Apple has released
iPod Update 2004-04-28. Developed for use with all iPods and iPod minis purchased before April 28, 2004, the new software offers compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the new third-generation iTunes Music Store and improves playback support. What’s more, Dock connector-equipped iPods and iPod minis can now support the new Apple Lossless encoder.
The Apple Lossless encoder was introduced on Wednesday, along with
QuickTime 6.5.1. It enables users to rip music from audio CDs without any perceptible loss in audio quality, at about half the size as the uncompressed files. It’s the latest in a slew of new features introduced with iTunes 4.5, including iMix playlist publishing, the new Party Shuffle feature, the ability to print CD inserts directly within iTunes and more.