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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.
In this chapter we've looked at a lot of controls and behaviors of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that are dependent on some of their default settings. If your own device hasn't been behaving the same as you've been seeing in these movies or if you'd like to turn off some of these default behaviors, I'll show you where to find them right now. Tap Settings, and then scroll down to Music. And here's where you'll find most of the preferences that will determine your device's behaviors when playing music. Now the first item on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but not on the iPad, is shake to shuffle. Basically if you're in the music app, shaking your iPhone will start a random song from your currently selected playlist playing.
Now, in order for this to work you have to already be playing a song and your screen has to be on. That prevents you from accidentally shuffling songs if you're running with your iPod, or if it's just bumping around on your car's dashboard. I don't like this feature much myself since I always seem to shake my phone and jump to another song by accident. But you can come here and turn it on if you want to give it a try. Next we have the sound check feature. Which is off by default. Inevitably some of the songs in your music library are going to be louder than others. This just has to do with the way they were originally recorded and released. And to some extent, how they were encoded. For example, songs recorded these days, are a lot louder than songs recorded back in the 60s.
So, if you're shuffling your songs in your collection, you might be playing an older song that requires you to turn the volume up, so you can hear it at a decent level, only to have your ears blown off by the next song that was recorded in the past year or so. Sound check automatically controls the playback level of all songs, so that they all play back at relatively the same volume. Quiet songs become a little bit louder, and louder songs become a little bit quieter, and they sort of meet in the middle. Personally, I'm not a fan of how Sound Check makes some songs sound, so I leave this off. But if you're listening to a playlist that includes a wide range of songs spanning several decades, and you want to make sure everything plays back at a consistent volume level, you can try turning it on.
Next we have the EQ options, which are essentially a collection of preset audio adjustment settings for tweaking the frequencies of music you're listening to. Notice we have several EQ selections to choose from, covering a wide range of genres and scenarios. So if for example, you found that you're not getting the bass response you'd like out of the tracks you're playing, you might come in here and try tapping Bass Booster. If you are listening to an audio book. You might want to choose the spoken word EQ setting. And if you come in here while music is playing. You will hear the changes to the sound of your music as you tap different selections. I'll leave my EQ off for now. The next music related setting is volume limit. And this just lets you set your device, so that the volume levels never goes louder than the limit you set. This is good for anyone who's guilty of listening to their music way too loudly, or for parents who want to protect their kid's ears. You'll probably want to have the music playing as you drag the slider to set the limit so you can here the results of your setting. I'll just leave it at the highest setting for now. Now by the way in the upcoming chapter on important settings, I talk about setting restrictions on your device.
So if you are a parent and you're concerned about your kids changing the volume limit that you've set. You can come into General Settings, to Restrictions, and down here under Allow Changes, you can lock the Volume Limit setting that you've set. So, be sure to check out the movie on restrictions if this is something that interests you. Let's go back into music. Alright, next we have lyrics and podcast info. If you have songs that include embedded lyrics, you'll see the lyrics appear on the now playing screen when you play them. Or if you have podcasts, which include embedded show information, you'll see that information appear when you play the podcast. Of course if you don't want to see those things, you can just come back into settings and turn lyrics and podcast info off. Next is Group by Album Artist. This mainly applies to compilation albums that include songs by several different artists. Keep this option checked if you want to be able to get to compilation songs by name of the album artists which is commonly just various artists, or something like that. Or you can turn it off if you want to be able to find the songs by browsing for a specific artist. Now one thing I haven't mentioned yet is that you can delete music directly from within the music app. Just go to any of your albums. Swipe your finger across the track from right to left, and you can tap Delete. Now, if for some reason the music you're trying to delete won't go away, it might be because you have Show All Music turned on. You can try turning that off and deleting the track again. Now, if you're signed into to your iCloud account through the iCloud settings on your device, the next item here is iTunes Match, which is Apple's $25 a year service that allows you to sync your iTunes library to your iCloud account, so you can download any of your songs at any time. I talked about iTunes Match in the chapter on syncing with your computer. So you can go back there for a review if necessary. But this is also tied into the show all music setting. With Show All Music on, all of the songs you have synced with iTunes Match will show up in the music app. If they're not on your device, you can tap the little cloud button to download them. If you're an iTunes Match subscriber and you turn off Show All Music, you'll only see the music that is actually stored on your device. Again see the earlier movie on iTunes Match for more info. Now the last option here is Home Sharing. This is the feature in iTunes that let's you easily share your iTunes library with other computers and iOS devices in your home network. You have to first enable home sharing with your Apple ID through iTunes. Then you enter your Apple ID on your iOS devices. And you'll be able to browse and play content from your iTunes library directly from your device. And that does it for the music preferences. Let's go back to settings, and let's look at the video preferences. The first item is Start Playing. And all this does is determine where videos you had previously been watching, will pick up from. The default choice is Where Left Off. Which I think makes sense, because you'll most likely want to start watching a video where you last left off. And if you did want to watch it from the beginning. You could just tap the Back button once. So I'll leave it how it is. And much like the show all music switch in the music settings, show all videos is used to show the videos that have been downloaded or stored on the cloud but not necessarily on your device.
So for example, if you've purchased some movies from the iTunes store on your computer, but you haven't downloaded them to your device, you'll see them listed in the video app. And you'll be able to download them from there. With the switch off, you'll only see the videos currently stored on your device. In here, you'll find another place to sign in with your Apple ID to use home sharing. It doesn't matter whether you sign in here under video settings, or under music settings. Either one works. And that does it for the music and video playback preferences.
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