Product Type: Apple in Multimedia
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The Best Music Player Available
Member Name: AGMeee
Advantages: Easy to use, good design, wireless compatibility
Disadvantages: Sometimes slow
I've always favoured iTunes over Windows media player and other third party applications, and since buying a MacBook Pro recently I was excited that iTunes was per-installed and I didn't have to deal with any horribly annoying other media players.
On to iTunes itself - I'll break the review up into different subcategories for easy reading.
The design of iTunes is flawless. It's easy to find what you want in the iTunes store and organising your music and video files is a breeze. There are even different layout options so that you can choose what suits you best. I can't fault the design - it's what Apple do best!
Speed is where iTunes can fall down. It's now slow, but can be irritating sometimes. On my mac it's fine and quick to open and use, but on other Windows computers I've owned before it is not. This is my experience with iTunes on Windows - It takes a minute to actually open, usually taking so long that I click it again, wondering if I'd actually clicked it the first time, resulting it 2 iTunes windows opening or the whole computer freezing up. Once in, there could be occasional lag - especially on the iTunes store - but otherwise it was fine.
Media Variety + Quality
Not only does the iTunes store sell music and music, but it also sells Movies (to rent or buy), TV Shows, digital books, apps for other Apple devices, Podcasts and University lectures (uploaded by the university). The variety of music is fantastic. I've never had an issue with finding the music I want, and it's always released on time and you can even pre-order music. The music is of the highest quality - it blows most other YouTube music videos out of the water. The same quality standard goes for movies and TV shows etc. The variety of TV shows is also fantastic, and the same goes for movies - however there have been times when they haven't got the movie I want. If this happens though, you can fill in a recommendation form for them.
The pricing on iTunes ranges from fair to outrageous, which can be a let down.
Music - Songs are usually priced at either 59p, 79p or 99p. Every song that you can find on iTunes is usually (but not always) 10p cheaper on Amazon music. Having said this, I have never used Amazon music so I can't compare sound quality or how easy it is to get the song onto an iPhone or other device.
Movies - The price of movies is okay. It's usually not too much, but not cheap either. If you can, I'd rent it from Blockbuster or LoveFilm etc. but if you can't, you shouldn't be spending too much more on iTunes. The bonus of buying from iTunes though, is that you can play the movie on your Laptop or iPhone etc. or your TV if you have the right cables or an Apple TV. With DVDs you can't watch them on your iPhone or iPad etc.
TV Shows - These are usually VERY overpriced. To give you an example, each season of Friends on iTunes is currently £14.99. Therefore, to buy all 10 seasons of Friends on iTunes would cost you just under £150. On Amazon, you can get all 10 seasons on DVD for £54.54 - enough said.
iTunes has never crashed on me, so I give it 5/5 for reliability. It has also never lost any files I've downloaded before - but even if it had, I can download them again free of charge from the iTunes store.
If you download a song from iTunes on your computer, it will automatically and wirelessly download to your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple TV within minutes using iCloud. If you want to do the same for movies, simply connect your iDevice to your laptop with a USB and it will do it all for you. Therefore I also give compatibility a 5/5. And, if you prefer to have your music on CDs but also want a back up on iTunes, just put your CD into the computer and tell iTunes to import tracks.
Over all, iTunes is amazingly simple to use, while it can be slow it's definitely not too slow, and having tried other media managers iTunes is by far my favourite.
Summary: Try it, you'll love it!
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