Tag Archive for ‘iTunes Extras’

Extras, Indeed ➝

Joe Cieplinski runs down all of the shortcomings of iTunes Extras on iOS. Honestly, I didn’t even know they were supported yet. Though, I rarely watch movies on the iPad.

Apple Adds iTunes Extras Support to Apple TV ➝

Just under four years after the second generation Apple TV was released, Apple has finally added support for iTunes Extras. I can’t imagine what took them so long — especially considering the original Apple TV already supported Extras — but I guess late is better than never.

Interestingly my girlfriend discovered the feature without knowing of its release. She sat down to watch a Harry Potter movie before I came home from work and discovered that the extra features were available. She spent the next half hour watching behind the scenes extras on the making of the movie.

I can’t say that iTunes Extras will ever convince me to purchase a movie on iTunes, but it’s certainly a nice value-add for movies I’ve already purchased or might purchase in the future.

Where’s iTunes Extras for the Apple TV? ➝

Rene Ritchie reminds us all that iTunes Extras haven’t been viewable on the current Apple TV since 2010. They aren’t viewable on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod. iTunes Extras are only viewable in iTunes on a computer. Why is this feature still missing in the places that we want to watch movies the most?

Apple Releases iTunes LP and Extras Developer Documentation ➝

Apple, regarding the distribution of iTunes LP and iTunes Extras:

Automatic, electronic submission of your iTunes LP or Extra is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. Until then, the submission process is manual and limited. Please contact your label or studio rep for details and consideration. An existing iTunes contract is required. Your iTunes LP or iTunes Extras will be reviewed by the iTunes team for appropriateness of content and for technical quality.

This has the potential to become another App Store. But, since there is no copy protection on iTunes LP and Extras, content creators should be able to release their Extras and LPs on the web, bypassing Apple and iTunes entirely.

Build Your Own iTunes LPs
9/15/09: iTunes LP and Extras Destined for the Apple TV
7/27/09: Apple’s Project ‘Cocktail’ Coming in September

Update 12/8/09: The Boy Genius Report cites a source of theirs that claims that iDVD will be gaining iTunes LP creation support in an upcoming release (most likely with the new iLife suite). With DVDs becoming less and less relevant — this makes a lot of sense, however I would expect that (if true) Apple would change the name of iDVVD with this release.