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Apple Releases iTunes for Windows 1691

Billy_D_Goat writes "Today at a special media event, Apple Computer released their acclaimed iTunes Music Store and stand alone player for Windows XP and 2000. They also announced a partnership to sell music on AOL and give away songs with special bottles of Pepsi. You can learn more and download it from here. "
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  • Anyone tried this under Wine yet?? :-/
    • Seeing as how it just came out today, I kind of doubt that many people have had a chance to yet. Sorry.
    • I'm attempting it, but the installer keeps crashing with this error:
      1155: File F:\INSTMSIA.EXE not found

      guess I'll have to find an win32 box, and copy over the
      installed files
    • Anybody have bets on when someone gets this to work in wine? ;)
    • Re:Great! kind of (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Total_Wimp ( 564548 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:49PM (#7232737)
      Reading this comment reminds me of exactly why Apple has such great mind share with average home users and Linux doesn't. In a word: innovation.

      Now, before you start flaming me, please listen to my intent:

      Apple: puts out uber-cool, lickin' your chops iPod, but makes it only available on Macs (to start). Puts out actually workable online music service and makes is only available on Macs (to start). People love both of these things and buy them in hoards. Mac users have status and coolness as they're the only ones that can get this awesome stuff... at least for little while.

      Linux: Can we run this on WINE? In other words, can we take this cool stuff from another platform and try to make it work on ours. You probably can and probably will, but meanwhile you have to wait for some point in time AFTER everyone else has it. Let's face it, cool is very often about being first... about having something others don't have.

      What Linux needs is innovation. They need something that only they have (at least for a little while) that everyone else wants. That is how it will build mind share, not by saying "look, we can do it too (if you're only willing to wait a while)"

      • Re:Great! kind of (Score:4, Informative)

        by Erwos ( 553607 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @04:03PM (#7232936)
        It's not like you can just go code iTunes++ for Linux. Most of the magic, so to speak, is not in the code (which I suspect is fairly straight forward), but rather in the deals they've gotten with the record companies.

        There is plenty of innovating going on - but expecting Linux users to just ignore exciting developments on other platforms is idiotic. Why can't Linux innovate _and_ use other people's innovations? Total originality all the time is highly over-rated, if you ask me.

        • Re:Great! kind of (Score:3, Insightful)

          by statusbar ( 314703 )
          The original poster had a very good point. Why does the 'best' mp3 player on linux have to be a WinAMP clone? I would LOVE to have iTunes on my linux boxes - even without the Music Store. I can't, so I use iTunes on my Mac.

          The Linux architecture and concepts should foster experimental and new designs for software. Why do people have to duplicate existing apps? Apple didn't when they created iTunes.

          iTunes is DEAD simple to use, manages a database of your music easily, rips cd's asynchronously, burns a
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Now that's funny.
  • It's been available online for half an hour.
    • Its sweet, seriously sweet. I have it installed and it is absolutely identical to the Mac version - down to every last detail that I've been able to find. Playlists, last played, ratings, Music Store - I can sign in with my .Mac account - everything's there. I just ripped Sting's newest CD, Sacred Love, to AAC at 224Kbps, absolutely excellent. I was getting ~14x ripping off a virtual CD driver - not sure what my speed will be off the built-in drive on my Thinkpad.

      Sweet, absolutely. Thank you!!
      • "I just ripped Sting's newest CD, Sacred Love, to AAC at 224Kbps, absolutely excellent. I was getting ~14x ripping off a virtual CD driver"

        Heh! Thats the first album I ripped as well...but I was only getting about 4-6x speeds off my Dell :(

        Sadly, I've been meaning to download one of his exclusive tracks, and it showed up in a tenth of the time it took to rip a single track. Doh! I think Apple is trying to tell me something....
        • Sadly, I've been meaning to download one of his exclusive tracks, and it showed up in a tenth of the time it took to rip a single track. Doh! I think Apple is trying to tell me something....

          Yeah, get some music taste :)
    • Steve Jobs referred to it as the greatest Windows app ever. This is somewhat of an overstatement, considering iTunes for Windows, while it certainly does run under Windows, is by no means a "Windows app". It is no more a Windows app than the early X-Windows based builds of OpenOffice were "Mac Apps". As it tries for some reason to mimic the appearance and behavior of iTunes on OS X, the look and feel of the UI is not only inconsistent with the windows standards, but it's also inconsistent with itself.


    • by Oliver Wendell Jones ( 158103 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @04:45PM (#7233463)
      Downloaded, installed it, imported my existing music library. It asked if I wanted to sort my music library (or something like that) and I said OK. Now all of my MP3s are sorted into a million subdirectories based on artist and album information, all files are renamed to just the track number and the song title. I had all of my MP3 files in "Artist - Song Title.mp3" format and that is now all gone.

      I then do a Windows Explorer search for all .MP3 files and move them back into my main MP3 directory and start getting overwrite questions because now two different versions of American Woman have the same file name, same for two different versions of Burning Down the House, etc.

      Other than the fact that it's fucked up my music library and I'll now have to spend hours sorting and renaming files, it's great.... Grrrr...
  • As an aside, they have also added 5000 Audiobooks and cleaned up the interface. Good news all around.

    For us Mac users: The updates for iTunes 4.1 and QuickTime 6.4 are both on softwareupdate.
  • by InterruptDescriptorT ( 531083 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:06PM (#7232101) Homepage
    From the iTunes 4 download page for Win2K/XP:

    128 MB RAM minimum/256 RAM recommended

    OK, I know RAM is cheap these days, and most people should have at least 128MB on modern machines, but I just have to ask--why would a simple network file retrieving application (let's face it, that's all this is with a little security thrown in) need that much memory? Damn...
    • It's not a web browser; it is uncompressing audio content on the fly with Quicktime and streaming to and from other computers.

      And besides, aren't those just the minimum Windows requirements?
    • Because it runs on Win2K/WinXP. 128M in a Win2K machine leaves 418 bytes of RAM and some swap free for applications...
    • The OS requires 64 -> 128. Ever tried to do anything significant with 64 Megs of RAM on an windows 2000 or XP machine, where the OS itself takes up a MINIMUM of 56 megs (56 from my my experiences working with a ProGear Webpad)?

    • by Jobe_br ( 27348 ) * <`moc.liamg' `ta' `hturdb'> on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:12PM (#7232213)
      Well, it rips CDs to MP3/AAC/AIFF/WAV from CD, burns CDs, compiles smart playlists, accesses the iTunes Music Store, displays visual graphics as music is playing, etc.

      So, I'd say it does a bit more than a "simple network file retrieving application" - never mind that a Win2K/XP machine with less than 256MB RAM is going to be awfully painful (my Thinkpad had only 384MB and it was painful if I tried to actually use multiple apps simultaneously).
    • They probably assume that if someone is running Win2K/XP, that most of that 128 MB is sucked up by the OS, IE, any background programs (chat, firewall, virus protection), and of course the media player that would play the music in question. We've come a long way since the days when moving from 8K to 16K was a big step...
    • The player is only compatible with Win2k/XP.

      While it IS possible to run 2000 with under 128mb of RAM, it's not pretty, and won't run most mp3 players without needing to swap, which gives the whole system a big performance hit.

      Long and short: you could probably get by with less than 128mb on a win2k machine, but you're not going to be able to run Word or IE while listening to music.

      XP on the other hand, can barely sustain itself on 128mb, and 256mb is only marginally acceptable.

      Either way, if you're runn
    • that I've gotten my smartarse remark out of the way. :)

      I've gotta say, while I'm a Mac fan. Apple likes to eat up RAM like candy. If I look at Process Viewer right now of all the crazy stuff I'm running on my iBook, the Apple software is chewing up the most (and we're talking about a calendar, and a mail program here...). I can imagine the Windows equal, done by Apple, may experience some of the same issues.

      In general, Apple == get more RAM. I think even dedicated Windows users would be a lit

      • What some might call "eating up RAM like candy", others might call using all the resources at hand.

        If you're running OS X, eventually most of your RAM will be getting used for something. It doesn't necessarily need that much RAM, but its not going purge anything from RAM until somebody else needs it -just in case it is needed again. Basically works like a cache.

        You need to open up a terminal window and run top to see what's reeeally in use.

      • What is the point of having RAM if you can't use it? Or do you just like to see that you have 800MB free? Heck then shut the whole box down, then it will ALL be free!
      • by Graff ( 532189 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @05:37PM (#7234009)
        I've gotta say, while I'm a Mac fan. Apple likes to eat up RAM like candy.

        Hmm, yes and no. The philosophy of Mac OS X (and quite a few other operating systems, especially Unix-like ones) is that you should use as much RAM as you can. RAM access is usually much faster than hard drive access, so why not fill up RAM with stuff that you might possibly need from the hard drive at some point.

        Memory management in Mac OS X goes like this: boot up, take up a good percentage of available RAM and place system stuff in there. Every time a window is created, make a backing store for faster and smoother access. If the user runs a program, load as much stuff related to that program as possible. If the user quits a program keep most of it in memory anyways, they might want it a minute later. They access the hard drive? Read into memory the next few sectors beyond what the user asked for simply because they may want them next.

        All of this fills up RAM pretty quickly and makes the operating system look bloated. Actually though, it's highly efficient. It's usually much quicker to free up RAM then it is to fill it. Even in the case where you need to page out memory (store it back on disk to make room for something else), it's still not much slower than having the memory empty in the first place. This is why having more RAM makes Mac OS X faster, it uses the extra space to be more efficient.

        To show you what I mean try launching Internet Explorer (or any other large program). Time how long it takes to launch, then quit it and start it again. Time how long it takes to launch for the second time. For IE I got 4 seconds for the first launch and then 2 seconds for every launch after that. This is because IE is now cached in RAM and doesn't need to be loaded from the hard drive to be launched.

        So again, you are perfectly right in that Mac OS X takes up a lot of RAM. However this is actually a feature. After all RAM is pretty cheap now and I think most people would trade off a few bucks to have their system more responsive. On the other hand I do know that Mac OS X does cope decently with low-RAM situations. It can run just fine on a machine with 256 megs of RAM but it will seem slower than a similar machine with 512 megs of RAM. I'd say that 512 megs of RAM works well with Mac OS X, any less you see slowdowns, any more and you don't notice much improvement under normal use.
  • I'll have to try it out tonight. I wonder if it allows Mac-formatted iPods to be read as well, like Xplay does? That would be great, since that would allow my to use HFS+ format instad, that way I can boot off of it on my powerbook.

    Plus, I hope this means that true Play Count support has arrived for PC users (you need at least firmware 1.3 for that wot work though)
  • Other updates today (Score:5, Informative)

    by daeley ( 126313 ) * on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:07PM (#7232105) Homepage
    For Mac OS X users, check your Software Update, as QuickTime has been revved to 6.4, iPod software hits 2.1, and iTunes itself is now at 4.1.
  • by selderrr ( 523988 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:08PM (#7232130) Journal
    it's fast on my Athlon 1700XP with 1GB Ram. But you sure need a shitlmoad of ram : in the taskmanager, iTunes itself gobs up a whopping 26MB when browsin. qtask takes another 13MB and iPodservices another 7.

    After a while (and when in bakground) those numbers drop to a more reasonable 9+4+3 so it's feasible on a lesser machine. But prepare for some heavy trashing on launch.

    Music sharing between OSX & XP works like a charm, even with dynamic playlists. I still gotta try out how my iPod responds when connected to the firewire port on the PC.

    Right now i' mgonna do a little stresstesting with iTunes+media player + warcraft, playing all together. The wife sure is going to love that sound :-)
  • Windows iTunes is for Win2k and XP only?! I guess lack of Win95/98/NT support comes as no surprise, but still... that bites. No Linux version either. Ah well, there's always my iBook...
  • New iPod accessories (Score:5, Informative)

    by herko_cl ( 533936 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:09PM (#7232153)
    Apple also released several new accesories for the iPod []. They include such things as turning the iPod into an image tank for CF cards and the much-rumored voice recorder.
  • by gcondon ( 45047 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:10PM (#7232165)
    The new iTunes Music Store now supports gift certificates & music "allowances" for your kids.

    Plus, the catalog still seems to be growing at a healthy clip - unexpected holdouts such as the Grateful Dead are now available and Audible audiobooks are now available through the store.

    I still wish that they would keep track of single song purchases and deduct them from the album price (a kind of installment plan) but a nice feature bump nonetheless.

    I also like the headline on Apple's homepage - "Hell Froze Over!"
  • First Impressions (Score:5, Informative)

    by jokell82 ( 536447 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:10PM (#7232167) Homepage
    Well I've been a Mac user for a while and love iTunes on my iBook, and I just installed iTunes for PC on my parent's machine. It feels just like iTunes for Mac, very polished, very smooth. I imported a bunch of songs (bad Kazaa, bad!) and they all were read in fine. It sees my shared playlist on my iBook and I can play the files from it just fine. Haven't gone up to the iBook to see if it works the other way, but it should. So far I'm very impressed with the quality of it, considering it's a Windows app.

    Now I just get to tell my family about how buying the music is better than copying it for free. ;)
  • The installer is painless. Couple next buttons, and three checkboxes (iTunes default media player, Quicktime default movie player, shortcut on desktop) followed by reboot. Interface is pretty much the same as iTunes for OS X. Worked with an off the shelf IDE burner in the machine. Windows users are going to be very happy.
  • With the release of iTunes and the iTMS on the PC, what is this all going to mean to Apple as a computer company? One of the side effects of releasing iTunes for Windows may very well be something Apple has been hoping to do for quite some time; demonstrate to PC owners just what the "Apple Experience" is actually all about these days.

    Nobody bought an Apple machine because iTunes was the killer app, but most people that use it for managing archives of music are pretty steadfast about it being the best soft
  • by BenFranske ( 646563 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:10PM (#7232183) Homepage
    If the Apple site gets bogged down it is also availible via BitTorrent at this site []. It also looks like Apple is only supporting Windows 2000 and XP.
    • It also looks like Apple is only supporting Windows 2000 and XP.

      So? It doesn't make sense for Apple, when coming out with a new piece of software, to support versions that Microsoft doesn't even support. All the 9x series are legacy now, except perhaps 98/98SE which is in "extended support" or something for a few more months.

  • Well done Apple. This is the kind of action necessary to balance the interests of all sides in the digital music realm. On the one side you've had the users, who want a flexible, accessible, affordable method of downloading music. On the other, the music industry is panicy because it realizes that the digital medium provides a potential to bypass mechanisms to funnel payments to music creators on a scale never seen before. There will never be a perfect balance, the iTMS's limitation of 30 second clips still
  • What the fudge!?!! I just clicked on the Music Store icon in iTunes and it says that the service is unavailable in my country. What's so hard about getting my credit card info and bill me?
  • by selderrr ( 523988 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:11PM (#7232202) Journal
    THis really really rocks :
    Allowance accounts and gift certificates Now you can give your kids a legal way to download their favorite songs with music allowance accounts, which give them access to the store without requiring a credit card and set a limit on how much they can spend. It's easy to set up recurring allowances which refresh every month, and you can establish different allowance accounts for each of your children. You can also buy music gift certificates -- just the thing for your favorite college student or birthday friend. A counter in the iTunes Music Store shows how much credit is left in allowances and gift certificates.
  • by jeffkjo1 ( 663413 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:12PM (#7232212) Homepage [] says it best, "Hell froze over. Introducing iTunes for Windows."
    Followed by the awesome, "The best Windows app ever."

    Anyone else picture Comic Book Guy when they read this?
  • I just downloaded and installed it on an old HP Pavilion here. Looks and operates EXACTLY like on my big-screen Mac. Rendezvous sharing works as advertised, and is awesome. Seamless with my Macs. Imports exactly the same and works fine. Playback seems static-y but that seems OS-related (?) (will troubleshoot; it's not in the data since they stream fine to the Mac) (Update: Oh, now I actually hear some static in the data now; will have to look at that more in a bit.)

    I think this thing will still be huge.

  • Steve Jobs is mercurial and all that, but he can read the public well lately.

    What should be interesting is not iTunes playback on Windows, or even the Music Store, but the wizardry Apple had to do to make iTunes burn CDs as its Mac counterpart. Consider: While Apple makes iTunes to work with drives that it knows are present in Macintosh systems, it has to consider the myriad of CD and DVD burners out in the PC world. Hell, even dedicated PC burning software goes nuts on PCs, sometimes.

    I'm thinking it leve
  • Is there anywhere you can view their music selection without having to download and install the application?
  • Whoa. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by American AC in Paris ( 230456 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:14PM (#7232265) Homepage
    They're partnering with Pepsi to give away 100 million songs. No matter how you cut it--hours, number of iPods filled, Libraries of Congress--that's an assload of music to give away.

    This is just one reason why iTunes will likely kick the ass of its competitors for the Windows market--name one other player that has a promo even a tenth as big as this one. Apple is playing hardball, and there aren't many companies out there that can compete with an Apple/Pepsi combination, to say nothing of their partnership with AOL...

    • Re:Whoa. (Score:4, Funny)

      by selderrr ( 523988 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:23PM (#7232399) Journal
      The best part about the pepsi deal is when u try to imagine the look on John Sculley's face when he reads that shit :-)

      Although I can't imagine they did it for such glorious reason. I think they did it to spawn a flamewar about pepsi vs cocacola taste.

      Pepsi tastes like shit. No hit me with your flames :-)
  • eut/index.htm?cnn=yes

    "Apple Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson has said that the Windows launch of iTunes would be a Trojan horse".

    My, that certainly is a bad choice of terms for a computing product.
    • Not necessarily... (Score:3, Interesting)

      by hargettp ( 74445 ) *
      I was following the launch event on an IRC channel (via MacNN), and during the course of that IRC someone asserted that Steve said the way they got iTunes onto Windows was by porting Cocoa wholesale--and called it "Yellow Box."

      That's a term Apple has used before; IIRC, in the Copeland days, Apple was offering developers it's "Yellow Box" APIs (an early version of Cocoa, I would guess--NextStep wasn't in the picture, though), which would allow them to write to new APIs but with the current Mac OS (Classic)

    I think you might have to change the extension to .mp4 for it to work.

    -Mr. Fusion
  • The installer was unhappy (wouldn't go past license agreement page) on my machine, but I'm running a Panther developer seed (not the GM, that's not on ADC yet) so perhaps I have a buggy copy of on my machine. The command-line version of the installer worked fine, though. Just in case anyone else out there needs to use it, here's the magic invocation:

    installer -pkg /path/to/itunes4.mpkg -target /

  • I was really interested in the "Sharing" feature as my MP3/ACC library is now over 120 gigs and I wanted to set up some sorta server with RAID and be able to hear all the MP3s and stuff.

    Anyhow, Sharing from iTunes between platforms works great. Actually, both versions work great. Interesting to see that a lot of the rumor sites ( for example) were predicting WMA support. But there is none. Not that I miss it or anything ;-)
  • Hahahaha, the online music distributor makes an appropriate joke with a music reference in their tagline.

    Too bad "Hell Freezes Over" isn't available in the iTunes music store :\
  • The installer recommends that you install SP4; I'm at SP3 with some hot fixes.

    The app is completely identical to the OS X version. I have a first generation 5GB iPod and my Windows machine has no firewire, so I cannot test to see if the Mac iPod will work with this.
  • Running win2k on a an Athlon 2000+ w/512mb ddr333.
    1)Looks and feels just like the mac version- everything is the same so far as I can tell.

    2)Unlike quicktime for windows, win itunes is every bit as responive as the mac version

    3) Visualizations are the same as the mac version
    4) downloaded the installer at 450k/sec. Go Akamai!

    5) Batch ID3 tag renaming as fast. almost instant for a group of 5 tracks

    6) New feature allows for one touch backup of your collection onto cds AND dvds. Just swap the discs as need

  • Can you now use the *same* iPod on both OS X and Windows? Before this didn't work, supposedly due to the MusicMatch software.

  • Insanely great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chief Typist ( 110285 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:18PM (#7232330) Homepage
    I've been playing around with the Windows version for the past half hour or so. It's very well done -- and feature complete:

    1) The Rendezvous stuff for sharing the tunes works well. I can now share 80GB of music with my wife's IBM Thinkpad.

    2) My CD drive was recognized without any problems. I can rip and burn without any problems at all. Goodbye CDex, et. al.

    3) The response time on the store seems to be pretty good. The uptake on the new Windows version will probably be a lot slower than it was for the Mac version (hundreds of thousands of the Windows faithful are NOT waiting anxiously for Steve to say "it's available today".)

    4) It's kinda weird seeing the Aqua UI controls and metal skins in a Windows app, but it supports my theory that iTunes is a lead in for both iPods & regular hardware. Get them used to the way things are in the Mac world, and then get them to switch.

    Well done Apple. I'm impressed!
    • I have to admit, very nicely done. I was a little skeptical when it required a reboot on XP, but it worked without a flaw.

      The celebrity playlists are pretty cool too.. complete with descriptions on why they like the song. I already found a few songs/bands I never heard of and sound pretty cool.

      I especially like the 30 second preview of the song, which loads really fast. Im not sure if I'm actually going to buy anything, but it sure is a good way to find that song that's been nagging you in the back of
  • Noticing this is becoming more and more about Apple... sounds like what happened to the Mustang, as its first costumers grew older and richer the car grew and was tamed. Is this the fate of geeks, graduating (degrading?) from GNU/Linux on cheap Intel boxen to an Apple Macintosh?

    I love the Mac, but the machine. I still run GNU/Linux and Gnome on it.
  • Screen Shots here (Score:2, Informative)

    by neilsly ( 106751 )
    at [].

    Do your worst =)
  • by Ezubaric ( 464724 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:19PM (#7232342) Homepage

    "Hell Froze Over"

    That's the best laugh I've seen in a long time ... now I've gotta reboot and install it on my machine.

  • apps & services (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Dukhat ( 198764 )
    With iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and iMac, Apple obviously sees apps and services instead of the OS as the key making money off of its expertise. Even Microsoft is not secure in its OS market share and is trying to lock in users with Passport and .NET. The only downside is that the user interfaces between OSes will become even more homegenous once the OS doesn't matter.

  • Screenshot! (Score:2, Informative)

    by ernstp ( 641161 )
    The Link []
  • iTunes rules (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hargettp ( 74445 ) * on Thursday October 16, 2003 @03:24PM (#7232420)
    As a long time Linux geek (Debian all the way), I switched to a PowerBook this spring and have never looked back. iTunes is a big part of that experience; having it available for my Windows machines at work is even better. Plus, it means Apple has a huge chance at continuing to be viable in the marketplace. After all, this is about selling iPods--not music.

    Anyway, having followed the launch even this afternoon and downloading immediately, I can tell you fidelity of the experience on Windows is good: everything is the same as Mac OS X. The look and feel will be recognizable as similar to QuickTime--the brushed metal look so often reviled among older Mac die-hards. Interestingly, I entered the same account information I use on my Mac at home, but that does not allow me to re-download music already purchased onto this machine at the office; if I want it here again (outside of my home network), I need to buy it again.

    The Music Store itself appears inside iTunes; it's just another bookmark, like your playlists, your purchased music, any CD you have in your drive, and any other computers on your local network sharing music through Rendezvous. You can play music off another computer with Rendezvous, but you can't add those songs to one of your own playlists, or download / copy them to your machine.

    The experience of using the Music Store inside iTunes is a little like a browsere experience, but on steriods: the interface is more sophisticated, but still based on following links for navigation, backward and forward buttons, a home page, etc. On many pages, lists of highlighted albums appear in scrollable horizontal strips of album cover thumbnails. Definitely more than a browser, more than a website.

    If you spend time with iTunes, you discover that more and more music arrives everyday. Things you didn't see when you did a search last week are now there. Over time, it starts to have the same jaw-dropping effect as Napster did in it's heyday: all the music you ever wanted, right there.
    • Re:iTunes rules (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Blondie-Wan ( 559212 )

      Interestingly, I entered the same account information I use on my Mac at home, but that does not allow me to re-download music already purchased onto this machine at the office; if I want it here again (outside of my home network), I need to buy it again.

      Only if you don't want to go to the trouble of copying it yourself. You can put your purchases on up to three machines you authorize to play them, and from the info today it seems that includes whatever mix of Macs and PCs you want; you can move files f

  • My Review (Score:3, Informative)

    by ljavelin ( 41345 ) on Thursday October 16, 2003 @08:20PM (#7235490)
    OK, I just did it... I tried iTunes for the first time.

    My Sister has a Mac and has used iTunes since the spring - and she has told me on several times how much she loves it.

    I don't own a Mac (or an iPod), but for my sister to give a glowing review is a rarity - so I figured I'd try the windows version when it came out.

    I'm a 20% Windows user. The other 80% of the time I'm a linux guy, with Linux on my main machines at work and at home. But I also have a Windows 2000 PC at home for things like Visio and Microsoft Money [blush].

    So I fired up that w2k machine and then fired up Mozilla and downloaded the iTunes for Windows software. The download was uneventful. I fired up the installer.

    The installer is much like any other Windows installer - a license agreement and some basic questions about the install process, and you're good to go. I did have to reboot after the installation, but hey, I'm used to that with Windows.

    After the reboot I fired up iTunes. I checked out the internet radio stuff (very easy to use), and then I went right to the iTunes store and started poking around. I did some searches for some stuff I'd expect them to have (Pink Floyd, Beck, etc)... and found everything that I was looking for.

    The search feature was very easy to use: basically, you just type what you're looking for and it gives you a sorted result set. Pretty basic stuff.

    From there I "previewed" some of the results. Simply clicking on a line item plays a portion of the song. It was good quality, and they had a nice fade-in/fade-out.

    From there, I decided "what the hell" and downloaded Beck's latest album. The price was $9.99, which is a bit cheaper than the cheap stores.

    iTunes asked me to log in or to set up a new account. Of course, I chose to set up a new account. It asked me for some very basic information - the biggest thing being my credit card information.

    Then the download began. It was fast and uneventful.

    After the download, I figured I'd burn the Beck album on a CD. Usually this is a pain in the butt for me, since I have crappy manufacturer-provided CD burning software.

    This is where iTunes was INCREDIBLE. It opened my CDR drive and asked me to insert a disk. I did. From there, it told me to click "burn". I did. And then it burned the album.

    It was way easy. You have to ask why other software is so much more a pain in the butt.

    15 minutes later the CD was done, and iTunes gave me a little "ding!". I popped the new CD out of the drive and played it in my regular old CD player. Flawless.

    That's all I've done so far.

    It's impressive how simple iTunes is and how well it works. It doesn't do amazing things - but it does what it does very very well.

    Now I see. iTunes is simple and elegant. I'm going to try to download the same music off the net and see how well I do. Although I've downloaded music off the net before, it has never been so freakin' simple.

    I hope Linux developers take heed of Apple's progress in simplicity. I'm not an Apple fan, but I must say that iTunes is on the top of the heap so far.

    Now I wish there was an iTunes for Linux.

Think of it! With VLSI we can pack 100 ENIACs in 1 sq. cm.!