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What are the differences between iTunes on the Mac and on Windows?

What are the differences between iTunes on the Mac and on Windows?

I often hear people say that iTunes may be a bit poor on Windows, but that it's much better on the Mac. What are the differences that make it better? And is it the same on XP, Vista and Windows 7? I'm looking for the actual differences, not any rants about Microsoft or Apple.

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Guest [Entry]

"Since the 7.6 upwards release the only difference between the two versions is the language they are written in. iTunes on the Mac is written in Objective C with Cocoa and the Windows version in C++. However functionally and otherwise they are the same.

OSX has always rendered fonts differently from Windows. All other features across the two are the same. I use iTunes on both Windows and OSX everyday and apart from the Preferences menu being in a different place have yet to find examples of how they are different. I manage my iPhone and my complete music library with it as well as running it for a Shared Library across my home network with absolutely no issues."
Guest [Entry]

Hmm. I run it on Mac, XP, and Vista. I don't see that there's much difference. Vista laptop is driving my living room stereo as I type.
Guest [Entry]

"ITunes on Windows is extremely unresponsive and slow. It seems like everything runs in one thread, so internal multitasking (ie download podcast/sync or whatever) renders the UI extremely unresponsive.

I don't know how it works on a mac."
Guest [Entry]

"iTunes rocks in a Mac; Sucks on Windows; well altho' the software is well written, feels out of place with an entirely different UI to common windows apps.

There is something common for iTunes on either platforms: It occupies over a GB of RAM."