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Apple iTunes

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As one of the most popular programs for managing music and video content on a personal computer, Apple's iTunes software has become an indispensable part of our digital life. Version 9 of iTunes brings a handful of enhancements to Apple's ubiquitous media software, including an improved storefront, tools for sharing media between multiple computers, a new Genius Mixes music experience, and a more flexible system for syncing media to the iPod or iPhone.

Design
The look of iTunes 9 is a little more polished than that of iTunes 8, but the layout is basically identical. A source menu runs as a column down the left side, offering quick access to your media library, the iTunes Store, Genius features, and playlists. Once a selection is chosen in the source menu, all the relevant content spills out into the large main window, where it can be organized and sorted using an arsenal of sophisticated, spreadsheet-like options or switched into a cover-flow view that hearkens back to the days of flipping through record crates.

One feature that received a substantial overhaul is the iTunes store. Store navigation links now run horizontally across the top of the window and include drop-down menus to quickly drill down into specific sections, such as Jazz. Front page content is more attractively arranged and allows you to launch music and video previews directly, without jumping in and out of specific album and video listings. Another welcome design change seen throughout the iTunes store is an option menu next to every purchase button, allowing you to copy the item's URL, add to your Wish List, gift the purchase, or share the link on Facebook or Twitter.

Features
What started out as a basic jukebox program for ripping and burning CDs and transferring music to your iPod has evolved over the years into a multimedia behemoth capable of handling everything from HD-movie rentals to syncing appointments with your iPhone. In spite of all the bells and whistles that have been tacked-on to iTunes over the years, at its core, iTunes still remains an excellent tool for managing your music and video collections.

Several new features have been introduced in iTunes 9, including a new iTunes LP media format, Home Sharing, Genius Mixes, and new device-syncing options. As a throwback to a bygone era when people purchased and revered full-length albums, the iTunes LP format treats music fans to an immersive album experience, filled with liner notes, lyrics, interactive menus, and bonus videos. Like any album or single purchased using iTunes, the songs included with an iTunes LP are delivered as DRM-free AAC music files that can be transferred to any iPod, iPhone, or AAC-compatible device. All of the extra stuff included with an iTunes LP--the special menus, photos, videos, and interactive elements--are only available to view directly on your computer. In spite of its limitations, the iTunes LP format should find a home with music fans looking for a richer album experience from their favorite bands.

Apple is taking a similar approach with video, adding the sort of bonus material and extras found on DVDs to many of the popular movies and TV shows available through iTunes. The format is called iTunes Extras, but just like iTunes LP, none of the added material or special menus can be transferred to an iPod or iPhone.

Apple's Genius feature, added in iTunes 8, harnesses Apple's vast collection of iTunes song data to give you educated recommendations when it comes to what music or videos may interest you based on the media you already have. The same data can also be used to create instant 25-song Genius Playlists, built around any song in your library. In iTunes 9, Apple adds another use for its Genius song recommendations called Genius Mixes. To minimize the amount of time it takes to launch iTunes and start listening to great music, Genius Mixes are automatic mixes of music from your library based around a common genre, such as Rock, Classical, Pop, or Jazz. The effect is similar to switching on a good radio station, surrendering song selection over to Apple's Genius technology, and trusting it not to mix your Zappa songs with Ella Fitzgerald.

Of all the new features included in iTunes 9, the most practical by far is Home Sharing. Up until now, multiple computers on a common network could use iTunes to stream content between computers, but were prevented from actually copying files back and forth. In iTunes 9, you can now bless locally networked computers with Home Sharing privileges, allowing unrestricted access to their music, videos, podcasts, apps, and playlists, which can be copied between computers directly within iTunes. It's a great feature for families or any multicomputer household, and can even be set up to transfer any new iTunes store purchases between all of your computers automatically. Of course, content added to your library using means other than the iTunes store (heaven forbid) is excluded from automatic updates, but can still be transferred manually through Home Sharing.

Finally, anyone with an iPod or iPhone will enjoy the extra syncing options available in iTunes 9. With your iPod or iPhone connected to your computer, the iTunes device summary window now includes a dedicated tab for iTunes U academic content (formerly lumped in with podcasts), and the syncing options for music, videos, photos, and podcasts, now offer more control over what media you want to transfer. For example, in the music tab, you now have options for syncing the specific artists, playlists, and genres you care about, and a check box for filling up any leftover space with random selections. iPhone and iPod Touch owners will be happy to see an improved Apps tab where you can arrange and customize the selection of apps that get synced to your device.

Worth the download?
Updating iTunes is about as inevitable as death and taxes. Try and resist, and some iPod or iPhone update will come along and twist your arm into updating anyhow. And while Apple hasn't done much to lighten the load of the iTunes installation package (or the bundled Quicktime install that comes with it), it's hard to complain when the program is free and offers such an impressive range of features. So yes, it's worth downloading--if for no other reason than the excellent new Home Sharing feature. Visit CNET's Download.com for the latest version of iTunes 9 (Mac or Windows).

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  • 2.0 stars

    "worse software from apple"

    April 27, 2010  |   By king_202

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    download music ,app ,movies from iTunes store

    Cons

    very slow ,hard to install ,apple is not fixing those errors

    Summary

    stupid media player i only use for to download app and music

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  • 1.0 stars

    "wish i could rate under 1 star, has virus qualities"

    April 27, 2010  |   By mrschaa

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    Well it is free

    Cons

    Acts like a virus, sucks at organizing, kind of a piece of junk.

    Summary

    I am not saying that i love another audio player but this thing refuses to let you completely uninstall, it always boots with your system, even if you msconfig it, acts like a virus. I hate it, and it sucks at importing music and is not compatible with anything but apple. thanks you stuck up jerks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You guys are crazy, itunes is great"

    April 26, 2010  |   By alukecarter

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    Easy to use, loads quickly for me.

    Cons

    Just a couple times mmy ipod wouldnt sync but i got it all worked out

    Summary

    a lot of the reviews say it is slow, i beg to differ. my computer has 1 gig of ram, 5200 rpm hard drive and windows xp. itunes will come up in just a couple seconds for me, and yes i have the latest version.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Won't read ipod since this version installed"

    April 23, 2010  |   By pepper1962

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    Nothing. I hate to say that but I can't think of a single thing.

    Cons

    I can't use the new version to sync my iPod Touch since it can't "read" the iPod anymore. No problems with the old version but this has been a disaster.

    Summary

    I wish I could avoid this programs and the five other ones it forces you to download. I love the iPod and can't believe this is the best software Apple could come up with to manage that great product.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very Slow Sync/Backup time - Caution!"

    April 21, 2010  |   By oldfriendofthehighway

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    No other issues as far as I know, works ok in general..........as compared to previous versions

    Cons

    Very Slow Sync/Backup time. Evidently Apple does not have a fix nor comment on the problem and the time and hassle troubleshooting is effecting a lot of customers. Looking for a previous version to install.

    Summary

    Suggest to wait to install/upgrade iTunes v. 9.1.0.79 until apple support fixes issue.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "9.1.0.79 causes sync probs in daylight saving zones"

    April 20, 2010  |   By Laneyxxx

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    Nothing I need that 9.0 didn't already have

    Cons

    iPhone sync with outlook either direct or using MobileMe has screwed daylight saving settings - Fall back to version 9.0.3.15 has no issues.

    Summary

    Its not the product per se, its Apple themselves not admitting there is a problem and not reporting that there may be an issue with their sofware. If it was acnowledged and an update to what they are doing about it was published I'd feel happier. Basically appointments synced via iTunes now show a discrepancy of +1 hour for meetings, or the day before for all day appointments. This is when synced either using itunes 9.1.0.79 with or without MobileMe. There is no sync problem when using the older versions although I cannot now find a 9.0 compatible version of MobileMe as this was auto upgraded at the same time.
    I now have to manually sync which is a pain rather than use MobileMe which I have paid good money for.
    Any other company would have admitted there is a problem and issued uodates as to what was being done. There are many business users who rely on calendars being correct on company iPhones and personal computers and manual syncing is not possible if the staff are on business trips.
    Some forums have suggested using Google calenar to sync but this is far from satisfactory as not all appointments get synced from Outlook to Google and hence never make it to the iPhone.
    Come on Apple please let us know what is being done to resolve this or at the very least allow us to install an older version of iTunes and MobileMe from your site so we can all at least fall back to working normally until the issue is resolved.

    If not, we will be returning a load of iPhones and going to blackberries instead of looking forward to a bulk purchase of 4G and iPads this summer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worse media player in the world"

    April 19, 2010  |   By h3ter

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    hahaha, none!

    Cons

    where to start...for starters it's a memory hog. It takes forever to load. It's always updating something. Genius is not genius.

    Summary

    Mediamonkey does a better job than this program..any day of the week.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful system. Very easy to use, great sound"

    April 19, 2010  |   By Michael Texeira

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    It's fun & easy to use

    Cons

    Very Difficult to install. Tech support was wonderful, pointed me to a program that resolved to problem I was having

    Summary

    It is simply very cool, clear pictures, nice size screen, great sound, very easy to use.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I'm not an IiTunes groupy."

    April 18, 2010  |   By ChezLaRue

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    I guess if you live by your iPod, IPhone or iPad you like iTunes.

    Cons

    I don't use Apple products so I prefer other music coordination and player software. I also don't purchase tunes to any great extent. I don't object to Apple's products, I just don't use them.

    Summary

    If you are in love with your iPod, I guess this is a great free software product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's a necessary evil, and it's a mess. Seriously."

    April 14, 2010  |   By eezee_cnet

    Version: Apple iTunes 9.1.0.79

    Pros

    The GUI is well designed. You'll immediately know what to click or choose.

    Cons

    It's slow. You cannot manage an iPod Touch without it, which makes it a mandatory install. Comes with a bunch of other crappy software my system never needed before, but is also mandatory to install. That grey brushed skin is getting really old.

    Summary

    The iPod Touch is a wonderful piece of hardware. A very, very nice piece of equipment. A joy to use and play around with,

    And then there's iTunes, almost ruining the whole experience. The contrast between the hardware and this piece of software, could not be bigger.
    Wow. It's slow. It's buggy. And it looks like abandonware on a Vista Windows machine because of it's brushed grey metal theme of yesteryear. After years of happily living without iTunes (tried it in the early days as a mediaplayer/organizer and really disliked it) AND apple quicktime, I'm forced to get reacquainted with this part of the apple world because it's all mandatory for managing an iPod Touch on a Windows machine.

    Installing iTunes felt like opening a can of worms or accepting a classic gift from some friendly looking Trojans. I had hoped I would just install iTunes, but noooo. This is what a single program called iTunes is 'giving' you on a Windows machine:
    - 'Bonjour' service is installed (unnecessary)
    - Apple Quicktime is installed (do NOT want, but mandatory)
    - Apple Software Update is installed (do not want)
    - Apple Mobile Device Support is installed (do not want)
    - Two driver packages for the price of one: 1. Apple Network adapters (already got some, thanks, so; don't do that!). 2. Apple Inc. Universal Serial Bus-controllers (unnecessary, don't DO THAT!!).

    And do not get me started on all kinds of services that'll be up & running (with full system privileges) and start-up entries...

    Most of it is actually totally unnecessary. Really. I've used and managed many portable mediaplayers with just Windows explorer or Nautilus, depending on a Vista or Ubuntu boot.

    I can understand one would need an additional program to buy, download and install something from the apple store to your iPod, but the apple 'solution' is what you'll get, unfortunately.

    Apart from the total and epic failure of iTunes actually recognizing the iPod Touch after a successful installation and NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITH IT, and ending up with another piece of (free) third party software to at least get some music on the iPod Touch, it's simply and truly a horror to be actually needing this program that comes with a bundle of unnecessary bloatware of epic proportions. It feels like a defeat to be using this software. Not a joy. Not a joy at all.

    In comparison, iTunes makes Nokia's Ovi suite or Logitech's Setpoint examples of high quality software (which they are not, BTW).

    Just give me a simple, elegant method to manage an iPod Touch, something that actually adds to the experience of using the iPod. But not this. Please, not this.

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