Apple has introduced the ninth version of its uber acclaimed media and application manager, iTunes, as the software's feature list grows to cover new grounds.
The most important feature of Apple is iTunes LP, formerly known as Cocktail, which is essentially a collection of related bonus features. These include live performance videos, liner notes, lyrics, artwork, photos, featurettes and possibly more.
To some extent, iTunes has embraced the concept of electronic fanzine, proposing a a "beautifully designed, interactive world" to the fandom. iTunes LP will be available on selected albums and will deliver in Apple's own lingo "a rich, immersive experience".
Apple applied the same scheme to movies and came out with iTunes Extras, a collection of interviews, trailers, photos, games and everything one can expect in DVD Bonuses. Both iTunes LP and iTunes Extras are expected to boost sales of more expensive albums and movies downloadable via the application.
iTunes users will also be able to share movies on up to five authorised computers (Mac and PC alike) as a group. This mean that consumers can access DRM-protected content seamlessly and all new purchases made on any computer will automatically appear on the others' iTunes installation.
As for Genius Mixes, it allows users to create up to 12 lists composed of songs in the user's iTunes library "that go great together". These mixes become the users' own personal radio, something that could potentially go a long way (hint : Spotify).
Apple has also improved the syncing process in iTunes and made it simpler. Other improvements include a massively redesigned interface as well as the ability to buy ringtones. You can download the iTunes 9 which weighs a hefty 88.8MB for Windows XP, Vista and Mac.