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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 235 votes out of 235 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.7.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,623,750
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 13, 2017
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

It's a music service, app store, media-asset manager, podcast player, CD burner -- it's iTunes for Mac, and it's just as exasperating as helpful.

Pros

Music player: True to its origin as an MP3 player, iTunes helps you find, organize, and listen to your music. Search through your music library by album, artist, composer, or song. You can create your own playlists or have iTunes automatically build playlists for you, based on a song you pick or a few rules you set.

Store: iTunes serves as a storefront to Apple's music, movie, and TV show stores. You can buy individual songs -- from $.69 to $1.29 -- or albums, rent or buy movies, and purchase individual TV episodes or entire seasons. To discover new music, you can sort by genre, view song and album charts, and explore iTunes-generated song collections. Based on your buying history, iTunes recommends items you might be interested in. The store also offers podcasts, audiobooks, ringtones, and more.

Radio: Beats 1, Apple's flagship 24-hour pop-music station, is available for free. You can also check out thousands of free stations broadcasting over the Internet, including college radio. Other Apple stations dedicated to specific genres or moods come with a $9.99 monthly subscription to Apple Music.

Syncing: iTunes serves as the primary method for syncing media between your Mac and iOS device. Sync over a lightning cable or Wi-Fi. If you'd rather bypass iTunes, you can use iCloud to synchronize across your Apple devices, either with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription. (iTunes Match, which costs $24.99 a year, stores all of your music in iCloud, including tunes you've imported from other sources, and lets you access your songs from any Apple device).

Cons

Takes on too much: From selling you iOS apps to organizing your music, iTunes wants to be your digital hub. But navigating through iTunes' different audio and video services to find what you want is frequently frustrating. Apple's approach on iOS, where it breaks up iTunes into individual apps for music, video, and store purchases, is much more sensible.

iTunes-centric syncing: Having iTunes serve as the main method for syncing from Mac to iOS devices feels out of sync with Apple's iCloud and music streaming efforts.

Bottom Line

iTunes is suffering from trying to do everything. Mac users would be better served if Apple took its iOS approach to managing music and video to the desktop and split iTunes for Mac up into individual apps.

 
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Full Specifications

General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date November 13, 2017
Date Added November 13, 2017
Version 12.7.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 242.12MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,623,750
Downloads Last Week 208
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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