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Chapter 12. Getting Started with iTunes > Installing and Configuring iTunes on ...

Installing and Configuring iTunes on a Macintosh

Because iTunes is developed by Apple, it is as integrated into the Macintosh operating system as much as any application can be. You have a number of ways to get iTunes installed on your Mac, including the following:

  • Install Mac OS X. When you install Mac OS X, iTunes is also installed, unless you specifically tell the Installer not to install it. If you have installed OS X on your Mac, you don’t need to do any installation, but you should make sure you have the current version installed (to do so, see the section “Keeping iTunes Up to Date on a Macintosh” on page 326.

    Note

    Not to push my other books (okay, to push my other books), but if you need help with Mac OS X in general, see Special Edition Using Mac OS X, v10.3 Panther (catchy title, huh?).


  • Buy a new Mac. Okay, this might be the most expensive option, but, hey, you get a free Mac with your copy of iTunes!

  • Install iTunes from the iPod Software CD. The software installation CD included with an iPod also enables you to install iTunes.

  • Buy a copy of the Apple iLife suite. In addition to iTunes, you’ll get iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, and Garage Band.

    Note

    If you are still using Mac OS 9, you aren’t totally out of the iTunes game because you might have an early version installed. However, because Mac OS X is the future (not to mention most of the present) of the Mac platform, I don’t cover installing or using iTunes under Mac OS 9 in this book.


  • Download and install iTunes from the Internet. You can always download and install the latest version of iTunes from the Internet.


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