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Adjusting your Music settings


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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.
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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 30s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 59s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling iTunes Radio
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • What's new in iOS 7?
  • Accessing Control Center
  • Setting up an Apple ID
  • Learning finger gestures
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Setting up email
  • Surfing the web with Safari
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Finding directions with Maps
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Using Siri to voice control your device
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Adjusting your Music settings

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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