Why can't I view digital/interactive booklets in iTunes 7?

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On recent albums purchased through iTunes, I can't view the digital and/or interactive booklets; not in iTunes 7, Quicktime player or Adobe Acrobat in Mac OS X 10.4 and Windows XP.
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To use a interactive booklet you need Flash within Quicktime but Apple disabled it in the newest version of iTunes.
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Eric Suesz

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You used to be able to set QuickTime to play back Flash. Here is Apple's instructions on how to do that: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht.... Any idea why they disabled this?

I hear Apple may be releasing a new version of iTunes next week, but I don't suppose it would rectify this problem!
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I hope it is fixed, I saw the article but at least on Leopard on my new iMac that checkbox has disappeared
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Eric Suesz

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It has disappeared for me too, also on Leopard. Dang.
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You need to have the 7.1.3 version of Quick Time installed. The 7.4 version will never play the booklets. Uninstall the newer version and install the older version. Then go into the preference menu and enable the playbacks of Adobe flash tracks. This worked for me when the apple people couldn't help at all, so I did some digging. Hope this works for you!
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it sucks you have to go to an old version. :(
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zerock

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what's the official Apple stand on this?
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I'm SO mad that iTunes can't even support it's own products anymore... Apple goes overboard to protect things and then crap like this happens... this is ridiculous... i PAID for it, why can't I use it?!
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This is a long explanation, but I hope it makes sense at the end.

Before I begin, let me point out that the "Interactive Booklets" have been discontinued, and the new "Digital Booklets" included with more recent albums are PDFs and open in your default PDF reader when selected in iTunes.

Unfortunately, Apple's stance on the former Interactive Booklets is that they were offered as a free bonus with the album, so you can't necessarily claim that you paid for it.

Long ago, when iTunes was young, Apple included support for Macromedia's Flash format within QuickTime. This made it very easy to provide interactive booklets with many iTunes albums, as QuickTime and its support for a multitude of file formats were already at iTunes' core.

Years later, as Flash became more mainstream (and Macromedia was purchased by Adobe), several security vulnerabilities began to be exploited in the Flash format. The official Flash player was updated to close the vulnerabilities, but Adobe refused to work with Apple to close the vulnerabilities within QuickTime's Flash support. Eventually, Apple had no choice but to disable QuickTime's support of Flash content in order to protect their users (though they still provided a way to enable it via the System Preference pane).

After this, Apple began to seek a way to integrate iTunes with Adobe's official Flash player. Unfortunately, Adobe yet again refused to work with Apple.

Much to our dismay, Flash support was eventually removed from QuickTime, and the Interactive Booklets where officially discontinued (though most remain available for some reason) and replaced in later albums by the PDF Digital Booklets.
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i got it to open in my adobe reader!