Pros Great quality - great price
Cons Will not convert to MP3 for a player other than iPod
Summary Man was I irked when I finished downloading twenty some odd dollars worth of music from iTunes and tried to convert the selections to MP3's to use on my Rio Cali MP3 player. The files are locked leaving you only two options: burn to CD or transfer to Apple's iPod. I'm a die-hard Mac user, but was absolutely furious when I found out that I could not put this music that I purchased legally on a player that was not Apple brand. I figured out a time consuming way to do it after some experimentation, but I won't post that here or the thieves at Apple might block that too. Bottom line, Macs are great, iTunes is a flippin' ripoff unless you want to cave in and buy their brand of player. There are a ton of MP3 download sites out there that don't sell a deceiving product as Apple is doing with iTunes.
Pros Attractive interface, speedy, easy to use for beginers
Cons lacks almost any in depth features.
Summary If you want a one sentence recomendation, try this. Use windows media player 10, it is easily the best media managment program out there and beats iTunes hands down. Now for the more in depth stuff.
I have tried almost every music software out there, and I figured it was time to jump on the bandwagon and try iTunes, after all, everyone's doing it.. right? At first I was highly pleased by the attractive, clean interface, and the speed of the searching (an apple hallmark) and even the music store. Yes I didnt mind the music store personally, I know there are many complaints, but hey if you want to use a player other than an ipod, its easy to strip the drm and rencode, however you will lose audio quality, but you get what you pay for and itunes is free.
Now on to the cons. This is where iTunes loses ground to a more in depth solution like wmp 10.
1. First off there is no option to use more than stereo speakers. While music is only 2 channel, it would be nice to be able to at least listen to it in all my speakers even if it just duplicates the front channels. I paid for 5.1 speakers and a soundcard, i might as well get to use them.
2. Burning is a complete mess. I know that playlists are all the rage nowadays, but I dont use them, at all. I know I'm not the only one either, but for some reason apple assumes that you would never want to burn a cd, only a playlist, and as such there is no burn option when viewing music that isnt a playlist. What this means is if you want to burn a cd, you will have to creat a playlist with all the tracks from that cd, and then burn the playlist. Am I the only one that finds this mind bogglingly annoying?
3. iTunes does not look up album art for you automatically... you'd think this was a standard feature by now, especially with access to apples extensive music store but nope, you have to manually add art for each cd, im sorry but with 60+ gigs of music, i dont have time for that.
4. No advanced tag editing features. to edit track information you have to either click each field in the media library view and edit it one thing at a time, or highlight multiple tracks and hit "view track info" (one would think it would say "edit" but oh well) but for some reason even when using this option, the changes dont save outside of itunes, which brings me to my next point.
5. no folder monitoring. for some reason itunes assumes that all new music is going to come from ripping with itunes, or from their music store, if you get music any other way it will not appear in your library unless you manually scan for it (at which point all your tag changes from point #4 revert back to their original values) this also creates the problem of duplicate tracks. im not sure why itunes has such a problem with this, as i never encounter this in other media players. even when rescanning my library
6. itunes reorganzied and fractured my folder and directory structure, even after had explicitly told it not to reorganize anything.
7. songs purchased from the music store are only 128 bitrate
All in all the gripes i have with itunes far outweigh, its benefits. I'm sure if you have your ipod and 10 cds and you wanna be "cool" walking around campus, then itunes is perfect for you, but if you want a rich full featured, music managment program, you'll have to look elsewhere. My personal recomendation is windows media player 10.
Pros The best music application I've used.
Cons Major slowdown when trying to scroll in Music Store.
Summary The Itunes application uses 100% of my processor when trying to scroll in the Music Store especially the iMix section. I've encountered this problem on three different computers. All three PC's had 512MB of RAM 1.6Ghz-2.4Ghz procs and ran a virus free up to date copy of Windows XP SP2. This problem occurs when I attempt to scroll up or down in the Music Store. The application becomes very unresponsive when scrolling this makes buying music a pain. Other than that it works perfect IMO Apple needs to work on the Windows version a little more.
"Pure simplicity"on by joeandjill
Pros One click to download, rip, burn, and cram you pod
Cons Nothing I can think of
Summary I've been using realplayer and Musicmatch which came with my Dell. I tried to get my wife hooked on the digital music revalution but everything was just too complicated. Since we started using apple iTunes I can't get her to stop! WE LOVE THIS SERVICE. I use the pod everywhere I go but my wife still prefers to use cd's in the car. This software works great for both of us.
Pros If you have a MPEG4 devise it works good.
Cons Cannot convert to different format.
Summary I purchased 10 songs. I then went to convert the songs to the MP3 format to allow me to play the songs on my RIO.
To my surprise the song have a protection on them.
I can not convert the songs THAT I PURCHASED to any other format. The question I have is. If I own the songs why is itunes telling me what device I can play then on?
I feel like I have been taken. The songs cost .99 cents each. I can not use the music in anything except my computer.I contacted customer service and was told that the songs are in fact only limited to MPEG4 devices. This is wrong. I own the songs. If you are planning to use the music on anthing other then MPEG4 device stay away from this service.