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Apple this week released an update to iTunes, with version 10.0.1 adding the new Ping sidebar for easier access to the social networking service, as well as a number of bug fixes.

iTunes 10.0.1 is available available for download for Mac OS X as a 84MB install, 71.54MB for Windows 32-bit, and 72.41 for Windows 64-bit.

"iTunes 10.0.1 makes it easier to share your favorite music with your friends on Ping," Apple said in its documentation. "You can now Like or Post about music right from your iTunes library."

"You can also easily see the recent activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping using the new Ping Sidebar."

The update also includes a number of important bug fixes, including:

Addresses an issue where the picture quality of a video changes depending on whether the on-screen controls are visible.
Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit while interacting with album artwork viewed in a separate window.
Fixes a problem that affects the performance of some third-party visualizers.
Addresses an issue where the iTunes library and playlists appear empty.
Resolves an issue that created an incompatibility with some third-party shared libraries.
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Still no color icons. I'll pass. I want my colored icons.
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Did They Put The Color Back In The Playlist Titles? I really miss the color.

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post #4 of 110
I still haven't fixed the bug where everything looks so gray.
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Apple this week released an update to iTunes, with version 10.0.1 adding the new Ping sidebar for easier access to the social networking service, as well as a number of bug fixes....

It seems at first sight to replace my genius bar with a Ping bar and give me no option to return it. This is a shame since literally the *only* good thing about the Genius thing is the genius bar connection to iTunes.

Also seems to screw up a lot of my cover art.

I'm getting really sick of the crap they are folding into iTunes that doesn't give you the option of removing it. The "Genius mixes" (that I don't ever want to see but are un-removeable), jumping in your face every time you sync are bad enough, and they might want to fix the broken implementation of cover-flow first also.

I wish there was a serious alternative out there that wasn't going to give users more hassle than Apples implementation of iTunes does.
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Colored icons - if you have a Mac there is an easy and fast hack to put the colored icons back. However, Windows users are out of luck, no hack that I know exist.

If you want the Mac hack let me know and I can post links. Or just Google 'itunes 10 colored icons' or something similar.
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I don't mind the greyness. I actually like it. The less distraction the better. And this is where I have problems with 10.0.1: They implemented a "feature" which adds Ping-Options to the title that's currently playing as well as to the title that's selected. Oh boy, excuse my language, but Ping can go f*ck itself. I don't use time-consuming social media bs.

All I want is a distraction free music library, in which I can focus on listening to the music. But these times are over now with Ping all over. Glad, that Plex 9 is slowly getting usable (it arrived on 1st of september, still with lots of bugs and those get squashed day by day). If Apple continues to develop iTunes in this direction I'll say goodbye to iTunes.

UPDATE: here's how to get rid of the ping button: open terminal and paste the following:
defaults write com.apple.itunes hide-ping-dropdown -bool YES
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Is anyone getting the occasional skip while playing music now? I can't see anything in Activity Monitor that is overloading my CPU.
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I don't mind the greyness. I actually like it. The less distraction the better. And this is where I have problems with 10.0.1: They implemented a "feature" which adds Ping-Options to the title that's currently playing as well as to the title that's selected. Oh boy, excuse my language, but Ping can go f*ck itself. I don't use time-consuming social media bs.

All I want is a distraction free music library, in which I can focus on listening to the music. But these times are over now with Ping all over. Glad, that Plex 9 is slowly getting usable (it arrived on 1st of september, still with lots of bugs and those get squashed day by day). If Apple continues to develop iTunes in this direction I'll say goodbye to iTunes.

I am pretty neutral about the color icons. I think it"s less distracting, but makes it a bit harder to quickly find the tab I want. I totally agree with the ping comment.
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Is anyone getting the occasional skip while playing music now? I can't see anything in Activity Monitor that is overloading my CPU.

Once again Apple does a brilliant job with one of their premier products. Maybe they can take the A-Team off the iPad for a few days.
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I don't mind the greyness. I actually like it.

Of course you do. Sigh.

I hoped it was a bug but now after an update it seems that they did this on purpose. I find this very bizarre from the company that was so proud of how their utilities looked in coverflow when Leopard was introduced.
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Once again Apple does a brilliant job with one of their premier products. Maybe they can take the A-Team off the iPad for a few days.

Don't get me started on iTunes. I prefer a Mac over a PC any day, but iTunes is an old fogey that was originally an OS 9 app. There's a reason it's up to v10.
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Once again Apple does a brilliant job with one of their premier products. Maybe they can take the A-Team off the iPad for a few days.

I wish you had an A-Team!
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It seems at first sight to replace my genius bar with a Ping bar and give me no option to return it. This is a shame since literally the *only* good thing about the Genius thing is the genius bar connection to iTunes.

This. I really used this often and I see no way of getting back besides downgrading. Anyone have any ideas?
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Still having problems with Bluetooth connection to Prius, Proximity sensor, poor signal retention. Honestly! my IPhone 3G was faster than the Iphone4, so stop messing with iTunes and get cracking on these issues. I have 4.1 and I don't see any improvement.
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I like that I can now comment on my own music seeing that a lot of it didn't come from the iTunes store....but....why can't you add photos, clickable links, etc to your comments? Pretty dumb. Very limited as of right now. It isn't very "sociable" when you can only talk about iTunes and it's content. I posted a song from my iTunes library and then went to post a link to a YouTube video of the song being played live. Figured it would be clickable but I was wrong. Dumb if you ask me.
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Still having problems with Bluetooth connection to Prius, Proximity sensor, poor signal retention. Honestly! my IPhone 3G was faster than the Iphone4, so stop messing with iTunes and get cracking on these issues. I have 4.1 and I don't see any improvement.

Someone help me out here. What other options are there an AppleJim’s post is anything but an outright lie or a defective unit that he’s chosen to complain about instead of getting replaced?
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Someone help me out here. What other options are there an AppleJim’s post is anything but an outright lie or a defective unit that he’s chosen to complain about instead of getting replaced?

Maybe he meant a 3GS running iPhoneOS 3 is faster than an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.

With OS X, Apple has improved performance with each release, so the decrease in performance from iPhoneOS 3 to iOS 4 (which I also experienced) is something of a shame.
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They didn't fix that ugly looking system tray icon on Windows \
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Someone help me out here. What other options are there an AppleJims post is anything but an outright lie or a defective unit that hes chosen to complain about instead of getting replaced?

Well, I didn't have a 3GS, so I can't compare speeds with that, but myself and 2 bandmates all got iPhone 4s within the past week, and have all had issues with the proximity sensors and VERY flaky reception/signal strength issues. I've had at least 10 people tell me they have issues hearing me during phone conversations, which is very unusual compared to my old crappy Nokia.

One of my friends has made the comment that speed, signal and battery life were all much better on his 3GS (he's the only one of us who had one), although he also says 4 improves basically all other aspects of the user experience.

My main issue with the proximity sensor has been that it's sluggish. It takes a few seconds sometimes to take effect, which is too long IMHO. I haven't had dropped calls due to it, but one of the other guys has had a few. Maybe it's user error or he needs to change the settings or get used to holding the phone closer or further away, I don't know.

I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street) and the battery life is well below my expectations, although maybe it'll just take a few charge cycles to get optimized. I'm still learning the phone so maybe I'm doing something wrong for the compass to always be so screwy.

Every other aspect of the phone has been great so far. It's my first "smartphone", and being able to Skype/Tweet/Check Mail/Use Maps easily has been great, and I'm very glad to be able to eliminate the iPod from my pocket and (soon) the GPS from my car. The UI is very impressive, and very responsive. The camera is ok for a phone, but my 6-year-old Canon IXUS 4-Megapixel is much better in basically all respects, except convenience.

I want to make it clear that the above isn't a bunch of random bashing, I do have these issues, and if it's a defective unit, then it must be an entire defective shipment, as there are 3 of us here with the exact same issues. I think/hope all of the issues I have with the phone can be improved with an update or two to iOS - battery usage has been improved in Macbooks via OSX updates, and I'm sure the noise cancellation, A/D conversion and signal strength could also be tweaked and improved somehow via software... I also came in under the wire for a free case, so maybe that'll help a bit too.

Anyways, this thread's about iTunes, so I'd just like to say it's nice Apple's fixing a few issues BUT:

1. Wouldn't it be great if Ping, the Genius and the Colour Scheme were all "extensions" like in Firefox or Chrome, so we could choose not to have them if we don't want them? As in not have them at all on our computers or in iTunes (not just hidden)?

2. Why still no FLAC? Lots of (also mainstream) folks are now selling and distributing their music as FLAC, and lots of people in this day and age of cheap 2TB hard drives are ripping their CDs to FLAC because they've got space and like the better sound quality. I admit it's difficult to hear a difference through the POS D/A converters in my Macbook Pro and iPod, but lots of folks have setups with quality converters where the difference between FLAC and MP3s are very noticible.

3. Why isn't iTunes 64-bit yet? I too get occasional hiccups in playback while simultaneously scanning through my admittedly large library, and I can't help but assume access to the full 4GB of memory in my macbook pro might help...
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2. Why still no FLAC?

Non-issue. Just convert to ALAC using something like xLosslessDecoder
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Well, I didn't have a 3GS, so I can't compare speeds with that, but myself and 2 bandmates all got iPhone 4s within the past week, and have all had issues with the proximity sensors and VERY flaky reception/signal strength issues. I've had at least 10 people tell me they have issues hearing me during phone conversations, which is very unusual compared to my old crappy Nokia.

One of my friends has made the comment that speed, signal and battery life were all much better on his 3GS (he's the only one of us who had one), although he also says 4 improves basically all other aspects of the user experience.

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If your results are far off what is being stated on independent sites across the Internets then there is an issue.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3794/t...ne-4-review/13

http://osxdaily.com/2010/09/15/ipod-...nd-iphone-3gs/ Apple is selling 2-3 million of these things a month. 0.1% defective units on consumer electronics is probably very low yet that still means 2,000-3,000 per month. No one should expect all CE to be without production defects, or that Apple is infallible, or that the odds are too low to affect you.

Bottom line: If one has an issue get it resolved, but complaining about it on an Internet forum won't do anyone any good.
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I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street)...

duh Just because you are going straight has no bearing on whether a compass is pointing forward. You should learn what a compass is for before complaining that it doesn't work.
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Has anyone figured out a way to make these two features disappear (like forever)?

Apple certainly ha the right to add stuff to iTunes, but it would sure be nice if we had the option to both disable and remove features we find exceptionally irritating and useless.

Colored icons for playlists would be cool also.
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Has anyone figured out a way to make these two features disappear (like forever)?

*Mac* ONLY - how to disable those annoying Ping drop-downs next to songs in your library.

http://osxdaily.com/2010/09/25/disab...-ping-buttons/
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I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street)

Are you serious? Wherever you are, whatever direction you are facing or traveling, a compass always points at Santa Claus.
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Ping is poorly implemented. I'm surprised this site has not reviewed Ping at all. It is a buggy kludgy pile of junk. I had such high hopes for using it. I'm downloading this update to see if my mind is changed about that.

Basically enabling Ping destroyed my iTunes account so I can't purchase from the iTunes store. I've complained 3 times to Apple with no response. I fine with them not wanting my money. Hopefully this doesn't affect too many people, but I guess we'll see that in the quarterly financial numbers.
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I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street) I'm still learning the phone so maybe I'm doing something wrong for the com

ROFL. You and your bandmates aren't in Spinal Tap, are you?
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I must second the complaint about no FLAC support. It is not uncommon for labels to distribute music in this high fidelity format, and there's no good reason iTunes should not play it. It's quite unfortunate.
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Are you serious? Wherever you are, whatever direction you are facing or traveling, a compass always points at Santa Claus.

Hopefully not, but they do walk among us, unfortunately.
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ROFL. You and your bandmates aren't in Spinal Tap, are you?

No, lmao, he's the lead for 'DOOFUS'.
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I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street) and the battery life is well below my expectations, although maybe it'll just take a few charge cycles to get optimized. I'm still learning the phone so maybe I'm doing something wrong for the compass to always be so screwy.

You do realise to that the phone needs to be laid flat for the compass to work as well don't you?
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Ping is poorly implemented. I'm surprised this site has not reviewed Ping at all. It is a buggy kludgy pile of junk. I had such high hopes for using it. I'm downloading this update to see if my mind is changed about that.

Basically enabling Ping destroyed my iTunes account so I can't purchase from the iTunes store. I've complained 3 times to Apple with no response. I fine with them not wanting my money. Hopefully this doesn't affect too many people, but I guess we'll see that in the quarterly financial numbers.

Ping is improved with the new update, but it still lacks.

Improvement #1: It's now almost effortless to post a "like" of any song in your library, on iTunes or not, to your Ping profile.
Improvement #2: You can see almost immediately when you click on a track in your library whether that artist has a Ping profile.
Improvement #3: You don't have to explicitly go to Ping to see your Ping activity.

Still lacking: No way to post images, videos or active links.
Still lacking: No way to search your various friends lists for friends who use Ping.
Still lacking: No way to "invite" someone to use Ping.
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I've just begun using Linux. I keep Vista for certain software. Vista has iTunes. My Mac Book is what I use most of the time for now. It has iTunes.

I want to own a portable digital music player that can store lecture files as well as music from my CD collection. I like the features of each of the iPod models. Are the video and image files used on iTunes unique to iTunes? Can such features from another brand of software still do the same things on an iPod? I don't download music from iTunes but I really like the radio streaming features.

Is there any really good quality music player for Linux that can work for iPods? I know that iTunes won't work on Linux right now and I doubt Apple will bother to make such a version.

I have no intention to use Ping. What others listen to doesn't interest me. Most of the music I find that I like comes from Pandora selections. Some of the tunes I learn about come from iTunes radio stations and AOL radio stations.
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duh Just because you are going straight has no bearing on whether a compass is pointing forward. You should learn what a compass is for before complaining that it doesn't work.

You obviously haven't tried the Maps app on iPhone 4, so I'll excuse your idiocy and rudeness (but not the fact that you're a jackass).

The app is designed to turn the map in whatever dircetion your facing. Yes, it uses the compass, but the map is only supposed to point north when the user is pointing north.

And no, I'm not carrying any magnets in my pockets.

And to the other posters, yes, I'm holding the phone flat. It pretty frequently asks to recalibrate due to "interference", but I'm not in the vicinity of any magnets or large pieces of metal or anything, and recalibration seems to go fine.
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You do know that cars can have a screwy effect on magnetic fields, right?
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Non-issue. Just convert to ALAC using something like xLosslessDecoder

Apple lossless is not FLAC. Neither is WMA lossless, for that matter. While they're both lossless, FLAC is a far more popular format despite not being supported by Quicktime/Apple.

In 20 years, do I want all of my music being stored in the digital equivalent of BETA tapes? Or the musical equivalent of .lwp files? I understand there'll probably be a converter created in that eventuality, which will be a pain in the ass.

I agree that it's all speculation so here are the other pros of FLAC over Apple Lossless:

-it supports CUE sheets
-it includes MD5 hashes so you can check integrity of files very easily
-pipe support
-replay gain compatible
-it's still being actively developed, so improvements to metadata/tagging, for example, are reflected in the Codec
-it's open source
-it's supported in Linux


Anyways, would it really be that difficult for Apple to implement? They can jam the "Genius" and "Ping" in, but can't add the most popular Lossless Codec to the player?
post #38 of 110
I think it's kind of funny that you can "like" anything in your iTunes Library now. As if you had something in your library you didn't like?
Personally, not many (if any) of my favorite artists are on Ping so it's pretty useless to me. The idea behind Ping is kind of a nice idea though, like facebook but only for iTunes related stuff.
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Ping is improved with the new update, but it still lacks.

Improvement #1: It's now almost effortless to post a "like" of any song in your library, on iTunes or not, to your Ping profile.
Improvement #2: You can see almost immediately when you click on a track in your library whether that artist has a Ping profile.
Improvement #3: You don't have to explicitly go to Ping to see your Ping activity.

Still lacking: No way to post images, videos or active links.
Still lacking: No way to search your various friends lists for friends who use Ping.
Still lacking: No way to "invite" someone to use Ping.
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Are you serious? Wherever you are, whatever direction you are facing or traveling, a compass always points at Santa Claus.

Actually, my first thought was that the Maps app doesn't adjust for magnetic declination, which might be an issue for me, since I live pretty far north. However, that wouldn't account for the fact that the map is constantly about 30 degrees off... Declination would only put that at about 4 or 5. I can only hope that it's a software issue, really.
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Seriously? 39% of the posts on here related to the iPhone?

Stay on topic people...stay on topic!


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Actually, my first thought was that the Maps app doesn't adjust for magnetic declination, which might be an issue for me, since I live pretty far north. However, that wouldn't account for the fact that the map is constantly about 30 degrees off... Declination would only put that at about 4 or 5. I can only hope that it's a software issue, really.
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