On January 9th, 2001 Apple released the first version of iTunes at Macworld. The application was based on SoundJam MP, an old piece of software Apple purchased from a development company called Casady & Greene in 2000. Apple simplified the SoundJam MP interface, added CD burning, and rebranded it as iTunes.
Now 12 years later, iTunes 11 was just released with a drastically redesigned look and feel. Currently iTunes is one of the biggest media companies in the world. The success of the iTunes Store has made Apple the top music distributor in the world.
TUAW.com put together this great iTunes outline:
- iTunes 2.0 (October 23, 2001) — iPod support, OS X support
- iTunes 3.0 (July 17, 2002) — Smart Playlists, Audible.com audiobooks
- iTunes 4.0 (April 28, 2003) — Arguably the most important update ever, the advent of the iTunes Store. At first it only offered music, but eventually TV shows, movies, books and apps would be added.
- iTunes 4.1 (October 16, 2003) — iTunes for Windows
- iTunes 4.9 (July 28th, 2005) — Podcasts
- iTunes 7.0 (September 12, 2006) — Click wheel iPod games
- iTunes 7.6 (January 15, 2008) — Movie rentals
- iTunes 10.0 (September 1, 2010) — The ill-fated Ping
- iTunes 11.0 (November 29, 2012) — Most significant UI redesign in its history
Happy 12th birthday, iTunes!