Just ahead of the release of iOS 7, which is expected to become available literally any moment now, Apple has released a major new updated to iTunes – version 11.1. iTunes 11.1 brings a number of significant features and improvements, including support for iOS 7, Podcast Stations, iTunes Radio, and more.
From the release notes:
What’s new in iTunes
This version of iTunes comes with several major new features, including:
- iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from over 250 stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
- Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
- Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
- Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.
Among the most anticipated features is iTunes Radio, which will also be included in iOS 7, as well as a new way for managing and changing the app layouts on your iOS 7 device home screens. The update is available now from Apple’s official iTunes website.
Make sure to check out our full iOS 7 coverage roundup for all the details regarding iOS 7, and all of our iOS 7 launch coverage for today and the near future!