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4.9 Released!

Hey everyone, iTunes 4.9 is now available for download since 4 AM (EST). Altought I've tryed the podcast feature since it seems they didn't added any yet. I must be the first who downloaded it =) The page itself was saying iTunes 4.8 but the download was 4.9, funny.
http://www.apple.com/itunes/
 

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Stickied :D

I like it so far, going to download some Podcasts soon!

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I guess if you were first I was second ;) Too tired to play with it now though. Try in the morning

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To view the iTunes Podcast list:
1- Click on Music Store
2- Click on Audiobooks
3- Click on Podcast

Hope they'll fix that... A bit hard to find out when you don't know.
 

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True, that is hard to find out! I wonder how people get their podcasts onto iTunes ...
 

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Don't know if this is news to you guys, but by going to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast and you can add individual Podcasts, like TWiT. I'm going to be listening to these things all week :D
 

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Some things I noticed which I think are new to 4.9:

* Collapse arrow next to iPod, which when expanded shows all playlists synced to the iPod
* An exclamation mark next to some smart playlists in the iPod list (according to the Help file, this means that "one of the conditions for this Smart Playlist is a playlist that is not available". This makes sense since I have some playlists for my iPod which reference other playlists through "Playlist is not ...")

Cheers
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I just noticed that first point too. Extremely helpful, also helps you know what podcasts you have on your iPod.
 

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Something else:

* Context menu entry "Playlists" on individual tracks shows all playlists in which this track is located (I am not sure if this is really new, but I think I have heard a lot of people requesting something like this)
 

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No problem finding podcasts here!!! (Click on the podcast source and it will take you to the podcast section in the music store). I have subbed to several podcasts already.

NICE job Apple! :)
 

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So far, all of the podcasts I have found are "Free"

Also, check this out (from news.com)...

The latest release of Apple Computer's jukebox software has some hints that a long-anticipated iTunes-compatible cell phone may be coming soon.

Apple's primary focus for the update was to add support for podcasts. However, a library file included with the new iTunes 4.9 software makes several references to mobile phone features. These include messages such as "Automatically choose songs for my mobile phone" and "The name of my mobile phone is." The messages are not viewable from within iTunes, but rather in an add-on file that can be opened using a text editor.

Apple and Motorola announced plans for an iTunes-compatible phone back in July 2004, but the project has been said to have hit some snags, with carriers reluctant to sign on. However, more recently there have been reports that an announcement should be coming soon.

The messages within iTunes appear to support that. Other messages in the library file include "No phone connected" and "Open iTunes when this mobile phone is attached."

Apple has been known to include features in its software that don't immediately show up but are activated once the needed hardware is released.

On Tuesday, Apple released iTunes 4.9 with support for podcasts, but the company declined to comment on when the Motorola phone might be available. An Apple representative was not immediately available to comment on the phone references.

The existence of the phone references was noted earlier by enthusiast site Macshrine.com
 

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Not authorized to play podcasts!

I downloading a bunch of free podcasts but I can't listen to them or sync them with my iPod. Message says "This computer is not authorized to listen to this podcast." I've had an iTunes account for a couple of years now. What gives?
 

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I'm having problems too, not sure what's going on. The main one not working for me is Apple's own 'iTunes new music Tuesdays' which isn't even downloading; giving me the message 'the URL is incorrect'.
 

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Palmin said:
Something else:

* Context menu entry "Playlists" on individual tracks shows all playlists in which this track is located (I am not sure if this is really new, but I think I have heard a lot of people requesting something like this)
Actually, that feature has been around since iTunes 4 first came out in 2003 (I think). But it sure is handy.

Other points. I also like the collapsable arrow next to my iPod. Normally that's only available with a manually sync iPod, and it's nice to have with autosync.

Other things I've noticed.

*It is possible to autosync podcasts, but leave the rest of your iPod on manual. My mini is set to manual (too small for my large library) but I store the majority of my podcasts on there. It's nice to have podcasts sync, but leave the music on manual. Very nice feature.

*I like the iPod Podcast menu that comes with the new software update, which sorts your podcasts by the show, in order. The descriptions in iTMS are also a lot better than the generic DSC-06-25-05 you get with a stand alone application like iPodderX.

*Podcasts you listen to within the Podcast menu (in iTunes) are bookmarked so you don't lose your place. This is handy, since most Podcasts are MP3 and need to be converted to AAC to be bookmarkable. Not sure if those bookmark sync between iTunes and the iPod, though.

*I wish the software update was available for 3G iPods and earlier. I've also got a 3G iPod, and while I'm able to sync podcasts just fine, and I like the special Podcast playlist it creates, all of my shows are lumped together instead of sorted by podcast (Daily Source Code, Dawn and Drew, etc.)

*Finally, I like that the Podcasts you subscribe to appear to be stored outside of your regular iTunes library. Previously, All my Podcasts overpowered my 30GB iPod, so I had to uncheck those Podcasts I didn't want on my iPod and sync only checked songs. Very messy. Being able to separate Podcast syncing from Music syncing is a very handy way to manage a large music/podcast library. Now if that service was only extended to Audiobooks from Audible.com, we'd be getting somewhere.

That's all from my end. Solid update to iTunes.
 

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I have noticed that my smartlists are not so smart any more, looks like I'll be rolling back to 4.8 and 1.1 :-/
 
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