“Over the span of about a year, Apple’s iTunes Music Store has gone from being a concept to being the dominant player in online music retailing: It commands over 70 percent of the market, has sold 70 million songs in its first year of operation, and now offers over 700,000 tracks. And Apple has again updated its iTunes utility, letting buyers make better use of the store and the tracks they purchase there (as well as the ones they rip from their own CD collections). But while iTunes is still a top-tier player and store, the improvements in 4.5 turn out to be less interesting in practice than they are on paper,” PC Magazine reports in their review of iTunes 4.5.
“While it may be fun after future improvements, iMix is less than thrilling so far. Looking at other people’s song lists isn’t all that fascinating, and there’s no way to post comments on mixes; all you can do is rate them from one to five stars,” PC Magazine writes. “…iTunes finally delivers jewel-case printing with this release. The feature is easy to use, but here again, customization is lacking… It’s a one-size-fits-all option that’s leaves no room for creativity… Windows users with WMA song libraries will appreciate a new feature that converts those tracks into AAC files (which can be played on iPods). It works well, but only on WMA tracks without digital rights management (DRM)