iTunes

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.

Versions

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:

  • Media Management; this includes specific formats, which are most commonly used, imporitg audio CDs, audio file format conversion and file meta data like artist name, album, genre etc. in case of managing music files
  • Genius, a feature that automatically generates playlists based on the vibe of the songs  selected by the users
  • Library sharing and viewing modes: Allows people to share their songs or videos over a local network
  • Download free podcasts
  • Allows you to import songs from CDs
  • Create playlists : As iTunes consists of thousands of songs, you can easily organize these songs by creating playlists
  • Internet radio: Allows you to listen to the Live-streaming of the radio over internet from a variety of stations
  • Play spoken word files like audio books or recordings
  • Smart Playlists: stores the songs according to the parameters set like Genre, artist name etc.

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.

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