What is iTunes?
iTunes is a downloadable media or music program from Apple, Inc. It started out in 1999 as a plain MP3 player called “SoundJam MP” with Casady and Greene as software publishers. By the year 2000, Apple, Inc. acquired this software and added some new features including CD-burn options. In 2001, the first version of iTunes was released.
iTunes was released as a necessary complement to the iPod, Apple’s media-playing device. If an iPod user wants to manage his/her media files, he has to do it with the help of iTunes. Adding and or editing media files also made iTunes a necessity for iPod users, leading to media connectivity between two of Apple’s products. Recent versions of iTunes now work though with other media players.
iTunes is packed with a whole bunch of features. As with regular music players, CDs can be played using iTunes too. It is also possible to import music files from a CD to your iTunes library. With access to a lot of music files, one can also burn them on CDs and DVDs. iTunes also allows the conversion of music files from one format to another. It is also connected to the iTunes Store, where one can buy music, movies, tv shows, and audiobooks. Podcasts can also be viewed from the iTunes store for a subscription fee. Exporting of media files from iTunes to other media players not owned by Apple, Inc. is also possible.
The popularity of iTunes has revolutionized the music industry. With iTunes and the iTunes store, one can purchase music by tracks at a very affordable cost, and without worrying about copyright issues. It has also opened doors to budding artists who don’t have major studio support, because practically anyone can release their tracks via the internet instantly. iTunes surely made its mark not only in music but also on the internet.