Apple releases iTunes 7.7 : A review

iTunes is Apple’s media player, media organization and sync software. Apple released iTunes 7.7 recently on 10 July, adding support for the iPhone 3G and the iTunes App Store.

This latest version of iTunes is required for the iPhone 3G, Firmware 2.0, App Store and MobileMe.iTunes is available for free download. Get the latest version here:
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
(System Requirements: Mac OS X(10.4.7 or later) or Windows
File Size: 48MB)


Whats new ?

The App Store:
iTunes Version 7.7 contains support fo making downloads from the App Store. The app store will have Applications and games for the iPhone and iPod touch. However the highly awaited store has not yet been launched as I write this post. One of the most awaited applications is the all new remote application…

The Remote application:
The iTunes users can utilise the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback remotely. The iPhone/iPod touch remote application will be available as a free download from the App Store.
According to Apple:

” The new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.”

The software is a 50MB download.

iTunes 7.7 support:

iTunes 7.7 is available for Mac and Windows. The iTunes Music Store offers Windows users the same online music store as Mac users, with the same music catalogue, the same personal-use rights, and the same 99-cents-per-song pricing.
However, iTunes runs slower on windows and eats away lots of system resources. However there is no such problem on Mac.

iTunes Store:

The iTunes store has been enormously successful and has gained wide popularity. One can Shop the itunes store for music, TV shows, applications and audio-books. One can also download free podcasts from the iTunes store 24*7.

  • Music: it has More than 8 million songs for 99¢ each with music from all five major music companies and more than 600 independent labels.
  • Movies: Rent from $2.99, buy from $9.99.
  • Music Videos: More than 11,000, from 99¢ each.
  • TV shows: Over 20,000 episodes.
  • Applications: Hundreds of apps for iPod touch and iPhone.
  • Audio-books: More than 35,000 titles.Podcasts: 100,000 and counting. 100% free.
  • iPod Games: lots of games at $4.99 each.

Other older Features :

Media management: iTunes keeps track of songs by creating a virtual library, allowing users to access and edit a song’s attributes. iTunes supports ripping from CDs.

Library views: three different views for the music library

File format support: iTunes can currently read, write, and convert between MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG-4, AAC and Apple Lossless. The Windows version of iTunes can automatically convert but doesn’t support direct playback of WMA. It is well known to support a large number of ‘audio’ formats for playback.

Sound processing: There is a feature called “Sound Check” which automatically adjusts the playback volume of all songs to the same level.

Video support: iTunes did not come with video support initially. But with each new version, video capabilities are getting further enhanced and it has improved a lot. However, I still prefer VLC player for playing my video files as iTunes is still no match for VLC (click here to view my review of VLC player).

Smart Playlists support: Smart playlists are playlists that can be set to automatically filter the library based on a customized list of selection criteria.

Integrated Audio and video Podcasting support: Apple’s iTunes player is also considered the dominant podcatching client. It also lets us manage podcasts on iPod.

Synchronizing with iPod and iPhone the moment it connects, can also sync with Apple TV.
Integration with other applications like iWork and iLife and Garage-band.

iPhone activation: Since the introduction of the original iPhone, users could use iTunes to activate their phone through their mobile carrier. However, a worldwide crash of iTunes’ authentication servers on the day that the iPhone 3G was released has caused major issues.

iMix: It is a user-created playlist published in the iTunes Store. Anyone can create an iMix free of charge.

Internet radio supported

Plugins: iTunes supports visualizer plugins and device plugins.

Finally….
Well since iTunes is easily available for windows, it has become a must have, not only because of the popular Apple tag behind it but also because of so many unique features and audio-format support it provides the user. Apple is expected to also released the 2.0 Firmware and App Store shortly, as well as launching MobileMe. Moreover the iTunes store which guarentees 24*7 entertainment has gained incredible success and all that it has in store is another big attraction towards iTunes.

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2 comments

  1. info compiled is always useful…nice 1 :)

  2. hmmmm…tqCompiling is not an easy btw … and one always gets to learn a lot while compiling properly …Whatever I have written here is accurate to the best of my knowledge

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