iTunes 8: New Features

As you probably already know, iTunes 8 is the most recent and advanced version of Apple’s media management and playback software. iTunes 8 includes a new Genius recommendation engine, new visualizers, a new grid view and new terms and conditions. The Genius engine recommends other songs you might enjoy, based on a song you’ve selected in iTunes. If you have a diverse range of music in your library, iTunes does a pretty good job of finding the “mood” of your selected song and generating a playlist that goes along with it. Plus, it kicks off the playlist with the song you selected. Keep reading for even more iTunes 8 fun!

The Genius Sidebar shows songs available in the iTunes Store that are related to your current selection. It shows other songs from the same album, as well as, recommendations for other artists. As you might expect, 30 second previews are available for the songs as well. If the Genius Sidebar can’t make a recommendation, it shows a list of top songs and albums from the iTunes Store.

iTunes 8 also includes a new visualizer. The new visualizer shows three-dimensional animations of glowing orbs, planet-like objects and colorful light streams. When the song changes, the color and style of the visualizer changes too. It’s so cool!

Also new in iTunes 8 is an updated set of Terms and Conditions. In the United States, you may no longer use (or attempt to use) the iTunes Store from outside the territory of the U.S. For example, if you normally use the U.S. store and you’re on vacation in the UK, you must use the UK store for the duration of your stay.

In summary, iTunes 8 adds great new recommendation and visualization features that will keep iTunes on top when it comes to media management applications. The new additions are sure to keep current users happy and frequently buying new music. Enjoy!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami