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The version history of iTunes spans from 2001 to the present and covers the application's evolution and refinement from a simple music player to a control center for many types of media. Support for the iPod and iTunes Store (originally the iTunes Music Store) were added in the first few versions. Later, other types of media, including radio, films, television shows, and audiobooks, were also supported. Most recently, iTunes has branched out from the iPod and provides iPhone syncing capabilities.

Version compatibility

Operating system Minimum version Latest version Supported
Mac OS
Mac OS 9.x 1.0 (January 9, 2001) 2.0.4 (March 20, 2002) 2001-2002
Mac OS X 10.0 1.1 (March 24, 2001) 1.1.1 (May 1, 2001) 2001
Mac OS X 10.1 1.1.2 (September 25, 2001) 4.7.1 (January 11, 2005) 2001-2005
Mac OS X 10.2 3.0.1 (September 18, 2002) 6.0.5 (June 29, 2006) 2002-2006
Mac OS X 10.3 4.1 (October 23, 2003) 7.7.1 (July 31, 2008) 2003-2008
Mac OS X 10.4 4.7.1 (January 11, 2005) 9.0.2 (October 29, 2009) 2005-present
Mac OS X 10.5 7.4.2 (September 17, 2007) 2007-present
Mac OS X 10.6 8.2.1 (August 28, 2009) 2009-present
Windows 2000 x86 4.1 (October 16, 2003) 7.3.2 (August 2, 2007)‡ 2003-2007
Windows XP x86 9.0.2 (October 29, 2009) 2003-present
Windows Vista x86 7.2 (May 29, 2007) 2007-present
Windows Vista x64 7.6 (January 15, 2008) 2008-present
Windows 7 9.0.2 (October 29, 2009) 2009-present

  • a. Mac OS 9.1 is required to burn CDs.
  • b. The iTunes Store requires iTunes version 6.0.5 or later, thus breaking store support in earlier versions.
  • c. Mac OS 10.2 does not support video playback and video store features in iTunes 6.
  • d. Running iTunes on Windows Home Server may cause data corruption; Microsoft has released a fix in Power Pack 1.
  • e. iTunes 8.2.1 is the final version of iTunes to support G3 Macs.
  • f. iTunes for Windows 7 is supported on both 32- and 64-bit editions, officially listed in system requirements as of 9.0.2.

Device compatibility

Device Minimum version Minimum OS Latest firmware
iPod Classic 1G 2.0 (Mac) 9/10.1 (Mac) 1.5
Rio One 2.0.3 (Mac)
iPod Classic 2G 2.0.4 (Mac) 1.5
None Me (Win)
4.1 (Win) 2000 (Win)
iPod Classic 3G 4.0 (Mac)
4.1 (Win)
10.1 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Mini 1G 4.2 (Mac+Win) 1.4.1
iPod Classic 4G 4.6 (Mac+Win) 3.1.1
AirPort Express 10.2 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Photo 4.7 (Mac+Win) 1.2.1
iPod Classic 4G
iPod Shuffle 1G 4.7.1 (Mac+Win) 1.1.5
iPod Mini 2G 1.4.1
ROKR E1 4.9 (Mac+Win)
iPod Nano 1G 10.3 (Mac)
2000 (Win)
iPod Classic 5G 6.0 (Mac+Win) 1.3
SLVR L7 6.0.1 (Mac+Win)
Nike+iPod 6.0.5 (Mac+Win)
iPod Classic 5.5G 7.0 (Mac+Win) 1.3
iPod Shuffle 2G 7.0.2 (Mac+Win) 1.0.4
iPod Nano 2G 1.1.3
Apple TV 7.1 (Mac+Win) 10.3.9 (Mac)
XP SP2 (Win)
iPhone 7.3 (Mac+Win) 10.4.11 (Mac)
XP SP2 (Win)
iPhone OS 3.1.2
iPod Classic 6G 7.4 (Mac+Win) 1.1.2
iPod Nano 3G 1.1.3
iPod Touch 1G iPhone OS 3.1.2
iPhone 3G 7.7 (Mac+Win)
iPod Touch 2G 8.0 (Mac+Win)
iPod Classic 6.5G 10.4.11 (Mac)
XP SP3 (Win)
iPod Nano 4G 1.0.4
iPod Shuffle 3G 8.1 (Mac+Win) 1.0.1
iPhone 3GS 8.2 (Mac+Win) iPhone OS 3.1.2
Palm Pre webOS 1.1
iPod Touch 3G 9.0 (Mac+Win) 10.4.11 (Mac)
XP SP3 (Win)
iPhone OS 3.1.2
iPod Nano 5G 9.0 (Mac+Win) 1.0.1

Version history

iTunes version Operating systems Release date Major changes
1.0 Mac: 9 2001-01-09 Original release based on SoundJam MP code.
1.1 2001-02-21 External burners, improved visual effects, more supported CD burners.
1.1 Mac: 10.0 2001-03-24 Initial Mac OS X version. Bundled with Mac OS X v10.0
1.1.1 2001-05-01 Burning CDs, full screen visual effects, stability/performance improvements, available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
1.1.2 Mac: 10.1 2001-09-25 Bundled with Mac OS X v10.1.
2.0 Mac: 9, 10.1 2001-10-23 iPod support, CD burning improvements, equalizer/cross-fader/sound enhancer added.
2.0.1 2001-11-04 Fixes installer issue which may result in data loss. CD Burning updates.
2.0.2 2001-11-16 Update German and French language support.
2.0.3 2001-12-13 iPod synching improvements, support for Rio One MP3 player.
2.0.4 2002-03-20 Improved stability/performance, expanded AppleScript support.
3.0 Mac: 10.1-10.2 2002-07-17 Smart playlists, more song list categories (including the My Rating column), audiobook support.
3.0.1 2002-09-18 Performance improvements, better 10.2 support.
4.0 2003-04-28 Music Store support, AAC audio codec, DVD burning, music sharing, GUI improvements.
4.0.1 2003-05-27 Performance improvements, music sharing only in subnet.
4.1 Mac: 10.1-10.3
Win: 2000-XP
2003-10-16 Music store/CD burning improvements, Windows support added, voice notes, on-the-go playlists.
4.2 2003-12-18 AOL accounts with music store, GUI, and performance improvements.
4.5 2004-04-28 iMix, party shuffle, CD insert printing, music store improvements, WMA to AAC conversion (Windows only), Apple Lossless audio codec.
4.6 2004-06-09 AirTunes support, minor improvements.
4.7 2004-10-27 Copying photos to iPod Photo, GUI/performance improvements, Windows taskbar minimizing.
4.7.1 Mac: 10.1-10.4
Win: 2000-XP
2005-01-11 iPod Shuffle support added, blocks DRM stripping applications, limited to 5 connections per day to networked music libraries. Bundled with Mac OS X v10.4
4.8 Mac: 10.2-10.4
Win: 2000-XP
2005-05-09 Video support, international music stores supported, security enhancements.
4.9 2005-06-28 Podcasting, Motorola ROKR E1 mobile phone support added.
5.0 2005-09-07 GUI refined, search bar improvements, parental controls, smart shuffle, iPod Nano support.
5.0.1 2005-09-20 Bonjour for Windows removed from bundle after DNS conflict problems, bug fixes.
6.0 2005-10-12 GUI/music store changes, blocks DRM remover utilities, transfer videos to 5th generation iPod classic.
6.0.1 2005-10-20 Bug fixes, Motorola SLVR L7 and RAZR V3i mobile phone support added.
6.0.2 2006-01-10 Bug fixes, video conversion for home movies, AirTunes enhancements, now Universal binary (running on both Intel and PowerPC Macs).
6.0.3 2006-02-15 Bug fixes, performance enhancements.
6.0.4 2006-03-01 Stability and performance issues with Front Row. 2006-03-03 Fixes possible playlist problems in 6.0.4.
6.0.5 2006-06-29 Added Nike+iPod support and Nike Sport area on the iTunes Store.
7.0 Mac: 10.3-10.4
Win: 2000-XP
2006-09-12 Video playback/purchasing improvements, iPod games, Major GUI changes, gapless playback and album, sync purchased content from iPod to computer, Cover Flow added.
7.0.1 2006-09-27 Stability and performance improvements with Cover Flow, CD importing, iPod synching, and one-click rating. Fixed issues with Remote Desktop Protocol and Windows Live Messenger.
7.0.2 2006-10-31 Support for second generation shuffle and nano, fixed stability/performance issues with 7.0 and 7.0.1.
7.1 2007-03-04 Apple TV support, additional 2G shuffle support, GUI improvements, fixes Windows Vista issues, enhanced sorting options, full-screen Cover Flow.
7.1.1 2007-03-16 Stability/performance/compatibility fixes.
7.2 Mac: 10.3-10.4
Win: 2000-Vista
2007-05-29 Fully supports Vista, iTunes Plus introduced with 256 kbit/s DRM-free music tracks, iTunes U introduced which offers free content from some of the top universities around the United States. Also included GUI Update for Windows Vista
7.3 2007-06-29 Support for iPhone activation/synching, GUI changes/fixes. Changes sorting pattern.
7.3.1 2007-07-11 Bug fixes.
7.3.2 2007-08-02 Bug fixes for increased stability/performance.
7.4 Mac: 10.3-10.4
Win: XP-Vista
2007-09-06 Support for iPod Touch, Classic , Nano , and adds interface art for new iPod Shuffle colours. GUI improvements.
7.4.1 2007-09-07 Blocks a workaround that allowed free ringtones. However, a new workaround was found within one day of release.
7.4.2 Mac: 10.3-10.5
Win: XP-Vista
2007-09-17 Addresses an issue with creating ringtones using iTunes Plus song purchases and includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance. Bundled with Mac OS X v10.5
7.4.3 2007-09-27 Addresses issues with the initial setup of the iPod Touch on some international versions of Windows.
7.5 2007-11-05 Allows activation of iPhones outside of the United Statesmarker wherever activation is available, (e.g. United Kingdommarker and Germanymarker) as well as security and stability fixes. Also included is a GUI update for Leopard, and the ability to add custom ringtones for free. Includes support for iPod game Phase. Shows iPod battery level in source list (iPod Nano 3G, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, and iPhone with 1.1.2 software).
7.6 Mac: 10.3-10.5
Win: XP-Vista
2008-01-15 Rent movies from the iTunes Store. Transfer Apple TV purchases to your computer. Allows manual management of music on iPhones. Added support for Windows Vista 64-bit.
7.6.1 2008-02-21 Several bug fixes, improved compatibility with Apple TV 'Take Two', iTunes freezing bug fixed.
7.6.2 2008-04-02 Bug fixes.
7.7 2008-07-10 Support for iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2.0 and the new App Store which features application downloads for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as enabling the two products to act as remotes for wireless iTunes control.
7.7.1 2008-07-31 Improved stability/performance. Bug fixes with applications and updates from the App Store.
8.0 Mac: 10.4-10.5
Win: XP-Vista
2008-09-09 Genius Sidebar and playlists, Grid View, HD TV shows, Shows capacity of Apps on iPhone/iPod Touch on device summary tab, new default visualizer, more flexible podcast options and support for second generation iPod Touch and 4th generation iPod Nano.
8.0.1 2008-10-02 Seamlessly plays the current song when creating a new Genius playlist, improves syncing spoken menus to the iPod Nano, addresses an issue of deleting HDTV episodes when downloading, combines SDTV and HDTV episode downloads into a single list, improves checking for updates from the App Store, improves accessibility with VoiceOver on Mac and with Windows, addresses problems syncing Genius results to iPod and addresses a blue screen error on Windows Vista when connecting an iPod or iPhone to a computer.
8.0.2 2008-11-20 Addresses a quality issue creating MP3s on some computers. Fixes a connectivity issue with the iTunes Store when using some Internet proxies with Mac OS X. Improves accessibility with VoiceOver. Support for iPhone OS 2.2.
8.1 2009-03-11 Support for the third generation iPod Shuffle, speed improvements for browsing large libraries and the iTunes Store, as well as 'preparing to sync' and 'optimizing photos' for syncing to iPods and iPhones, Party Shuffle has been replaced by iTunes DJ which now has the ability to receive requests for songs, the ability to import/convert files and CDs to iTunes Plus format, better performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs, accessibility improvements, Genius has been expanded to cover TV shows and movies, refined parental controls and refined auto-fill options. Supports Multi-touch gestures.
8.1.1 2009-04-06 Adds support for renting HD movies and provides a number of bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone and iPod Touch.
8.2 2009-06-01 Supports iPhone 3GS and iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Updates Gracenote database for blu-ray; it is unknown if this adds blu-ray support. Also includes many accessibility improvements and bug fixes.
8.2.1 Mac: 10.4-10.6
Win: XP-Vista
Provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices. The latter refers to the disabling of iTunes' ability to sync with the Palm Pre; the Pre has a feature called "MediaSync" which allowed version 8.2 to register and sync songs and videos between iTunes and the Pre. This functionality has since been restored with the latest version of webOS. Bundled with Mac OS X v10.6.
9.0 iTunes 9 features a new design of the whole product and its iTunes Store using WebKit. New features: Cleaner UI, Genius Mixes, Home Sharing, iTunes LPs.iTunes now automatically adds new music to your library from a watched folder. In iTunes Store, the option to use a shopping cart and password confirmation prior to finalizing a purchase were removed, increasing Apple's revenue from accidental clicks and the ability for users to boycott usage of Amazon's 1-Click patent for purchases.
9.0.1 Resolves issues browsing the iTunes Store. Addresses a performance issue where iTunes may become unresponsive. Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit. Fixes a problem syncing Podcasts in playlists to iPod or iPhone. Fixes a problem sorting albums with multiple discs. Addresses an issue with the Zoom button (and, for Mac, keyboard shortcut Cmd+Ctrl+Z) not switching to Mini Player. Improves application syncing for iPod touch and iPhone. Genius is now automatically updated to show Genius Mixes. Improved Aero Snap Performance (Windows 7).
9.0.2 Mac: 10.4-10.6
Win: XP-7
Supports Apple TV software version 3.0, background color for Grid View, and Windows 7 support.

See also


  1. iTunes 2.0.4 download (Mac)
  2. iTunes 1.1.1
  3. iTunes 4.7.1 download (Mac)
  4. iTunes 6.0.5 download (Mac)
  5. iTunes 7.7.1 download (Mac)
  6. Latest iTunes download
  9. iTunes reports that "This iTunes installer requires that your computer is running Windows XP or Windows Vista"
  11. When certain programs are used to edit or transfer files that are stored on a Windows Home Server-based system that has more than one hard drive, the files may become corrupted Microsoft support.
  12. Apple Unveils New iPods
  13. Only MusicMatch supported Windows Me, iTunes requires Windows 2000 or later.
  14. Apple Introduces iPod mini
  15. Apple Introduces the New iPod
  16. Apple Unveils AirPort Express for Mac & PC Users
  17. Apple Introduces iPod Photo
  18. Apple Unveils New iPod mini Starting at Just $199
  20. Apple - Apple TV - Tech Specs
  21. Apple - iPhone - Technical Specifications
  22. iTunes 8.2.1 fixes bugs, disses Palm Pre, a July 15, 2009 article from Ars Technica
  25. The History of iTunes and iTunes Versions
  26. Apple Announced iTunes 1.1 With Support for Over 25 Third-Party CD Burners
  27. iTunes 1.1
  28. New iBook, OS X Update From Apple
  29. The Disaster-Free Upgrade to Mac OS 10.1
  30. Apple Announced iTunes 2
  31. iTunes 2.0.1
  32. iTunes 2: Includes Updated Disc Burning Software
  33. New iPod and iTunes Software Released
  34. Apple Announced iTunes 3
  35. iTunes 3.0.1 Released
  36. iTunes 4: What's New
  37. iTunes 4.0.1 for Mac OS X: Information and Download
  38. iTunes 4.1 and QuickTime 6.4 released
  39. iTunes 4.2 Released
  40. Apple releases feature enhanced iTunes 4.5
  41. iTunes 4.6 released
  42. New version of iTunes (version 4.7) released
  43. iTunes 4.7.1 Released With Important Security Update
  44. iTunes 4.7.1 quietly brings sharing restrictions
  45. iTunes 4.8 Released
  46. iTunes 4.8: Security enhancements
  47. iTunes 4.9 Now Available
  48. Apple Introduces iTunes 5
  49. iTunes 5.0.1 is available
  50. Apple Announces iTunes 6 With 2,000 Music Videos, Pixar Short Films & Hit TV Shows
  51. Hmm, iTunes 6.0.1 already released
  52. iTunes 6.0.2 and QuickTime 7.0.4 Released
  53. iLife '06 update and iTunes 6.0.3 released
  54. iTunes 6.0.4 released, updates iPhoto, Front Row
  55. iTunes 6.0.5 Released, iPod Updater 2006-06-28
  56. Apple Announces iTunes 7 with Amazing New Features
  57. Apple Quietly Releases iTunes 7.0.1
  58. Briefly: iTunes 7.0.2, iSight shipments, 8GB nano
  59. QuickTime 7.1.5 and iTunes 7.1 released
  60. Apple releases iTunes 7.1.1 for Mac, Windows
  61. iTunes 7.2 fully supports Windows Vista
  62. iTunes 7.2 supports DRM-free 'iTunes Plus' music
  63. Apple's iTunes U Means You Can Ditch Class and Still Learn
  64. iTunes 7.3 unexpectedly, shockingly available
  65. iTunes 7.3 Sorting Problems: Fallout Central
  66. iTunes 7.3.1 fixes iTunes Library access
  67. Apple Releases iTunes 7.3.2
  68. iTunes 7.4 Released with Ringtone Support
  69. iTunes 7.4 obsolete after 48 hours; 7.4.1 breaks homebrew ringtones
  70. Apple Updates iTunes to 7.4.2 [Updatedx3] - Mac Rumors
  71. Apple - Support - Downloads - iTunes 7.4.3 for Windows
  72. iTunes 7.5 and iPhone 1.1.2 return custom ringtones - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  73. 64-bit editions of Windows Vista require iTunes 7.6 or later
  74. iTunes 7.6.1 is out - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  75. Update 7.6.2 details at MacRumours
  76. Apple to Offer iTunes Remote Control App for iPhone and iPod Touch - Mac Rumors
  78. Faster iTunes 8.1 with new import and Genius features due soon AppleInsider March 11, 2009
  81. Shopping cart gone in iTunes 9

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