Apple iTunes for Mac

Apple iTunes for Mac

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5
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Average User Rating:
3.1
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,447,773
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 2010
  • File Size:
    212.13MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,443
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Note:

Editors' Review

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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 10 of iTunes brings a handful of enhancements to Apple's ubiquitous media software, though notably absent is a much-anticipated cloud music service follow-up to LaLa. By far the biggest change to the jukebox is the addition of a social functionality called Ping.

Interface

The look and layout of iTunes 10 is essentially identical to that of iTunes 9, with just a couple of noticeable differences. The first is that Apple has updated to logo for iTunes. Rather than the old-school music note-over-CD icon, you'll see a much more applike image. Still, the company hasn't figured out how to more broadly represent the jukebox's multimedia functionality: there's still just a music note.

There's also been a slight change to the source menu that runs as a column down the left side. The bright blue icons representing the various submenus have been changed to gray--an odd change in our eyes as it makes them stand out even less, which doesn't make a ton of sense for menu options. That said, they still offer 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.

Once you're in the iTunes 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 attractively arranged and allows you to launch music and video previews directly, without jumping in and out of specific album and video listings. There's also 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. We're happy to see that Apple kept all these great enhancements from version 9.

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.

As mentioned, the major feature addition in version 10 is Ping, a social music tool akin to Microsoft's Zune Social. Ping lets you select your favorite artists to follow, and then provides updated information on new music and concerts in your area (as well as a Twitter-like feed of comments from the artists). In addition, you can connect with your friends through iTunes by sending e-mail invites or by linking to your Facebook account (theoretically, anyway--this feature wasn't live at press time). Ping is also built into the iTunes app, allowing users to access it on-the-go. However, when we tested out the new tool, the app functionality wasn't live, and the page in general was in need of some serious fleshing out-there aren't many artist profiles to follow yet. Of course, that's to be expected with a social service that's so new.

Another new feature in iTunes 10 is the ability to rent TV shows a la carte--for 99 cents apiece. Call us cheap, but this seems hideously expensive, especially considering the fact that iTunes has often offered specials in the past when you could purchase shows for 99 cents rather than $1.99. Further, we'd be surprised if there's much interest in renting a 30-minute program (which are really more like 22 minutes in most cases) at that price. Even the studios aren't thrilled with the idea: only Fox and ABC have signed on for the initial launch.

On the plus side, the latest version of the jukebox does carry over all the great features from its predecessor. There's the iTunes LP media format, Home Sharing, Genius Mixes, and plentiful 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.

On the video side, you can still expect to get 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.

Itunes also allows you to 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.

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 to manage your devices and the content to go with it.

 
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 8 votes

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    out of 233 votes

    • 5 star 67
    • 4 star 41
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4 stars

"The system now runs a lot more effectively"

October 25, 2010  |  By rickster24

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

It is a much faster program and is quite effective on my Emac

Cons

None at this time.

Summary

As i am listening to the program at this time, I have nothing more to say only that it is a much better than the old programs of past.

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4 stars

"Only one I've ever used. Has most features I need"

October 04, 2010  |  By jbug--2008

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

Easy sort and find. Interacts with peer to peer programs.

Cons

Doesn't tell me when I've filled a cd or dvd before recording.

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4 stars

"Still the best out there"

October 04, 2010  |  By srmorgan58

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

Easy to use. Genius makes interesting suggestions. Apps are amazing.

Cons

None to speak of.

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5 stars

"Very good product."

October 03, 2010  |  By GARRY SKURKA

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

It works much smarter

Cons

No cons whatsoever.

Summary

Find this product easier to user. Very user friendly.

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3 stars

"iTunes is the Ford Falcon of jukeboxes."

October 03, 2010  |  By ccllyyddee

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

iTunes is easy to use for importing and playing and offers sufficient formats with which to store data. It is well integrated with OSX. It's interface is simple enough visually. It does not suffer from feature overload and rarely founders and sinks

Cons

Too much screen space given over to features that I never use, such as the star ratings, ping, genius. Impossible or difficult to remove from the screen.

Summary

The preferences interfaces badly need updating. The browser and catalog listings do not have the same sequence. The album column uses too much horizontal space. The player starts spontaneously when I am using iTunes in spite of the preferences setting. There is no provision for placing music into two different genres. There is no comment section. This would be especially useful with the video and movie segments.

iTunes is all I've got and the only jukebox/media library that I am aware of. However, like the Ford Falcon, it is becoming too option overloaded, while denying basic functions. Hopefully, it won't be like some Microsoft programs and end up with more options than actual functions and become slow and subject to fainting often.

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2 stars

"Unworthy Update"

October 02, 2010  |  By dbhud

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

Two-line info in Album List view.

Cons

Addition of Ping! Amateur Icon design.

Summary

itunes 10 is a disappointment. And version 10.0.1 only extends this opinion. The forced addition of Ping to what is essentially a media cataloging and playing application is a mistake. The social networking Ping is even more obtrusive because Apple does not provide any way to eliminate the Ping icon in either the leftside folder-sidebar or to hide the popup Ping bubble that appears in the name column when a song is playing.

The application is also now much slower in operation. Instead of adding Ping, Apple should have worked on a better solution to finding Apps in the iTunes Store. If you've ever tried to find a specific App, you know the frustration of the current browsing/search methods.

Apple seems to be hell-bent on adding new features without improving or correcting problems with current parts of iTunes.

Visually, the new iTunes application icon is an amateurish piece of artwork. It is the fugliest Apple icon I've seen since the Apple User Interface was introduced.

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3 stars

"I'll be avoiding: no store/library links"

September 26, 2010  |  By burgundies

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

I'm notifying people about a problem I've found. I don't have to say what I like.

Cons

10.0.1 brings the Ping sidebar which I disablede, and Ping links, which I killed after a quick search. Even so, store/library links ? the circled arrow at the right of titles etc., which I use all the time, were gone. I've reverted to 10.0.

Summary

Unless you want the Ping sidebar, or have encountered the issues addressed by bugfixes, don't upgrade unless you're happy to lose store/library links.

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5 stars

"Best jukebox on the planet"

September 25, 2010  |  By wallstreetsucks

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.0.1

Pros

Ease of use, selection, all in one store, children friendly, great search engine.

Cons

Some artists aren't available yet, but that's a music industry/artist thing.

Summary

I'll admit, I don't look for other music stores, but there's no need to. Simply, a great app
for all your entertainment needs.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.0.1

iTunes 10.0.1 makes it easier to share your favorite music with your friends on Ping. You can now Like or Post about music right from your iTunes library. You can also easily see the recent activity of a selected artist in your library, or of all artists and friends you follow on Ping using the new Ping Sidebar.

This release also provides a number of important bug fixes, including:

  • Addresses an issue where the picture quality of a video changes depending on whether the on-screen controls are visible.
  • Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit while interacting with album artwork viewed in a separate window.
  • Fixes a problem that affects the performance of some third-party visualizers.
  • Addresses an issue where the iTunes library and playlists appear empty.
  • Resolves an issue that created an incompatibility with some third-party shared libraries.
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date September 25, 2010
Date Added September 25, 2010
Version 10.0.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 212.13MB
File Name iTunes12.0.1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,447,773
Downloads Last Week 3,443
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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