Coinciding with Thursday’s announcement that AOL users can
now buy songs from the iTunes Music Store through AOL, Apple also released a point update to
iTunes for both Mac and Windows. iTunes 4.2 is now available for download through Apple’s Web site.
iTunes is the free software from Apple that lets users rip music from their CDs to MP3 or AAC format, mix the music using their own custom playlists, and burn their digital music to CD. It’s the software that bridges a connection between Macs and PCs and Apple’s iPod digital music player, and it’s the way that Mac and PC users alike can access Apple’s iTunes Music Store, a repository of more than 400,000 songs from commercial and independent music artists.
Apple’s details on what’s new in iTunes 4.2 are scant, but according to the documentation included with the download, the new version of iTunes now allows users to sign in and buy music using either their Apple or AOL accounts, view the iTunes Music Store in a separate window, and includes a number of performance improvements.