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How to Transfer eReader Books to iTunes

You can use Apple products -- including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch -- to do just about anything, including read books. These products accept books from multiple sources as long you save the books in the ePub digital format. To transfer books from Google Books, Project Gutenberg and other eReader sources to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you simply need an iTunes account and a USB cable.


Launch iTunes on your computer.


Click "Books" under "Library" from the left-hand side of iTunes. If you do not see "Books," find it by clicking "Preferences" from the main toolbar if you are on a Mac, or "Edit" and "Preferences" if you are on a PC. Under "Sources," check the box next to "Books" and click "OK" to finish.


Drag and drop the eReader book from where it is saved on your computer to the "Books" folder on iTunes.


Connect your Apple device to your computer using the supplied USB cable. Click "File" and "Sync" to move the book from iTunes to your device.

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History of iTunes

The history of the iTunes application and e-commerce platform
iTunes v1.0 installer CD (2001)

The history of iTunes started in 2001. Initially conceived of as a simple music player, over time iTunes developed into a sophisticated multimedia content manager, hardware synchronization manager and e-commerce platform. iTunes enables users to manage media content, create playlists, synchronize media content with handheld devices including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, re-image and update handheld devices, stream Internet radio and purchase music, films, television shows, and audiobooks via the iTunes Store.


iTunes logo since version 12.2 since June 30, 2015

Apple based the initial release of iTunes on SoundJam MP, a program developed by Bill Kincaid and released by Casady & Greene in 1999.[1] Apple purchased the program from Casady & Greene in 2000. At the time of the purchase, Kincaid, Jeff Robbin and Dave Heller left Casady & Greene to continue development of the program as Apple employees. At Apple, the developers simplified SoundJam's user interface, added the ability to burn CDs, and removed the program's recording feature and skin support.[2]

Apple released version 1.0 of the program under a new name "iTunes" on January 9, 2001 at Macworld San Francisco. Macintosh users immediately began poking through iTunes's resource fork, where they discovered numerous strings and other resources that indicated that iTunes was a re-engineered Sound Jam MP. Casady & Greene ceased distribution of SoundJam MP on June 1, 2001 at the request of the developers.[3]

Originally a Mac OS 9-only application, iTunes began to support Mac OS X with the release of version 1.1 in March 2001. Release 2.0 added support for a then-new product, the iPod.[4] Version 3 dropped Mac OS 9 support but added smart playlists and a ratings system.[5] In April 2003, version 4.0 introduced the iTunes Store; in October, version 4.1 added support for MicrosoftWindows 2000 and Windows XP.[6] Introduced at Macworld 2005 with the new iPod Shuffle, Version 4.7.1 introduced the ability to convert higher-bitrate songs to 128kbit/s AAC automatically, as these devices did not natively support audio encoded in AIFF or Apple Lossless formats, also improving the value proposition of the Shuffle's limited flash-only storage.[7] Version 7.0 introduced gapless playback and Cover Flow in September 2006.[8] In March 2007, iTunes 7.1 added support for Windows Vista,[9] and 7.3.2 was the last Windows 2000 version.[10]

iTunes lacked support for 64-bit versions of Windows until the 7.6 update on January 16, 2008. iTunes is currently supported under any 64-bit version of Windows, although the iTunes executable was still 32-bit until version 12.1. The 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are not supported by Apple, but a workaround has been devised for both operating systems.[11] Version 8.0 added Genius playlists, grid view, and a new default visualizer.[12]

iTunes 9 added "Home Share" enabling automatic updating of purchased items across other computers on the same subnet and offers a new iTunes Store UI. Genius Mixes were added, as well as improved App synchronization abilities, extending the iPod Shuffle 128 kbit/s down-convert feature to all of Apple's AAC-capable devices.[13] It also adds iTunes LPs to the store, which gives additional media with an album. Apple added iTunes Extras as well to the store, which adds content usually reserved for films on DVD and Blu-ray discs.[14] Both iTunes LPs and Extras use web-standards HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.[15]

On September 1, 2010, Apple held their annual music press event where they unveiled an updated version: iTunes 10. The new version was available for download later that day. One major feature includes the integration of "iTunes Ping", which brings a social factor to the iTunes experience. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also announced a new logo, one without a CD in the background because of the increasing popularity of iTunes digital downloads.

In October 2012, Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, the refresh of the iPod and Mac lines, and the upcoming release of iTunes 11. Slated for release by the end of October, the launch was pushed back to November 29, 2012. This version included tighter integration with iCloud, and a new user interface. Users' libraries now include all media they have stored in their iCloud account, along with any media unique to the device they are using. Media files stored in the cloud don't need to be downloaded before playing, allowing a larger collection to be accessible without increased disk usage. The new user interface includes a refreshed grid view, which replaces Cover Flow as the default layout method. With this change, Cover Flow is no longer available within the application. With the release of this software, the iTunes Store was redesigned to remain consistent with the new interface, and the stores available on iOS devices. The social element Ping was also removed and replaced by increased Twitter and Facebook integration. Other minor changes included disabling the sidebar by default, and slightly altering the icon to match that of the Mac App Store better.

On October 16, 2014, Apple released iTunes 12, with a redesigned icon and interface, inspired by OS X Yosemite. With iTunes 12.1 and later, there is a new widget for notification center in OS X Yosemite, which allows the user to see what's playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs from iTunes Radio, right from notification center. It also improves performance when syncing to an iOS device.

iTunes has been credited with accelerating shifts within the music industry. The pricing structure of iTunes encouraged the sale of single songs, allowing users to abandon the purchase of more expensive albums. This hastened the end of the Album Era in popular music.

On April 26, 2018, Apple released iTunes 12 for Windows 10 via the Windows Store. The Universal Windows Platform app retains all features available in the desktop version, but will be updated and available through the Windows Store.[16]

On June 3, 2019, Apple stated that they would no longer include iTunes with future Mac computers. Starting with the operating system macOS Catalina, Apple instead split iTunes into separate apps: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts.[17][18] iTunes continues to be available on Windows and on macOS operating systems prior to Catalina.[18][17]


Operating system versions[edit]

Operating system version Original version Latest version Support start Support end
Mac OS 91.0 (January 9, 2001) 2.0.4[19] (March 20, 2002) 2001 2002
Mac OS X 10.0 "Cheetah" 1.1 (March 24, 2001) 1.1.1[20] (May 1, 2001) 2001
Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma" 1.1.2 (September 25, 2001) 4.7.1 (January 11, 2005) 2005
Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar" 3.0 [21] (July 17, 2002) 6.0.5 (June 29, 2006) 2002 2006
Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" 4.1 (October 16, 2003) 7.7.1[22] (July 31, 2008) 2003 2008
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" for G34.7.1 (January 11, 2005) 9.1.1[23] (April 27, 2010) 2005 2010
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" for G4, G59.2.1[24] (July 19, 2010)
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" for Intel6.0.2 (January 10, 2006) 2006
Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" 7.4.2 (September 17, 2007) 10.6.3[25] (June 11, 2012) 2007 2012
Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" 8.2.1 (August 28, 2009) 11.4[26] (September 9, 2014) 2009 2014
Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" 10.4 (July 19, 2011) 12.2.2[27] (August 13, 2015) 2011 2015
OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" 10.6.3 (June 11, 2012) 12.4.3[28] (August 2, 2016) 2012 2016
OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" 11.1.2 (October 22, 2013) 12.6.2[29] (July 19, 2017) 2013 2017
OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" 12.0.1 (October 16, 2014) 12.8.1 (February 5, 2019) 2014 2019
OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" 12.2.2 (August 13, 2015) 12.8.2 (January 23, 2019) 2015 present
macOS 10.12 "Sierra" 12.5.1 (September 13, 2016) 2016
macOS 10.13 "High Sierra" 12.7 (September 12, 2017) 2017
macOS 10.14 "Mojave" 12.9 (September 12, 2018) 12.9.5 (May 13, 2019) 2018
Windows 20004.1 (October 16, 2003) 7.3.2 (August 2, 2007) 2003 2007
Windows XP for x86 12.1.3 (September 17, 2015) 2015
Windows Vista for x86 7.2 (May 29, 2007) 2007
Windows Vista for x64 7.6 (January 15, 2008) 2008
Windows 79.0.2 (October 29, 2009) 12.10.8 (July 30, 2020) 2009 present
Windows 810.7 (September 12, 2012) 2012
Windows (October 2, 2013) 2013
Windows 1012.2.1 (July 13, 2015) 2015
  • iTunes Store requires at least version 9, dropping support for earlier versions.
  • iTunes on Windows Home Server may cause data corruption, which Microsoft fixed in an update.[30]
  • iTunes usually requires latest service pack or point release to function.
  • a. ^ Mac OS 9.1 is required to burn CDs.
  • b. ^ iTunes supports both 32-bit and 64-bit editions for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Windows 2000 and 64-bit editions of Windows XP are not supported.


  1. ^ abcWi-Fi iPads and GSM iPad 2 only

Version history[edit]

ObsoleteDiscontinuedCurrentBetaFuture Release

iTunes 1[edit]

iTunes 1 version history
Version Operating systems Release dateRelease notes / Features


Mac: 9January 9, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-01-09)Original release based on SoundJam MP code.[66]


Mac: 9-10.0February 21, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-02-21)External burners, improved visual effects, more supported CD burners.[67] Initial Mac OS X version.[68] Bundled with Mac OS X v10.0.


May 1, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-05-01)Burning CDs, full screen visual effects, stability/performance improvements,[69] available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.[citation needed]

Mac: 9-10.1September 25, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-09-25)Bundled with Mac OS X v10.1.[70]
Version Operating systems Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 2[edit]

iTunes 2 version history
Version Operating systems Release dateRelease notes / Features


Mac: 9-10.1October 23, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-10-23)iPod support, CD burning improvements, equalizer/cross-fader/sound enhancer added.[71]


November 4, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-11-04)Fixes installer issue which may result in data loss.[72] CD Burning updates.[73]


November 16, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-11-16)Update German and French language support.[citation needed]


December 13, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-12-13)iPod synching improvements, support for Rio One MP3 player.[74]


March 20, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-03-20)Improved stability/performance, expanded AppleScript support. Last version to support Mac OS 9.[75]
Version Operating systems Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 3[edit]

iTunes 3 version history
Version Mac OS support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.1-10.2July 17, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-07-17)Smart playlists, more song list categories (including the My Rating column), Audible.comaudiobook support.[76]


10.1-10.2September 18, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-09-18)Performance improvements, better Mac OS X v10.2 support.[77]
Version Mac OS support Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 4[edit]

iTunes 4 version history
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.1-10.2April 28, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-04-28)Music Store support, AAC audio codec, DVD burning, music sharing, GUI improvements.[78]


May 27, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-05-27)Performance improvements, music sharing only in subnet.[79]


10.1-10.32000-XPOctober 16, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-10-16)Music store/CD burning improvements, Windows support added, voice notes, on-the-go playlists.[80]


December 18, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-12-18)AOL accounts with music store, GUI, and performance improvements.[81]


April 28, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-04-28)iMix, party shuffle, CD insert printing, music store improvements, WMA to AAC conversion (Windows only), Apple Lossless audio codec.[82]


June 9, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-06-09)AirTunes support, minor improvements.[83]


October 27, 2004; 15 years ago (2004-10-27)Copying photos to iPod Photo, GUI/performance improvements, Windows taskbar minimizing.[84]


10.1-10.4January 11, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-01-11)iPod Shuffle support added, blocks DRM stripping applications, limited to 5 connections per day to networked music libraries.[85]Last version to support Mac OS X 10.1 Puma. Bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.


10.2-10.4May 9, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-05-09)Video support, international music stores supported,[86] security enhancements.[87]


June 28, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-06-28)Podcasting,[88]Motorola ROKR E1 mobile phone support added.[citation needed]
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 5[edit]

iTunes 5 version history
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.2-10.42000-XPSeptember 7, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-09-07)GUI refined, search bar improvements, parental controls, playlist folders introduced, smart shuffle, iPod Nano support.[89]


September 20, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-09-20)Bonjour for Windows removed from bundle after DNS conflict problems, bug fixes.[90]
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 6[edit]

iTunes 6 version history
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.2-10.42000-XPOctober 12, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-10-12)GUI/music store changes, blocks DRM remover utilities, transfer videos to 5th generation iPod classic.[91]


October 20, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-10-20)Bug fixes,[92]Motorola SLVR L7 and RAZR V3i mobile phone support added.[40]


January 10, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-01-10)Bug fixes, video conversion for home movies, AirTunes enhancements, iTunes MiniStore, now Universal binary (running on both Intel and PowerPC Macs).[93]


February 15, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-02-15)Bug fixes, performance enhancements.[94]


March 1, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-03-01)Stability and performance issues with Front Row.[95]

March 3, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-03-03)Fixes possible playlist problems in 6.0.4.[citation needed]


June 29, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-06-29)Added Nike+iPod support and Nike Sport area on the iTunes Store.[96]
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 7[edit]

iTunes 7 version history
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.3-10.42000, XPSeptember 12, 2006; 14 years ago (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.[97]


September 27, 2006; 13 years ago (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.[98]


October 31, 2006; 13 years ago (2006-10-31)Support for second generation shuffle and nano, fixed stability/performance issues with 7.0 and 7.0.1.[99]


March 4, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03-04)Apple TV support, additional 2G shuffle support, GUI improvements, fixes Windows Vista issues, enhanced sorting options, full-screen Cover Flow.[100]


March 16, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03-16)Stability/performance/compatibility fixes.[101]


2000-VistaMay 29, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-05-29)Fully supports Vista,[102] iTunes Plus introduced with 256 kbit/s DRM-free music tracks,[103]iTunes U introduced which offers free content from some of the top universities around the United States.[104] Also included GUI Update for Windows Vista


June 29, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-06-29)Support for iPhone activation/synching, GUI changes/fixes.[105] Changes sorting pattern.[106]


July 11, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-07-11)Bug fixes.[107]


August 2, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-08-02)Bug fixes for increased stability/performance.[108]Last version to support Windows 2000.[citation needed]


XP-VistaSeptember 6, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-09-06)Support for iPod Touch, Classic (6G), Nano (3G), and adds interface art for new iPod Shuffle colors. GUI improvements.[109]


September 7, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-09-07)Blocks a workaround that allowed free ringtones.[110] However, a new workaround was found within one day of release.[111]


10.3-10.5September 17, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-09-17)Addresses an issue with creating ringtones using iTunes Plus song purchases and includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance.[112] Bundled with Mac OS X v10.5


September 27, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-09-27)Addresses issues with the initial setup of the iPod Touch on some international versions of Windows.[113]


November 5, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-11-05)Allows activation of iPhones outside of the United States wherever activation is available, (e.g. United Kingdom and Germany) as well as security and stability fixes. Also included is a GUI update for Leopard, and the ability to add custom ringtones for free.[114] 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). Last version to support Windows XP RTM and Service Pack 1 (32-bit).


January 15, 2008; 12 years ago (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.[115][failed verification]


February 21, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-02-21)Several bug fixes, improved compatibility with Apple TV 'Take Two', iTunes freezing bug fixed.[116]


April 2, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-04-02)Bug fixes.[117]


July 10, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-07-10)Support for iPhone 3G,[50]iOS 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.[118]


July 31, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-07-31)Improved stability/performance. Last version to support Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.[119]
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features

iTunes 8[edit]

iTunes 8 version history
Version Mac OS support Windows support Release dateRelease notes / Features


10.4-10.5XP-VistaSeptember 9, 2008; 12 years ago (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.[120]


October 2, 2008; 11 years ago (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
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How do I download music from to my itunes? There are several different formats to choose from? Which one should I use? How do I get it from my desktop in to itunes? Thanks.

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Jan 3, 2010 4:30 PM in response to wwbbd In response to wwbbd

"There are several different formats to choose from?" If mp3 is available, that will work fine in iTunes/on your iPod.

"How do I get it from my desktop in to iTunes?" If you drag the folder from your Desktop to the iTunes window, it should import the music into your library.

Also, you can choose to convert your songs to the AAC format in iTunes. This is the default format for songs in iTunes. Again, this is only optional.

Hope this helps!
The Schleper

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Jan 3, 2010 6:34 PM in response to wwbbd In response to wwbbd

Archive gives you a choice of FLAC, OGG Vorbis, or MP3. Get the MP3 since it is the only one compatible with iTunes (and almost all other players too).

At Archive, the underlined file size is the download link. The easiest way is to right-click it, choose Save Link As, and let it download to your computer.

Once it is on your machine, drag in into the open iTunes window, which will cause iTunes to add it to your library.

There is tons of good stuff there. Let us know how it goes.

Jan 3, 2010 6:34 PM

Feb 6, 2010 2:20 PM in response to The Schleper In response to The Schleper

Thanks for the response! I have downloaded some of the VBR Zip files. When I open the zip file it show the files as MP3. When I try to drag and drop I get the old circle with line through it in itunes and I can't drop them.

Does that AAC format option have anything to do with the MP3 files not importing?

I am having succes downloading shn files, converting them to wav and then dragging and dropping the wav files into itunes. Thanks, Dave

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Feb 6, 2010 5:12 PM in response to wwbbd In response to wwbbd

You need to unzip ("Extract") the folder to get the actual MP3s.

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Feb 6, 2010 8:16 PM in response to wwbbd In response to wwbbd

Just in case you don't know how to extract, just right click the folder and select "Extract all." From there, the files should be able to be dragged into iTunes.

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