iTunes is a media management application developed by Apple and released free of charge to Mac and PC users. It can be used to organize audio and video content, and also provides access to the online iTunes Store, offering a broad range of music, movies and TV shows. iTunes is used to synch content to Apple's portable devices, including the iPod, iPad and iPhone. New versions of the software are released on a regular basis, but the main installation process is the same whether you are upgrading from a previous version or downloading iTunes for the first time.
Things You'll Need
- Web browser
Visit the Apple website at apple.com. Click on the iTunes link at the top of the screen.
Click the blue Download iTunes link that appears on the right and you'll be taken to the dedicated iTunes page.
Check that the website has correctly identified the version of iTunes that you wish to download (Mac or PC). Tick the check boxes at the top of the page and enter your email address if you want to receive news of special offers and software updates from Apple.
Click "Download Now" to begin transferring the setup file to your computer. Depending on the browser you are using, you may be asked to confirm the download and/or pick a local folder to save the file to.
Double-click on the iTunesSetup.exe file to launch the installation process. Follow the instructions on screen to accept the license agreement.
Select whether or not to create an iTunes shortcut on the desktop, and whether or not to use iTunes as the default audio player using the tick boxes on the dialog that appears on screen.
Choose a destination folder using the Change button if you don't want to accept the default C:\Program Files\iTunes location. Using the default folder will make media management and future upgrades easier.
Click Install to start expanding and copying files. Once the installation process has finished, iTunes is launched via the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are installing iTunes over a previous copy of the program, your media library and playlists will be unaffected. If you are installing iTunes for the first time, a blank media library will be created--to use an existing library, hold down the Shift key while launching iTunes from a desktop or Start menu shortcut. A dialog will appear asking for the location of your existing media library.
- iTunes comes with its own auto-update tool that will alert you when a new version of iTunes is available--you can opt to install the update or ignore the alert each time.
- The iTunes installer will install the QuickTime video player and codecs on your system as well--this software is used within iTunes to aid video playback.
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