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 11.0.2 (Feb 20, 2013)
Even when Microsoft is leaving their old path to embrace the new devices, what is good for a mobile or tablet is normally not the best for desktops or laptops, and this is a clear example of it.
I keep using the old Music Match Jukebox running on Windows 7 and Windows 8 perfectly well. No internet intrusions at all, total security for my music files and easy editing to rename, clasify or include lyrics or album images (new lyrics or album images are easily downloaded from Google, you only need copy/paste).
Earlier or later laptops and desktop computers will be considered as something totally different from mobiles and tablets, not only because of their compatibility with old programs but also for their different features and use convenience.
Even when you find both by the dish, you can't use a fork to eat a soup
Reviewing 220.127.116.11 (Nov 30, 2012)
Worst. iTunes. Ever!
Confusing at first, though you can restore the old look to some extend. That's okay.
BUT: It badly messed up / destroyed my library!
I purchased an album, all tracks downloaded (download manager must be opened in seperate window by clicking on the icon that appeared in the upper right corner), but only 5 appeared in the library, all others are still sitting in the "downloads" folder, waiting to be processed, which never happens.
Also I added some MP3s, they show up, but any actions brings a message "items have not been processed".
Will try to go back to 10.7 for now. 11.0 just SUCKS!!!
Reviewing 18.104.22.168 (Nov 29, 2012)
@jagman - I have well in excess of 80,000 tracks in Flac & Mp3 & others all ripped manually (and far faster than media player or iTunes could rip & better quality) & all searchable within seconds - if you really need the likes of iTunes to sort your music out you have my sympathy & more. iTunes is bloated, intrusive & useful only to those who have are unable to use a simple filing system -
Probably the worst program ever written in the history of the universe.The only reason it resides on one of my PC's is for my daughters iPad, & why you need this piece of convoluted garbage to use an iPad eludes me.
If you trust (need) iTunes on ANY OS to look after your music may your God go with you!
Reviewing 10.7 (Sep 25, 2012)
What in the &^$#^#@!! are all you "1 Star" people talking about?? If anything the PC Media Player started off great, then after ripping 200 of my 700 CDs it could not "find" my Media Library! After over two weeks of fiddling and no fix in sight, I downloaded iTunes. ZERO PROBLEMS...700 CDs ripped with Better sound quality and rips CDs 2+xs faster than Microsoft player. Only 4 stars because after leaving the app open continuously, after about three days I have to restart it. :-( Otherwise it works great...I have 45 playlists, 7,000+ songs, 28 days of music. The User I/F/ could look better. All this and it syncs with my wife's iPhone. As a result of such a positive experience, I am migrating from PC-->Mac and trading in my Crackberry for an iPhone, and possible an iPad. So that's why Apple stock is so high and Microsoft is struggling...
Reviewing 10.7 (Sep 13, 2012)
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.