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Genius Recommendations return to iTunes

Back in September, when iTunes 10 launched, Apple introduced their new Ping social network. This was followed by iTunes 10.0.1 which added the Ping drop down options but also replaced the Genius sidebar with a new Ping sidebar.

Earlier this week, Apple made some server-side changes (which means we don’t have to update iTunes), and now Genius Recommendations have returned to the iTunes sidebar.

If you haven't selected a song, your sidebar will show you Genius recommendations for all your iTunes-purchased music, however once you select a song, a new sidebar comes up which combines both Genius and Ping. (Genius recommendations will appear at the bottom of the sidebar, and if you’re a Ping user, your Ping activity will be displayed at the top.)

Tell us, are you happy your Genius recommendations are back? Do you like the new combined sidebar? Do you still use Ping?

Tell us, do you still use Ping? Do you think Apple bringing ‘Genius recommendations’ back was a good idea?


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  • THANK GOD!!! I've been bitching for weeks about this. Apple does know what I like! Thanks daddy!
  • I'm glad it's back. I have discovered some pretty good music and bought with genius recommendations.
  • I thought I had accidentally turned it off and couldn't figure out how to turn it back on in the preferences. :lol:
    Thanks for telling me.
  • Thought it was a bug in iTunes 10. I also have found good music with it. I am not a ping fan, and really do not use it.
  • I am VERY seldom displeased with anything Apple does but the update to 10.0.1 lasted only about a week for me! I LOVE the Genius Sidebar and really don't care much for Ping although I GET the idea...just wanted the CHOICE! I rolled back to an earlier 10.x release but am pleased I can reinstall 10.0.1 now...GREAT move Apple!! Thanks!
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