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The version history of iTunes begins in 1998 and continues to the present day. Initially conceived as a simple music player, over time iTunes developed into a sophisticated multimedia content manager, hardware synchronization manager and e-commerce platform. The current version of iTunes enables users to manage media content, create playlists, synchronize media content with handheld devices including the iPod, iPhone and iPad, re-image and update handheld devices, stream Internet radio and purchase music, films, television shows, audiobooks and applications via the iTunes Store.


Apple based the initial release of iTunes on SoundJam MP, a program developed by Bill Kincaid and released by Casady & Greene in 1999.[1] Apple purchased the program from Casady & Greene in 2000. At the time of the purchase, Kincaid, Jeff Robbin and Dave Heller left Casady & Greene to continue development of the program as Apple employees. At Apple, the developers simplified SoundJam's user interface, added the ability to burn CDs, and removed the program's recording feature and skin support.[2]

Apple released version 1.0 of the program under a new name, "iTunes", on January 9, 2001, at Macworld San Francisco. Macintosh users immediately began poking through iTunes's resource fork, where they discovered numerous strings and other resources that indicated that iTunes was a re-engineered Sound Jam MP. Casady & Greene ceased distribution of SoundJam MP on June 1, 2001 at the request of the developers.[3]

Originally a Mac OS 9-only application, iTunes began to support Mac OS X with the release of version 2.0 in October, 2001. Release 2.0 also added support for a then-new product, the iPod.[4] Version 3 dropped Mac OS 9 support but added smart playlists and a ratings system.[5] In April 2003, version 4.0 introduced the iTunes Store; in October, version 4.1 added support for Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.[6] Introduced at Macworld 2005 with the new iPod Shuffle, Version 4.7.1 introduced the ability to convert higher-bitrate songs to 128kbit/s AAC automatically, as these devices did not natively support audio encoded in AIFF or Apple Lossless formats, also improving the value proposition of the Shuffle's limited flash-only storage.[7] Version 7.0 introduced gapless playback and Cover Flow in September 2006.[8] In March 2007, iTunes 7.1 added support for Windows Vista,[9] and 7.3.2 was the last Windows 2000 version.[10]

iTunes lacked support for 64-bit versions of Windows until the 7.6 update on January 16, 2008. iTunes is currently supported under any 64-bit version of Windows, although the iTunes executable is still 32-bit. The 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are not supported by Apple, but a workaround has been devised for both operating systems.[11] Version 8.0 added Genius playlists, grid view, and a new default visualizer.[12]

iTunes 9 added "Home Share" enabling automatic updating of purchased items across other computers on the same subnet and offers a new iTunes Store Template:Abbr. Genius Mixes were added, as well as improved App synchronization abilities, extending the iPod Shuffle 128 kbit/s down-convert feature to all of Apple's AAC-capable devices.[13] It also adds iTunes LPs to the store, which gives additional media with an album. Apple added iTunes Extras as well to the store, which adds content usually reserved for films on DVD and Blu-ray discs.[14] Both iTunes LPs and Extras use web-standards HTML, JavaScript and CSS.[15]

On September 1, 2010, Apple held their annual music press event where they unveiled an updated version: iTunes 10. The new version was available for download later that day. One major feature includes the integration of "iTunes Ping", which brings a social factor to the iTunes experience. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also announced a new logo, one without a CD in the background because of the increasing popularity of iTunes digital downloads.

In October 2012, Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, the refresh of the iPod and Mac lines, and the upcoming release of iTunes 11. Slated for release by the end of October, the launch was pushed back to November 29, 2012. This version included tighter integration with iCloud, and a new user interface. Users' libraries now include all media they have stored in their iCloud account, along with any media unique to the device they are using. Media stored in the cloud don't need to be downloaded before playing, allowing a larger collection to be accessible without increased disk usage. The new user interface includes a refreshed grid view, which replaces Cover Flow as the default layout method. With this change, Cover Flow is no longer available within the application. With the release of this software, the iTunes Store was redesigned to remain consistent with the new interface, and the stores available on iOS devices. The social element Ping was also removed and replaced by increased Twitter and Facebook integration. Other minor changes included disabling the sidebar by default, and slightly altering the icon to match that of the Mac App Store better.


Operating system versionsEdit

Obsolete Discontinued Current Beta Future Release
Operating system version Latest version Support
Mac OS 9Template:Ref 2.0.4[16] (2002-03-20) 2001–2002
Mac OS X v10.0 1.1.1[17] (2001-05-01) 2001
Mac OS X v10.1 4.7.1 (2005-01-11) 2001–2005
Mac OS X v10.2 6.0.5 (2006-06-29) 2002–2006
Mac OS X v10.3 7.7.1[18] (2008-07-31) 2003–2008
Mac OS X v10.4 for G3 8.2.1[19] (2009-07-15) 2005–2009
Mac OS X v10.4 for G4, G5, Intel 9.2.1[20] (2010-07-19) 2005–2010
Mac OS X v10.5 10.6.3[21] (2012-06-11) 2007–2012
Mac OS X v10.6 11.1.3 (2013-11-06) Since 2009
Mac OS X v10.7 Since 2011
OS X v10.8 Since 2012
OS X v10.9 Since 2013
Windows 2000 for x86 7.3.2 (2007-08-02) 2003–2007
Windows XP for x86 11.1.3 (2013-11-06) Since 2003
Windows Vista Since 2007
Windows 7 Since 2009
Windows 8 Since 2012
  • iTunes Store requires at least version 9, dropping support for earlier versions.
  • iTunes on Windows Home Server may cause data corruption, which Microsoft fixed in an update.[22]
  • iTunes usually requires latest service pack or point release to function.
  • a. Template:NoteMac OS 9.1 is required to burn CDs.
  • b. Template:NoteiTunes supports both 32-bit and 64-bit editions for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.


Device Minimum OS Latest firmware
iPod Classic (1st generation)[23] 9/10.1 (Mac) 1.5
Rio OneTemplate:Citation needed Template:Unknown
iPod Classic (2nd generation)[24] 9/10.1 (Mac)
ME/2000 (Win)[25]
iPod Classic (3rd generation) 10.1 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Mini (1st generation)[26] 1.4.1
iPod Classic (4th generation)[27] 3.1.1
AirPort Express[28] 10.2 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Photo[29] 1.2.1
iPod Classic 4G (color display)[30]
iPod Shuffle (1st generation)[31] 1.1.5
iPod Mini (2nd generation)[32] 1.4.1
ROKR E1[33] Template:Unknown
iPod Nano (1st generation)[34] 10.3 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Classic (5th generation)[35] 1.3
SLVR L7[33] Template:Unknown
RAZR V3i[33] Template:Unknown
Nike+iPod Template:Unknown
iPod Classic 5.5G 1.3
iPod Shuffle (2nd generation)[36] 1.0.4
iPod Nano (2nd generation)[37] 1.1.3
Apple TV (1st generation)[38] 10.3.9 (Mac)
XP SP2 (Win)
iPhone (1st generation)[40] 10.4.11 (Mac)
XP SP2 (Win)
iOS 3.1.3
iPod Touch (1st generation)[41]
iPod Classic (6th generation) 1.1.2
iPod Nano (3rd generation)[42] 1.1.3
iPhone 3G[43] iOS 4.2.1
iPod Touch (2nd generation)[44]
iPod Classic 6.5G 10.4.11 (Mac)
XP SP3 (Win)
iPod Nano (4th generation)[45] 1.0.4
iPod Shuffle (3rd generation)[46] 1.1[47]
iPhone 3GS[48] iOS 6.1.3
iPod Touch (3rd generation)[49] iOS 5.1.1
iPod Nano (5th generation)[50] 1.0.2
iPad (1st generation)[51] iOS 5.1.1
iPhone 4[52] iOS 7.0.4
iPod Shuffle (4th generation)[53] 10.5.8 (Mac)
XP SP3 (Win)
iPod Nano (6th generation)[54] 1.2
iPod Touch (4th generation)[55] iOS 6.1.5
Apple TV (2nd generation)[56] 6.0.2 (iOS 7.0.1)
iPhone 4 (CDMA)[52] iOS 7.0.4
iPad 2[57]
iPhone 4S[58]
iPad (3rd generation)
Apple TV (3rd generation) 6.0.2 (iOS 7.0.1)
iPhone 5 10.6.8 (Mac)
XP SP3 (Win)
iOS 7.0.4
iPod Touch (5th generation)
iPod Nano (7th generation) 1.0.1
iPad (4th generation) iOS 7.0.4
iPad Mini
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S

Version historyEdit

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iTunes 11.x version history
Version Release date Release notes / Features

11.0<span id="2012" />Edit

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11.0.1<span id="2012" />Edit

Template:Start date Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in one's library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and returns the ability to display duplicate items within one's library. It also includes other important stability and performance improvements.[161][162]

11.0.2<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date Adds a new Composers view for music, improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in your iTunes library. This update also includes other stability and performance improvements.[163]

11.0.3<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date New feature that lets the MiniPlayer be tweaked to show album art with the player controls hidden and reinstates the MiniPlayer progress bar. Other changes include now showing album art in the songs view, putting multiple disc albums together as one album when in album view, changes to app update management, and improvements in search performance and sorting of large libraries.

11.0.4<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date Fixes a problem when switching between wired and wireless syncing which causes iTunes to quit and a problem relating to repeated iTunes store logins.[164]

11.0.5<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date This update corrects an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.[165]

11.1<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date This update features integration with Apple's new radio service, iTunes Radio.[166]

11.1.1<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date Minor bug-fix updates for OS X 10.8.5 and iTunes 11.1.

11.1.2<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date Support for Apple's latest operating system OS X Mavericks. Added Hebrew and Arabic language support. Performance and stability improvements.

11.1.3<span id="2013" />Edit

Template:Start date Resolves an issue where the equalizer may not work as expected and improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries.

11.1.4<span id="2014" />Edit

Template:Start date Adds the ability to see your Wish List in the iTunes library, improved support for Arabic and Hebrew, and additional stability improvements. The Windows installer now packages iCloud, increasing the installer size by around just under 40MB for the 32-bit and just under 50MB for the 64-bit.

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  29. Apple Introduces iPod Photo
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  69. Apple Announced iTunes 3
  70. iTunes 3.0.1 Released
  71. iTunes 4: What's New
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  73. iTunes 4.1 and QuickTime 6.4 releasedTemplate:Dead link
  74. iTunes 4.2 Released
  75. Apple releases feature enhanced iTunes 4.5
  76. iTunes 4.6 released
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  82. iTunes 4.9 Now Available
  83. Apple Introduces iTunes 5
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  85. Apple Announces iTunes 6 With 2,000 Music Videos, Pixar Short Films & Hit TV Shows
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  87. iTunes 6.0.2 and QuickTime 7.0.4 Released
  88. iLife '06 update and iTunes 6.0.3 released
  89. iTunes 6.0.4 released, updates iPhoto, Front Row
  90. iTunes 6.0.5 Released, iPod Updater 2006-06-28
  91. Apple Announces iTunes 7 with Amazing New Features
  92. Apple Quietly Releases iTunes 7.0.1
  93. Briefly: iTunes 7.0.2, iSight shipments, 8GB nano
  94. QuickTime 7.1.5 and iTunes 7.1 released
  95. Apple releases iTunes 7.1.1 for Mac, Windows
  96. iTunes 7.2 fully supports Windows Vista
  97. iTunes 7.2 supports DRM-free 'iTunes Plus' music
  98. Apple's iTunes U Means You Can Ditch Class and Still Learn
  99. iTunes 7.3 unexpectedly, shockingly available
  100. iTunes 7.3 Sorting Problems: Fallout Central
  101. iTunes 7.3.1 fixes iTunes Library access
  102. Apple Releases iTunes 7.3.2
  103. iTunes 7.4 Released with Ringtone Support
  104. iTunes 7.4 obsolete after 48 hours; 7.4.1 breaks homebrew ringtones
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  108. iTunes 7.5 and iPhone 1.1.2 return custom ringtones - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  109. 64-bit editions of Windows Vista require iTunes 7.6 or later
  110. iTunes 7.6.1 is out - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  111. Update 7.6.2 details at MacRumours
  112. Apple to Offer iTunes Remote Control App for iPhone and iPod Touch - Mac Rumors
  113. iTunes 7.7.1 released
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  116. Apple releases iTunes 8.0.2 and iPhone 2.2 updates
  117. Faster iTunes 8.1 with new import and Genius features due soon AppleInsider March 11, 2009
  118. 118.0 118.1 iTunes 8.1.1 Released
  119. iTunes 8.2 released
  120. iTunes 8.2.1 fixes bugs, disses Palm Pre, a July 15, 2009 article from Ars Technica
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  140. iTunes 10.3 is out now! (iTunes in the cloud beta)
  141. Apple Releases iTunes 10.3.1, Potentially Fixing iOS Device Syncing Bug [Updated]e
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