Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS The History of iTunes and Its Major Versions New iTunes Features and Other Changes by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on March 11, 2020 iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Curious about the history of iTunes? See iTunes release dates, learn who created it originally (it wasn't Apple), and what was new in each subsequent version of iTunes. This page offers an overview of the full history of iTunes, Apple's music library, the digital entertainment store, and the iPhone and iPad management software. Before It Was iTunes: SoundJam MP The program we now know as iTunes began life as MP3 player software called SoundJam MP. It was distributed by Mac software developers Casady & Greene and was written by Jeff Robbin, Bill Kincaid, and Dave Heller. Apple made a deal with the developers and publisher in 2000 to acquire SoundJam MP. While SoundJam MP existed for a short while after the deal, it soon became the foundation Apple used to build a new program called iTunes. The History of iTunes (1–12) Once iTunes was formally launched in January 2001, new versions packing new features and supporting new iOS devices came fast. Here are the highlights of each version and what was added with each new iTunes release: iTunes 12 Release Date: October 16, 2014 Added: New user interfaceSupport for Family SharingSupport for Windows 10Integration of the user's library and iTunes Store when browsingNew playlist editing features Other notable releases: 12.9 (iOS 12 support)12.7 (iOS 11 support, removes App Store)12.5.1 (major interface overhaul for Apple Music, iOS 10 support)12.2 (Apple Music support, revised interface, removal of Home Sharing)220.127.116.11 (iOS 9 support, last version to support Windows Vista and Windows XP)12.1 (Bug fixes, Notification Center widget, native 64-bit support for Windows)12.1.2 (Support for new macOS Photos app) iTunes 11 Release Date: November 29, 2012 Added: New user interfaceiCloud integrationEnd of Ping Other notable releases: 11.4 (iOS 8 support)11.1 (iOS 7 support, last version to support Mac OS X 10.6) iTunes 10 Release Date: September 1, 2010 Added: iTunes Ping social networkAirPlayiTunes MatchiBookstore in the iTunes StoreiTunes in the Cloud Other notable releases: 10.7 (iOS 6 support, adds support for Windows 8) 10.6.3 (last version to support Mac OS X 10.5.8)10.5 (iOS 5 support)10.4 (64-bit support) Did you know that some older versions of iTunes even let you sync music to MP3 players that were made by other companies? See all of the non-Apple MP3 players that are compatible with iTunes. iTunes 9 Release Date: September 2009 Added: Home SharingGenius MixesiTunes LP for music, iTunes Extra for moviesRemoval of DRM from musicHD movie rental at iTunes StoreiTunes DJ Other notable releases: 9.2 (iOS 4 support, lets you organize apps into folders using iTunes)9.1 (original iPad support)9.0.2 (adds Windows 7 support) iTunes 8 Release Date: September 9, 2008 Added: iTunes GeniusGenius playlistsTV shows in HD on iTunes Store Other notable releases: 8.2 (iOS 3 support)8.1 (third generation iPod Shuffle support)8.0.2 (iOS 2.2 support) iTunes 7 Release Date: September 12, 2006 Added: Gapless playbackCoverFlow browsing interfaceMovies for purchase at iTunes StoreSync purchased content from iPod Other notable releases: 7.7 (iOS 2 support)7.6 (64-bit Windows support)7.5 (last version to support Windows XP RTM SP1 32-bit)7.4 (1st gen. iPod touch support)7.3.2 (last version to support Windows 2000)7.3 (original iPhone support)7.2 (full Windows Vista support, introduces iTunes Plus and iTunes U)7.1 (Apple TV support) iTunes 6 Release Date: October 12, 2005 Added: Sales of music videos, TV shows, and short films at the iTunes Store iTunes 5 Release Date: September 7, 2005 Added: Party ShufflePodcastsAirTunes, which became AirPlay iTunes 4 Release Date: April 2003 Added: iTunes StoreWindows supportAuthorizing computers in iTunesAirTunes Other notable releases: 4.9 (adds podcasting support)4.5 (Apple Lossless audio codec) iTunes 3 Release Date: July 2002 Added: End of Mac OS 9 supportStar ratings for songsSmart playlistsSoundCheckAudible.com support iTunes 2 Release Date: October 2001 Added: Mac OS X supportiPod supportBurn MP3 CDsEqualizer iTunes 1 Release Date: January 9, 2001 Added: Official conversion from SoundJam MP to iTunesMac OS 9 support onlyRip CDs See History of iTunes on Wikipedia for a comprehensive list of every single iTunes version ever released. iTunes Downloads It's important to always run the most up-to-date version of iTunes, but if you need to download old versions of iTunes, learn where to get them here. Looking for iTunes for various operating systems? Check out these options: Download iTunes for 64-Bit WindowsDownloading iTunes for LinuxHow to Install iTunes on a Mac Starting with macOS Catalina, iTunes isn't included on Mac computers.