Apple has just released a new version of their music organization software iTunes, bringing the version to 10. Probably the biggest new feature is Apple's new social network Ping, which is designed to provide iTunes users with options to connect with friends, and receive updates about music and concerts.
Ping allows them to follow friends and artists, and everyone will be able to post information including images, videos or music.
ITunes Ping feels a lot like Facebook in this regard. It requires a valid Apple ID and needs to be activated after the installation of iTunes 10 before it can be used.
Ping offers some interesting features, including custom top ten lists based on the listening habits of a user's friends. The software will be available as an app on iPhone and iPod touch so that users can interact with the network from their mobile devices as well.
But iTunes Ping is just one of the new features in iTunes 10. TV show rentals are now available for 99 cents per episode. The shows are commercial free, come in HD, and are available for 48 hours in a 30 day period after renting the show. The shows can be watched on PC, Mac, Apple TV and iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Additional features worth mentioning are improved syncing, which shows a capacity bar for devices connected to the computer, Apple TV support and AirPlay support so that AirPlay capable devices can connect to iTunes.
In other news, iTunes 10 is still one of the programs with the most active background processes after installation. The new version will automatically start AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe, distnoted.exe and iTunesHelper.exe as permanent background processes:
The iTuneshelper.exe process can be removed from startup in msconfig or any other startup manager. The remaining background processes are triggered by services, specifically Apple Mobile Device and iPod Service.
Apple iTunes 10 can be downloaded from the official Apple website.
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