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    September 12, 2008
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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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"Apple has truly lost it's touch - SAD"

October 19, 2014  |  By kennouse

 |  Version: Apple iTunes


Can't come up with one yet


loss of many features
loss of playlist functions and ease of adding songs to the list
loss of easily moving from movies to music to apps - did they actually map this version
FIRE whoever designed the new iTunes
Start testing your software before releasing it
Is it time to change and move on?


Disappointing. don't upgrade

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version fixes a bug that caused blue-screen crashes on Windows Vista.
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site
Release Date September 12, 2008
Date Added September 12, 2008
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size Not Available
Total Downloads 15,162,128
Downloads Last Week 1,443
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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