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iTunes 8 to feature “Genius, new music visualizer and HD TV shows”

The next version of iTunes, version 8, is set to launch on Tuesday with a few new features, a tipster tells Digg founder Kevin Rose. Normally, I’d be skeptical of such a rumor, but Rose did nail the September 9 Apple event date and appears to be dead-on in terms of what the new iPod nanos will look like based on product case shots out in the wild.

The rumored new features:

  • Genius: A new kind of music recommendation engine. Genius will supposedly scan your entire music collection and give recommendations.
  • Grid View: Pretty straight forward, iTunes will supposedly include a new way to browse you music in grid alignment. This would be in addition to the List, View with Artwork and Cover Flow views.
  • New Music Visualizer: Some new, albeit interesting things to look at while listening to you music.
  • HD Television Shows: Currently, iTunes only offers the high definition (HD) option for select films rented over its Apple TV device. This apparently will expand to television shows as well with iTunes 8. It’s not clear if this will again be limited to the Apple TV or if any iTunes computer user can now gain access to HD content.

Source:→ VentureBeat

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