I know I loved the first Gangstar on my iPod. It was the first GTA lookalike, and it played a heck-lot like the original games by Rockstar. Though the official Grand Theft Auto made its debut a bit after, I still enjoyed Gangstar a whole lot more than it and
Apple today released iTunes 9.1 which brings several changes and enhancements, including support for syncing the iPad. In anticipation of the iBookstore, the "Audiobooks" section of iTunes has been renamed to "Books" and now allows users to manage both audio books and eBooks.
However, in addition to the other features mentioned below, some users are reporting that iTunes 9.1 seems to have broken sync on some jailbroken devices. Initially it had appeared that my jailbroken iPhone 3GS was affected, although rebooting my computer re-enabled sync. If you experience issues with syncing your iPhone or iPod touch after applying the update, restarting your computer should fix the problem.
Since Apple began allowing over the air downloading of applications and iTunes content on the iPhone, they've been capping the size of files you can download over cellualar at 10MB, requiring you to be connected via Wi-Fi for anything larger. However, today Apple is raising the cap, bumping the maximum download size to 20MB. Now users can download up to 20MB over the cellular network from the App Store or from iTunes (including podcasts).
With the massive popularity of the App Store and the large revenue generated from app sales, many people (including us) assumed that Apple was raking in the cash from the 30% they deduct from the sale of each app. However, Apple said yesterday during their Q1 conference call that that's not the case.
"Regarding the App Store and the iTunes Store, we're running those a bit over break-even, and that hasn't changed," Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said. "We're very excited to be providing our developers with just a fabulous opportunity, and we think that's helping us a lot with the iPhone and the iPod touch platforms."
By now most of you have probably accumulated a ton of apps, but you don't want every one of them to sync to your iPhone. You have it set up the way you want it now, but if you restore or sync a new device, iTunes will try to sync every app you have.
So the easiest solution is likely to deselect all of the apps you have an manually select the ones you want synced. To do this, go to the applications sync tab in iTunes and command-click (control-click on Windows) the checkbox next to an app. This will tell iTunes to uncheck every app, not just the individual app you clicked on. From there you can check the apps you want. It works in reverse too, but for this example we're assuming you don't want to select them all. Enjoy!
With Apple's acquisition of Lala, some now believe Apple is preparing to take the iTunes store to the web browser. Now the Wall Street Journal says that's exactly what they're planning to do, according to "people familiar with the matter." The shift to storing music on the cloud would theoretically make downloading the iTunes software unnecessary.
I recently ran into an issue where my iPhone would take an inordinate amount of time to sync but I couldn't figure out why. The step it always seemed to hang up on was "Verifying iPhone," but why? After doing a bit of investigating, I found out that this step is actually a part of iTunes' backup process. So to solve the problem, I deleted all of my iPhone backups under the "Devices" tab in the iTunes preferences. After doing a full backup, my iPhone syncs nice and fast!
You've been able to directly download podcasts on your iPhone for quite some time now, but to download anything over 10MB requires that you be connected to WiFi. However, it's incredibly easy to get around this arbitrary limit. Instead of tapping the "download" button on a podcast, simply tap the episode. Your iPhone will begin playing it right away, completely ignoring the limit. If you're streaming audio, you can continue listening even if you exit the iTunes app.
On Thursday, Apple released iTunes 9.0.2, the latest version of its media player and software hub for devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. The new version, a 92.8 megabyte download, adds support for Apple TV software version 3.0, adds an option for a dark background for Grid View, and improves support for accessibility.
Today Apple pushed out the first update to iTunes 9, version 9.0.1. The most prominent change since iTunes 9's release can be seen in the behavior of the green maximize button. In iTunes 9, the maximize button no longer switched iTunes into miniplayer mode and required users to option-click the button instead. This latest update reverts the button to its previous behavior. In addition to this welcome change, the update also "resolves issues browsing the iTunes Store" and claims to improve overall performance in the app. Issues where iTunes may become unresponsive or unexpectedly quit should also be resolved in this update, at least to some extent.