iTunes 4.5 Released

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Apple released iTunes 4.5 today.

    The newest version of iTunes offers several new features.

    - iMix - Share your taste. Publish your playlists
    - Party Shuffle
    - Printing - Creating Jewel case inserts
    - Radio Charts - What's playing around the U.S.
    - Movie trailers. Music Videos
    - WAM - Convert WMA to AAC
    - Apple Lossless - CD Quality Sound. Half the size.

    iTunes now has over 700,000 songs in the iTunes Music Store.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    somebody please confirm if this is really a lossless one and not a 1024k aac...
  4. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2002
    Plus now you can play on 5 Macs rather than 3. Way to go Apple for making the DRM LESS restrictive. Who'd of thought we'd see that?

    EDIT: I discovered this in their press release:

    "Honoring Apple’s commitment to discourage music theft while preserving fair personal use rights, the number of times a user can burn the same playlist onto CDs with iTunes is being reduced from ten burns to seven. Users can still burn a single song an unlimited number of times and listen to their music on an unlimited number of iPods."

    What's the point when you can just change the playlist... this must be to keep dumb non-techie record execs happy. Mwah Ha Ha.
  5. macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Nice upgrade! Damn, I wish I had iLife '04 now... Looks like iTunes 4.5 gives me even more reasons to upgrade now! Damn you Apple... ;)

    Anyway, there looks like there are some cool new features in 4.5 - and I see WMA in there as well - very interesting! Well done Apple!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2003
    A Higher Level
    Way to go Apple, even though I erased all my WMA's.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2003
    Ack. and I JUST finished converting my entire collection to FLAC..
    Does anyone know what kind of lossless file format this is? As the previous person noted, is it just a very high bitrate lossy format?
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2003
    A Higher Level
    eh? you dont need iLife 04' to get iTunes!
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    London, England
    file>print as simple as that!
  10. macrumors member

    May 6, 2003
    downloading now

    It's nice to not have to go to work today. W00t!
  11. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2003
    Downloaded it, some observations:

    First thing I noticed... Every song / artist /album in your library has that arrow to the right of it - and if you click on it, it searches the music store for that song. Interesting... Option Click goes to it in your library

    "Windows Media Player 9 or later must be installed to convert unprotected WMA files" -> PC only I guess.

    Printing covers is pretty easy - File -> Print, it gives you a preview. I had a playlist with about 55 songs, and it shows the first 25 on the print and then "and 30 more..." Plus it prints "Printed with iTunes" at the bottom. It even has a bleed, crop and fold marks!

    This party mode thing... I was hoping to just put iTunes in Party mode, and someone could double-click on a song and it would be added to an 'on-the-go' type playlist. Cause thats what most people do, just double click on it, cause they want it. What this does it pick random music from your choice of a source (any playlist or library) and will show 0-100 upcoming songs along with 0-100 already played songs. If you have those selected to something more than 0, and you delete something in the playlist, it just adds another. If you have it at 0, you have to add your own songs. there is an option to play higher rated songs more often.

    I guess the point is that you can have it choose from a playlist or your library and see whats coming up, remove something if you don't like it, or rearrage it, all without disturbing any existing playlist.

    iTMS - I was hoping that based on the long load time it would say "Your country is now supported" (Canada) but no - Just a long load time for the first time. the one free song a week is cool, but you still have to have an account of course.

    The iMix allows anyone to publish a playlist to iTMS - and Steve already has a playlist that is rated 5 stars out of 5 with 100,000 votes, and so it is at the top. You have to have an account to vote on an iMix

    Lastly the movie trailers are cool, its an easy way to see new trailers and browse them - except that they still remind you you are in a store and there are things to buy (soundtracks).

    All in all a decent upgrade, but nothing spectacular in my books, the only feature I may use is the party shuffle.

    Enjoy the new toy.

    And as a PS. there is a new iPod update:

    iPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.

    Changes for iPod without a Dock connector
    -Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store
    -Improved playback performance

    Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini
    -Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store
    -Improved playback performance
    -Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality

    Let the rumours begin "All models introduced before April 28, 2004" So what about the ones introduced after or on this date?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2003
    A better DRM, I am surprised at that one, and the cover art thing is really cool, even though I dont print cover art it is still cool
  13. Mac
    macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2004
    Way to go!

    This is good news! Especially WMA to AAC and Jewel case printing. I am so thankful that I recently switched and bought a 'heap' of Macs instead. Never regretted a minute.

    Thank you, Apple. :)
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2003
    So does this mean I should re-import all my stuff?

    I just bought an iPod a few weeks ago and I've imported a little over half of my CDs. If space on the iPod is a consideration (and it might be later on), should I reimport in this lossless/half the size stuff?

  15. macrumors 68020

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    This will be a free download regardless of whether you have iLife 04, right?
  16. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2003
    A Higher Level
    I"m glad they finally did more with the video section. I was waiting on that.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    BAM! "WAM - Convert WMA to AAC." Right into Microsft's genitalias. That's gotta hurt.
  18. macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Let the rumours begin "All models introduced before April 28, 2004" So what about the ones introduced after or on this date?"

    I assume they already have the update?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2003
    HELP! iTunes is crashing

    Can you conform this?

    When I try to create a new account in the iTMS:
    First I enter my .mac-account, than I must agree to the iTMS-license, but when I now press 'Agree' iTunes is crashing.

    I am using iTunes from europe. Is this maybe a sign that iTMS-Europe will come very soon? :rolleyes:
    I have already posted that topic to a german forum and all the people there have confirmed this crashing!!!!!!!!!

    How about you?

    Greetings from Germany,
  20. macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2002
    Some nice little additions to iTunes.

    Some form of pitch control or time stretching would be fantastic in version 5.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    I have no idea (and yes, I know that I'm being zero help). Has anyone tried this yet, to see what the size is, in comparison to other formats (AAC @ 192, etc)?
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003

    wma on windows only

    links to the music store from every song in my library.

    the party shuffle is nice.

    and cd covers.. cool.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better
    you can remove the annoying arrows in the general preferences pane.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    It was free for me this morning & I don't have iLife 04.
  25. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2004
    so do we have to download the whole thing just to upgrade at the moment?


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