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Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 03:30 pm PT (06:30 pm ET)

Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1, updates Java for Mac OS X

Apple on Tuesday released a new update for iTunes, marking the second in less than a week, as well as new security updates for Java for Mac OS X.

iTunes 10.2.1 is now available for download for both Mac and Windows. Apple's documentation accompanying the update is identical to the information provided with the release of iTunes 10.2 last Friday, noting that it adds compatibility for syncing devices running iOS 4.3.

iTunes 10.2.1 also includes improved Home Sharing, and lets users play music from their iTunes library on any iPhone iPad or iPod touch over Wi-Fi using iOS 4.3. Any other changes to iTunes from version 10.2 are likely minor, as Apple did not detail them.

Also released on Tuesday were Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 4, a 74.81MB download, and Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 9, which is 119.83MB. The updates are said to deliver improved compatibility, security and reliability with the Java runtime.

Both updates will upgrade Java SE 6 to 10.6.0_24 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs, while Update 9 for Mac OS X 10.5 will also update J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_28. Users must quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.