What’s new in Apple’s iTunes 7

Apple today released iTunes 7 which includes many overall enhancements and new features, including:

Play games on your iPod
The iTunes Store now offers games you can play on your iPod: If you have an iPod that can display video, you can purchase games for your iPod from the iTunes Store.

To purchase and play games on your iPod:
1.In iTunes, click iTunes Store.
2. In the store, click Games.
3. Browse for a game and click Buy Game.
4. Connect your iPod to your computer.

iTunes automatically loads games onto your iPod when you connect it. You can play the games only on your iPod (not on your computer).

Watch box-office hit movies
Download movies from the iTunes Store.

Back up your iTunes library
Use the new backup feature to protect your iTunes library. Easily back up new songs or videos, iTunes Store purchases, or your entire library to CD or DVD:
You can easily back up your iTunes library, playlists, and iTunes Store purchases for safekeeping. To reduce the number of discs needed for a backup, iTunes can perform incremental backups (only items added or changed since the last backup). To burn a DVD, your computer must have a SuperDrive. Some third-party DVD burners may also work.

To create backup CDs or DVDs:
1. Choose File > “Back Up to Disc” and then select your options.
2. Insert a blank disc (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW).
3. Click Back Up Now.

iTunes burns the number of items that fit on one disc, and then asks you to insert subsequent discs to continue burning the remaining files. Don’t eject a disc while a backup is in progress. To restore backed-up files, insert a backup disc, choose File > “Back Up to Disc,” and then click Restore. Spoken programs purchased from the Audible website are not backed up. Discs you create using the iTunes backup feature can be used only to restore; they can’t be played in a CD or DVD player.

Browse by album cover
Flip through your collection by album cover using Cover Flow. Many songs, albums, and videos include artwork that appears in the artwork viewer when the item is playing or selected. To display the artwork viewer, choose View > Show Artwork. To see the artwork in its own window, click the artwork.

You can also browse your iTunes library using Cover Flow:
1. Click the Cover Flow button (the rightmost View button).
2. To browse your collection, drag the scroll bar or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
3. To play an item, double-click it when its name appears below the artwork.

Tip: To sort items by artist or album title, click a column heading.

More info and download link for iTunes 7 here.

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  1. And a new ugly user interface which takes away the aqua like scrollbars.. icons are too flashy.. (the blue is tooooo flashy on the itunes icon).. what’s up with Apple?

    I am also a bit concerned about the choice of songs chosen by Steve during the presentation.

    1. Don’t Panic.
    2. Trying to go to Heaven.

  2. The revised UI is a mixed bag, in my opinion. Most of it is an improvement, the Library icons are a great improvement. The Store icons and Playlist icons look like something out of a Windows app – and a cheap one, at that! A mixed bag …

  3. I agree with the criticism of the new iTunes interface. It’s got a decidedly distinct Windowsesque feel to it. The interface has lost it’s clean lickable quality and been replaced by the dreaded ‘throw a gradient on it’ design theme.

  4. Overall I like the new look, but I think it’s pretty telling of the way things will look in Leopard. I believe that one of the main things that they aren’t showing us about 10.5 is the new UI, but I’d bet it’ll be similar to iTunes 7.

  5. “Is Coverflow in the window version ?”

    I’m guessing you made the same quick assumption that I did, which is, “Cool! Coverflow must have been done with Core Animation!” Then I remembered, that, duh! Core Animation is a feature of Leopard! Tiger doesn’t have it! So I assume that the answer is yes, the Windows version does have it.

  6. Windowsesque? Are you kidding me? The new interface is perfect. The Coverflow is smooth and sick. Apple is making really good advancements right now, and I don’t think that anything they do/change is going to make everyone happy. Not everyone will like or appreciate a Monet, but please don’t call it a Warhol.

  7. I back-up my whole HD to an external drive — you mean I won’t be able to restore my iTunes library if my main drive crashes?

    The section with the Library/Store/Playlists area does look a bit clunky, but the sections are more separated which is easier on my aging eyes.

    Downloaded and played Mahjong — a bit awkward with my current case (the Neoprene inCase), might have to try out a different case to see if that helps. Will come in handy for the times when I’m waiting in the car for the spouse.

    I really like having the iPod software updater as part of iTunes, instead of in Software Update; makes far more sense and ties things together more seamlessly.

    One thing I don’t like is there’s no way to tell what progress you’re making on downloads, especially podcasts — I liked having the progress bar so you had an idea of what was downloading and what was stuck.

    Thought there was supposed to be a way to search by first letter — that doesn’t seem to be coming up with the 1.2 update. Possibly limited to the new iPods? 🙁 Definitely want to get the 80GB model anyway…

    Disappointed that “Fantasia” was not among the early releases — don’t see too much that I’m going to rush out and download…

  8. CoverFlow was a shell/UI for iTunes, developed by one man. I take it he used primitives from Core Graphics to create it – and that someone at Apple was smart enough to persuade Jobs to hire him. It is a great interface – simple, yet profound in the way it encourages people to listen to music according to records (as in the olden days) rather than by the track (the fragmentisation popularised by iPod).
    Interestingly, in the webcast the integrated Coverflow seems less fluid and responsive (alive) than in the original Coverflow. I suggest people download it and check it out.
    It shows great vision to extend the use of it to the rest of iTunes’ media, and to make it possible to view albums according to Artist, Composer, Genre, etc. It was just about the only improvement I found missing in the original.
    On the other hand, I believe the same graphics ideas have been used to implement the confusing, slow-moving “slave-trail” of possibilities on the left side of the screen in the new (iTV-ready) version of FrontRow. That usage looks like too much enthusiasm….

  9. Nope. Didn’t assume it used Core animation, as Coverflow exists now.

    I don’t think it looks as good as the real coverflow. Jagged edges, unsubtle reflections, less ‘alive’ (doesn’t respond to mouse movements with the button up). Is harder to stop on the right album. And the angle of the albums in coverflow is nicer.

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