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Windows Media Player vs iTunes

Windows media player vs iTunes. Here’s the comparison between the two players on different factors.

Microsoft’s Windows Media Player or Apple’s iTunes ? This always has been a tough decision for user to choose one of the two. If you’re a music freak and you cannot decide which media player will suit your taste, then luckily, you have been routed to the right place. If you’re a PC user, then Windows media player would be the right choice as itunes works best with Mac and ipods. Nonetheless, nowadays itunes supports PCs and HP based ipods.

Window Media Player is easy to use and maintain comparatively to iTunes. Apple’s iTunes does hold some new and different features but nonetheless Windows Media Player had improved a lot over the past few years.

Using itunes on a PC is not what I would suggest, reason being  it takes forever to get running and turn out to be real slow sometimes. Well, both players has its pros and cons.  Here, in this article, I’m going to compare both players on different factors. Let’s Start.

1.Software Support

Windows Media Player 12 (latest version) supports Windows 7 only, whereas iTunes can be run from a macbook to Windows XP based PC.

2. User interface

At first glance, you may not find Windows Media Player very special, but you can customize it to reflect your own style. Windows Media Player comes with many different skins and let you download more if you desire. Whereas, itunes has a default styling and cannot be customized. It is already attractive enough to draw user’s attention.

3. Media Features

iTunes includes features such as:

  • Integrated Online Music Store.
  • Visualiser .
  • Gapless Audio Decoding.
  • Intelligent Playlist.
  • Pitch Shifting.
  • Remote Controllable.
  • Equalizer.
  • Volume Normalization.
  • Streaming.
  • Time Stretching.
  • Media Library.

Windows Media Player supports features such as:

  • Equalizer.
  • Intelligent Playlist.
  • Media Library.
  • Remote Controllable.
  • Streaming.
  • Visualizer.

4. Supported Audio and Video file types

iTunes support files with various formats such as:

  • .mp3
  • .aac
  • .wav
  • .mp4
  • .aif
  • .mp4
  • .mpeg
  • .mov.

Windows Media Player supports file with various formats such as:

  • .3gp
  • .avi
  • .mp3
  • .mov
  • .mpeg
  • .wmv
  • .xvid

4. Syncable Hardware

Both iTunes and Windows Media Player supports iphone, ipad and ipod syncing.

5. Optical Media Support

iTunes:

  • DVD-AUDIO
  • CD

Windows Media Player :

  • CD
  • DVD
  • DVD-Audio

6. Support Features

iTunes

  • FAQ.
  • Email.
  • Forums.
  • Instructional Videos.
  • Tips and Hints
  • Phone.

Windows Media Player

  • FAQ.
  • Email.
  • Live Chat
  • Instructional Videos.
  • Tips and Hints
  • Phone.

From the comparison above we can see that both media players has almost the same features. And not to ignore the fact that both of them comes from a background you cannot doubt about anytime. I would suggest you to go with Windows Media Player if you’re using a PC.And if you’re a macbook or ipod user, iTunes is designed for you.

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