You’ve probably heard of itunes, its the music website( or app) where you can buy and download songs. It is a media player, a media library and an internet radio broadcaster developed by Apple Inc. The original and main focus of iTunes is music, with a library offering organization, collection, and storage of users’ music collections. It can be used to rip songs from CDs, as well as play content with the use of dynamic, smart playlists.
The Apple iTunes was originally called SoundJamMP which was developed by an underdog company called Cassady and Greene, until ofcourse, Apple bought it in 2000. In 2005, Apple expanded on the core features with video support, later also adding podcasts, e-books, and a section for managing mobile apps for Apple’s iOS operating system, the last of which it discontinued in 2017. The Apple iTunes Store is where you buy all the songs whereas the iTunes is a media player.
How to download and use?
To download simply go to the apple website (www.apple.com/itunes/download.) and click on iTunes then click on download or you you could simple google “itunes download”
Here is a step by step process on how to download iTunes.
- Launch your favorite web browser from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
- Navigate to www.apple.com/itunes/download.
- Click Download Now. You might have to scroll down a bit.
- Click Save. iTunes will now download.
- Click Run when the download is complete. The iTunes installer will open.
- Click Next.
iTunes is a tool for managing your iphone, ipad, and all your apple products. You can choose what music from iTunes you want to sync to your device, as well as books, movies, TV Shows, podcasts, and more. iTunes is great not only for the iOS but also for Windows.
- Metadata and music importation: iTunes allows you to alter the metadata of the song .i.e change the name, the date of modification , etc. The software supports importing digital audio tracks that can then be transferred to iOS devices, as well as supporting ripping content from CDs. File metadata is displayed in users’ libraries in columns, including album, artist, genre, composer, and more. Users can enable or disable different columns, as well as change view settings.
- Special Playlists: In 2004, a unique feature called “party shuffle” was introduced which allowed users to play songs on random without selecting any. “Smart playlists” are a set of playlists that can be set to automatically filter the library based on a customized list of selection criteria, much like a database query. Multiple criteria can be entered to manage the smart playlist. Selection criteria examples include a genre like Christmas music, songs that haven’t been played recently, or songs the user has listened to the most in a time period.
- Library sharing:
Ever wished to share your playlist with your friends, with this you can. Through a “Home Sharing” feature, users can share their iTunes library wirelessly. Computer firewalls must allow network traffic, and users must specifically enable sharing in the iTunes preferences menu. iOS applications also exist that can transfer content without Internet. Additionally, users can set up a network-attached storage system, and connect to that storage system through an app.
- Podcasts: Users can even subscribe to various podcasts. They can even change the update frequency.
- Books: In January 2010, Apple announced the iPad tablet, and along with it, a new app for it called Apple Books (previously known as iBooks). The app allowed users to purchase e-books from the iTunes Store, manage them through iTunes, and transfer the content to their iPad.
- iTunes Store:On April 28, 2003, Apple introduced the iTunes Store, then-named “iTunes Music Store”. It allowed users to buy and download songs, with 200,000 tracks available at launch. In its first week, customers bought more than one million songs. Music purchased was protected by FairPlay, an encryption layer referred to as digital rights management (DRM). The use of DRM, which limited devices capable of playing purchased files, sparked efforts to remove the protection mechanism. Eventually, after an open letter to the music industry by then-CEO Steve Jobs in February 2007, Apple introduced a selection of DRM-free music in the iTunes Store in April 2007, followed by its entire music catalog without DRM in January 2009.
- Artwork Printing: iTunes lets you create your own artwork for your playlists. if you wish to create an artwork for your album click on the playlist and a dialog box would appear. Now here it provides us with different creative options like colours, themes etc. Basically what it does is make custom made jewel case inserts.