News: Minecraft 1.9 Pre-Release 2 has been Released!

Minecraft 1.9 Pre-Release 2 has been put on Minecraft.net. The confirmed new features so far are:

New items:
Nine new music discs
Blaze Powder
Magma Cream
Glass Bottle
Spider Eye and Fermented Spider Eye


Game mechanics:
A new Hardcore Mode – Game ends upon death
Golden apple is now shiny
Villagers no longer have names
Holding the spacebar allows you to jump continuously
Endermen Pearls now teleport you when thrown
Item repair! – Put two broken items in the crafting grid
Fences now attach to adjacent blocks, has an interesting outcome when used certain ways
Pumpkins can be “crafted” into Pumpkin Seeds
Zombie Pigmen now drop rotten flesh and Gold Bits
Glass Panes now shatter when mined
Exp Orbs now show up in score upon death
Poison timer in inventory

Animal breeding:
Feed peaceful mobs wheat to make them breed with each other
Passive mobs follow you when wheat is selected

These are just the features that have been discovered. If you find any more post them in the comments.

Download:
1.9 Pre-release 2
1.9 Pre-release 2 Server

Installation:

  1. Close Minecraft.
  2. Go to Minecraft.jar. You can find this in Windows at %appdata%/.minecraft/bin.
  3. Copy your Minecraft.jar file and back it up somewhere else.
  4. Move the newly downloaded Minecraft.jar into the /.minecraft/bin folder, replacing the old version.
  5. Open up Minecraft and have fun!