iTunes Version History

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This contains features added in previous versions of iTunes.

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iTunes 6

iTunes 6.0 was released on October 12th 2005 for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP.

iTunes 6.0.2 showing the MiniStore
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iTunes 6.0.2 showing the MiniStore
iTunes 6.0 showing artwork, the browser and the search bar
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iTunes 6.0 showing artwork, the browser and the search bar
iTunes 6.0
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iTunes 6.0

Description

iTunes 6.0 was released hot on the heels of iTunes 5.0, just 35 days later. New to the program is the "Video" source and the ability to purchase videos and TV programs through the iTunes Music Store. iTunes 6.0 was released along side of the 5th Generation iPod.

New Features

  • Allows purchase of Videos from iTMS
  • Better video integration

Updates

A number of minor updates were made to iTunes 6, the last of which was iTunes 6.0.5 which was released on June 29, 2006.

Supported Media Formats

  • Video: Quicktime compatible video
  • Audio: * MP3, WAV, AIFF, MPEG4, Apple Lossless, M4P/AAC Protected Content, and a variety of quicktime supported media formats as well.
  • The Windows version of iTunes supports converting unprotected WMA's to AAC or MP3.

Limitations

  • It is not possible to browse the library by composer.
  • While it is possible to listen to one CD while importing another (if you have more than one drive), it is not possible to import more than one CD at a time.

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iTunes 5

iTunes 5.0
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iTunes 5.0

iTunes 5.0 was released on September 7th 2005 for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP.

Description

iTunes 5 featured a new look, leaving behind the Brushed Metal theme used in previous versions. A change that caused mixed reactions.

New Features

  • New look
  • Folders for playlists
  • Lyrics support
  • New search bar

Updates

  • iTunes 5.0.1 was released on September 20th 2005

Supported Media Formats

  • AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible, Unprotected WMA (Windows-only)

iTunes 4

iTunes 4.0 was released on April 28th 2003 for Mac OS X, followed by a 4.1 released on October 16th 2003 for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP.

Description

iTunes 4 added support for the iTunes Music Store which would soon dominate the market of legal music downloads. A later update added Windows 2000 and Windows XP as supported platforms, significantly increasing the userbase.

New Features

  • iTunes Music Store
  • local and Internet Music Sharing(Internet dropped in 4.1)
  • AAC support
  • Windows 2000/XP version (4.1)
  • iPod support (4.1)
  • Apple Lossless support (4.5)
  • Automatic WMA to AAC conversion in Windows (4.5)
  • Video support (4.8)
  • Podcasting support (4.9)

Version history

  • iTunes 4.0 released on April 28, 2003
  • iTunes 4.1 released on October 16, 2003
  • iTunes 4.2 released on December 18, 2003
  • iTunes 4.5 released on April 28, 2004
  • iTunes 4.6 released on June 9, 2004
  • iTunes 4.7 released on October 27, 2004
  • iTunes 4.7.1 released on January 11, 2005
  • iTunes 4.8 released on May 9, 2005
  • iTunes 4.9 released on June 28, 2005

Supported Media Formats

  • AAC
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • Audible
  • Unprotected WMA (Windows-only)

iTunes 3

New Features

  • OS 9 support dropped
  • Smart Playlists
  • Audible.com audio book support

Version history

  • 3.0 released July 17th 2002
  • 3.0.1 released September 18th 2002

Supported Media Formats

  • MP3
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • Audible

iTunes 2

Description

New Features

Version history

  • 2.0 was released October 23rd 2001
  • 2.0.2 was released November 16th 2001
  • 2.0.3 was released December 13th 2001
  • 2.0.4 was released March 20th 2001

Supported Media Formats

Screenshots

iTunes 1

iTunes 1.0 was released for Mac OS 9/X on January 9th, 2001, after Apple Computer purchased SoundJam MP, which was distributed by Casady & Greene, Apple hired the developers from Casady & Greene to create iTunes based off their work with SoundJam MP. Aside from CD burning support and general UI changes, featurewise, iTunes 1 was similar in scope to SoundJam.
iTunes 1.1 on Mac OS X 10.1
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iTunes 1.1 on Mac OS X 10.1

New Features

  • First release

Version history

  • 1.0 (Mac OS) was released January 9th 2001
  • 1.1 (Mac OS) was released February 21st 2001
    • Broader burner support.
    • Improved visualization effects.
  • 1.1 (Mac OS X) was released March 24th 2001
  • 1.1.1 (Mac OS X) was released May 7th 2001

Supported Media Formats

  • MP3
  • WAV
  • AIFF

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