iTunes

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5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 1735 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8
  • Total Downloads:
    15,183,606
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 09, 2008
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    1.9

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1 stars

"Is "NOT WORKING" a helpful statement?"

October 04, 2008  |  By leonagai

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

I really like iTunes, but v8 is making me consider other options. It would keep my files all neat with the song name and all that stuff. But now...

Cons

Maybe it's something I did, or maybe it doesn't work all on its own. Whatever the reason, it doesn't load. Fortunately I haven't gotten the infamous Blue Screen of Death. The only reason I keep trying is because of my iPod.

Summary

It used to be my favorite... when it worked. But now, it doesn't load. Well, according to my taskmgr it IS loaded... Anyway, the only reason I keep trying is because of my iPod, but if find another software that lets me manage it, goodbye iTunes!!!

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5 stars

"5035909015"

September 27, 2008  |  By angel090778

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

music or radio

Cons

nothingim a first time person new to this

Summary

first time on this

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1 stars

"Horrible, absolutely horrible."

September 25, 2008  |  By 13chilipeppers

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

Genius is a good idea, too bad I can't really use it because iTunes freezes and take forever to load.

Cons

Everything, simply everything.

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2 stars

"Crappy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

September 11, 2008  |  By Sasmaniac

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

A sleek design

Cons

Itunes 7 is still better. mThis one just f*cks up everything!!!

Summary

Don't get it, waist of time.

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1 stars

"COMPLETE GARBAGE!!!!"

September 11, 2008  |  By tnigdelian

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

i dont like anything about this product.

Cons

I can't listen to my playlist normally and i have to keep switching to the next album or next artist. this genius crap is all BS. and a waste of time.

Summary

bottom line- I WANT MY OLD ITUNES VERSION, AND I CAN'T DOWNLOAD IT FROM ANYWHERE. ITUNES 8 IS TOTAL GARBAGE.

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1 stars

"crashes Vistat!!! See some reviews that confirm this."

September 11, 2008  |  By leez33

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

when it crashes a Windows computer there is no pro.

Cons

according to ZDnet review it is the new drivers that create the Black Screen of Darkness. Whatever it is, had to do a restore pre itunes8 to get computer working again

Summary

don't download if using Vista

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1 stars

"absolute crap"

September 11, 2008  |  By samuraisushimonster

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

there are no pros

Cons

way slower to start than itunes 7 (i didn't even think that it was going to open untill it opened a minute later) and all my mpeg 4 are set to open with quick time not gom player. I dont like programs that do things without my permission.

Summary

Stick with the old version there is no reason to downgrade to itunes 8.

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1 stars

"Downside of Ipod"

September 11, 2008  |  By zwolf4444

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

Only program capable of managing iPhones.

Cons

Slow, buggy, requires frequent updates, resource, hog, moves your music around, can only get album art if media info is exactly correct.

Summary

If you have an iPhone, you don't have a choice. If you do, Windows Media Player is, ironically, far superior, easier to use, and faster.

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1 stars

"Newer fancier interface, but don't like it."

September 10, 2008  |  By smoothintunes

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

There are probably some, but I haven't found them yet.

Cons

A few, below...

Summary

Don't have the option to view main library without the album artwork. Don't have the option to view playlists with album artwork in a list. Only with the new grid mode, which I don't like, and in cover flow mode. Also there is no longer an option to view your library without the links to the iTunes store appearing everywhere. And I don't seem to be able to go back to iTunes 7. Argh.

Updated on Sep 10, 2008

Also don't really like how when scrolling through my albums in list mode, there's a delay for the album artwork to appear. Blank for half a second and then it appears. It's just annoying somehow. iTunes 7 didn't do it, seems to be something with 8. Newer optimized computer too.

Updated on Sep 11, 2008

I wish I could just delete this review. It seems as if you can hide or make appear the album artwork in list mode. I was mistaken. I thought this review would appear amongst hundreds as there were 998 star ratings and it was not saving my star rating unless I filled out the required fields (being the review.) My apologies for a poorly written review. iTunes is pretty decent.

CNET, please add a "delete review" option!! (or IF it is there somewhere, make it easier to find!!???)

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3 stars

"GENIUS? Ha! The main GENIUS, as usual, is MARKETING."

September 10, 2008  |  By JPR21947

 |  Version: iTunes 8

Pros

Actually, it's not all that bad. It installed smoothly on my overloaded HP Windows XP SP3 sytem (notebook). I don't have an IPod (I'm a Zune partisan). The Genius Playlist Generator is a novel toy. The visualizer is tired, but still welcome.

Cons

Genius Sidebar is just one more annoying example of how ITunes continues to dominate (and always will) in the smart marketing sweepstakes. Of course, I don't have to turn this sidebar on, now, do I?

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What's new in version 8

Version 8 adds genius playlists, a tile view, and HD TV-show support.

General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date September 09, 2008
Date Added September 09, 2008
Version 8
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista
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Total Downloads 15,183,606
Downloads Last Week 3,304
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Price Free

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