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iTunes 12, the latest version of Apple's media downloader, player, and organizer, now includes Family Sharing, a redesigned interface that puts all your favorite features front and center, and improved podcast organization.


Family Sharing: With Family Sharing, groups of up to six can easily share media purchases. In our tests, this feature worked excellently between our Mac (running OS X Yosemite) and all of our iOS 8 devices. Check the Purchased tab to find every purchase ever made by a group member, but you can also hide certain items -- useful if there are young children in your clan. Also, parents can now create iTunes accounts for kids under 13. Just link all their purchases to your card and click Ask to Buy if you want final approval over their downloads.

Accessible interface: Music, Movies, and TV Shows icons are now always readily accessible at the top left, rather than in a cumbersome drop-down menu, whether you're searching the iTunes Store or your own library. Click the adjacent "..." button to search other media, like Apps or Audiobooks, or scroll down to Edit to make any of these a dedicated, up-front icon. You can now search and purchase without having to switch between your library and the iTunes Store. You can also view your library and playlists side-by-side, making playlist creation that much easier.

A new look: The flatter, more minimalist design -- in line with Yosemite and iOS 8 -- will already look familiar to iPad and iPhone users. You'll notice this most in the iTunes Store, which now looks an awful lot like the App Store.

Improved podcast setup: The default left-panel view displays your subscriptions and lets you launch both unplayed and saved episodes. With My Stations, you can organize podcasts thematically. After you're through listening to a podcast, the auto-delete feature helps you regain precious hard drive space.


Too many media: Apple could stand to split off Podcasts, Audiobooks, Movies, TV Shows, Tones, Internet Radio, and/or iTunes U into standalone apps, as it has done with the App Store and iBooks.

Device limit: To access your iTunes account on any given device, you have to authorize that device. Unfortunately, you are still limited to only five authorized devices for any single account at the same time. While you can deauthorize devices in favor of others, this can get tedious.

No on-demand streaming: While we appreciate iTunes Radio, which allows you to create your own Pandora-style radio stations, we'd also enjoy an on-demand streaming option like Spotify.

Bottom Line

iTunes is still the gold standard for downloading and managing your digital music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and other media. iTunes 12 has a more modern interface, a few usability upgrades, and a great new feature called Family Sharing. Without an on-demand streaming option, though, it's unlikely that users who've already migrated to services like Spotify will be quick to return. But Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Music may mean that iTunes won't lack a companion music subscription service for long.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Apple
Publisher web site
Release Date March 28, 2017
Date Added March 28, 2017
Version 12.6
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
Total Downloads 1,616,672
Downloads Last Week 53
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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