foresight to notice that iTunes LP and Extras was something that would be perfect for the Apple TV? Seems like it was done at the last minute, didn't make the keynote, so they had to release the original versions which were not perfectly formatted for the Apple TV. Messed up!
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 11:59 PM   #14
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I just got an email saying I'll be getting an email when everything is ready! That's something I guess.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 06:06 AM   #15
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I just got my updated iTunes LP from Apple for Pearl Jam - Backspacer and got it working on my Apple TV.

I haven't bought any iTunes Extras movies since the feature launched, so I don't know if those are being updated yet. I bought Wall-e before iTunes Extras was launched and didn't get a free upgrade.
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I just got my updated iTunes LP from Apple for Pearl Jam - Backspacer and got it working on my Apple TV.

I haven't bought any iTunes Extras movies since the feature launched, so I don't know if those are being updated yet. I bought Wall-e before iTunes Extras was launched and didn't get a free upgrade.
Have you been able to play songs within the Backspacer LP because nothing is working.
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Have you been able to play songs within the Backspacer LP because nothing is working.
Yes. It gets kind of annoying because you get kicked into the normal "Now Playing" view after about 30 seconds. Pressing Menu brings you back into the iTunes LP.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 09:13 AM   #18
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I got my email today from apple stating Iron Man was available for free download, so the Itunes Extra material should now work on apple TV.

I'm not at home so can't test it yet, but it looks like the emails are coming.

As a side point, Apple seem very slow in providing more movies and music with extras. Perhaps this will increase next year with whatever impending new product we may get. I hope so, because I don't mind paying £7 for a film if its got all the extras, I wouldn't pay over that, and especially wouldn't pay more, for less quality and content than that of a dvd.
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I downloaded the GI Joe movie from Apple TV and it had the Extras in the download. It was much like the menu system of a typical DVD. But the content and menus took a LOOOOONG time to load on the AppleTV.

The Apple TV became completely unresponsive for about a minute while it loaded the menu -- This was even just to play the movie.
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Yes. It gets kind of annoying because you get kicked into the normal "Now Playing" view after about 30 seconds. Pressing Menu brings you back into the iTunes LP.
I would report this on the Apple site. It's an easy fix and would really make the whole iTunes LP format (iTunes LP, iTunes Extras) better on AppleTV. If the whole idea is this presentation of content it would suck to have it bump you back to the default AppleTV screens.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 01:54 PM   #21
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I was able to get extras working for Wall-E, after giving up on the email and re-purchasing the movie with extras.

My experience has been similar to those above - the extras content is herky jerky and not too reliable. I've been a couple of menus deep and had lag issues that forced me to pull the plug and reboot.

I have found that holding down the play/pause button and using the pop up menu to start the main feature is best...I can never seem to get the movie to play from the extras.

Overall - Meh.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 02:41 PM   #22
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I got the email for "Wizard of Oz", though I'm still waiting on several others like "Batman Begins".

I agree with others, however. The performance is pretty poor. Also, selecting some of the options was a little unintuitive (you couldn't click "Deleted Scenes" to get to a sub menu, you had to press left/right to highlight the deleted scenes orb you wanted to view after navigating down to the "Deleted Scenes" option and THEN press "Ok").

That said, I love it! It's neat having the deleted scenes and other stuff you used to get with DVD's.
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