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iTunes for Mac

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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 8 should find a home on any media junkie's computer.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 230 votes

    • 5 star: 67
    • 4 star: 41
    • 3 star: 32
    • 2 star: 26
    • 1 star: 64
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3.0 stars

    "On the whole, I am disappointed"

    October 8, 2008  |   By LLLyra

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    The view showing the album covers.

    Cons

    The option of NOT automatically creating songs with track numbers has unaccountably disappeared!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like it."

    September 20, 2008  |   By MkyMous64

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    it's easy to use.

    Cons

    There really isn't anything I don't like about it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Apple ... good. Genius ... not so much"

    September 17, 2008  |   By davidmcbee

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    Love album artwork and navigation and search features. Does pretty much everything you need a good media player to do.

    Cons

    Okay, seriously Apple, what were you thinking? This Genius feature stinks! How do Twisted Sister and Dexy's Midnight Runners end up in the same playlist? Sure I used to listen to them both when I had a mullet... Take a cue from PANDORA. They get it.

    Summary

    When they get the Genius feature figured out, this will be the end all of players. Give us the choice to "grow" the playlist, rather than basing the whole thing on one song. Even if we could seed the list with a few songs that would help. Twisted Sister, Scorpions, Ratt... then maybe you'd get an idea what I'm looking for. Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood - cool country, get it?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "some update???"

    September 17, 2008  |   By taranakicowboy

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    not much!!!!!!!

    Cons

    7.7.1 easier to manage
    found oragnising info nowhere as user friendly as 7.7.1!!

    Summary

    marketing idea from the marketing pleebs to get you to but more from itunes site. 99cents??get real there are cheaper sites out there.
    take a leaf out of old sam walton's book.....sell more for less!!! and he didn't do too bad!!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Solid but not spectacular"

    September 13, 2008  |   By Andrew Baxter

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    This program is still the industry leader. Great access to music, playlists, podcasts, and apps for my iPhone.

    Cons

    Genius is a sham! I have some of my brother's music on my computer because have one and he uses mine to sync his iPhone. When I tried Genius it grouped my christian songs in with Marilyn Manson and God Smack which I feel repulsive.

    Summary

    On what basis does Genius group songs together? I am a huge Apple fan but this Genius thing seems to be a waste. I would still recommend iTunes to everyone, but this update it no improvement.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "the best media player just got better!"

    September 12, 2008  |   By ))kamikaze((

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    new icon view
    genius

    Cons

    new users to itunes store won't bother to sign up for genius

    Summary

    it's not a big, must have update, like firefox3 , but it's nice update nonetheless. this new itunes deserves the name "itunes 8"

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  • 5.0 stars

    "itunes does it all!!!"

    September 11, 2008  |   By iphoneguy22

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    Everything I could ever want in a media player, wayyy better than media monkey, and it even creates playlists for your itunes libraries!

    Cons

    no subscription music

    Summary

    besides the subscripton music, it does everything else!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very Average Media Player"

    September 11, 2008  |   By UssjTrunks

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    Still outperformed by Media Monkey in every possible category. Incredibly slow and sometimes buggy.

    Cons

    A solid choice for those using a fast computer or a Mac, but even then I would highly recommend switching to Media Monkey.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Class Product boasting intuitive features"

    September 11, 2008  |   By alexndrw

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    Buy, Create, Organise, Share, View etc all for free! Used iTunes since 1st version. It's not slow, complainer needs a new computer/some serious maintenance! TIP. Buy DRM protected tracks, burn to CD and then rip CD to MP3 and use on any MP3 Player.

    Cons

    NONE NONE NONE NONE

    Summary

    If you want to organise your MP3's or other music, iTunes is one of the best options available. Must admit to cheating - in that - I use a Philips 20gb MP3 Player for my music but it's linked to iTunes Music Library/Folder and interacts amazingly well. The visualisations are stunning. The Equalizer's useful. Some services allow streaming you iTunes Library across the 'Net and of course you can share your Library with anyone on your home network. Buying is a synch and SO convenient!
    TIP2: Import your CD music directly as MP3, create a Playlist with appropriate name, go to Library and select album(s) and drag into your new Playlist - viola! you're organised.
    WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An Awesome Update"

    September 10, 2008  |   By m74m2006

    Version: iTunes 8

    Pros

    Genius is incredible! The ability to create a playlist from a single song, just incredible.

    Cons

    there really isn't anything negative that I've found yet.

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