iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files. The program is also an interface to manage the contents on Apple's popular iPod digital media players as well as the iPhone. Additionally, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, applications, iPod games, audiobooks, podcasts, feature length films and movie rentals (not available in all countries), and ringtones (available only in the USA). It is also used to download applications for the iPhone and iPod touch as long as they are running iPhone OS 2.0 or later.
iTunes was introduced by Apple Inc. on January 9, 2001, at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The latest version, iTunes 8, was announced at Apple's September 2008 keynote "Let's Rock".
iTunes is available as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Windows XP from Apple's website. It is also bundled with all Macs, and some HP and Dell computers. Older versions are available for Mac OS 9, OS X 10.0-10.3, and Windows 2000.
Recently, I downloaded a high-def TV show through iTunes to watch on my Mac Mini Home Theater. Was this the seamless 'on-demand' experience I had hoped for... not exactly. So, I'm a little late to the game and I decided to check out AMC's Mad Men television show. Thanks to Netflix, I worked through the three disks of Season 1 just in time to set up my DirecTV DVR to record the Season 2 marathon. The next day, I sat down to start Season 2 and it began with a recap of Season … more
I love the selection on iTunes and the fact that I can download virtually anything to my computer and keep it. I love to upload my music so I can have it at my call to listen to easily with the click of a button, whenever I want.
The first thing you'll notice after installing and launching iTunes 2008 is a progress bar churning through your iTunes library. This process creates album art for the new default view of iTunes: Grid view. The Grid view displays your iTunes library as a grid composed of album art. (This view is available for music, podcasts, and videos.) Think of it as a flattened Cover Flow, like on your iPod, the same eye candy with about the same amount of practical use (that is, very little). You start playing … more