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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.

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.

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.

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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"PURE GARBAGE!!! Anyone from itunes read these reviews?"

December 11, 2012  |  By Marctbo

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 11



I needed to enter a minimum of 10 characters...here you go!!! This is just as stupid as the new version!!!

UNBELEIVABLE...I had to remove characters from the One-line summary...no more than 55 characters...you guys really know how **** people off with your garbage!!!


I don't know where to go or what to do! This is so confusing! I can't find or do anything I use to do! What idiot designed this garbage which is nothing like it use to be!!!


Give me back the old version...this sucks!!!

Updated on Dec 11, 2012

After using it for a while, it's not bad, but it's still more work and a little confusing from the old version. It takes longer to do what I used to do all the time with all my gadgets! I have to click many times before I actually find what I'm looking for or need to do! This will take a while to get use to!

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1 stars

"Worst iTunes yet"

December 08, 2012  |  By 45nnn45

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 11


still plays music


Absolutely atrocious design. Counter-intuitive in every way. No ease of use at all. I don't even know where to start. Song that is playing is not displayed in the library as it has been in every other version. Album art can't be shut off or if it can be it's extremely difficult to figure out how, clumsy interface as a result, albums get separated, generally crap.


There had to have been such an amazing cascade of ignorance in the iTunes department to have allowed this to happen I don't even know where to start. How about "If it ain't broke don't fix it" for starters? There was very little wrong with the design of the last version if anything at all. That says to me that someone decided to arbitrarily change the design for no good reason. Then, they must have given their design team instructions that amounted to something along the lines of "Just change everything, start from a blank slate and change anything you want. Just make it frustratingly different from the way it currently is and show no sentimentality for little details like any of the stuff people like because it makes sense." There had to have been a couple designs on the table and I shudder to think what must have been some of the other options for them to have chosen this turd. If they know what's good for them they'll revert back to what they had and make IMPROVEMENTS instead of what they've done here. Add a couple features. Baby steps? I dunno. Anything is better than this ridiculous unusable thing they've produced. Don't they know there are other players that are now more functional than this mess? They've done to iTunes what George Lucas did to Star Wars.

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1 stars

"itunes sucks"

December 06, 2012  |  By dpinck1

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 11


-unknow pros


-you don't have control over your own albums
-songs will seperate from 1 album and create multiple albums
-it just sucks


I just bought a ipod touch and really want to take it back.

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"Worst iTunes yet"

December 04, 2012  |  By dhinge

 |  Version: Apple iTunes 11


It looks pretty.


Can't view Library, Playlists, or Devices together on the left anymore; have to click the tabs at the top. The font size has been increases in a major way, allowing less information per view (lots more scrolling). Keeps wanting to push me to the store. More difficult to manage my library and iPods.


Really disappointed in this. iTunes has been improving more and more and this is a drastic downgrade; reminds me of Motorola's cumbersome synching interface for phones. Steve Jobs should come back from the dead.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 11
  • Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows.
  • A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a cleaner look.
  • Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library.
  • Up Next. It's now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place.
  • New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space.
  • Improved search. It's never been easier to find what you're looking for.
  • Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show.
  • General
    Publisher Apple
    Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
    Release Date November 29, 2012
    Date Added November 29, 2012
    Version 11
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Music Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name External File
    Total Downloads 15,298,199
    Downloads Last Week 2,957
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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