Although 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 brushed-metal look is gone, but it's 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 both Mac and Windows. The iTunes Music Store offers Windows users the same online music store that Mac users love, with the same music catalog, the same personal-use rights, and the same pricing of 99 cents per song. With music from all five major music companies and more than 200 independent labels, the iTunes Music Store catalog now offers more than 700,000 songs. iTunes includes great features that make it the best digital-jukebox software for the Mac--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 iTunes 5.0: a streamlined design and new features make iTunes even easier to use, and with the new search bar you can find stuff quickly and further refine your search. Parental Controls limit kids access in iTunes, Playlist Folders organize all your playlists into folders, Smart Shuffle adjusts random playback to hear what you want, and you can sync Outlook and Outlook Express contacts and calendars to your iPod.