iTunes 11.3 Brings iTunes Extras for HD Movies

HT6307--extrasbadge--en.pngApple has released iTunes 11.3, whose main new feature is iTunes Extras for HD Movies.

iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall.

New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available – at no additional charge.

It’s interesting that these will be available for free, and added to movies you’ve already purchased. It’s not sure how you’ll know, though. If you have iTunes in the Cloud turned on – which I don’t recommend, because iTunes will change the tags of some of your music files – perhaps they’ll just show up in your library. Otherwise, you may need to go to your Purchased page in the iTunes Store to see them.

Apple has also announced that iTunes Extras will be playable on iOS, with iOS 8, and on the Apple TV, with the latest version of its software, 6.2, which was released in late June.

iTunes Extras are odd. It was clear that they are intended to replace the bonus features on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, but the fact that you couldn’t previously play them on an Apple TV was inexplicable.

So head to the App Store app, or to Apple’s iTunes Download page and grab the latest version.

Update: You’ll see an iTunes Extras badge next to your movies in iTunes: