When choosing the right music software that fits the needs of the user, companies like Apple and Microsoft try their best to implement the most innovative and creative functions for their respective programs iTunes and Windows Media Player. These two behemoths of the computer music industry have specialized themselves in having constant and consistent updates that allow the programs to evolve over time. There always seems to be something new added with every update. Also, due to their competitive nature, a lot of these updates either catch up with or surpass the latest update of the competition. One minutes Apple has a new iTunes version, and the next Windows Media Players comes up with a newer, better update. This goes vice versa as well. Music software has a big audience, and it’s the job of both programs to maintain their high popularity while still remaining just as practical as they ever were on day one.
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The biggest way to determine which music software is the best is checking out its media features. For example, the latest version of Apple’s iTunes has features such as:
- A visualizer
- Gapless audio decoding
- A streaming service
- Volume normalization
Among other features that are getting new updates every week. Meanwhile, Windows Media Player’s latest offerings include, but are not limited to:
- An intelligent playlist
- A visualize
- A streaming service
- A media library
In truth, both iTunes and Windows Media Player have a lot of the same features. iTunes may have one or two original features at the moment, but a single update from Media Player can set them back on even ground in no time.
Supporting the File Types
The music software of any credible program or device requires that a number of various audio and video files be supported. Without the support of these files, there would be no way for the users to play their desired audio and/or video files. iTunes, at the moment, has shown support for mp3, mp4, mpeg, .aac, .wav, .mov and more. Meanwhile, Windows Media Player can support files such as .3gp, .avi, .mp3, .mov, .mpeg, .wmv and .xvid. Windows Media Player tends to have more video files while iTunes supports more audio files. Both programs serve the purpose of having the support of even the most basic audio and video files.
Can’t Go Wrong With Either
Luckily for most computer users, their preference will not change all that much. The music software that they choose, whether it’s iTunes, Windows Media Player or some other music program, the features and abilities remain the same. However, it is important to note that when using an iPhone mobile device, iTunes has the advantage while any Windows phone device will have Windows Media Player take the advantage. Neither side would ever be willing to have their programs be compatible with the competition’s mobile device. It’s all about friendly competition after all.