- Manage your music and movie libraries on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iPad
- Last updated on 08/06/18
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- Also available on Windows
It’s a music service, app store, media-asset manager, podcast player, CD burner — it’s iTunes for Mac, and it’s just as exasperating as helpful.
Music player: True to its origin as an MP3 player, iTunes helps you find, organize, and listen to your music. Search through your music library by album, artist, composer, or song. You can create your own playlists or have iTunes automatically build playlists for you, based on a song you pick or a few rules you set.
Store: iTunes serves as a storefront to Apple’s music, movie, and TV show stores. You can buy individual songs — from $.69 to $1.29 — or albums, rent or buy movies, and purchase individual TV episodes or entire seasons. To discover new music, you can sort by genre, view song and album charts, and explore iTunes-generated song collections. Based on your buying history, iTunes recommends items you might be interested in. The store also offers podcasts, audiobooks, ringtones, and more.
Radio: Beats 1, Apple’s flagship 24-hour pop-music station, is available for free. You can also check out thousands of free stations broadcasting over the Internet, including college radio. Other Apple stations dedicated to specific genres or moods come with a $9.99 monthly subscription to Apple Music.
Syncing: iTunes serves as the primary method for syncing media between your Mac and iOS device. Sync over a lightning cable or Wi-Fi. If you’d rather bypass iTunes, you can use iCloud to synchronize across your Apple devices, either with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription. (iTunes Match, which costs $24.99 a year, stores all of your music in iCloud, including tunes you’ve imported from other sources, and lets you access your songs from any Apple device).
Takes on too much: From selling you iOS apps to organizing your music, iTunes wants to be your digital hub. But navigating through iTunes’ different audio and video services to find what you want is frequently frustrating. Apple’s approach on iOS, where it breaks up iTunes into individual apps for music, video, and store purchases, is much more sensible.
iTunes-centric syncing: Having iTunes serve as the main method for syncing from Mac to iOS devices feels out of sync with Apple’s iCloud and music streaming efforts.
iTunes is suffering from trying to do everything. Mac users would be better served if Apple took its iOS approach to managing music and video to the desktop and split iTunes for Mac up into individual apps.
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How to use iTunes?iTunes can be used as both a music store and a media player. Once it has been installed in the device, users must create an Apple ID to purchase music. If users have pre-existing media files, they can be added to iTunes’ library to be played anytime. iTunes can also be used to rip CDs and convert music files.
Is iTunes free?Although iTunes itself can be downloaded and used free-of-charge, users must purchase the music from the store to listen to them. However, users can import music from CDs or their PC storage to iTunes if they already have one. The iTunes store also has a Free on iTunes section for people who wish to look for free music or audio.
Does iTunes work on Windows 10?iTunes is available in most platforms, including both desktop and mobile devices. Since it is developed by Apple, Mac and iOS devices are better supported than others. iTunes has been available for Windows since 2003, but it is important to check the correct version of iTunes to download for Windows 10 to make sure it works properly.
Can iTunes play videos?iTunes is also a media player, so it can play both audio and video files. iTunes can play movies, TV shows, clips, and more. The videos files can be found and selected by searching through iTunes’ library. iTunes has a native video player that can be launched from the main window or as a separate window.
What formats can iTunes play?Although iTunes can play both video and audio files, it can only support a limited selection of file formats. For audio files, it can play MP3, AIFF, WAV, M4A, and AAC files. For video files, it can play MP4, M4V, and MOV. FLAC files are not natively supported by iTunes.
Where is my iTunes music?For Windows, music users purchased and downloaded from the store can be found in the Music folder of your main User folder. iTunes automatically creates a folder within the Music folder. Songs and other media files are arranged by the artist for easier organization. The storage location can be changed by the users by going to Preferences in iTunes.
What is iTunes Card?The iTunes card is a gift card that lets users buy apps, media files, and other offers from the iTunes store. It can be purchased by anyone with an Apple ID for their friends and loved one. Once purchased, the iTunes card can be sent to the recipient via email.
How to import CDs to iTunes?To import music from a CD to iTunes, insert the CD into the CD or DVD Drive. Click on the CD icon on the top-left part of the window. Users can choose to import all songs or select only a few. Click on Import CD to begin the importing process. Importing a standard music CD takes only a few minutes.
How to backup files in iTunes?Download iTunes for Mac is not a cloud service which means media files can only be backed up by creating copies them in another drive. This can be done by copying them from iTunes’s media folder and sending them to an external storage device. Purchases that were made through the iTunes store can be re-downloaded in another device, however.
How to convert music to MP3 in iTunes?Before trying to convert music files, the Import Settings must be changed to use MP3 Encoder. This is accessed in Preferences under the Edit menu. Once that’s changed, users can right-click on their selected song and click on Create MP3 version to convert it. Conversion only takes a few seconds.