Ahead of the launch of iOS 7 later today, Apple has just released iTunes 11.1. Most notably, this is the first version of the popular media library application to include iTunes Radio, one of iOS 7′s key features.
As noted by 9to5Mac, iTunes 11.1 brings the following new major features:
iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from over 250 stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The new version of iTunes is available now to download from Apple’s website. It’s expected to become available later via automatic software update on OS X.
For information on the iTunes 11.1′s development, check out Apple Releases The First iTunes Radio Beta For OS X, Apple Releases iTunes 11.0.5, iTunes 11.1 Beta: Addresses iTunes In The Cloud, and Apple’s OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 8 Includes Updated iTunes App.