Editors' reviewAlthough iTunes has always been one of the best pieces of jukebox software available, the company continues to improve upon a great thing with version 5.0. The first major change that experienced iTunes users will notice is the revamped interface; the famous, brushed-metal look is gone, but the new look is even snazzier than before. That said, all the features we've loved from past versions are still intact, including seamless iPod integration, smart playlists, CD burning, label printing, the ability to rip files in multiple formats (except WMA), network sharing, and of course, the enormously successful iTunes Music Store. Integrated Podcasts, iTunes's last major innovation, are still in the house, as are a few new and notable features. Parents will appreciate the control tools that allow them to disable access to podcasts and the Music Store, as well as prevent kids from purchasing explicit songs. And all users will benefit from the new Smart Shuffle feature, which gives greater control over random play. Whether you're already among the converted or have yet to try this top-notch player, iTunes 5 should find a home on any music lover's computer.
iTunes, the award-winning digital-jukebox software, is now available for Mac and Windows. The iTunes Music Store offers Windows users the same online music store as Mac users, with the same music catalog, the same personal-use rights, and the same 99-cents-per-song pricing. With music from all five major music companies and more than 600 independent labels, the iTunes Music Store catalog now offers more than 1,000,000 songs. Features include a free download with no hidden charges for extra features, MP3 and pristine-quality AAC-encoding from audio CDs, smart playlists, more than 250 free Internet radio stations, and the ability to burn custom playlists to CDs and MP3 CDs, to burn content to DVDs to back up an entire music collection, and to share music via Rendezvous over any network, cross-platform.
New in this version: Enjoy a streamlined look, find stuff faster with the new Search Bar, control kids access with Parental Controls and hear more of what you love with Smart Shuffle.