Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

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4.5
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Average User Rating:
2.9
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.1
  • Total Downloads:
    15,162,128
  • Date Added:
    November 12, 2010
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,443
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Bottom line: Version 10.6 of iTunes brings a handful of enhancements to Apple's ubiquitous media software, and adds support for 1080p video.

Review:
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.

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 its 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.

As the primary tool for managing content on iOS devices, iTunes continues to make it easy to find music, apps, podcasts, videos, and more using the navigation buttons across the top. In the iTunes App Store, for example, you can view Apple's New and Noteworthy apps, Hot apps of the moment, and Staff Picks if you're looking for app ideas. The iTunes App Store also offers a number of features in the right navigation like Games of the Week, Games starter kits, most popular lists, and other rotating links for more app discovery choices. Similarly, the Podcast, Books, and Video sections all have options for content discovery making it easy to browse for new content for your iOS devices.

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 iOS device. 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.

One of the major feature additions from version 10 was 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. Ping is also built into the iTunes app, allowing users to access it on-the-go. Ping started off slow at release with only a few artists to follow, but after a few iTunes updates, Ping blossomed into full-fledged service. Ping still struggles to catch on, however, and is probably not as widely used as Apple might have hoped.

On the plus side, the recent versions of the jukebox do carry over all the great features from their predecessors. There's the iTunes LP media format, Home Sharing, Genius Mixes, and plentiful device-syncing options. The iTunes LP format treats music fans to a more immersive album experience, filled with liner notes, lyrics, interactive menus, and bonus videos. Though it seemed like a great idea when iTunes 10 first launched, relatively few artists currently have LP versions of their releases at the time of this update (iTunes 10.6).

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.

iTunes 10.6 adds the ability to play 1080p movies and TV shows from within the iTunes App Store. Apple says song matching has been improved, and iTunes has improved the way album artwork is handled, downloaded, and displayed. We haven't noticed any big differences in matching or album artwork management in our testing. The update also fixed an issue where songs were skipping when playing from iCloud.

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 added 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.

iTunes Match
Originating in version 10.5.1, iTunes Match lets you subscribe to match your current music library up with iTunes' vast music database and stores all your music in iCloud for $24.99 per year. Once subscribed, iTunes scans your library then matches up your songs with the iTunes database. Even if you have songs that aren't in the iTunes database, they will be uploaded to iCloud allowing you to download them on authorized desktop computers and your iOS devices. It's important to note, however, that Apple has implemented a hard cap of 25,000 songs for iTunes Match, so those with enormous music collections won't even be able to sign up for the service. Hopefully Apple will come up with a way to account for users with giant music collections (even if that means offering the capability to designate which songs should be matched), but it seems like a large oversight to not have some way for these users to sign up.

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. If you're willing to spend $24.99 a year, the iTunes matching service might be worth the download to get all your music available via the cloud (as long as you have 25,000 songs or fewer). 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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1 stars

""Only for high-end PCs.""

December 15, 2010  |  By tup123

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

the only thing i found good about this is the podcasts.

Cons

very slow. probably the slowest program since AVG 2010. horrible norton-like installer.
also installed quicktime for some reason as well. takes forever to convert songs.

Summary

This is just not a good Media Player. thats it. it slows down your PC, it takes up like 400 megs or so, songs cost $1.00 each! only use this if you have an ipod. i will only ever use this again if i somehow get an ipod. use mp3sale.ru. because this is a worthless piece of bloatware.

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4 stars

"Ipod/Iphones best friend"

December 11, 2010  |  By cjcotterill

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

Perfectly in sync with Ipod/Iphone's
Essential for any Apple device

Cons

Uses significant amount of recourses
Useless for anything but apple devices

Summary

First thing I looked at, the other reviews all discredit Itunes saying its worse then useless. Frankly, if I didn't have a Iphone i would tend to agree. Although, I have been using iTunes ever since I got my phone and have found it more then handy in keeping my phone in sync with my computer. The backing up of Apple devices is also brilliant which makes it simple to recover settings, e-mails and sms messages.

Bottom line is although it doesn't play movies or video files very well, it seems to play music and podcasts well and keeps playlists in sync. Exclent program for Apple devices

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3 stars

"does its job"

December 09, 2010  |  By tfarney

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

simple, intrinsic to windows

Cons

Genius is an idiot savant.
Going from easy listening to Christmas or vice versa seems really weird

Summary

Apple shows no interest in fixing this so-called "Genius" though I have asked..
"Your ipod is beyond its wearranty period" when I did not ask about the ipod.

Updated on Dec 9, 2010

I use it only on a dedicated media computer

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1 stars

"iTunes: the supreme pain in the rear!"

November 28, 2010  |  By TLComputers

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

None, zero, zilch, zed.

Cons

It's too freaking big.
Gums up and slows PCs down badly.
All of the stupid mandatory add-on software.
Demands that you update.
Demands that you use it for any Apple device.
Outrageous prices.
And people complain about MS - sheesh!
Bad privacy policy.

Summary

Even if I were the only one on the planet that despised iTunes, I would still despise it. My work is to keep PCs running smoothly, but people keep right on stupidly installing iTunes. Maybe I should be happy about that, except that I despise stupidity.

And I wish that I could mark it lower than one star.

Aaahh! Thankyouverymuch! I feel much better now.

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1 stars

"Getting Worse and getting Bigger"

November 27, 2010  |  By wildpete

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

Nothing, Doesnt Work
Had iTunes9, upgraded to iTunes 10, and then, nothing.
Doesnt launch, doesnt work what so ever.

Cons

Tried EVERY trouble shooting steps, completely cleaned all files when uninstalling to retry a clean install and still doesnt work. Tried calling apple about it, they sent me the links to troubleshoot, cause thats gonna help

Summary

Summary
After asking Apple for help, they sent me to a fee based section for support. So now Im gonna have to pay for your upgrade problems? I followed every troubleshooting advice you gave, and still nothing, I shouldnt have to pay for that.
Its over for me with Apple products. its bloated, its complicated, and navigating support at Apple is like trying to get assistance at a government office. They are definately NOT going in the right direction.

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1 stars

"terrible complicated software"

November 22, 2010  |  By bartonbunch

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

I like nothing about this product at this time

Cons

not only is itunes difficult to use, when trying to download itunes, it has caused many problems on both of my computers, which I can not use at this time and then you want me to pay for you to fix your mistakes

Summary

Firstly itunes is difficult to use? why can I not just drag and drop the music I want on my ipod? An upgrade was sent out and now Bonjour and quicktime are giving me the error message "feature you are trying to use is not on a network resource that is unavailable" so now itunes, Bonjour and quicktime are of different versions and cannot or will not work together nor will they let me unistall them so I could start all over If I had my way I would get rid of my ipod because I have had nothing but problems with itunes since my wife bought it for me. Also with itunes why can I not edit the title or type of album, for some reason itunes seperated different songs from one Album into many albums with 2 or three songs each, And then when I call for assistance to get itunes working again you want me to pay for your mistakes why should I pay for you to fixs your problem what you are really forceing me to do is buy a differant mp3 player that would use windows media player with which I have used for years and had no problems. So far I have owned an ipod for 3 months and it has given me nothing but problems and frustration I was excited when I first got it and now I know why most of my freinds do not like it at all. I whish you would support your substandard product 3 months old and bad sftware and you want me to pay for the privilage of getting it fixed I think not This is the worst customer service I have ever seen Whenever anything went wrong with my mp3 player that used windows media player they fixed the problem quickly and without cost

Sincerley, Brad Barton 604-467-8687

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1 stars

"cannot install ipod 160g with itunes 10.1"

November 20, 2010  |  By laie003

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

dont know at this time

Cons

problem installing ipod 160g

Summary

cannot install ipod new ipod. will not recognize driver, ipod shows up in other devices. trying to find itunes 9 to install instead

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1 stars

"This product is s#!t"

November 19, 2010  |  By AU4U

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

The biggest piece of BLOATWARE you can install to your PC.

Cons

NO clean uninstall, files left over in all sorts of places.
Changes your Power Settings in your laptop, keeps you running all the time and hooked up to the net.
RESOURCE HOG!

Summary

I would NEVER install something like this, other than the fact my GF has an IPOD.
PLEASE,someone come up with a simple drag and drop app that is lite on resources.
Next step is to break/trash/loose the IPOD and get her a MP3/MPEG4 player.

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1 stars

"Keeps getting worse"

November 18, 2010  |  By chuppg

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.1

Pros

Still thinking....

Cons

Can't drag drag and drop on multiple computers. Can't play lossless file types. Can't use device as a hard drive. Options that you would expect to find are no longer there. Can't keep older versions and update my phone.

Summary

Someone needs to make an itunes replacement application.

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What's new in version 10.1
  • iTunes Ping: Discover new music by going social with Ping. Learn even more about your favorite artists and friends starting with their bios. See what they've been up to--even listen to 30-second previews of music they like. Find out when and where artists and bands are on tour, and check out photos and videos they've posted. With Ping, a community of the world's most passionate music fans is just a click away.
  • A la carte television: Watch what you want, when you want, without commercial interruptions, and in HD. iTunes 10 features thousands of your favorite commercial-free HD episodes available to rent for just 99 cents each. Watch TV rentals on your iPhone or iPod touch, iPad, the all-new Apple TV, or Mac or PC.1 You have 30 days from the moment you rent an episode to start watching, and 48 hours to finish it.
  • AirPlay: Tunes 10 and AirPlay make it simple to play your favorite music in any room or everywhere in your house. Without a hitch. AirPlay wireless technology will be arriving inside speakers, AV receivers, and iPod accessories--making it possible to enjoy your entire iTunes Library--every song and every playlist--in every room.
  • Apple TV: The sleek new Apple TV has been completely retuned for your entertainment. It's 80 percent smaller than the previous generation. Which makes is perfect for sitting neatly on a widescreen TV stand or squeezing into a crowded media cabinet. But don't let its size fool you. Apple TV now gives you the world's largest selection of HD movies and HD TV shows on demand.
  • Improved syncing: iTunes gives you even better ways to sync your media from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. There's a new capacity bar that tells you exactly how much space you have left on your device in real time. And it's even easier to organize all your apps on all your devices because you do it right in iTunes. Shop the App Store on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Then connect to your Mac or PC and go to your iTunes library to arrange (and rearrange) your apps and add or delete Home screens that sync back to your devices automatically.
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date November 12, 2010
Date Added November 12, 2010
Version 10.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,162,128
Downloads Last Week 1,443
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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