Apple iTunes

Version12(as of 10/7/2021)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Main Features

  • Purchase music, movies, audiobooks, TV shows, and apps from the iTunes Store
  • Stream music through iTunes Radio
  • Sync all your iTunes purchases to each of your iCloud enabled devices
  • Share music between computers using Home Sharing

Software Overview

Screenshot of Apple iTunes 12
Screenshot of Apple iTunes 12

Apple iTunes is a free media player that was previously included on all macOS and iOS devices. It has since been replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. However, macOS users using Mojave or an earlier version can still install and use iTunes, as can Windows users.

In its heyday, iTunes was an incredibly popular media player. The program allows you to purchase music, movies, TV shows, and apps from the iTunes store, and to organize all your digital media, including media not purchased through iTunes, in one place.

For example, after purchasing or importing music into iTunes, you can organize your music by song, album, artist, and/or genre. You can also create custom playlists and use iTunes Radio to create free "radio stations" based on your favorite artists. Even better, if you have iTunes (or Apple Music, TV, and Podcasts) installed on your iOS device, iTunes will sync your purchases and downloads between your PC and your iOS device.


For Windows users and macOS users using Mojave or an earlier version, iTunes remains a great choice for purchasing, organizing, and playing media. It features an easy-to-use interface that helps novices quickly learn its functions, and it provides users with the largest downloadable music and video catalog of any media player. Just be aware that Apple has begun the process of phasing out iTunes, and that you may have to migrate your media catalog to another app or apps in the future.

Primary File Type

itl icon.ITLiTunes Library File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ITLiTunes Library File
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AAXAudible Enhanced Audiobook File
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFCCompressed Audio Interchange File
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ALACApple Lossless Audio Codec File
.CDACD Audio Track Shortcut
.CDDACD Digital Audio File
.CIDBiTunes CD Information File
.ITCiTunes Cover Flow Data File
.ITDBiTunes Database File
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4BMPEG-4 Audiobook
.M4PiTunes Music Store Audio File
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MP1MPEG-1 Layer 1 Audio File
.MP2MPEG Layer II Compressed Audio File
.MP3MP3 Audio
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.PCASTiTunes Podcast File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.DTSDTS Encoded Audio File
.H264H.264 Encoded Video File
.HKDBApple iTunes Library File
.HVPLiTunes Visual Plug-in File
.IPAiOS Application
.IPGiPod Game File
.ITCiTunes Cover Flow Data File
.ITC2iTunes Cover Flow Data File 2
.ITEiTunes Extras File
.ITMSiTunes Music Store Link File
.MPAMPEG-2 Audio File
.SD2Sound Designer II File
.SIDBiTunes Authorization Data File
.SIDDiTunes Authorization Data File
.SIDNiTunes Authorization Data File
.WAVEWAVE Sound File
Updated 10/7/2021