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Managing music with the Music app


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Managing music with the Music app

If you like to use your computer to download and purchase music files, maybe listen to music, or even organize your music files. You'll be glad to know here in Windows 8.1 there is a music app that will allow you to do all of those things and more. And we're going to take a look at it now. So, on your Start screen you should be able to find the music tile. I've moved mine over here to the fun apps group we created, in a previous movie. Looks like a set of headphones. Let's give it a click. If this is your very first time using the music app, you'll see the welcome screen here.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Managing music with the Music app

If you like to use your computer to download and purchase music files, maybe listen to music, or even organize your music files. You'll be glad to know here in Windows 8.1 there is a music app that will allow you to do all of those things and more. And we're going to take a look at it now. So, on your Start screen you should be able to find the music tile. I've moved mine over here to the fun apps group we created, in a previous movie. Looks like a set of headphones. Let's give it a click. If this is your very first time using the music app, you'll see the welcome screen here.

But what you see down the left-hand side, would be the same as what I'm looking at. You'll notice that we can go to our collections, that's our own music, and we can sort them by albums, artists and songs. We can also go here to choose where we're going to look for our music files. The music library has a default, but we can choose other folders And we can also explore music online, browsing by new albums and new songs, new artists featured in top music. Also down the left hand side, we can stream radio stations.

So we can start a station for example. Using a start a station, we can type in a group we want to listen to. You can see I've used this already and I've typed one in. And other options will be listed for you as well. We'll get back to that momentarily. There's also Explorer, which will allow you to go online and explore, there it is, new albums. As we scroll down, you'll see the top albums. And if you wanted to, you could select any of these to stream music. You can even create playlists, and if you have playlists already, import them.

That includes iTunes playlists. So let's go back up to Collection here. You'll notice something happened by default when I launched the music app, it went searching for music and on my computer, wasn't able to find any music. At least not where it's looking by default. Now this is a message we can close up with the Close button when we're done looking at it. Down below, you'll see I don't have any music files, but I can choose where to look. If you up the exercise files like I do, you know there's at least one music file in there.

An MP3 file. So, we can choose our Exercise Files folder as a place to look, and it will be added here. And any contents will be displayed here in our collection. So let's go to Choose Where to Look. By default you're going to see your own music library here. But we can add additional folders. Let's click the Add Folder button. SkyDrive is an option. But if we click the drop-down we can go to our PC. If there's a folder where you have music files you can select it.

And I do have one. And if you're like me and you're using the Exercise Files and you put them on the Desktop, you can click Desktop. Choose Exercise Files, and you'll notice all of the files in there including, there it is, our MP3 file. So all we have to do is add the entire folder. We could continue adding additional folders if we wanted to, or simply click OK if we're done. Now it gets added here on the screen. Let's click down here. And now, you should be seeing some information.

Look at that. There's my Jellybricks album. I'm seeing it as an album with the album cover. Because albums is selected at the top. If I want to view it by artist, I'm going to see the Jellybricks. And by songs. And you can see, there's the name of the song. What's cool is you can click any one of these to play the song. So if I click, you'll notice a little play button here, you'll notice a little plus sign. So if you click that and you wanted to for example add it to a new play list or add it to the now playing connection you could do that.

Also add it to your SkyDrive cloud collection. But down below there are also some controls for playing, moving through your songs, even adjusting the volume. So just click the Play button here (MUSIC). You could adjust the volume down. We can click Pause here if we wanted to pause the song, continue playing it. We also have the timeline here, so we could start over at the beginning if we wanted to and play it from there.

And when we're done, all we do is just leave it sitting there and the music app is good at remembering what you're listening to last. So the next time we come back to the music app, this will appear at the bottom unless we go to something else. Let's go to radio. With radio, you might not see anything here except start a station and when you click it, you can enter an artist and the music app will do a good job of showing similar artists and options you might enjoy. So if for example we type something in like beginnings of Michael, you can see they're a number of Michael's to choose from.

And it goes ahead and starts picking up music related to Michael Jackson or similar to. And from here, all you have to do is make a selection and play it. You'll be streaming that music. You can see information showing up across the bottom now, (MUSIC) and some options (MUSIC). I'm going to click the Pause button. And go on to Explore. Now, with Explore, you can start exploring online. You'll see some suggestions here, like new albums that you might enjoy. Top albums if you want to go to them. All you have to do is click them.

But, we also have a search field if we wanted to simply search. Click in the search field and you'll be searching your collections, radio and the explore areas for any music, artists, albums you might be looking for. It's really cool. To add a new playlist, maybe we want to have current tunes, you click save, and then use that little plus sign that shows up to add them to our current playlist. So for example, if I go up to Collection, there's my Easy For You.

I can click the Plus sign here to add it to a new playlist or there's my current playlist. It's not been added to current, so I can always go back to this playlist to see anything that's been added. We can even import playlists, so if you've been using iTunes for example, notice that this app is going to go searching for playlist. It could also have been created in iTunes, very cool. All you do is click Import. Click Cancel, though, for the sake of time. Now, if we right-click anywhere, you're going to see the ability to open files as well, so clicking Open File, you can then go browsing again your PC, or other areas for music files, and open them that way.

But we'll click Cancel. And lastly, some of the settings. Let's use the keyboard shortcut Windows I. That brings up settings and of course it's settings for music, because that's the app we're working with. When you go to Account, for example, you're going to open up a separate window here where you'll be prompted for your password. That's just a security feature to log you in and have access to your account settings. So, you could see there's your account, there's Xbox membership. By default, you'll see a silver membership but you can pay for a gold membership and have access to downloading songs and instead of just streaming them for example.

Notice there's also something called the Xbox music pass, managing your music devices can be done from here, as well as a number of other features and functions. You click the Back button here to go back to our settings, check out preferences, and from here you can see, you can choose defaults for where you're going to look for music on this PC. The default was simply our music library to start with, but we could change that from here. We can include music on the cloud, so SkyDrive, for example.

That's turned on automatically. Automatically add matched songs on this PC to any music that's in the cloud, as well. That's turned off, but it can be turned on, and you can find out how that works if you want to by clicking the link, find out how it works. Down below downloads, when you buy songs from Xbox music. On other devices, they'll automatically downloaded here as well if you turn this feature on. And if you like to see media info, like album covers for example and other meta data.

You can make sure that's turned on, so it's downloaded with your music file. We'll go back. And in fact we'll just click anywhere, to the left of our Sentence panel, to close it up. That's a quick look at the music app included here, Windows 8.1.

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