iTunes 8

I’ve upgraded all of my home computers to iTunes 8 today. My desktop Vista machine is still running through the “Genius” setup, which apparently takes a long time when you run it on a large library. My one pet peeve with iTunes 8 is that there is no longer a preference pane setting to turn off the Genre column in the browser. It can still be turned off though, using this hint. That worked fine on the Mac, but I’m not sure how to translate that to the PC. It’s probably a registry setting or something. I’ll have to play around with it later.

Meanwhile, I can’t seem to download app updates for my iPod Touch from iTunes right now. I’m hoping that’s a temporary glitch related to the iTunes 8 rollout. I’ve got two apps that need to be updated. I’ll have to take a look at that again tomorrow.

One more Apple-related note: I ordered a refurbished Apple TV unit today. I was motivated by the availability of Battlestar Galactica in HD on the iTunes store. I never got around to watching any of BSG season 4 off my Tivo, and now the first few episodes have disappeared. (Apparently, I ran out of room at some point, and they were dropped.) The quality on my Tivo Series 2 isn’t great anyway. I don’t mind paying $30 or so to get the whole season in HD, and without commercials or those annoying crawls for Ghost Hunters or whatever else SciFi is plugging. Oh, and with the Apple TV, I’ll finally be able to watch Torchwood season 2 on my TV. I downloaded that from iTunes while I was in San Diego, and I watched the first episode on my laptop, but I haven’t gotten around to watching any more of them.

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