Apple releases iTunes 8.1, Remote 1.2 for iPhone and iPod touch, Front Row 2.1.7

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By: switchtoamac at: 11:25 PM on March 11, 2009 | Comments (0)
After releasing the new iPod shuffle (3rd generation) earlier in the day, Apple has released a new version of iTunes that supports the new iPod model.  The iTunes update includes performance enhancements as well as other improvements and bug fixes.  Apple highlights the following items for the release:
iTunes 8.1 is now faster and more responsive. You will enjoy noticeable improvements when working with large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, preparing to sync with iPod or iPhone, and optimizing photos for syncing.

In addition, iTunes 8.1 provides many other improvements and bug fixes, including:
  • Supports syncing with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ.
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows.
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs.
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods.
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus.
  • Includes many accessibility improvements.
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls.
You can find out more about the update from the following Apple Support document.

Apple Remote application
Apple has also released an update to the Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch that not only adds compatibility with iTunes 8.1 but also includes bug fixes.  The remote application allows iPhone and iPod touch to control their music on their computer (Mac or PC) or Apple TV.

Front Row 2.1.7
Apple has also released Front Row 2.1.7, a 12.6MB download that adds iTunes 8.1 compatibility to Apple's Front Row application.

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