Since the launching of iTunes in 2001, it has grown to be one of the most downloaded and used multimedia applications on both the Windows and OS X Operating Systems (Oss). The program supports organization, storage, and playback of music, videos, and eBooks on computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The iTunes application connects the user to the Apple store online to search and buy new files and music. As both the store and multimedia players get upgraded, the iTunes application will require updating to support the latest features and security patches released by Apple. This is a common task for both PC and Mac users.
How to Update iTunes on a PC
Step 1 – Ensure that the computer is connected to the Internet.
Step 2 – Select the “Start” menu button and choose the “Active Apple Software Update” menu option. Then choose the “iTunes Update” menu choice followed by the “Install” menu option to start the update of iTunes. If this menu option is not on the computer, go to the apple.com/itunes homepage to download the latest iTunes update.
Step 3 – Restart the computer after the iTunes update is installed to complete the application update.
How to Update iTunes on a Mac
Step 1 – Open Opera and connect to the Internet.
Step 2 – Select the iTunes program icon and open the program. Then, select the “Apple” menu followed by “System Preferences.”
Step 3 – Click the “Software Update” menu option located under the “View” Menu followed by clicking the “Update Now” menu option.
Step 4 – Select iTunes in the Software Update window followed by the “Install” menu option.
Step 5– Enter the administrator password and name followed by the “Enter” key to continue with updating iTunes.
Step 6 – Restart the Mac to complete the update of iTunes.
How to Update an iPod
Step 1 – Open the iTunes application on the computer synced with the iPod.
Step 2 – Check whether the version of iTunes on the computer is the latest one by selecting the “iTunes” and “Check for Updates” menu options from the “File” menu bar.
Step 3 – Select the “Click Download iTunes” menu option if an update is available on the subsequently displayed screen. The computer’s “Software Update” screen will then open, displaying other applications that have updates available. It is not required that programs other than the iTunes program is downloaded from this screen.
Step 4 – Exit from iTunes and install the new version of iTunes on the computer (if required).
Step 5 – Start iTunes after the installation is complete, then connect the iPod to the computer using the white data cable that came with the device.
Step 6 – Select the iPod on the left hand side bar.
Step 7 – Select the “Check for Update” menu button under the “Summary Tab.”
Step 8 – Click the “Update” menu button if a new update is available.
Step 9 – Leave the iPod connected to the computer while the new update is installed. After the update is complete, disconnect the device and it will be updated.