Apple has released an International-English version of iTunes 1.1, its digital-music solution.

Apple is placing downloadable iTunes installers in the Software folder of registered iDisk users, along with empty folders that will contain installers for Mac OS X (10.0) applications.

iTunes will manage and play MP3s and CDs, tune into Internet-radio stations and burn compilation CDs on supported CD-RW drives. A number of other features, including the ability to render visual representations of music as it's played enhance the importance of the application to Apple's "digital hub" strategy.

System specs iTunes requires Mac OS 9.0.4 or above, though Mac OS 9.1 and a supported CD-RW drive are required to create audio CDs with iTunes.

Version 1.1 fixes conflicts with some USB peripherals and improves overall stability. It also adds more options to the application and implements keyboard controls for the built-in visual-effects generator.

Third-party visuals Apple promises: "A development kit that programmers can use to create additional iTunes Visual Effects plug-ins will be available from the Apple Developer Connection." Such plug-ins will probably be placed in the Plug-Ins folder installed with iTunes 1.1.

The company has also released a piece of software for removing US-English versions of iTunes from IE machines. "If you have previously installed the North-American English (US/English) version of iTunes software, you should remove it before installing the International-English version," Apple warns. This is to prevent instability, system degradation and unexpected crashes.