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Should I remove iTunes?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13
United States Rank #10
Reach 29.0514%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 25.46 days
751.17 days >
Average installed length: 394.68 days


VersionDistribution 2.52% 0.00% 2.05% 1.46% 1.63% 1.76% 0.79% 0.25% 6.55% 4.20% 1.56% 8.81% 3.67% 3.21% 2.87% 4.57% 1.16% 0.11% 7.76% 3.78% 8.02% 1.05% 0.33% 1.95% 2.05% 2.43% 6.36% 1.36% 5.60% 0.52% 3.30% 0.59% 2.03% 1.17% 0.76% 0.24% 0.40% 0.35% 0.19% 0.26% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.20% 0.13% 0.26% 0.01% 0.13% 0.08% 0.15% 0.03%
92 versions

Typically installed together


What is iTunes?

Apple's iTunes is a proprietary media player computer program, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone and iPad. iTunes is an application that allows the user to purchase and manage audio and video on a personal computer, acting as a front end for Apple's QuickTime media player. Officially, using iTunes is required in order to manage the audio of an Apple iPod portable audio player.

About  (from Apple)

iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it’s a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime. iTunes lets...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is iTunes.exe. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 22 files and is usually about 70.41 MB (73,827,832 bytes). iPodUpdaterExt.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.apple.com/itunes
Help link: www.apple.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\iTunes\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{1493B2AE-0261-47D2-B1AA-F4DAD0F6C48B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 70.41 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by iTunes

Program executable:iTunes.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • iPodVoiceOver.dll - Apple iPod Speech Library
  • iPodUpdaterExt.dll - iPod Universal Updater (iPod Universal Updater Module)
  • ITDetector.ocx - ITDetector Module
  • iTunes.dll - iTunes
  • iTunes.exe
  • iTunesAdmin.dll - iTunes Administrative DLL
  • iTunesCore.dll
  • iTunesHelper.dll - iTunesHelper DLL
  • iTunesHelper.exe - iTunesHelper
  • iTunesMiniPlayer.dll - iTunes Miniplayer DLL (64-bit)
  • iTunesOutlookAddIn.dll - iTunes Outlook Add-in
  • iTunesPhotoProcessor.dll - iTunes Photo Processor
  • iTunesPhotoProcessor.exe
  • iTunesPhotoSupport.dll - iTunes Photo Support DLL
  • gnsdk_dsp.dll (by Gracenote) - Gracenote SDK (Gracenote SDK component)
  • gnsdk_musicid.dll (by Gracenote)
  • gnsdk_sdkmanager.dll
  • gnsdk_submit.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • iTunes.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'iTunesShowSongsOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'iTunes.ShowSongsOnCD' and the action verb 'showsongs.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • iTunes.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AF8F85BA-55DF-4C79-9424-ADD60A283A8A}' (runs on registration).
  • iTunesHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E9A57557-92C2-45EA-AB29-801DEDC5F981}' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • iTunesHelper.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named iTunesHelper_Reg_HKLMRun.
  • iTunes.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named launch itunes.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • iTunesHelper.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'EpicScale' and executes as "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe".
  • iTunes.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'iTunes' and executes as C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • iTunesHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'iTunesHelper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe".
  • iTunes.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'iTunes' which loads as C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • iTunes.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe'.
  • iTunesHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe'.
Network connections
  • iTunes.exe connects to ( port 443).
  • iTunes.exe connects to (port 80).
  • iTunes.exe connects to (port 443).
  • iTunes.exe connects to (port 443).
  • iTunes.exe connects to a23-67-253-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • iTunes.exe connects to ( port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:240.04 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008434871%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00054903%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00029445%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:276,941,332
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:209.84 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:29.09 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:3.85 MB
Total CPU:0.0000956145%
Kernel CPU:0.00005833%
User CPU:0.00003728%
CPU cycles/sec:30,071
I/O reads/min:10 Bytes

How do I remove iTunes?

Quickly and completely remove iTunes from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall iTunes from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program iTunes, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove iTunes.

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.17%
Windows 8 29.74%
Windows Vista 6.82%
Windows XP 4.24%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.53%
Windows 8.1 11.90%
Windows 7 Professional 10.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.93%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.46%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.18%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.03%
  United Kingdom 5.93%
  Canada 4.48%
  Germany 4.48%
  France 3.18%
  Australia 2.72%
  Italy 2.49%
  Netherlands 1.46%
  Brazil 1.42%
  Belgium 1.02%
  Japan 0.94%
  Sweden 0.94%
  Spain 0.88%
  Mexico 0.84%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.28%
Dell 22.90%
Acer 15.05%
ASUS 9.95%
Toshiba 8.97%
Lenovo 4.07%
Samsung 3.94%
Intel 1.17%
American Megatrends 0.60%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.87%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.94%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.50%
ASUS All Series 3.06%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.99%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.58%

About Apple

Apple designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer programs, and personal computers.
Publisher URL: www.apple.com


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