RUMOR: Apple’s iTunes 8 to feature HD TV shows, ‘Genius’ feature, and more

Digg founder Kevin Rose is reporting that Apple’s forthcoming (September 9th) iTunes 8 will include a new feature called “Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together.”

According to Rose, the new feature will also include the “Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.”

Rose reports that with iTunes 8 users will be able to:

• Browse artists and albums visually with new “Grid view”
• Download TV shows in HD quality from iTunes Store
• Sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation)
• Enjoy “a stunning new music visualizer”

Source: kevinrose blogg

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chuckles the Microsoft CEO” for the heads up.]


  1. What I’d like to know is when iTunes will be able to identify unknown tracks ala the amazing Shazam for iPhone? The iTunes “Get CD Track Data” command is practically useless for identified recovered music files.

  2. Kevin got all the iPhone details wrong, despite intimating he had inside sources.

    Who does not know Apple will release a new iTunes version eventually?

    I just do not trust Rose’s track record.

  3. I want Apple to release a new iPhone App, and remove the reliance on iTunes for iPhone Management. It really is weird how we are using a Music App to manage the Backup/Sync/install Apps & Updates… it all seems a bit clumsy and I’ve fallen foul of a lot of corrupt iPhone backups and weird App behaviour lately -my music and movie watching is suffering! Notice how when you are Restoring an iPhone, you cannot use iTunes at all – it greys out the Main screen and you cannot watch movies, listen to music, podcasts… All because my iPhone needs to be restored.

    What I would like is Version 2 of iPhone Configuration Utility, containing ‘Backup’, ‘Applications’ and ‘Sync Settings’ tabs, and a ‘Basic’ setting that hides all Enterprise/Certificate settings. This new App handles everything that isn’t music, and hopefully better than iTunes does now. Then a redesigned iPhone Music Sync Page in iTunes that doesn’t involve scrolling through a tiny window list like we do now. Maybe a CoverFlow screen with a big fat green tick if you want to sync that song/album.

    Please make it more fun to sync my iPhone Apple, it’s all a bit checklist-y and boring at the moment.


  4. I liked Kevin’s idea that people should have to quit using fossil fuels so rock bands could tour more and not worry about their carbon footprints.

    It shows that he has good taste in weed….

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