Get to Know iTunes Basics

iTunes is a media player where you can manage your iOS devices and shop for digital products. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV, you can always use iTunes to discover, purchase, download and stream new music, listen to radios, play video and audio files…yet iTunes is more than that.

How to Use iTunes

iTunes manages contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. All the syncing, backups, app download and content organization on your iOS devices are achieved through iTunes.

You’ll need an Apple ID if you

  • Use iCloud, iChat, iMessage, FaceTime or Find My iPhone
  • Download apps from the App Store
  • Buy from the iTunes Store
  • Make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store
  • Use certain resources on the Apple Support website

So your fun with iTunes will be much greater if you have an Apple ID.

What’s on iTunes

Music & Video

iTunes is widely used to play music and video files, import music from CDs or PCs, and burn your own CDs. Use Genius to play songs that go with your mood.

iTunes Store

This is where you browse and shop for music, movies, apps, books, games and TV shows.

Download and listen to free Podcasts, keep learning using iTunes U, send gift cards to friends and families, etc. You want to know what’s hot? Check iTunes Store.

iTunes Radio

Streaming radio stations with the best selection of music you love for free with iTunes Radio.  You can create and customize your own stations.


Store anything you have purchased from the iTunes Store in iCloud so that you can access them on all your devices.

iTunes Match

With iTunes Match, your iTunes Radio is ad-free, and the content you have purchased outside the iTunes Store can be uploaded to iCloud.

Find anything more than you have expected? Open your iTunes and play by your rules.