The History of iTunes Versions

Bonus: Downloads of Old Versions of iTunes

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Last Updated: June 12, 2015

Curious about the history of iTunes? Want to know where the program came from, who wrote it, and what each new version of the software added? Even better: do you really need a copy of iTunes 4.7? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This page offers you links to the full history of iTunes, Apple’s music library, iPod, and iPhone management software.

Before it Was iTunes

ITunes began life as an MP3 player program called SoundJam MP.

It was distributed by 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 and use it as a foundation to build iTunes.

The History of iTunes

Once iTunes was formally launched, new versions packing new features and supporting new iPod models, came fast and furious. Here are the highlights of what was added with every version of the software:

iTunes 12
Release Date: Oct. 16, 2014

  • New Interface
  • Support for Family Sharing
  • Support for Windows 10
  • Integration of user's library and iTunes Store when browsing
  • New playlist editing features

Other notable releases: 12.2 (Apple Music support, revised interface, removal of Home Sharing); 12.1 (Bug fixes, Notfication Center widget, native 64-bit support for Windows); 12.1.2 (Support for new Mac OS Photos app)

Runs on: Mac OS X 10.7 and up; Windows XP for x86, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and up


iTunes 11
Release Date:
Nov. 29, 2012

  • ​New user interface
  • iCloud integration
  • End of Ping

Other notable releases: 11.1 (iOS 7 support), 11.4 (iOS 8 support)


iTunes 10
Release Date: Sept. 1, 2010

Other notable releases: 10.4 (64-bit support), 10.5 (iOS 5 support), 10.7 (iOS 6 support) 


iTunes 9
Release Date:
Sept. 2009

  • Home Sharing
  • Genius Mixes
  • iTunes LP for music, iTunes Extra for movies
  • Removal of DRM from music
  • HD movie rental at iTunes Store
  • iTunes DJ

Other notable releases: 9.1 (original iPad support), 9.2 (iOS 4 support)


iTunes 8
Release Date: Sept. 9, 2008

Other notable releases: 8.2 (iOS 3 support)


iTunes 7
Release Date: Sept. 12, 2006

  • Gapless playback
  • CoverFlow browsing interface
  • Movies for purchase at iTunes Store

Other notable releases: 7.6 (64-bit Windows support), 7.3 (original iPhone support), 7.4 (1st gen. iPod touch support), 7.7 (iOS 2 support)


iTunes 6
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2005

  • Sales of music videos, TV shows, and short films at the iTunes Store

iTunes 5
Release Date: 
Sept. 7, 2005

  • Party Shuffle
  • Podcasts
  • AirTunes, which became AirPlay


iTunes 4
Release Date:
April 2003

  • iTunes Store
  • Windows support
  • Authorizing computers in iTunes


iTunes 3
Release Date:
July 2002

  • End of Mac OS 9 support
  • Star ratings for songs
  • Smart playlists
  • SoundCheck
  • support


iTunes 2
Release Date:
Oct. 2001

Runs on: Mac OS X 


iTunes 1
Release Date:

9, 2001

  • Official conversion from SoundJam MP to iTunes
  • Mac OS 9 support only
  • Rip CDs

Runs on: Mac OS 9


Want to find out where to download old versions of iTunes or versions of it for operating systems other than Mac OS X or standard Windows? Continue on to the next page.

iTunes Downloads

If you need to download old versions of iTunes, you can download all previous versions, for both Mac and Windows, below:

Looking for iTunes for various operating systems? Check out these options:

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