Apple releases iTunes 4.6 featuring AirTunes wireless music streaming

Apple today released iTunes 4.6. iTunes 4.6 includes support for playing your music wirelessly using AirPort Express with AirTunes. It also includes “a number of other minor enhancements,” according to Apple’s notes.

iTunes 4.6 requires Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X version 10.3.4 is recommended). Music sharing and DVD burning require Mac OS X version 10.2.4 or later, and AAC encoding requires QuickTime 6.2 or later. AirPort Express with AirTunes requires Mac OS X version 10.3 or later. To use music purchased from the iTunes Music Store in iLife ’04, you need to have QuickTime 6.5.1 and the latest iLife software updates installed. 256 MB RAM is recommended.

Make sure you have the latest update of Mac OS X, QuickTime, and iLife. Get the latest update by choosing Apple menu > System Preferences, then clicking Software Update, and then Update Now or Check Now. After you install an update, it’s a good idea to click Update Now or Check Now again to make sure you’ve gotten all the latest versions. To get the latest upgrade to Mac OS X, visit [url=http://www.apple.com/macosx]http://www.apple.com/macosx[/url]

To create audio or MP3 CDs with iTunes, you need an internal Apple CD-RW drive. To back up your music to a DVD, you need an internal Apple SuperDrive. Some third-party CD-RW and DVD-RW drives may also work.

If you plan to listen to music previews or buy music from the iTunes Music Store, a DSL, cable modem, or local area network (LAN) Internet connection is recommended.

More info about iTunes 4.6 here.

33 Comments

  1. What are the other enhancements? I don’t notice any difference whatsoever, although granted, I haven’t had much time to play with it yet. I’m guessing you have to have the Airport Express hooked up to see any difference there.

  2. I am a huge mac fun but sadly also have to have a pc for gaming but i too have a liquid cooling system and have been hoping apple would make there g5 liquid cooling also i have had it for awhile with no leaks and i take mine everywhere it gets moved around and we all know macs water cooling system is gonna be much better then my windows version so i see no worries of a leak plus the water cooling systems are very very quit and work exstreamly well when i have mine on it runs 32 degrees C and all you can here is the harddrive it also has a 64 bit chip to so im guessing the mac will run even cooler

  3. “To create audio or MP3 CDs with iTunes, you need an internal Apple CD-RW drive. To back up your music to a DVD, you need an internal Apple SuperDrive. Some third-party CD-RW and DVD-RW drives may also work.”

    How does that work for the Windows version?

  4. Apple Lossless Encoding was introduced in 4.5, Rasmus, so it looks like the only new feature in 4.6 is the AirTunes thing… of course, I could be wrong…

  5. I think, based on my knowledge of Shuttle coolers and the picture of the g5 cooler, that the “liquid” in the cooler isn’t water. Imagine an air conditioning loop instead of a car radiator.

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