As the popularity of iDevices has increased, so has the reliance on programs like iTunes and other products which Apple offers. It may not actually be the usefulness of this program that makes iTunes so popular, but rather the requirement to use iTunes in order to add content to your portable devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Apple has designed this program from the ground up to be a marketplace, and it integrates perfectly with the online services that are on offer such as purchasing music, TV shows for iTunes or other content which is viewable or playable on Apple hardware.
With iTunes 10, the library has been vastly improved and an extra view which has ben added adds artwork in a separate column. This is only one of the graphical improvements that have been made to iTunes 10. The playlists overall look a lot smarter while Playlists and iTunes DJ look pretty much the same as they did in the previous major revision.
As with all versions of iTunes, managing your music and media collection is definitely one of the pluses that Apple gets when compared to other programs (like our favourite, Winamp).
A recent change to the iTunes Store introduces Ping. Ping is liked to your iTunes account and gives you the option of creating a personal profile which then can share information about your recent activity (like ratings and purchases) with friends. If you already have Facebook or Twitter, then this feature is pretty useless but if you're an Apple fanboy, it might be your new favourite social network.
Overall, the basic functionality of the program is good, but as with previous versions for Windows, iTunes can be very sluggish and slow down your computer. Therefore if you don't own some Apple hardware, we'd suggest sticking with something with a little bit more speed like Winamp, but to each their own!iTunes features and highlights:
iTunes is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from mp3 player software without restrictions. iTunes 12.9 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this media player software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of iTunes may be available from Apple.
We have tested iTunes 12.9 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]