Mac OS iTunes vs. Windows 7 Media Center
Obviously, iTunes can be downloaded free and installed on Window PCs, as iPod users who have PCs need this feature. However, as far as default media players, Mac OS X uses iTunes and Windows 7 uses Media Center.
Although both iTunes and Windows Media Center do many of the same things, such as play MP3s and videos, they are actually quite different.
Mac OS iTunes is basically a music playback tool. However, the vast evolution of the iTunes store has made iTunes into a tool for watching TV shows and movies as well. Also, if you own an iPod or iPad, iTunes serves as the basic control center for adding music and other media. Notably, music and video streaming is also done on Macs via iTunes. One thing that iTunes does not do... play DVD movies. For DVDs, Mac computers use a native application called iDVD.
Windows 7 Media Center is a music, video, and TV show playback tool, similar to iTunes in functionality, but much different in appearance. For the most part, Windows 7 Media Center is actually more of an all-in-one application. Not only can it be used to store your favorite MP3s, TV shows, and movies, but it can also be used to play DVDs as well. In fact, many people use Windows Media Center as the center of their home theater setups, as Windows 7 Media Center's UI (user interface) is loosely built to be an entertainment program.
Mac computers do have a TV based entertainment app as well, but it is not integrated with iTunes. The app is called Front Row, and is used by many Mac users as a home theater base.
iTunes and Windows Media Center are not equivalent.
iTunes + iDVD + Front Row vs. Windows Media Center is a much better comparison.
Notably, iLife also includes a program called Garage Band.
So far, we've covered basic navigation differences between PC vs. Mac, as well as entertainment and media options. Continue on to the next page to learn even more differences in everyday Mac vs. PC use.