iPad 101: Download iTunes and install ITune on WindowsDid you find a shiny new iPod touch, iPhone or iPad under the tree this morning? Congratulations -- we're sure you're going to enjoy it. First things first, though: if you don't own a Mac, and you haven't been using Apple's tools to manage your music, you're going to have to download and install iTunes to sync and manage your new iDevice. Not to worry -- it's just a few quick steps, and we'll walk you through it. You'll be up and running in no time.
[Regular TUAW readers who are staring in disbelief and muttering "Are they really writing up the iTunes for Windows install process?" -- relax, go have some egg nog, we'll be back to normal in no time.]
First step: download the software. The URL is easy to remember, though... itunes.com, then click on the Download iTunes button at the top right.
You can feel free to uncheck the two opt-in boxes for iTunes special offers and Apple product information, and then you don't need to give Apple your email address either. Just pick a place to save the executable installer, and off you go.
The 78 MB iTunes download should only take a few minutes, depending on your network connection -- but it's important to note that you're not only getting iTunes. There are some ridealong components as well. Apple's QuickTime media architecture is needed to allow iTunes to play and authorize content from the iTunes store, and the Apple Software Updates utility will help keep your copy of iTunes up to date.
Like any typical software installation, you'll need to accept the license terms and click your way through the options for the install.
That's the whole install process -- now plug in that new iThing and have fun!