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The arrival of shiny new iBooks overshadowed two other product announcements from Apple Tuesday, as the company updates OS X and the OS X-native version of iTunes. The updates add stability to OS X applications, contain the latest version of the Internet file-transfer service, and give users the ability to burn custom music CDs.

"As promised, CD burning is now available on Mac OS X," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said.

Prior to Tuesday's software update, OS X users couldn't burn audio CDs. Although many early adopters were willing to forego this ability just to get their hands on Apple's next-generation operating system, the latest update should make the new OS more attractive to general consumers, who've been waiting for added functionality and more native applications before they make the switch.

This second software update brings OS X to version 10.0.2. OS X's automatic software update feature will automatically notify users of its availability, download the update, and install the software for them if they so choose.

Apple released the first software update to OS X last month. It added more support for third-party USB devices, better Classic compatibility, and overall stability. Apple hasn't indicated when a third software update will become available, an Apple spokesman said Tuesday.

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