Apple releases iTunes 9.1.1

If you’ve been dealing with some iTunes glitchiness, then it’s time to launch Software Update and rejoice. Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 9.1.1, a fix-filled update to the company’s media software.

Don’t look for much in the way of new functionality in this version. According to Apple, the update addresses several stability issues with the VoiceOver accessibility system, a usability issue with VoiceOver and Genius Mixes, problems converting songs to 128kbps AAC files while syncing, and other sundry stability and performance niggles. There’s also a version for the 64-bit flavors of Windows Vista and Windows 7 that deals with a third-party software conflict that could cause iTunes to unexpectedly quit.

The 93MB update requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). You can snag it from Apple’s download page, the iTunes download page, or Software Update.

At a Glance
  • Read the full review

    Pros

    • Major improvements to iPhone-app organization
    • Genius Mixes feature provides automatically generated playlists
    • Significantly improved media management and syncing features
    • Home Sharing feature lets you easily copy media between iTunes libraries

    Cons

    • No way to edit Genius mixes, or even view their contents
    • Occasional crashes
    • Growing feature list and responsibilities add to interface clutter
    • Home Sharing's auto-transfer feature limited to iTunes-purchased media

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