MacRumors is reporting that they have received information claiming Apple is preparing to release iTunes 9.1 around the time of the iPad launch. One major enhancement will be better organization of “book” content. According to the source, the existing “Audiobooks” entry in the iTunes Source list will be replaced with a broader “Books” section. A […]
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iTunes 9.1 Coming Soon, to have eBook Support and Other Enhancements

MacRumors is reporting that they have received information claiming Apple is preparing to release iTunes 9.1 around the time of the iPad launch. One major enhancement will be better organization of “book” content.

According to the source, the existing “Audiobooks” entry in the iTunes Source list will be replaced with a broader “Books” section. A similar change will made to the sources for managing content on connected devices such as iPhones, iPods, and iPads. The revamped “Books” section for connected devices will reportedly display all book content compatible with a given device for easy content management.

This iTunes update may also include enhancements to Genius mixes, giving users more control of the songs being played.

In the updated iTunes, users will have more control over Genius Mixes, including the ability to rename mixes and rearrange them by dragging. Users will also be able to delete Genius Mixes by right clicking on them. Genius Mixes will also reportedly be available as sources for the iTunes DJ shuffle feature.

Lastly, iTunes 9.1 is said to have a different layout of the device summary panes and the ability to down-convert their music to 128kbps AAC when syncing music to devices. This features used in current iPod Shuffles allows users to cram more content on their devices at the cost of sound quality. Most users wont’t notice the difference, and the original 256 kbps audio file will remain untouched on the user’s computer. That means if you ever want to convert back up to the full 256 kbps version on your device, you can do so with little effort.

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