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.
The original i Phone smartphone required i Tunes for activation, and up until 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.
Apple fixed the issue prior to the Telegraphs report, and told the media that "The security and privacy of our users is extremely important", though this was questioned by security researcher Brian Krebs, who told the publication that "A prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet the company waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw".
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To compensate for the "boring" design of standard CDs, i Tunes can print custom-made jewel case inserts.
After burning a CD from a playlist, one can select that playlist and bring up a dialog box with several print options, including different "Themes" of album artworks.
For music the user owns, such as content ripped from CDs, the company introduced "i Tunes Match", a feature that can upload content to Apple's servers, match it to its catalog, change the quality to 256kbps AAC format, and make it available to other devices.
With the release of i Tunes 10 in September 2010, Apple announced i Tunes Ping, which then-CEO Steve Jobs described as "social music discovery".
When users rip content from a CD, i Tunes attempts to match songs to the Gracenote service.
For self-published CDs, or those from obscure record labels, i Tunes will normally only list tracks as numbered entries ("Track 1", "Track 2") on an unnamed album by an unknown artist, requiring manual input of data.
On i OS, a dedicated App Store application served as the storefront for browsing, purchasing and managing applications, whereas i Tunes on computers had a dedicated section for apps rather than a separate app.