Apple's Clever iTunes 8

The new version of Apple's venerated desktop jukebox adds the useful Genius, plus new ways to handle movies and TV

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Grid view with artwork; Genius is pretty clever

The Bad: Grid view without artwork

The Bottom Line: A mostly welcome update but iTunes risks getting pudgy

It's been more than seven years since Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Steve Jobs bounded onto the stage at the annual MacWorld conference in San Francisco and took the wraps off the first version of iTunes. And oh, what a difference (nearly) a decade makes: The desktop jukebox has evolved from a simple, no-frills MP3 manager into an ever-expanding media gateway offering music, TV, movies, podcasts, and even video games for the iPhone and iPod.

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