Apple has released an update to iTunes that addresses a number of bugs that have cropped up in the program since the original 10.4 release. The latest 10.4 release brought Lion-specific enhancements to the program, including full-screen capability, but early adopters of the latest version ran into a few problems with playback and the management of items in their media libraries. The iTunes 10.4.1 update released today addresses some of these issues.
According to the iTunes 10.4.1 download page, the latest version fixes the following problems:
- Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes.
- Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos.
- Resolves an issue that may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie.
- Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep.
- Addresses issues with VoiceOver support.
The update should be available through Software Update as a ~12MB download, but can also be downloaded through the iTunes 10.4.1 update page (around 77MB in size). The update should not require a restart after installing.
As always, be sure to fully back up your system before installing the update, though as a bug fix release with no major new features I expect this update should go smoothly for most people. Nevertheless, it is best to be safe and have a Time Machine or Clone backup that you can use to quickly restore your system if a problem with the update arises.
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