The free 64 bit version of Apple's free music player iTunes 11 can automatically create playlists that are tailored to your musical preferences. You can import audio CDs into the program and also burn personal music CDs.
If you have an iPod/iPad/iPhone you'll like the sync feature. Depending on the settings, new songs or whole playlists can be transferred automatically. Plus, you can bring your mobile music player up to date manually via drag and drop.
The iTunes Store is also integrated, so you can buy tracks, video clips, small games and whole movies. The music files are only offered in the AAC format, however.
Using the so-called Genius feature, you can also analyse your titles, buy similar music or automatically create playlists with suitable songs.
If you want to, the iTunes Installer also lets you download the most up-to-date version of QuickTime and the iCloud control panel.
New in iTunes 11:
iTunes 11 has been completely renewed. The media player features a new look and a new mini player. The integration of Store and online storage tool iCloud is even deeper. A list of all the changes and updates you can find on the homepage of the manufacturer.
Verdict: The software is for the iPod/iPad/iPhone owner almost a must-have but it's also great for all other users with a big music library for the administration and playing of songs. Alternatively, you can fill your mobile MP3 player with the freeware MediaMonkey.
Note: The download link takes you straight to the download servers from Apple.
Supported formats: AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, TCA, WAV.
Note: The software immediately downloads two other tools without warning the user. You'll get the Apple Software Update Center as well as the program Bonjour. The normal user doesn't really need either and we recommend you delete both straight away again. As the set-up doesn't include an option to deselect those programs, you will need to delete the update tool and the network service program Bonjour via the control panel.