iTunes 11.1 available for download

iTunes is a free application for Mac and PC. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it's an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/.

  • Organize your music into playlists
  • Edit file information
  • Record compact discs
  • Copy files to an iPod or other digital audio player
  • Purchase music and videos on the Internet through the built-in iTunes store
  • Run a visualizer to display graphical effects in time to the music
  • Encode music into a number of different audio formats.

This version of iTunes comes with several major new features, including:

  • iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from over 250 stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.
  • Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.
  • Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.
  • Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Download: iTunes 11.1 32-bit | iTunes 11.1 64-bit |~92 MB (Freeware)
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After updating to 11.1 on my MacBook it now says that all my apps are up to date, when I know there's plenty that are not.

If I go to one of these apps and click on "Show in iTunes Store" it will load the store page and show me the update button.

i have to say, itunes 11.x is rock-solid stable.
i had both iphone and ipad plugged in and updating (one at a time) - no hiccups, no obvious 'where is their QA team' bugs.

for the poster above who has the multiple people scenario, some thoughts off the top of my head:

itunes library on a shared network drive
use icloud
create a link / junction to the itunes library in a public user folder
auth more than one computer

just saying...

I use iTunes as my main media player, there's no secret there. Sure, it's not as good as some of the other media players out there, especially if you're into listening to music at the best sound quality possible. However, I've found iTunes to have the best and most flexible library sorting features of any other media player out there right now. Now, I use iTunes to maintain my music library (adding new music and allowing it to handle importing, editing metadata/adding album art, custom sorting fields, etc). I admit I do also use foobar2000 and JRiver Media Center sometimes for the best playback possible, especially with higher quality 24/96 and 24/192 albums.

I freely admit there's various 'issues' and there's serious room for improvement, especially on Windows. There's some things I wish iTunes would do, though my hopes of them ever adding such features has become basically slim to none. I'll list my ultimate 'wishlist' for iTunes (on Windows) now matter how unlikely they'll ever be added...

- Exclusive mode WASAPI playback on Windows. While iTunes does indeed support WASAPI (with up to 24-bit/192kHz playback), it's not using exclusive mode. ASIO would be even better!
- True 64-bit binary for Windows. Currently the 64-bit version of iTunes is just the 32-bit version of the media player with 64-bit drivers for iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc.
- Major performance optimizations for iTunes on Windows. While iTunes 11 greatly improved the responsiveness and performance of iTunes, things like adding a new album via drag-and-drop are still pretty slow, even when using a SSD. This also would include performance improvements when browsing the music library - there's some lag there sometimes when switching albums/artists in Songs view with the column browser enabled. Start-up improvements would be greatly appreciated too. There's a little lag on cold starts versus other media players (foobar2000, JRiver, etc.) even when using a SSD.
- Restore full-size album art viewing. For some reason with the arrival of iTunes 11 the maximum size of popped-out album art seems to be capped to around 400x400. Having 600x600 or original size album art again would be nice.
- Support other formats, especially FLAC. Sure, Apple Lossless is pretty nice, and I use it for all songs in my music library, still, having FLAC support can be appealing to users (like myself) with large lossless music collections.

Edited by Boo Berry, Sep 19 2013, 1:06am :

AngelGraves13 said,
Stupid Apple installed the 32-bit iTunes with it's updater on my 64-bit version.

No wonder it doesn't sync. Dumbasses.

I don't think there is a 32-bit version... in previous versions there was a 64-bit installer that installed the 32-bit iTunes. I doubt this one is any different.

Boo Berry said,
iTunes on 64-bit is still a 32-bit binary. Only the mobile drivers are actually 64-bit.

Oh, I see. Thanks for the info.

I actually installed this crap lately just to use for adding music to a friends iPod Nano.
Am currently downloading this version.
Would rather not have any Apple crapware on my computer though.

LUTZIFER said,
I actually installed this crap lately just to use for adding music to a friends iPod Nano.
Am currently downloading this version.
Would rather not have any Apple crapware on my computer though.

Use a VM? If you don't want Bonjour services and iPod services on your PC then its reasonable to not want iTunes either. If you have an iPhone, however, both of the services are useful.

briangw said,
So, do they still limit you to one computer to sync to or did they ease that restriction?

I doubt they ever will ease the restriction.

briangw said,
So, do they still limit you to one computer to sync to or did they ease that restriction?

What's the alternative?

Wouldn't syncing to multiple computers create issues? Where are backups stored? Which is the main computer that a device syncs to? What if you sync settings on one computer... and then you sync with another computer? Would it carry the settings over?

There's absolutely no need to sync to multiple computers.

MidTxWRX said,

What's the alternative?

Wouldn't syncing to multiple computers create issues? Where are backups stored? Which is the main computer that a device syncs to? What if you sync settings on one computer... and then you sync with another computer? Would it carry the settings over?

There's absolutely no need to sync to multiple computers.

Heh, you must not have kids.

So, my daughter, a tween, uses not only the downstairs PC but also the media one attached to the TV and my desktop. Having it in multiple locations means she can copy stuff off like music/videos and not be restricted to one device. Oh, but wait. MS figured it out which is why my Windows Phone can sync in more places and at least allow me to be able to even copy music/videos/apps at multiple devices. I don't have to be locked down to one location if say I have different media on another device! If they figured it out why hasn't Apple?

Oh, and before I get lambasted as a MS fanboy, this Windows Phone is my test on call work phone. I would love to swap it out for an Android or *gasp* back to the old work iPhone. I could care less about the syncing issue for me but it doesn't make sense why Apple chose this direction.

Edited by briangw, Sep 18 2013, 8:12pm :

Apps no longer are "syncable" items. Instead you can use iTunes to install applications on your iPhone and arrange the icons, but the chaos that use to happen when you moved your iPhone to another computer and received a message like "We're fixing to delete all your apps and app data since this computer doesn't have that, have a nice day" doesn't happen anymore.

Music, photos, and videos can only be sync'd to one iTunes install and if you try to sync on another computer it will over write the content currently on the device. That being said YOU CAN sync your Music on one computer, Videos on another computer, and Photos on yet another computer if you want. Just plug in the device and check the box next to what you want sync'd with that computer.

I recommend looking into 3rd party alternatives to accomplish what you need. There are a lot of 3rd party Video and Music apps that just support simple drag and drop of files. For videos I really like VLC. For Music the dropbox app works well, and there are other apps like Files that are just drag-and-drop files from your computer.

I don't quite understand why your children can't manage their own iTunes profiles for their own devices. If they want music from Computer A on their Computer so that they can sync it with their iPhone, why can't they just copy it from within iTunes using Home Sharing?

Maybe having your family's data spread out all over the place isn't the best scheme. My kids have no interest in my music and we all share our photos with photo stream or Google+.

briangw said,

Heh, you must not have kids.

So, my daughter, a tween, uses not only the downstairs PC but also the media one attached to the TV and my desktop. Having it in multiple locations means she can copy stuff off like music/videos and not be restricted to one device. Oh, but wait. MS figured it out which is why my Windows Phone can sync in more places and at least allow me to be able to even copy music/videos/apps at multiple devices. I don't have to be locked down to one location if say I have different media on another device! If they figured it out why hasn't Apple?

Oh, and before I get lambasted as a MS fanboy, this Windows Phone is my test on call work phone. I would love to swap it out for an Android or *gasp* back to the old work iPhone. I could care less about the syncing issue for me but it doesn't make sense why Apple chose this direction.

Why do they go around plugging in their iPhones on different computers? What's the point? If you have a network set up with a media center, I recommend setting up a HomeGroup (if you use Windows) and simply access all the music that is stored on the main computer used for syncing phones.

That music could even be accessed on any iPhone by enabling Home Sharing within iTunes and then accessing that iTunes library from any other computer joined to that network.

In my network I have an iMac, a media center, a Surface, a Macbook Pro, as well as two iPhones.

The iMac is the computer that all phones sync to and it also hosts all the media and shares it with all other computers.

I know that what works for me might not work for you but it's just a suggestion.

I personally don't need my iPhone to work as an external storage when I plug it into different computers. I'm perfectly happy with organizing my library within iTunes and then having it be mirrored over to my iPhone.

I appreciate your suggestions; I have been in this game a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for me. My problem is I have four kids, all clamoring to use the downstairs computer. So, why does Apple feel the need to restrict a phone to one PC when Android and Windows Phones do not? That was my original question.

And Shadrack, I do use a third party app to just do that. I've actually tried a few and settled with MediaMonkey at least for music.

All I'm saying is that it doesn't make sense to me because it's not logical. Why should I be restricted from my work computer to only sync on, when I am at home, 30 minutes away and need to make a backup/restore before an upgrade or wipe my phone?

briangw said,
I appreciate your suggestions; I have been in this game a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for me. My problem is I have four kids, all clamoring to use the downstairs computer. So, why does Apple feel the need to restrict a phone to one PC when Android and Windows Phones do not? That was my original question.

And Shadrack, I do use a third party app to just do that. I've actually tried a few and settled with MediaMonkey at least for music.

All I'm saying is that it doesn't make sense to me because it's not logical. Why should I be restricted from my work computer to only sync on, when I am at home, 30 minutes away and need to make a backup/restore before an upgrade or wipe my phone?

You can CERTAINLY perform a backup/restore on any computer running iTunes. I support Apple devices at my work, I have to do this on a regular basis for our employees when they upgrade phones or get replacements. I use my workstation to perform such backups and restores.

briangw said,
I appreciate your suggestions; I have been in this game a long time. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for me. My problem is I have four kids, all clamoring to use the downstairs computer. So, why does Apple feel the need to restrict a phone to one PC when Android and Windows Phones do not? That was my original question.

And Shadrack, I do use a third party app to just do that. I've actually tried a few and settled with MediaMonkey at least for music.

All I'm saying is that it doesn't make sense to me because it's not logical. Why should I be restricted from my work computer to only sync on, when I am at home, 30 minutes away and need to make a backup/restore before an upgrade or wipe my phone?

I'm not sure how old your kids are, but you might consider doing them a favor and _not_ supporting their phone directly. My kids (ages 10 and up) don't come to me for computer, ipod, or iPhone support. If they are using the device, they are expected to know what they are doing. Each kid has their own profile on "the computer downstairs" (just like you do) and their own instances of iTunes where they manage their own hardware from.

You can give your kids fish their entire lives, or you can teach them to fish.

To be honest, you really have outlier requirements. Also, Android doesn't really "sync" with any computer. And as MidTxWRX has said: You can use iTunes on any computer to do a backup, restore, and firmware upgrades. I have occasionally used my work computer to do this.

I think that if you were actively using an iOS device, you'd find the solution. Rather, you just seem kind of annoyed that your kids want and have iOS devices and for some reason you are playing tech support daddy instead of letting them figure things out on their own.

Two of my kids have iPod touches. The older one, the tween, has music; my son, 10, doesn't yet.

I don't think you guys are getting where I'm coming from. I've had all three devices in the last few years; starting with an iPod Touch back in 09 just for MP3s, Droid Incredible, an iPhone through work, and am testing a Lumia 920 now.

I can get around these problems; I did so back then and I can now with my daughter. I just don't get why Apple freaks out when wanting to use more than one source. Again, what if someone is on the downstairs computer and my daughter needs to access my FreeNAS VM to grab music? I'd like to be able to copy stuff off from another location. In iTunes 10, I tried plugging her device into my upstairs computer and it threatened to wipe her iTouch. If sharing was enabled back then, I didn't know but then my daughter just grabbed most of what she wanted from iTunes. Now, she wants my back catalog of oldies on her iTouch. Yeah, we can access it from the downstairs PC but let's say it dies/fails and now we have to spend time to make another backup just so we can delete the content on the iTouch in order to pair her account up and restore everything?

You guys keep dodging my question. I get that there are ways around it; it's just idiocy on Apple's part. One of the reasons I love this Windows Phone is I can hook it up anywhere, browse the music dir, and drop music off from my FreeNAS VM. Perfect. Why can't Apple do that natively?

wingliston said,
cant believe people still use this crap.

What's crap about it? Dragging music into the library and pressing "sync" is about as idiot-proof as it gets...

Astra.Xtreme said,

What's crap about it? Dragging music into the library and pressing "sync" is about as idiot-proof as it gets...

People just love to hate iTunes. Its been great since ~ iTunes 7 IMO. When it was first launched for Windows, I thought it was pretty terrible. I think iTunes works well at what it does these days.

Why lock yourself into iTunes? I can use any web store online and get DRM free music. I can manage all my music on my own with drag and drop. No bloatware.

iTunes has had DRM-free AAC tracks for a while now. I prefer their format over lossy mp3s anyday which is where amazon suffers.

Oh, so there *is* a new iTunes out. *sigh*

Just got an email less than an hour ago from one of my relatives saying that iTunes no longer sees her iPod when it's connected to her laptop, and she suspects "the problem started after installing the latest iTunes".

I don't use iTunes, I don't own an iPod or any other Apple product. Never have, never will. Yet people keep coming to me when things break. A month ago it was another relative, asking about a password reset that was simply not taking place. Thanks, Apple. I thought your stuff "just worked"? I was counting on this to get people to leave me the **** alone.

Lamp0 said,
Cry me a river.

Can I forward your coordinates to my family so you can do my tech support for me?

You'll get calls and email any time of day or night, you'll be expected to drop everything you're doing to fix problems immediately, and drive to their place even if the problem is with a laptop that could be brought to you.

Oh yeah, you'll also be expected to do that for free. And your offers to teach how to fix common problems without having to call you every time will be met with downright hostility.

_dandy_ said,

Can I forward your coordinates to my family so you can do my tech support for me?

You'll get calls and email any time of day or night, you'll be expected to drop everything you're doing to fix problems immediately, and drive to their place even if the problem is with a laptop that could be brought to you.

Oh yeah, you'll also be expected to do that for free. And your offers to teach how to fix common problems without having to call you every time will be met with downright hostility.

Need me to stand up for you? Give me their contact info and I'll put them in their place.

I don't work for free and neither should you.

:-) Most of my family already thinks I'm a dick. I'm just making them all come to that realization one at a time.

In today's case, I just forwarded the first URL I googled, which lands at the Apple support page.

_dandy_ said,
Oh, so there *is* a new iTunes out. *sigh*

Just got an email less than an hour ago from one of my relatives saying that iTunes no longer sees her iPod when it's connected to her laptop, and she suspects "the problem started after installing the latest iTunes".

I don't use iTunes, I don't own an iPod or any other Apple product. Never have, never will. Yet people keep coming to me when things break. A month ago it was another relative, asking about a password reset that was simply not taking place. Thanks, Apple. I thought your stuff "just worked"? I was counting on this to get people to leave me the **** alone.

First mistake: letting on how much of a tech geek you are to family members. I feign ignorance these day; much less phone calls. Got sick of "Here, let me google that for you..."

Shadrack said,
First mistake: letting on how much of a tech geek you are to family members. I feign ignorance these day; much less phone calls. Got sick of "Here, let me google that for you..."

When you earn a living as a software developer, it's actually pretty hard to avoid letting others know you "know your way around computers".