iTunes is a digital media player and media library application developed by Apple Inc. It is mainly used for playing, downloading, saving, and organizing your digital music and video files on your desktop and laptop computer. iTunes can also manage your songs and videos on your iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices. It can be used on both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.
iTunes were first introduced in January 2001. Originally it was designed for Mac and then, due to the Windows dominance, in 2003, Apple came up with Windows version of the iTunes. Thus, iPods are compatible on both Mac OS X and Windows OS.
The main purpose of iTunes is to act as a front-end to the user and the iTunes Store, which enables Apple’s users to buy the purchase music, movies, apps, and other media products. The main purpose of iTunes is to act as a front-end to the user and the iTunes Store, which enables Apple’s users to buy the purchase music, movies, apps, and other media products.
Summarized history of all the versions of iPods and the brief details:
|Version||Release Date||Main Feature Added|
|iTunes 1.0 - 1.1.4||Jan 9, 2001||Media recording and playback, native codes|
|iTunes 2.0 - 2.0.4||Oct 23, 2001||Burning CDs, full screen visual effects, stability and performance improvements, available in Dutch, French, and German. Supports initial Mac OS X versions|
|iTunes 3.0 - 3.0.1||July 17, 2002||Support for iPod, Rio One MP3 player and expanded Apple Script|
|iTunes 4.0 - 4.9||Apr 28, 2003||Smart playlists and more song list categories with better Mac OS X 10.2 support|
|iTunes 5.0 - 5.0.1||September 7, 2005||AOL accounts with music store, iPod Shuffle support added, Podcasting and Motorola ROKR E1 mobile phone support introduced|
|iTunes 6.0 - 6.0.5||October 12, 2005||Added Nike and iPod support, Bug fixes, video conversion for home movies, Air Tunes enhancements|
|iTunes 7.0 - 7.7||September 12, 2006||Support for iPhone 3G, iOS 2.0 and the new App Store which features application downloads for the iPhone and iPod Touch, also enables them to act as remotes for wireless iTunes control.|
|iTunes 8.0 - 8.2||September 9, 2008||Supports iPhone 3GS and iOS 3.0 Software Update for the iPhone and iPod Touch|
|iTunes 9.0 - 9.2.1||September 9, 2009||Addresses several stability issues with VoiceOver, a usability issue with VoiceOver and Genius Mixes, issues with converting songs|
|iTunes 10.0 - 10.7||September 1 2010||Adds support for syncing textbooks with iBooks 2, and to iTunes Match|
|iTunes 11.0 - 11.0.3||May, 16 2013||Improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs and provides the ability to display duplicate items within one's library.|
Some of the main features of iTunes are:
The audio formats supported by iTunes are MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, MP4, AIFF etc. and it is also known as iTunes jukebox, iTunes player, apple media player.
Sometimes due to human errors, sync error etc; your iTunes playlist may get deleted and in order to undelete iTunes playlist on Mac refer this page.