Pros Sleek new interface is great, CoverFlow is nifty, movies are a welcome addition
Cons Users of Windows XP will probably encounter playback crackling/hissing or other bugs; extremely chip-intensive makes it unsuitable for middle and low-end systems right now
Summary As is well documented on Apple's support section on its Web site, iTunes 7.0 is suffering from a large number of bugs--that affect a large number (though not all) users. I am one of the affected users. Although I have a high-end gaming laptop with oodles of memory, a superfast chip, and a top-end sound card, iTunes 7.0 doesn't correctly make use of the QuickTime settings for playback, resulting in crackling or hissing or skipping. (Other users are experiencing other bugs as well.) In my case, if I played the exact same sound file from within QuickTime there was no problem--the problem occurs only within iTunes itself. Even so, the solution in my case was to change the QuickTime output settings to Safe Mode and to reduce output to 44.1 KHz/16 bit, respectively, but how sad to rein in the power of my system just to listen to my *paid-for* music collection. So, yes, iTunes 7.0 works, but not as well as it should for a nonbeta application. I was shocked that the Visualizer is too chip-intensive to run on my high-end machine; it's slow and clunky, even if set to small. I also miss buttons for the Equalizer and Visualizer from the main iTunes window. In short: do *not* upgrade to iTunes 7.0 until Apple releases fixes for the numerous, fairly serious bugs and improves the application's use of system resources. While some users have experienced no trouble at all, you don't want to risk being one of the legions who have had lots of annoying trouble--and we are either down-grading back to iTunes 6 or waiting all antsy-like for the bug fixes. Apple: get with it!
"A bad apple"on by lukehumphry
Pros Nice new features
Cons Woeful Performace
Summary When Apple bring out each new release of iTunes with a fanfare, I am usually not too bold over but I update anyway and I am rewarded with a solid new build and a few more features.
With iTunes 7 I was impressed with the promise of gapless playback (about time too) and automatic album art retrieval. The new album art interface looked useful too. And to be fair, these features are quite good in the new release.
But somehow Apple have managed to make a nice nippy simple program into a judering sluggish monster. Not impressed. I have a 3.6GHz P4, and iTunes 6 just flew on my computer, but this is terrible.
Also, for some reason if I move the iTunes shortcut in my start menu iTunes re-adds a shortcut everytime it is opened. pah!
Sort it out Apple!
When they release a slicker version I will update, as gapless playback is good, but untill then I'm going back to version 6.Updated
Pros -Great organization options, fantastic audio quality
Cons -Resource hungry
Summary I'll keep it short. This is the best audio player available these days. I've been using iTunes since it was released and haven't switched since.
But it uses up resources like no other. I have a fairly new system (AMD X2 3800+ AM2, 2x 1GB DDR2 800 )2GB total), 320GB 7200.10 HD) and every time Apple releases a new version, it just seems to get slower and slower. Rather than putting in so many features, most of which a majority of non-iPod using people won't use, they should find ways to make it more efficient. Everything on my system runs blazing fast... except for iTunes (and Quicktime). I need my background apps (like music) to use as little resource as possible because I do some heavy Photoshopping and Premiere work.
Really, it's not much of a draw but the very first iTunes used less resources and had everything feature I wanted and ran faster on my old desktop (P3 733MHz, 512MB PC133, 30GB 5400RPM HD).
I used the new WMP11 beta and found it to be quicker but came back to iTunes because WMP11 wasn't stable enough and was missing some features (it is a beta after all). But if Microsoft can get it right, I might be switching soon.
But all in all, there really isn't an alternative to iTunes. The low score is only due to it's resource requirements.
Pros Nicely cleaned up interface, Cover search is pretty, but completely useless
Cons 98% CPU Usage, rendered my computer useless when I used it.
Summary iTunes 6 cpu usage averaged < 10%, iTunes 7 barely let me move the mouse. Obviously there are some bugs to work out, I'm hoping that Apple fixes it soon.
Love the latest interface updates, though I'll still probably just stick with the original browse, the cover shot feature was nice to look at but completely useless, in my opinion. I'd rather have a solid perfoming product.
Thought the product was going to be excellent, loved that Apple incorporated the iPod utilities into iTunes. So far I had to uninstall 7 and go back to 6 so I could acutally use my computer when iTunes is running.
Pros Stable, fast, excellent new features, still easy to use
Cons Album view mode - sluggish to dynamically load album covers
Summary I must disagree with several of the reviews so far. I have now loaded iTunes 7 onto 3 XP machines, 2 of them being now old and cruddy. I have a Gig of RAM on each, so maybe that's the difference.
The initial download was somewhat painful because (I can only imagine) there were 28 million humans trying to simultaneously download it after it was announced. Once the Akamai-hosted download was complete however, it has performed great both in terms of stability and speed. The usability of iTunes never ceases to amaze me, especially in relation to Window Meida Player.
I have downloaded and used WMP 11 now for a couple weeks and while it's a big improvement on version 10 and before, it pales in comparison to iTunes 7 (would not pass the wife test in other words).