Apple TV Software Updated30 Oct, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange
Apple has introduced new Apple TV 3.0 software featuring a redesigned main menu and the ability to watch iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in full screen and listen to Internet radio and Genius Mixes.
The new software is available free of charge to existing Apple TV owners. Apple TV with a 160GB capacity is available for $229.
"The new software for Apple TV features a simpler and faster interface that gives you instant access to your favorite content," said Eddy Cue, Apple's VP of Internet services.
Consumers can access directly from the new menu recently rented or purchased movies, as well as other content including TV shows, music, podcasts, photos and YouTube. iTunes Extras offers deleted scenes, interviews and interactive galleries. iTunes LP (for select albums on the iTunes Store) offers expanded visual features such as live performance videos, lyrics, artwork, liner notes, interviews, photos and album credits. Apple TV users can access Genius Mixes through their home theater system and listen to up to 12 endless mixes of songs that go together, automatically generated from their iTunes library. iPhoto Events simplifies finding favorite photos on Apple TV, as well as iPhoto Faces, which gives access to photos organized by people identified in iPhoto.
Apple TV users have access to a catalog of more than 8,000 Hollywood films on iTunes including more than 2,000 in HD video available for rent or purchase.