is a free
application from Apple, and works exactly the same whether you're using
a Macintosh or a Windows PC. You can download it by clicking here
iTunes allows you to organize, listen to, and share all of your music.
Whether your music is on CD, MP3, AAC, AIFF, or WAV, iTunes can handle
it. It will even convert Windows Media files on your PC! One of my
favorite new features of iTunes is the Apple Lossless encoder, which
allows you to import your CDs into iTunes without losing any sound
quality, but only takes up half the space of a CD on your hard disk.
You can listen to your music on your computer's speakers, you can beam
it to your stereo using AirTunes
you can burn it on CD (MP3 CD or Audio CD), you can share it with other
computers on your network, or, best of all, copy it to your iPod
or iPod mini
But where do you get all of this music? You can always buy it on CD as
you're used to, but what if you only want one song, and don't want to
pay for the entire album? Or, what if you want the song right now
? Some people would try to
download it from a file-sharing program. But you know what? It's
illegal, it's a pain, the quality isn't great, it's unreliable, oh, and
did I mention it's illegal
Who wants to be sued? Use the iTunes Music Store, conveniently located
right in iTunes itself.
Songs are 99¢ each (in the US) and most albums are available for
just $9.99. The iTunes Music Store is also currently available in the
US, UK, France, and Germany. And it couldn't be easier to use. Search
or browse for the song you want, listen to a free full quality preview,
and then click "Buy Song." Boom— right into your iTunes library. That's
it. Oh, and Audiobooks? iTunes has thousands of them. Music videos?
Yep, and they're free.
That's not all that iTunes has to offer, but if I told you everything,
you'd have a lot more reading to do. It's best that you discover some
things on your own, so go ahead, try