In This Chapter
Installing iTunes on a Windows PC
Installing iTunes on a Mac
Setting up your iPod and iPhone
An iPod or iPhone without iTunes is like a CD player without CDs. Sure, you can use utility programs from sources other than Apple to put music, podcasts, and videos on an iPod. But iTunes gives you access to the vast online iTunes Store and App Store, and it's excellent for managing content on your computer and synchronizing your content library and personal information with your iPod or iPhone.
This chapter explains how to set up your iPod or iPhone with iTunes on a Mac or for Windows. iTunes includes the iPod and iPhone software, which provides the intelligence inside the device. iTunes is no slouch in the intelligence department either because it immediately recognizes the type of iPod or iPhone you have and installs the correct software.
Setting up iTunes is a quick and easy process. The most up-to-date version of iTunes as of this writing is version 9. However, software updates occur very rapidly, so you may end up installing a newer version by the time you read this. (If you already have iTunes installed, see Chapter 22 for instructions on updating it.)
The CD-ROMs supplied with older iPods offer older versions of iTunes and iPod software. You should visit the Apple Web site to download the most up-to-date version of iTunes, which recognizes all iPod and iPhone models.
Before installing ...