Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 1735 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.4
  • Total Downloads:
    15,183,606
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 20, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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

"I do not like it."

August 22, 2011  |  By terradelfuego

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

iTunes is a pretty balloon full of air.

Cons

Where do I begin with? I basically lost track of where my songs are saved to, which songs are there, and which songs are scheduled for deletion.

Summary

I can see I am by far not the only one with such an impression about iTunes and not the first one to resort to Copytrans Manager as an alternative to iTunes. I currently find the CT manager a safe-heaven; a non-iTunes territory which helps me manage and add whatever I want to my device rather than helping me destroy its contents.

Apple keeps producing this complicated piece of Big-Brother software which instead of being designed to helping me enjoy music, looks for a way to delete my tracks. In the best-case scenario, iTunes will kindly inform me before it wipes off my iPhone, of course. Why do I, everyday, have to face the choice of whether or not to plug in my iPhone because of fear of deletion???

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1 stars

"Apple is a piece of she###. Don't waste your time."

August 21, 2011  |  By nando2u2

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

I did not found any

Cons

To complicated, The authorize and Deauthorize .it doen't sync my apps,

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3 stars

"steps It require more work to make staight forward"

August 20, 2011  |  By shokrimy1

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

easy and practicaity shoud be your targetl

Cons

this procedure required to be more straight fowrwared

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4 stars

"never used yet"

August 20, 2011  |  By abryanjr

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

never used yet

Cons

never used yet

Summary

never used yet

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1 stars

"Unimpressive"

August 18, 2011  |  By NurseBC

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

-Good place to store, buy,use media, books, apps
-used to be reliable and good, was never superb
-I have no pros because we're held captive by Apple

Cons

-Synching of my iPad,iPhone,iPod-poor
-v10.4- full of bugs-I've had to restore all 3 devices, uninstall iTunes and reinstall 3 times since this new version was released
-iTunes needs "major overhaul"-fix it!!

Summary

I love my 3 Apple devices but iTunes is milking a lot of money out of we consumers and after 8 years of iTunes,we deserve and expect software we've paid for to work and work reliably. Use of the program at best is slow, unwieldy and a nuisance of late.

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1 stars

"not for me - Bulky, complicated, and restrictive"

August 18, 2011  |  By dj-robem

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

Has the looks and it appears as if it will manage your device in the right way. However...

Cons

Takes up too much space on computer; loads slowly; took an enormous amount of time to get installed

Summary

the program is ready to delete data off my iPhone at any time. I have had enough of this. I have moved to copytrans manager - a lightweight, straight-to-the-point (no mystery - does what you want it to do) quick and easy alternative to iTunes.

There, you had it Apple!

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4 stars

"I love This"

August 09, 2011  |  By Uthpala2011

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

Easy manageable music system.

Cons

Apple try to give new services rather than new features along with iTunes all the time. When it comes to the skin. they never changed it. Awful...

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1 stars

"Amazing! It will not allow the Sync of ipod or iphone."

August 06, 2011  |  By stuckindos

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

It is uninstallable. Hey it even came with its Uninstaller.

Cons

1.Syncing 2. Will not connect to iTunes store. 3. No Longer has backup to disc feature. 4. No longer has burn to disc feature.

Summary

I have always been a fan of iTunes but for the first time since its creation I am moving to the alternatives.

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1 stars

"What Happened -- Apple Became Oracle?"

August 01, 2011  |  By cscottrun4it

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

Not sure, let me see, hmm... well, none, really. Oh, yeah, you have to have iTunes to sync Apple apps to your iWhatever. When iTunes works, iHappy, but mostly, I am not so happy with iTunes. I am really unhappy with this version, however.

Cons

Reliability is poor. Functionality is quirky. More often than not, the app doesn't connect to iTunes store . (Really someone thought this was a good idea?) Program won't shut down unless the task is killed manually.

Summary

While being a Windows guy, I have been a confirmed user of iTunes for the past 7 years. Not so much anymore. Syncing iPods and my daughter's iPad has been quirky over the past three versions. The memory footprint of the application gets bigger and bigger but the functionality doesn't seem to change. I have a large music library and iTunes seems to have real performance issues managing it. The app is slow at just about everything compared to other media players.

So why bother? The only reason I will be forced to continue to use iTunes is the fact that my daughters both have devises that use Apple apps, and they would cry if they could not use 'em. After all, they spent their own money on the things. Now, I get to deal with Apple's poor quality control and proprietary junk.

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4 stars

"i will be trying it out, we will see. other version ok!"

July 30, 2011  |  By larryjosanchez

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 10.4

Pros

i have not yet have had a bad experience in this product, so we will see?

Cons

i can not go on what they say, is wrong with it, it might be good for my applications?

Summary

lets go for it four down and 99 yards to go!!!!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.4
Version 10.4 allows users to take advantage of the full-screen app capability and provides a number of important stability and performance improvements.
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date July 20, 2011
Date Added July 20, 2011
Version 10.4
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,183,606
Downloads Last Week 3,304
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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