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Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.2 with iTunes Match and Audio Distortion Fixes


Apple today released iTunes 10.5.2, an update bringing improvements to iTunes Match and fixes for an audio distortion issue experienced with certain CDs.
About iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.
The download is currently available via Apple's downloads page and the dedicated iTunes download page. It should begin rolling out to Software Update shortly. The full download weighs in at 102 MB for Mac, 66.13 MB for 32-bit Windows, and 68.01 MB for 64-bit Windows.

Apple launched iTunes Match in the United States with the release of iTunes 10.5.1 in mid-November.

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36 months ago
It has never ceased to amaze me that Apple iTunes updates are not only incredibly bloated (100MB for a few fixes), but that they are almost twice the size of their Windows equivalent.

What does this tell us? Two things:

1. Apple is total crap when it comes to partial updating of their software. Sure it is simpler to just make everyone download another 100MB file, but is 100MB really necessary for a few bug fixes?

2. Mac software is bloated compared to Windows, even after they have made a new GUI set for Windows to give it the Mac look. In this vein I should add that Apple insult Windows users by forcing their UI upon Windows users (imagine if MS Office looked like Windows 7 on a Mac).

iTunes is bloatware and horribly slow. It often fails to tell the user that files have not been copied when by all appearance they have been. Apple should invest some of their 80 billion dollars to employ some better programmers and testers then perhaps iTunes could be a lot better, and they may also fix the sleep and WIFI problems that 1500 forum postings have complained about.
Rating: 39 Votes
36 months ago

It has never ceased to amaze me that Apple iTunes updates are not only incredibly bloated (100MB for a few fixes), but that they are almost twice the size of their Windows equivalent.

What does this tell us? Two things:

1. Apple is total crap when it comes to partial updating of their software. Sure it is simpler to just make everyone download another 100MB file, but is 100MB really necessary for a few bug fixes?

2. Mac software is bloated compared to Windows, even after they have made a new GUI set for Windows to give it the Mac look. In this vein I should add that Apple insult Windows users by forcing their UI upon Windows users (imagine if MS Office looked like Windows 7 on a Mac).


Sorry, but you are completely wrong:

1. This package is a full install package, not an incremental update.

2. The reason why is large is because the package bundles both the PowerPC and Intel versions of the App.
Otherwise it would be about the same size of the windows package, even smaller as most Mac OS X apps don't require a special installer program like Windows programs do.


I don't understand why you would what could have been a good post, talking non-sense; but hey, everyone has the right to give their opinion. The problem is that your comment is making you look really bad.
Rating: 13 Votes
36 months ago
It's only 16.6 MB for me through software update.
Rating: 12 Votes
36 months ago
Sweet, sounds like our neighbours to the south are almost done beta testing iTunes Match for us. Hopefully it will be released in Canada soon.
Rating: 10 Votes
36 months ago

What error about importing CDs ? I've just imported several CDs from my collection but I haven't heard anything disturbing..not that I was paying attention


The problem only affected CDs encoded with Pre-emphasis. Pre-emphasis encoded CDs have high frequencies boosted to some extent, and need them to be reduced after ripping. Pre-emphasis supposedly provides a better noise-floor than normal CDs, but is only of a benefit to music with a large dynamic range.

It seems that the software component of iTunes that implemented the equalisation curve developed a fault as of iTunes 10.5, producing heavily distorted discs.

Very few CDs these days are encoded with pre-emphasis - limited mainly to some independent classical labels, such as BIS and the discs provided with the BBC Music Magazine. In the past, though, it was more common, particularly with CDs pressed in Japan.
Rating: 9 Votes
36 months ago

Sorry, but you are completely wrong:

1. This package is a full install package, not an incremental update.


His point was exactly that. Apple is horrible about patching software using incremental updates. Instead of pushing out a full package they should only push out incremental updates and have full installs available if needed. This is especially true with things like XCode where they might make some minor changes and developers get to download multiple gigabytes again.
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago

It has never ceased to amaze me that Apple iTunes updates are not only incredibly bloated (100MB for a few fixes), but that they are almost twice the size of their Windows equivalent.


Apple is total crap when it comes to partial updating of their software. Sure it is simpler to just make everyone download another 100MB file, but is 100MB really necessary for a few bug fixes?


Software update was 16MB don't know what you are talking about.
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
i loved the premise but i had to turn it off. so many bugs with covers not showing up etc. got too confusing with everything looking/showing up differently on the iPad and iPhone
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
What error about importing CDs ? I've just imported several CDs from my collection but I haven't heard anything disturbing..not that I was paying attention
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago

Sweet, sounds like our neighbours to the south are almost done beta testing iTunes Match for us. Hopefully it will be released in Canada soon.


Whatever makes ya feel better... :D
Rating: 5 Votes

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