The end of iTunes with the arrival of macOS Catalina marks the end of an era of ups and downs for Apple's famous software. Launched in April 2003, it quickly became the music industry's premier buying and selling platform, with a million tracks sold in the first week alone. Its success came in conjunction with the growing iPod user base, which had existed for two years. However, it was not long before they began to come critical. Today, its replacement for Finder and the new Apple Music, TV, and Podcasts apps favored by Mac users. Here's eight curious facts about Apple's classic program.
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ITunes has earned a reputation for being hated mainly for its interface, which was considered too confusing. With the popularity of the iPod and iPhone over the years, the program began to add too many distinct functions, which made it difficult to use. For critics, Apple has given its designers an impossible task.
As a music player and podcast, he had to have playback controls; as a content store, it had Internet browser features, with forward and back buttons; And as a sync utility, it had a single screen to manage information from the connected iPhone or iPod. The result was slower and harder to use software.
2. Created to burn CDs
Although known for downloading digital music, one of the purposes of iTunes was to provide CD recording legally. In the early 2000s, burning CDs with MP3s was part of the culture, but used to involve piracy. With the release of iTunes and the ease of buying tracks over the Internet, Steve Jobs said users now had a revolutionary right to burn unlimited CDs for personal use and to put music on an unlimited number of iPods to listen to on any computer. place.
iTunes had a function of burning CDs on a computer Photo: Pond5
3. Jobs called iTunes for Windows "best in history"
Another comment from Steve Jobs about iTunes involved rival Bill Gates and his Windows system. When Apple released the PC version, Jobs even said it was probably the best Windows application ever developed. Later, the software stopped being updated and looked for many years the same. In April 2018, it won a revamped version on the Windows 10 store and remains available for download despite its end on the Mac.
Apple launched iTunes Windows 10 in 2018 Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
4. Videos and podcasts arrived in 2005
The year 2005 was full of news for iTunes. In May of that year, the program gained support for video and, in June, it was the turn of the podcasts two functions that today have their own apps in macOS. Two years later, the program became the iPhone's companion for activating, backing up, and transferring media to iOS 5, Apple required smartphone owners to use the program for these tasks. In 2010, iTunes also started to show the user's collection of books, something that also later became a standalone application.
5. iPhone was not the first iTunes phone
The Motorola ROKR was the world's first iTunes phone. Launched in 2005, the phone had the ability to store one hundred synchronized songs from the user library on Mac or PC. The memory was only 512 MB in microSD. The handset also had Bluetooth, GPRS connectivity, 176 x 220 pixel resolution display and physical keyboard characteristic of the time. Two years later, Apple launched the first iPhone with a touch display and eight times the storage, at least 4 GB.
Motorola Rokr could sync up to 100 songs at once from iTunes Photo: Divulgao / Motorola
6. Ping: Failed Social Network
In 2010, iTunes gained additional functionality by hosting Ping, the social networking and music-oriented recommendation system. Users could follow artists and follow friends' posts, but the service failed after poor acceptance and complaints that the features didn't work very well. In 2012, Apple ended Ping and allowed sharing directly on Facebook and Twitter.
7. Arrived in Brazil s in 2011
The iTunes store took seven years to land in Brazil. In 2011, Apple announced the arrival of the service in the country with a catalog of 20 million tracks including international and national artists. At the time, the company highlighted Brazilian names such as Ivete Sangalo, Marisa Monte and Roberto Carlos, which made its debut in digital media. The platform also offered a thousand movies for rent or purchase. Apple also took the opportunity to bring iTunes Match to the country, a service that offered a legalized digital copy of the user's MP3 files for a $ 24.99 annual fee.
8. 25 billion song was downloaded in February 2013
An unknown song called "Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix)" by British DJ Chase Buch was the download of 25 billion from iTunes. A German user lowered the banner in February 2013 and earned a gift voucher of 10,000 euros. Before her, Coldplay's Speed of Sound had been the 1 billion song in 2006, and Johnny Cash's Guess Things Happen That Way had downloaded 10 billion.