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Told you it was coming – 64-bit iTunes arrives

by Brandon on January 16th, 2008

iTunes 7.6 is out, with x64 support at last!  Just as I predicted 🙂

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

It redirects you based on your OS, which is kind of annoying if it doesn’t happen to properly detect you’re on a 64-bit version of Windows.

Update: Sadly it isn’t actually a 64-bit binary.  Lame, but what do you expect from Apple, who seem to be pretty stuck in a 32-bit world.  At least it includes a 64-bit iPhone / iPod Touch driver, which is all that was really needed.

Update 2: As of late 2008, Apple has finally put up a 64-bit landing page with a direct download link for the latest 64-bit installer.

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22 Comments
  1. Face permalink

    Thank you very kindly.

  2. EvilSupahFly permalink

    Thanks! Apple wasn’t very helpful with this…

  3. Annie permalink

    Oh my god, thank you so much for posting the link to the 64-bit download! I’ve been searching for it for a few days now… very hard to find. :/

  4. Vista 64, but not XP64.

    Devon

  5. Dan Hughes permalink

    Thank you for the 64 bit link, I am running 64 bit XP, will iTunes still work even though I am not running Vista?

  6. Some Guy permalink

    What, you can’t run the same binary on a 32-bit and a 64-bit install of windows? Lame, lame, lame.

  7. Some Guy –

    Umm, yes you can. In fact, this iTunes release isn’t really 64-bit. It just includes the 64-bit driver needed to sync with the iPhone.

    Drivers need to be 64-bit for a 64-bit OS. I suppose it’s not surprising that Apple took so long, since they’re used to the Mac OS which still isn’t really 64-bit.

  8. Andreas permalink

    Mac OS not 64-bit? Are you serious?

    Unlike Windows, which forces you to choose whether to run 32 or 64-bit, Mac OS 10.5 comes in a single version that is 64-bit but includes full 32-bit compatibility.

    This is the problem with geek’s: Why should I as a user care if I want 32 or 64-bit? I just want to run whatever is available… But folks at Microsoft just don’t get it and force me to make the decision at the time I purchase the OS.

    I am forced to work with MS products at work but switched to Mac OS at home about a year ago and I have not had a single day looking back…

  9. 10.5 brings them closer to useful 64-bit support, but as I understand it, the OS itself is still vastly 32-bit. They took more of a DOS->Windows 95 approach. 64-bit apps strapped on top of a 16-bit base.

    Non-geek users get whatever comes with their PCs. It is Apple who doesn’t get it, and is making sacrifices left and right for a scenario that doesn’t exist (users wanting to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit on existing PCs, when their hardware doesn’t necessitate or often even really support it).

    The Windows solution is a far more long-term approach, where the entire OS is in fact 64-bit code, but 32-bit applications run unchanged. The only notable break is in driver support. You need 64-bit drivers for most things.

  10. mike permalink

    Brandon – I have no idea where you get your notions about OS X from, but they are incorrect. All of 10.5 is 64-bit except GUI portions of the Carbon API (which are specifically being deprecated) and the kernel (which allows the use of 32-bit drivers, i.e. a smooth upgrade path). Under OS X, your graphics driver will not be able to address more than 2 or 3 GB of memory – sorry.

    If AAPL eventually decides that drivers need 64-bit address support, then they will force devs to write new drivers (just like MSFT did with Win 95, Win 2000, Vista, etc.). Honestly it seems smarter to package it in with some other major change to the OS that necessitates substantial driver rewrites.

    Regardless, the upside is that within a year or two, a majority of the *installed* OS X base will be running a 64-bit OS, so any Mac developer thinking about shipping a 64-bit binary will know that the majority of his/her customers can benefit from it. In contrast, I guarantee you that even in 2012 a majority of the Windows installed base will not be running a 64-bit version of Windows.

    Nope, wrong again. Basically everything, including all the apps like iTunes and the Finder, is still 32-bit in OS X. Rumor has it that 10.6 will change this, but that’s just a rumor. – Brandon

  11. mike permalink

    P.S. I’m not sure why you’re complaining that iTunes is not a 64-bit app. Where is the 64-bit version of Office 2007? Where is the 64-bit version of Office 2008? Where is the 64-bit version of Windows Media Player for Mac? Heck, where is the 32-bit Intel version of Windows Media Player for Mac? Apparently by your logic, MSFT is “pretty stuck in a non-x86 world.”

  12. Sean Fry permalink

    Hi thanks for the Itunes 64Bit link however it only works with Vista do you know of a solution for XP 64bit??

    Thanks

    Sean

  13. Parker permalink

    I need help!!! Everytime I try to download iTunes, when I try to run the setup it says that it is “not a valid win32 application.” I have no idea what to do. I have tried the suggestions on Apple’s troubleshooting site, and still nothing. I have a HP desktop that I bought in 2005, with Windows XP Media Center. I have downloaded several upgrades, but I still cannot get any action. Any suggestions?

  14. Sai permalink

    I have the same problem as Sean. Where to find 64-bit iTunes for XP (Vista bytes)

    Sai

  15. thank you very much

  16. Thanks for the 64 bit Vista link. Apple could have saved me (and a bunch of other people) a lot of time by just posting the link on their web site.

    Another case of making things more difficult by trying to make things “easy” for the user….nice when it works, impossible when it doesn’t.

  17. That Boy permalink

    Well I’ll try it out. Hopefully this one will work. I’ll holla back at you!

  18. Buttgordon permalink

    Mike;

    Where’d you get the idea that Office 2007 won’t work with XP64? My current rig has never had anything other than XP64 for an OS and a) 2007 & recently-upgraded 2008 work perfectly & b) before getting 2007 I had a standard 2001 version that both installed and worked like a dream on XP64. The biggest issues I have with 64-bit XP is really old backwards compatibility, in most cases…if you want a neat bit of trivia, both Duke Nukem 3-D and Doom 1 & 2 will work fine, either with frontends (Doom 95/Doom Legacy) or raw startups; what you can’t do is install fresh with the installers. Has to be installed, then transferred parallel afterwards.

    BTW, danke for the 64-bit iTunes link. The only reason I bother with it is because I’ve always wanted an iPod and I finally glommed onto one for a late Xmas prez in April. If I had to make the choice two months later I would’ve waited for the 160GB Archos.

    -Animal flesh.

  19. charlhen permalink

    hey man thats very kindly,, i been searching for itunes 64bit non,, tnx man !!!! godbless

  20. Vinny permalink

    So is there a 64 bit program of iTunes for Windows XP 64 or am I just out of luck?

  21. Marcus permalink

    To add to all other thanks above, thank you for posting the iTunes 64-bit link. It’s very irritating that Apple didn’t post the link directly on their website.

  22. isoar4jc permalink

    http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/72347513/itunes+x64?tab=summary

    a cracked version of iTunes that will work on xp x64 edition, for your enjoyment.

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