Apple today released iTunes 11.3 which includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies.
iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall.
New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available – at no additional charge.
Macintosh System Requirements:
• Mac computer with an Intel Core processor
• OS X version 10.6.8 or later
• 400MB of available disk space
• Broadband Internet connection to use the iTunes Store
Apple’s iTunes 11.3 is available via Software Update.
Is it snappy?
Slow as a corpse on my MBP.
Or corpseman if you’re stupid.
Works really fast on both of my Macs. Always has.
I’ve been playing with the Windows version tonight. Clearly, this version doesn’t feature anything new but the noted iTunes Extras. It’s still clunky, a less friendly GUI than the Mac version, and still hobbled by stupid Microsoft Windows limitations like crap font rendering and scrolling.
Windows is crap. There’s nothing that Apple can do about that. iTunes has always sucked on Windows, and not because iTunes itself is the problem. The problem is that everything is slow and clunky on Windows. I’ve seen brand new, clean, pristine high end CAD workstations slow to a crawl for no reason no matter how much RAM you install, and whether or not the are running off an SSD.
I’ve done my best to avoid Windows box hardware in the last few years as I have zero interest in supporting it any longer. So, thank you for some insight into what’s STILL going on in that sad world.
I run Windows on Parallels, which is adequate for my minor Windows software needs.
I must say that Windows Media Player opens right away on my PC when I click on it, but iTunes takes a good 30 seconds if not more. And with this new update iTunes loads then crashes before I can do anything. I wouldn’t say PC is better than Mac and I wouldn’t say Mac is better than PC they are both good for their own things.
If iTunes crashes, you should be trying to troubleshoot why instead of assuming that all of us have the same problem. I really get sick of people bitching about iTunes and other Apple software not working right, and then not doing a damn thing to fix it. Call AppleCare. Go to an Apple Store, or maybe have a look at your Console logs sometime. Windows Media Player (like all Microsoft desktop software) is crap. WMA and WMV files are inferior media, so I wouldn’t bother playing them anyway no matter what kind of computer I use.
Finally! iTunes Extras are back on the AppleTV!!!
I won’t update till Apple bring back iTunes DJ
I’m wondering how much longer Apple will be supporting Snow Leopard for iTunes. It’s going to be five years old next month.
So, I’ve upgraded my Apple TV to version 6.2, and iTunes for my media library to 11.3. The iTunes Extras for HD movies are listed in my iTunes library next to the HD movies I purchased, but they’re not appearing on my Apple TV.
How do I view them? This Macworld PR article says nothing about how we’re actually supposed to view the extras in the iTunes library on our Apple TVs.
Ok, figured it out. Extras are only available for some purchased HD movies, and may only be accessed by clicking on the Movies button on the Apple TV, going to your purchased items, selecting an HD movie with iTunes Extras icon in top right, then clicking on Play button. That brings up a menu to either play the movie or the extras included with the movie.
So, those iTunes Extras files that downloaded with your purchased HD movie into iTunes will continue to only be available for viewing on your Mac.
The iTunes Extras Apple announced today are only available via streaming from Apple’s servers using the Movies button to access your purchased items.
Hopefully it improves Itunes match, right now it sucks and stil one third of my library has got status as waiting even though the Music is available in the Itunes Music store.
Its time to split up Itunes as it has become bloated and with too many things on its interface. They have moved iBooks, they should move podcasts, movies and music to separate apps which will give users a better user expierience.