iTunes lets you create your own personal digital music library, allowing you to manage and play your music collection with drag-and-drop simplicity. iTunes, the software part of the equation that lets you pack 7,500 songs in your pocket, automatically synchronizes with the sensational new iPod at high speeds over FireWire. iTunes gives you the ability to generate dynamic Smart Playlists that reflect your preferences and listening habits. With iTunes it's easy to create CDs that play back on in your car, your home stereo, Macs and on Windows-based PCs. iTunes 4 adds the ability to share music among your Macs, play and encode AAC files, and view album art.
Reviewing 12.1 (Jan 30, 2015)
If you are having playback problems (choppy, garble, jumps) with iTunes 12.1 for Windows, then download and install the version 'for old video cards'.
Installing that resolved my issue with the above.
Otherwise same old.
If you have iTunes in your Windows taskbar and open it, you will have two icons. When you upgrade it will remove the taskbar icon and leave a 'blank file' icon instead. Little annoyances but if you bought into the Apple eco system, this is the most convenient way to deal with your devices and purchases.
Reviewing 12.0.1 (Nov 6, 2014)
Ok Installed Apple Itunes 12.0.1; visual not an amazing change, but the new get info box where you enter corrections or amendments to the song titles or tag songs that have no information is to put it is a big bunch of dodo. You enter Peter and then use the space bar, and it auto fills the area with the first artist on your list that matches the words, you cannot functionally use the space bar, so each and every entry you have to either highlight the second incorrect word, or say sod it and leave your entry as Peter Bardens for all the songs with the first name Peter.
Being a musician who creates music, and my name being Robert, I don't want all the music I created attributed to a Mr Fripp.... So a big thumbs down from me.
Reviewing 11.4 (Sep 10, 2014)
Installed the Mac version, and got problems right away (something to do with a USB controller kext (kernel extension) not having installed as it should, and basically, my iPhone is recognized, but the content show as "Other" for all of the occupied space, so I'm going to forego install on my PC.
I think a 11.4.1 is already in the works at Cupertino...
Reviewing 11.3.1 (Aug 26, 2014)
Slick. Not sleek. Not at all. Slow as hell, every move is cumbersome. Would anyone use it if it was not Apple-designed?
Getting rid of this and quicktime was one of the best days my computer ever had. bye bye Apple
Winamp has become a little more bloated and buggy over the years but its still superior to iTunes in pretty much every respect. Unless you actually own Apple hardware you have no use for this program, at all. Correction: unless you just want it for the iTunes Store, you really have NO need for iTunes. Winamp will fully support your iPod and it has plugins, skins and many other ways to customize the experience and will link directly to a number of music stores.
For those of you complaining of the bloat of Itunes and slow startup you obviously have never experienced Zune 3.0. Itunes runs like a speedy DOS app compared to that Monster!!!! I have a friend that has a Zune and the device itself is nice the software is garbage and sadly there are no 3rd party apps like sharepod that can be used with it. I personally won't buy any media player that requires an app to transfer media to it. I have 2 that you merely plug in and use explorer or whatever file manager you choose to transfer media to/from it.