Apple released iTunes 1.0 on January 9, 2001. The release of iTunes is arguably as important as the iPod to Apple’s success in the early 2000s, propelling its growth and helping it become the largest and most influential technology company.
iTunes 1.0 was released at Macworld Expo on January 9th for Mac OS 9.0.4, but 9.1 was recommended. iTunes has been regularly updated by Apple throughout its life, adding features and improving its interface.
iTunes continues to be a part of our lives and it also continues its role as the interface for iPod, iPhone and iPad connectivity on Macs and Windows PCs.
Significant iTunes releases: (based on Wikipedia’s iTunes version history article)
- iTunes 2.0 (October 23, 2001) — iPod support, OS X support
- iTunes 3.0 (July 17, 2002) — Smart Playlists, Audible.com audiobooks
- iTunes 4.0 (April 28, 2003) — Arguably the most important update ever, the advent of the iTunes Store. At first it only offered music, but eventually TV shows, movies, books and apps would be added.
- iTunes 4.1 (October 16, 2003) — iTunes for Windows
- iTunes 4.9 (July 28th, 2005) — Podcasts
- iTunes 7.0 (September 12, 2006) — Click wheel iPod games
- iTunes 7.6 (January 15, 2008) — Movie rentals
- iTunes 10.0 (September 1, 2010) — The ill-fated Ping
- iTunes 11.0 (November 29, 2012) — Most significant UI redesign in its history