Digg overlord Kevin Rose was the first technolepidopterist to successfully pin the wings of the fluttering iPod Nano 4G rumors, and now he’s giving the scoop on what we can expect from iTunes 8: almost nothing I care about!
iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.
With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.
“A stunning new music visualizer.” Who even uses those, frantic hosts of thalidomide ragers aside, at whose venues iTunes visualizers are cast trippily upon the orgyroom floor?
Still, the juicy tidbit there is the parenthetical “second generation” around the iPod Classic, confirming albeit rumorously that the Classic will be updated with an iPhone proportioned screen. The iPod Touch being updated was basically a given, but it’s nice to see: the Touch has really been the lame duck of the line-up since the iPhone 3G weighed in at under $200. But what can they really do with it? My guess is a major price drop. My hope is up to 64GB of SSD storage.
What’s New in iTunes 8 [Kevin Rose]