Apple iTunes 12.6.1.25

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Apple released iTunes 12.6.1.25, for both Windows x86 as well as Windows x64.

iTunes is now a full 64-bit application on 64-bit editions of Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista. This update also includes bug fixes and improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

iTunes 12.0’s new features:

  • You’ll now see a line of icons for music, movies, TV, audiobooks and apps along the top left of the navigation bar within the iTunes 12 window, rather than the dropdown menu or left-hand column you’ll find in the current iTunes, depending on the view you use.
  • There’s a ‘…’ more menu, which lets you see the other options such as iTunes U, Podcasts and more. You can change which icons appear outside of the drop down menu for easy access, depending on your preferences.
  • In the middle of the navigation bar, you’ll now see ‘My Music,’ ‘Playlist,’ ‘Match,’ ‘Radio,’ and ‘iTunes Store.’ That’s in the place of the current ‘Songs,’ ‘Albums,’ ‘Artists,’ ‘Genres,’ ‘Videos,’ ‘Playlists,’ ‘Radio.’
  • Those options are now found at the right of the navigation bar in a drop down menu, where ‘iTunes Store’ is currently.
  • The Apps screen and iTunes Store have adopted new designs, too, now flatter and more like the iOS 8 App Store. The storefront revamp emerged in October, later than the other design changes. Gone are the display cards in the carousel, which now appear as scrollable but completely flat banners. Shadows have been removed, too, and a slighty tweaked font has been introduced.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit HT1222.

The ‘itunes64setup.exe’ is basically a compressed archive which contains six different MSI’s which together take care of installing everything which is needed to run iTunes:

The correct order to install these MSI’s is:

  • AppleApplicationSupport64.msi (5.5) With iTunes Apple ships two ‘support’ MSI. The ‘Application Support’ msi has the core files for ‘Application Support’ within iTunes.
  • AppleMobileDeviceSupport6464.msi (10.3.2) With iTunes Apple ships two ‘support’ MSIs. The ‘Mobile Device Support’ msi has the core files for device management of devices which can be connected to iTunes (iPhone, iPod, Ipad).
  • Bonjour64.msi (3.1.0.1) Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, is an optional MSI and enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers. Specifically, Bonjour enables automatic IP address assignment without a DHCP server, name to address translation without a DNS server, and service discovery without a directory server. Bonjour is an open protocol which Apple has submitted to the IETF as part of the ongoing standards-creation process. To learn more, check out the Bonjour Protocol Specifications which detail the technologies that make up Link-Local and Wide-Area Bonjour.
  • iTunes64.msi (12.6.1.25) the Itunes6464.msi contains the core files needed to run Apple iTunes.
  • AppleSoftwareUpdate.msi (2.3.0.177)The ‘AppleSoftwareUpdate.msi’ is optional and only needed if you want to use the Apple Auto Update feature and/or MobileMe:

Apple knowledge base article HT2102: “Windows OS Managed Client: How to manage iTunes control features” describes how to configure enterprise controls which give system administrators the ability to set content restrictions. This information is for customers who want to pre-configure parental and/or other controls in iTunes for Microsoft Windows. This information only applies to iTunes 7.1 or later.

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