is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organize digital multimedia files, including music and video, on personal computers running the mac OS and Windows operating systems.
Content must be purchased through the i Tunes Store, whereas i Tunes is the software letting users manage their purchases.
i Tunes has received significant criticism for a bloated user experience, with Apple adopting an all-encompassing feature-set in i Tunes rather than sticking to its original music-based purpose.
Sound Jam MP, released by Casady & Greene in 1999, was renamed "i Tunes" when Apple purchased it in 2000.
On i OS, a dedicated App Store application served as the storefront for browsing, purchasing and managing applications, whereas i Tunes on computers had a dedicated section for apps rather than a separate app.
However, the following month, i Tunes 12.6.3 was also released, retaining the App Store, with 9to5Mac noting that the secondary release was positioned by Apple as "necessary for some businesses performing internal app deployments".
For music the user owns, such as content ripped from CDs, the company introduced "i Tunes Match", a feature that can upload content to Apple's servers, match it to its catalog, change the quality to 256kbps AAC format, and make it available to other devices.
It uses the Gracenote music database to provide track name listings for audio CDs.
In April 2003, Apple introduced the i Tunes Store, then-named "i Tunes Music Store".
It allowed users to buy and download songs, with 200,000 tracks available at launch.
In its first week, customers bought more than one million songs.
In June 2011, Apple announced "i Tunes in the Cloud", in which music purchases were stored on Apple's servers and made available for automatic downloading on new devices.