Using iTunes 10

Using iTunes 10

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Get comfortable with iTunes 10, Apple's popular music-and-media organizer and player. Don't just read about it: See it and hear it with step-by-step video tutorials and valuable audio sidebars delivered through the Free Web Edition that comes with every USING book. For the price of the book, you get online access anywhere with a web connection--no books to carry, updated content, and the benefit of video and audio learning. Way more than just a book, this is all the help you'll ever need...where you want, when you want!

Get your favorite music, movies, and TV shows into your iTunes library
Keep your iPod, iPhone, or iPad in sync with iTunes
Subscribe to your favorite podcasts and listen to Internet radio
Share your iTunes library
Organize your media collection--find what you want when you want it
Create playlists for whatever you're in the mood for
Set up a live party mix with the iTunes DJ--and let guests request songs remotely
Follow your friends and favorite artists on Ping, the social network that's new with iTunes 10
Use Ping to share music recommendations, post reviews, and find concerts near you

learn fast, learn easy, using web, video, and audio

Show Me video walks through tasks you've just got to see--including bonus advanced techniques

Tell Me More audio delivers practical insights straight from the experts
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0789747871
  • 9780789747877
  • 1,118,029

Table of contents

Introduction 1

1 Getting Started with iTunes 10 4

What Can You Do with iTunes? 4

Who Can Use iTunes? 5

If You Use a Macintosh 6

If You Use a PC 6

Requirements for Everyone 7

Getting iTunes 7

Finding Your Way Around 8

Customizing Your iTunes Window 12

Showing Only the Info You Want to See 12

Resizing Columns 13

Different Ways of Viewing Your Music 13

Sorting Content 16

Using the Column Browser 17

Making iTunes Your Default Player 18

Making iTunes Your Default Audio Player in Windows 18

Setting Up Your iPod, iPhone, or iPad 19

2 Getting Content into iTunes 22

Importing Music from a CD 22

Selecting Songs to Import 24

Fine-Tuning CD Import Settings 24

Adjusting Your CD Import Settings 24

Making an Album Gapless 28

Importing Music That's Stored on Your Computer 30

Importing Music Using the File Menu 31

Dragging Files into iTunes 32

Importing Content from the Internet 33

Importing Playlists from Another Program 33

Importing a Playlist into iTunes 34

Finding Music You've Imported 34

Adding Cover Art 35

Adding Artwork Automatically 35

Manually Adding Album Art 37

Getting Content from Other Sources 38

Ripping DVDs 39

Importing a Digital Copy from a DVD 40

3 Shopping in the iTunes Store 42

What Can You Buy? 42

Creating Your iTunes Store Account 43

Setting Up an iTunes Store Account 43

Finding Your Way Around 45

Shopping for Music...and More 46

Browsing for Music 46

Searching for Music and Other Content 48

Other Ways to Discover Music 50

Protecting Your Kids 50

Buying Music and Other Media 52

Renting Movies and TV Shows 54

Subscribing to Podcasts 55

Buying Apps 57

Finding Free Content 57

Creating a Wish List 59

Adding Items to Your Wish List 59

Looking at Your Wish List 60

Giving Music or Video as a Gift 61

Buying an iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate 62

Giving Your Kids an iTunes Allowance 64

Giving Music or Video 66

Redeeming an iTunes Gift Card or Certificate 67

Buying Directly Through Your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad 68

Buying a Song or Album 70

Buying or Renting a Movie, TV Show, or Music Video 71

4 Listening in iTunes 72

Listening to Music and More in iTunes 72

Authorizing Your Computer to Play iTunes Purchases 72

Listening to Music in Your iTunes Library 73

Listening to a CD 75

Using the Playback Controls 76

Listening to Internet Radio 77

Listening to Audiobooks 78

Managing Podcasts 79

Optimizing Your Audio Experience 82

Making Your Tunes Sound Better with the iTunes Equalizer 82

Using the Sound Enhancer 85

Crossfading Between Songs 86

Standardizing Volume with Sound Check 87

Selecting the Best Settings for Audiobooks 88

Shuffling Songs 91

Repeating Songs 92

Rating Your Favorite Tracks 92

Watching Your Music with the iTunes Visualizer 93

5 Playing with Playlists 98

Getting Started with Playlists 98

Creating a Playlist 99

Opening a Playlist in a New Window 101

Selecting Songs First 101

Adding a Song to an Existing Playlist 101

Using Playlists 102

Listening to a Playlist 102

Configuring a Playlist 102

Printing a Playlist 104

Organizing Playlists into Folders 106

The iTunes DJ 107

Creating an iTunes DJ Live Mix 107

Editing an iTunes DJ Playlist 109

Letting Guests Request Songs 109

Hiding the iTunes DJ Playlist 112

Smart Playlists 112

Creating a Smart Playlist 112

Editing a Smart Playlist 114

Better Than Smart: Genius Playlists 115

Getting Started with Genius 115

Listening to a Genius Mix 116

Creating a Genius Playlist 117

Getting Genius Recommendations 117

Updating Your Genius Information 119

Turning Off Genius 119

6 Viewing in iTunes: TV, Movies, and More 120

Watching Videos in iTunes 120

Using Playback Controls 122

Jumping to a Different Scene 123

Turning On Subtitles 124

Using Closed Captioning in Videos 124

Watching Rented Videos 125

Selecting Video Playback Settings 126

Marking a Video Viewed or Not Viewed 129

Apple TV and iTunes 130

Streaming Your iTunes Library to Apple TV 131

Formatting a Movie to Work with Apple TV 131

Formatting Videos You've Made for Apple TV 131

Displaying Your Photos on Apple TV 132

First-Generation Apple TV 133

iTunes and iBooks 135

7 Organizing Your Content 138

Organizing Your iTunes Library 138

Organizing Music 139

Organizing Videos 142

Finding Duplicate Items 146

Using Folders 146

Importing a Folder 147

Storing Copies of Imported Files in iTunes 148

Consolidating Media Files in Your iTunes Library 149

Working with Folders for Apps in iTunes 150

Managing Your Apps Folders in iTunes 152

Finding What You're Looking For 153

Searching for Content in Your iTunes Library 154

Going to the Current Song 154

Finding an Item's Location 155

Deleting Items from iTunes 155

8 Managing Your iTunes Library 157

Burning a CD or DVD 157

Do You Have the Right Equipment? 158

How Much Data Can You Fit on a Disc? 159

Which Disc Format Should You Choose? 162

What's the Best Recording Speed? 163

Creating a Playlist 163

Copying Files to a CD or DVD 163

Troubleshooting Disc Burning 166

Backing Up Your iTunes Library 167

Saving Your Library to CDs or DVDs 167

Backing Up Your Library on a Different Hard Drive 168

Restoring Your Library from a Backup 169

Moving Your iTunes Media Folder 171

Preparing to Move Your iTunes Media Folder 172

Moving Your iTunes Media Folder: Windows 173

Moving Your iTunes Media Folder: Mac 174

Working with Multiple Libraries 175

Creating Multiple Libraries 176

Choosing a Library 177

9 Syncing and Sharing 179

Syncing Your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with iTunes 180

Setting Up Automatic Syncing 181

What If Your Library Is Too Big to Sync? 186

Syncing Music and Videos Manually 187

Syncing Your Information 190

What You Can Sync 190

Syncing Photos 192

Using iTunes to Sync Photos 193

Syncing in the Cloud with MobileMe 194

Creating a MobileMe Account 195

Sharing Your iTunes Library 202

Setting Up Sharing 203

Using Shared Libraries 203

Home Sharing 204

Getting Started with Home Sharing 205

Using Home Sharing 206

Playing Music throughout the House with AirPlay 207

Setting Up AirPlay 208

10 Ping: iTunes Goes Social 210

Getting Started with Ping 210

Creating a Ping Profile 211

Finding Your Way around Ping 214

Following Artists and Friends 216

Inviting Friends to Join Ping 219

Finding Concerts 220

Using the iTunes Sidebar 221

Getting Social on Ping 222

Interacting with Others 222

Managing Friends and Followers 223

Sharing Music with Your Followers 226

Managing Your Ping Activities 231

Going Mobile with Ping 232

Turning Off Ping 233

Turn Off Ping 233

11 iTunes Tips and Tricks 234

Adding Lyrics to a Song 234

Using the iTunes Mini Player 235

Using the iTunes Desktop Player 236

Controlling iTunes Remotely 237

Getting Started with the Remote App 238

Turning On Home Sharing in the Remote App 240

Using Remote to Control iTunes 240

Copying Files to and from Your Device 241

Modifying Tracks 242

Choosing Where a Track Begins and Ends 242

Breaking a Long Track into Multiple Shorter Tracks 244

Using iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts 245

Shortcuts for Listening or Watching 245

Shortcuts for Working with Your Library 247

Shortcuts for Working with Playlists 248

Shortcuts for Miscellaneous Actions 248

Troubleshooting Tips 249

Index 253
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About Nancy Conner

Nancy Conner has written more than a dozen technical and reference books on topics ranging from eBay to Microsoft Office, from classical mythology to Google Apps, from green living to Zoho. Nancy holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and has worked as a medievalist, high-school teacher, editor, and corporate trainer. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Steven Holzner, where they both work from home without getting on each other's nerves. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, visiting local wineries, and listening obsessively to opera.
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