Ars Technica has reviewed the twelve years we’ve spent with iTunes’ brushed chrome, boring, totally functional bullshit. Smart playlists!

The second full-point release of iTunes came 10 months after the first. That was because Apple finally revealed its ultra-secret project: the iPod. Apple advertised this release of iTunes as having “seamless integration” with its new MP3 player, with songs and playlists automatically syncing to the iPod over FireWire. Apple also added an equalizer and cross fading with this release, and began bundling iTunes with OS X. The software also allowed users to burn CDs of MP3 files, not just traditional CDs, so people could store more music than ever on their iTunes-mixed CDs.

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