iTunes 12.9

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iTunes is built-in Mac software which does far more than just play tunes.
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Ah, I remember the quaint old days when iTunes was solely a music player, as its name still suggests. It has grown from those humble origins into perhaps the most important piece of software on the Mac, serving as a hub not only for music but also for podcasts, movies, TV shows, books, and, of course, mobile apps.

While it's taking me a while to adjust to the alternatives to list view that iTunes 11 provides, I find the album view very cool. In a color scheme extracted from the album artwork, the tracks and their duration are displayed all together in a way that really gives new strength to the concept of the album, a concept that has been suffering for some time with the advent of increasingly successful singles.

I'm also a fan of the way media playback can now be synchronized across devices using iCloud. Without an iOS device of my own I've been unable to test this feature out myself, but greater integration with iCloud just makes sense the way technology is changing.

Even though I seldom used it, I'm a bit sad to see iTunes DJ disappear in version 11. It's been replaced with a visual Up Next list that can be altered at any time - in effect, the meat of the DJ feature has been attractively embedded into regular playback - but the level of control over the list is more limited. This change fits with two trends I expect Apple to continue in future iterations of iTunes - relatively fewer features for music playback and less user control over what one can do with one's files. more

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Pros

  • Exclusive access to the iTunes Store
  • High volume of features
  • A number of options for music playback (Genius, Smart Playlists, Radio)

Cons

  • Does not support FLAC
  • iTunes DJ has been removed
  • Offers limited control over files on devices it manages

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jputting
This software is becoming more and more bloated with needed features.

Yet at the same time iTunes only has very limited support for the types of Music/Video files it will play.

It really is a pain having to transcode Music/Video files so they can be played in iTunes.

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Ann
Ann
No doubt that it is a must if you are one of Mac users.

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Gustav Olafsson
I have bee using iTunes since it was first presented in 2001. It's really one of the most useful peaces of software I have on my machine. I enjoy using it immensely. But on the other hand, it has quite a significant drawback cuz it's not able to transfer files between portable devices, which is quite bad to my mind, since I don't wanna limit myself to a single iPhone or whatever.

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