With the release of the iPad only days away for those in the US, Apple has released iTunes 9.1, bringing iPad support to the company’s multimedia jukebox software, and improving support for Genius Mixes.
The update (available via Software Update or from the Apple iTunes page) adds support for iPad syncing. If you’re one of the lucky ones getting your hands on a shiny new iPad this weekend, you should be able to sync music, movies, TV shows, books—and more, according to the release notes—to your Mac or PC right away. If, like most of us, you’re awaiting a local release, other aspects of the update may appease you in the meantime.
iTunes 9.1 also brings the iPod’s shuffle’s option to create 128-kbps AAC files on the fly when syncing to iPhones, other iPod, and (presumably) iPads; plus, it cleans up the Summary page for connected devices.
The update also adds organisation and sync for iBooks, though the iBookstore is not yet available for your perusal. iTunes also now lets you rename, rearrange, and remove your Genius Mixes.