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New iTunes Feature ‘Complete My Album’ Explained

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Apple iTunes now supports a new feature called ‘Complete My Album’. The concept behind this feature is to allow those who have purchased one or more songs from an album to buy the rest of the album at a reduced price.

Prior to this feature, if you purchased a song or songs for $.99 then decided you liked the artist wanted by the entire album you had one of two choices. First, you could buy the rest of the songs on the album individually and lose out on the album discount. Second, you could buy the album which meant your were buying songs you already own.

Apple StoreNow with "Complete My Album", Apple will give you a credit for every song previously purchased. The credit is then automatically applied towards  the purchase of the entire album. So, if you bought two singles songs at $.99 a piece , you would be credited $1.98 towards a $9.99 bringing the album price to $8.01.

There is one small catch however – the price reduction is only valid 180 days after the initial purchase. For songs purchased prior to the availability of this feature, Apple is offering a retroactive offer for a limited time. For these songs you only have 90 days to complete your albums.

There is a new link in the "Quick Links"  section of the iTunes store that will bring you to a page that allow you to complete you albums.

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iTunes 7.0.1 does not fix Error – “iTunes Unable to Browse Album Covers On This Computer”

Itunes_1_0_7 Apple just release iTunes 1.0.7 (I installed it and my version is 7.0.1.8). You can download it from here. According to Apple, "iTunes 7.0.1 addresses stability and performance issues with Cover Flow, CD importing, iPod syncing, and more."

Unfortunately, this release did NOT  remedy cover flow problems on my XP System. If the video driver is not configured properly, you will still get the cryptic "iTunes 7 Error – iTunes Unable to Browse Album Covers On This Computer."

If you are receiving this error, check out this article in my blog for possible fixes.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com

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iTunes 7 Error – iTunes Unable to Browse Album Covers On This Computer

Update –  If you are having this issue, please read the rest of this post plus the comments at the bottom of the post.

I just upgraded to itunes 7. I’m on Windows XP by the way.  I was really excited to try out the new feature, Cover Flow which according to Apple "With Cover Flow, you can flip through your digital music and video collection just as you would CDs."

The update seemed to go fine. I then selected "Music" in my Library and hit the
Cover Flow button. Much to my surprise, I got the error listed below "iTunes is unable to browse album covers on this computer."

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I googled, searched blogs, searched Apples support and found nothing. Then I remembered I had set my video card to disable hardware acceleration. Sure enough, when I cranked up my hardware acceleration, iTunes worked fine. I’m blogging this here because I know tons of you musicians out there use iTunes and this post could save you hours of chasing your tail – especially since the error is not very clear that the issue is related to your video settings.

Possible remedies:

  • Enable hardware acceleration
  • Use 32-bit True Color

These settings can be accessed by , Right clicking on your desktop, select the "Settings Tab". Select 32-bit.  To turn on hardware acceleration, click advanced.

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Then click the "Troubleshoot" tab and slide  the Hardware acceleration slider to the right.

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Update to my original post:

According to  http://completelygeeked.com/, two other issues might cause this:

Possibility 1: QuickTime is out of date…

Possibility 2: Video Driver is out of date…

CompletelyGeek also sites this forum on Apple.

See comments link below for even more discussion about this issue.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com

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