How to Download iTunes to a Computer Desktop

Learning how to download iTunes to a computer is the first step toward managing and enjoying your digital music library. Even if you don't own an iPod, iTunes offers excellent tools for creating playlists, burning CDs and buying new music.

How to Download iTunes for Windows
iTunes is available for both Vista and XP Windows machines. To get it, simply go to apple.com/itunes and download the free application. Check your system requirements before you download, to make sure that iTunes is compatible with your hardware. If you have a fairly recent computer, you should have no problems.

iTunes will ask for your e-mail address. You can skip this step by unchecking the boxes for "E-mail Me" and "Keep Me up to Date." After a short wait, the application will finish downloading to your computer and you will see an icon for iTunes Setup. Double-click this icon to begin the installation.

Installing iTunes
The first screen you'll encounter during installation is a dialogue box, which describes iTunes. Scan through it and click Next. The license agreement box appears. You must click "I Agree" to continue the installation. 

You now have the option of adding an iTunes and Quicktime shortcut to your desktop. Clicking "Yes" adds icons for both programs to your desktop automatically. You can also make your own shortcut later on. To make a desktop shortcut, go to the Start menu, and find the iTunes program. Place the mouse over the iTunes icon and right-click with your mouse. Choose Copy from the menu that appears. Next, move the mouse to an empty area on your desktop and right click again. Choose Paste Shortcut, and you'll have a desktop icon for iTunes.

If you use the Quick Launch bar, you can put a copy of iTunes in the Quick Launch bar by movining your mouse over the iTunes icon, right clicking and selecting Add to Quick Launch from the menu.

Next, you must decide if you want iTunes as your default audio file player. If you select "Yes," then iTunes will open anytime you open an audio or video file (CD, mp3, podcast or other download).

The last selections are language and where the iTunes files will be stored on your hard drive. Most people choose the default selection: the Programs folder for the iTunes files. Most of your applications are in the Programs folder.

After making all your selections, click "Install" and iTunes will install with your chosen preferences onto your hard drive.

Once installation is complete, click the "Finish" button. After you click Finish, you should restart your computer. After you restart, iTunes will be right on your desktop ready for you to use. 

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