iTunes

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 1730 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
September 09, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
15,143,655
Downloads Last Week:
5,136
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista

Editors' review

Apple's iTunes is the 800-pound gorilla in the music and video jukebox world. The industry standard for more than five years, it has remained the trend-setter because of its connection to Apple's iPods and iPhone. This latest version sports one major new feature and several smaller ones.

In addition to the left sidebar, which was cleaned up in version 7, there's now an optional sidebar on the right. Called the Genius Bar, if you have an iTunes Store account it will offer up song and album recommendations for purchase. The Genius Bar, however, is only a derivative of the Genius Playlist, and that's the real biggie of version 8. To activate the playlist, hit the atomic symbol on the bottom right of the iTunes window while you're playing a song. The Genius algorithm will then create a playlist from the music already existing in your collection, made up of songs that it thinks have some connection to the first track. Since it's not limited solely by genre or other criteria, it can come up with some interesting choices.

Just as version 7 introduced the Cover Flow view, this update sees the introduction of a new art-based Grid view that can be used to look at your collection sorted by artist or album. Mouse over the art to reveal a play-it-now link. Other new features include a new visualization scheme called Magnetosphere, based on the iTunes plug-in of the same name, support for HD video, and the return of NBC to the iTunes Store.

For those unfamiliar with iTunes' base features, it makes video and music playback virtually identical. The iTunes Store replicates this experience, although be warned: it costs more to buy tracks that are DRM-free. Synchronization with iPods can be set to automatic or manual, and right-clicking a video clip lets you render it iPod-compatible. There are also smart playlists, CD burning, label printing, the ability to rip files in multiple formats except WMA, and network sharing. Rounding out the feature set are parental controls, integrated podcasts, and a smart-shuffle option. iTunes is sometimes clunky on Windows, and can cause significant processor slowdowns. Still, it remains a top-notch player and iTunes 8 should find a home on any media junkie's computer.

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  • All Versions:

    2.9

    out of 1730 votes

    • 5 star: 440
    • 4 star: 293
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 219
    • 1 star: 580
  • Current Version:

    1.9

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 1 stars

    "UN-INSTALLED because OVER-CONTROLLING !!"

    September 23, 2014   |   By rocminister

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.4.0.18

    Pros

    > Simple and Clean Interface.

    Cons

    > When I Installed and started searching for Music it started Loading all kinds of Music that wasnt on my Computer??
    > So I stopped the Search and tried to manually Load MY MUSIC !! But alas there was no way to do that. They have removed "Add Folder to Library" option. They have removed "Consolidate Folders" from advanced menu. So I changed the address of the Itunes Music Folder to the Folder that holds all my music. But New Itunes would not recognize or LOAD ANY OF MY MUSIC !! ;(
    > SO ITUNES IS TRYING TO CONTROL MY COMPUTER AND MUSIC FOLDERS. I t gives me no option to CHOOSE what music I want on Itunes and even tries to Force Unwanted Music on me ;(
    > That is why I am UNINSTALLING and going back to a Previous Version :(

    Summary

    > Simple and Clean but OVER CONTROLLING !! No way to choose what Music I want on my Itunes !!
    > Needs to put "Add Folder to Library" option back in menu so we can CHOOSE what music and files we want included in our Itunes.

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  • 1 stars

    "A bloated and outdated piece of software"

    September 20, 2014   |   By pixelriffic

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.4.0.18

    Pros

    It's free.

    Cons

    Bloated, slow and unintuitive. An outdated and awkward interface. No FLAC support.

    Summary

    While I am a PC user on the desktop, I own both an iPhone and an iPad, and am huge fans of these devices. They have yet to be equaled in my opinion. iTunes shares the same distinction, but in the other direction. It was a good day when it became possible to manage IOS devices without using iTunes. I dislike it so much, I was anxious to avoid it completely.

    As for a music manager, there are several free tools to load music and media on the phone from your computer. Several are free, and all are easier to use, and have a superior interface.

    Clearly, the same attention to design that went into the iPhone, was not spent on iTunes.

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