iTunes

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5
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Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 1734 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.0.35
  • Total Downloads:
    15,162,128
  • Date Added:
    September 12, 2008
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,443
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

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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1 stars

"Oh No! What have they done to you iTunes?"

October 28, 2008  |  By drtacks

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

* Genius would be cool, but reporting your library ruins it. It's none of Apple's business what songs I have on my PC.

Cons

* System Hog
* Glitchy - Moving a large group of songs from one playlist to another caused it to fail.
* iPod sync usually results in lock-up.
* Can't import songs that weren't purchased through iTunes.

Summary

I have been a longtime lover of iTunes, but now it appears I have to switch players. I have had a massive music collection for as long as iTunes has existed. I have meticulously organized all of those files on iTunes. Now iTunes won't let me import songs that I didn't buy from the store!!?? This is so disappointing! Great job ruining the most user friendly, organized MP3 player available. Contact me when you allow me to OWN my music collection instead of renting it from Apple.

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2 stars

"The beauty is getting fat, old and nasty"

October 28, 2008  |  By Strikebooster

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

+ my iPod NEEDS it, the most other programs have problems
+ nice overview

Cons

+ 87 MB??? For WHAT???
+ it is cluttering up your computer with 10 other products
+ stupid workflow, far away from other organizers
+ 100% ad-spamer!

Summary

Yes, it was a great idea....it was. Instead of developing it into a lightware, it is an old heavyware. The core is just 10% of the complete program and the rest is BS that you do not need....what a waste!

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1 stars

"FAT BLOATED NASTY IT SUCKS"

October 26, 2008  |  By inutero222

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

OH man this is the worse i tunes soo far i mean its so hard to SYNC my new two ipod G4 nano

Cons

somehow it does not recognize it and its ugly i hate it im sticking with ZUNe

Summary

im going to return my ipod for store credit and buy my self an easier more smooth looking mp3 player THATS RIGHT ONE THAT DOES NOT FREAKING NEED TO CONVERT MP3 TO M4A's!!!!! ARGHHHH!!!! i hate APPLE

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1 stars

"New version stinks"

October 24, 2008  |  By hwlangley

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

Have not seen anything

Cons

After upgrading to the newest version of itune, was unable to play all the music videos I have download over the last 3 years. Last time I buy an Ipod.

Summary

see above

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3 stars

"Still a memory hog"

October 23, 2008  |  By brianleslie_2000

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

The grid views and the refreshed view of new podcasts are great. The ability to set delete characteristics for each podcast is awesome too.

Cons

iTunes is still a memory hog. It seems to get slower with each new version.

Summary

Overall its the best software for working with iPods, but if you don;t have an iPod, find another way to manage your collections.

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5 stars

"*ipod needed* :D"

October 20, 2008  |  By dietmar421

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

good software!

Cons

only necessary if you have an ipod ;-D

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5 stars

"download music"

October 19, 2008  |  By lovehoward

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

u are able to download music

Cons

download music

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5 stars

"good for my ipod"

October 17, 2008  |  By tommi2314

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

isnt it???

Cons

at least i bought it seems to be good...

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4 stars

"Worse than iTunes 7"

October 12, 2008  |  By iLissa-chan

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

Overall good for just going on your comp and opening iTunes up and listening to it,

Cons

NO MORE MINI STORE?! HOW WILL I NAME MY NAMELESS MUSIC?! *faints* and genuis is a piece of ****.

Summary

Stick with iTunes 7

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5 stars

"Why would you even try to use this without an iPod?"

October 12, 2008  |  By dbag65

 |  Version: iTunes 8.0.0.35

Pros

Keep it simple stupid. Apple designed this to be the center of a Mac music world. It works perfectly for that even on a PC.

Cons

It inspires PC users to post scathing reviews of it on cnet.

Summary

There of lots of negative reviews of this. I think they're mostly based on incorrect user assumptions. The iTunes store is a legal service and has protections to keep you from stealing other peoples intelectual property.

Maybe the used laptop I bought a years ago and the way I use it has me spoiled. I've got a 3 year old Dell Inspiron 9100. It has 2 GB Ram. I upgraded to Vista on the machine about 6 mos ago.

I use iTunes to purchase music to put on my iPod, convert and store my cd library to put it on my iPod, download podcasts, or rent and watch movies either on my computer or on my iPod. I don't ever ask it to play music while I'm doing other things with the computer....that's part of why I have an Ipod. If I'm watching a movie...I tend not to simultaneously edit a spreadsheet, browse the web, or check email. ITunes has never put me in a position of caring how much RAM it is using based on how I use it. I have checked out of curiosity, it uses about 15-20% of the available RAM when its open. That's why I have 2 GB RAM in the computer, so applications I want to run can use it.

If your music listening is not iPod based, sure you can use iTunes...but why would you? A good exception might be renting movies I guess.

Yes iTunes purchases are limited to 5 machines, your owned cd's you copy are not. Its called licensing. You are purchasing legal copies of music. You are not stealing them. Windows Media Player can see all the music I've loaded into iTunes except the iTunes purchased ones. Having copies of music is not a divine right. If you have not purchased that music in some form you are stealing it. Don't get mad at a software program for inhibiting your illegal behavior.

The Genius feature is a bit silly, but interesting on occasion.

As far as keeping everything organized iTunes works great. The album art feature does make some mistakes, so you edit. CD's ocasionally break into seperate pieces based on the way the tracks are identified. You can edit that too.

I shopped around. Decided an iPod touch was the portable device for me. Updated the copy of iTunes on my PC and am very pleased with how it works all the way around.

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What's new in version 8.0.0.35
Version 8.0.0.35 fixes a bug that caused blue-screen crashes on Windows Vista.
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date September 12, 2008
Date Added September 12, 2008
Version 8.0.0.35
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Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
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Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista
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Total Downloads 15,162,128
Downloads Last Week 1,443
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Price Free

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