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Tuesday, 02 February 2010 11:10

iTunes 9.0.3 fixes minor issues

The latest version of Apple's iTunes software fixes various minor niggles.

A minor update to iTunes 9 delivers "a number of important bug fixes," according to Apple officials.

I'm not sure how many of them have been causing you problems, but I'll be pleased if iTunes 9.0.3 really does resolve "a problem recognising when iPod is connected" - that's been happening intermittently for some time on my system.

It's not a big deal; after all, it's not like the program is in the habit of crashing when I plug in my iPod. But it is irritating, and I'll be glad to see the back of it.

The other specific fixes are that "iTunes no longer ignores your 'Remember password for purchases' setting" and it "Addresses problems with syncing some Smart Playlists and Podcasts with iPod."

I use my iPod almost exclusively for listening to podcasts and I've never noticed any sync problems. Still, I'd lump both of those issues into the same "irritating but not catastrophic" category as recognising when an iPod's been connected.

As usual, there's a bunch of other stuff that Apple vaguely describes as addressing "issues that affect stability and performance." If you've been suffering any other iTunes problems, how about leaving a comment to tell other readers what is or is not fixed by 9.0.3?

So far, I've seen no reports that 9.0.3 introduces anything that's not mentioned in the release notes. Apple has previously used bug fix updates for iTunes to sneak in changes that affect the functionality of the program such as deliberately breaking compatibility with non-Apple devices.

iTunes 9.0.3 is available for Mac OS X (10.4.11 or later) and Windows (XP SP2, Vista, and Windows 7.

If the program is already installed, the easiest way to get the new version is via Software Update (Apple Software Update on Windows).

If you're planning to install or update iTunes on multiple computers, it's probably better to download the installer from Apple's web site.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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