Thanks to our Internet-enabled age, many essential software packages are no longer supplied on CD or DVD by their makers, who instead offer them as downloads. That's the case with iTunes, which Apple no longer includes on a CD when you buy an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Instead, you have to download it for free from the Apple website.
Read on to learn how to download and install iTunes on Windows, and how to take the first few steps in setting it up for use with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Begin by going to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to download the correct version of iTunes for your computer. The website should automatically detect that you're using a PC and offer you a Windows version of iTunes (while this page used to require you to check a box if you were using a 64-bit version of Windows, it can now detect that automatically).
Decide if you want to receive email newsletters from Apple and enter your email address, then click the "Download Now" button.
When you do this, Windows will ask you if you want to run or save the file. Either works for installing iTunes: running will install it right away, saving will allow you to install it later. If you choose to save, the installer program will be saved to your default downloads folder (usually "Downloads" on recent versions of Windows).