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The original and main focus of i Tunes is music, with a library offering organization, collection, and storage of users' music collections.
It can be used to rip songs from CDs, as well as play content with the use of dynamic, smart playlists.
It had features reminiscent of Facebook, including profiles and the ability to follow other users.
The Telegraph reported in November 2011 that Apple had been aware of a security vulnerability since 2008 that would let unauthorized third parties install "updates" to users' i Tunes software.
The primary developers of the software moved to Apple as part of the acquisition, and simplified Sound Jam's user interface, added the ability to burn CDs, and removed its recording feature and skin support. Each track has attributes, called metadata, that can be edited by the user, including changing the name of the artist, album, and genre, year of release, artwork, among other additional settings.
It uses the Gracenote music database to provide track name listings for audio CDs.
"Genius" transmits information about the user's library to Apple anonymously, and evolves over time to enhance its recommendation system.
However, the following month, i Tunes 12.6.3 was also released, retaining the App Store, with 9to5Mac noting that the secondary release was positioned by Apple as "necessary for some businesses performing internal app deployments".
The original i Phone smartphone required i Tunes for activation and, until the release of i OS 5 in 2011, i Tunes was required for installing software updates for the company's i OS devices.
Newer i OS devices rely less on the i Tunes software, though it can still be used for backup and restoration of phone contents, as well as for the transfer of files between a computer and individual i OS applications.
In its first week, customers bought more than one million songs.
In June 2011, Apple announced "i Tunes in the Cloud", in which music purchases were stored on Apple's servers and made available for automatic downloading on new devices.