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Adjusting your iPod settings

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting your iPod settings

In this chapter, we've looked at a lot of controls and behaviors of your iPhone and iPod 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 here. Tap Settings and scroll down to Music. Here's where you'll find most of the preferences that will determine your iPhone's behaviors when playing music. First is Shake to Shuffle. With this turned on, if you're in the music app, shaking your phone will start a random song playing from your currently selected playlist.

Adjusting your iPod settings

In this chapter, we've looked at a lot of controls and behaviors of your iPhone and iPod 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 here. Tap Settings and scroll down to Music. Here's where you'll find most of the preferences that will determine your iPhone's behaviors when playing music. First is Shake to Shuffle. With this turned on, if you're in the music app, shaking your phone will start a random song playing from your currently selected playlist.

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 use this feature much myself since I always seem to shake my phone and jump to another song by accident. You can turn it on if you want though, 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 other songs. 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 songs in your collection, you might be playing an older song that requires you to turn up the volume 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 they all playback 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 really a fan of how Sound Check make 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 the 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 choose the bass booster. If you're listening to an audiobook, you might want to choose the spoken word EQ settings. If you come in here while music is playing, you'll hear the changes to the sound of your music as you tap different selections.

Just be aware though that using the EQ settings does drain your battery a little bit faster, so I'll use my EQ settings set to Off for now. The next setting here is Volume Limit and this just lets you set your iPhone or iPod so the volume level never goes louder than the limit you set. This is good for anyone who's guilty of listening to their music way too loud or for parents want to protect their kids' ears. You'll probably want to have music playing as you drag the slider to set the limits so you can hear the results of your setting. I'll just leave this at the highest setting for now though. Next is Lyrics & Podcast Info.

If you have songs that include embedded lyrics, you'll see the lyrics appear when you play them or if your podcasts which include embedded show information, you'll see that information appear when you play the podcast. If you don't see the lyrics or podcast info, that information is either not included or try tapping the album or podcast artwork to make them appear. Of course if you don't want to see that stuff, go back to the settings here and turn lyrics and podcast info off. The last option in this section is Group By Album Artist. This mainly applies to compilation albums that include songs byseveral different artists.

Keep this option on if you want to be able to get the compilation songs by the name of the album artist, which is commonly just various artists or something like that; or you can turn it off if you'd like to be able to find the songs by songs by browsing for a specific artist. If you've signed-in your iCloud account through the iCloud settings on your device, the next item here is iTunes Match, which again, is Apple's $25 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've talked about iTunes match in the chapter on syncing with your computer so you can go back for a review there, if necessary.

The last option here is Home Sharing. This is a feature in iTunes that lets you easily share your iTunes library with other computers and iOS devices on your home network. You have to first enable home sharing with your Apple ID through iTunes, then enter your Apple ID on your iOS device and you'll be able to browse and play content from your iTunes library from your device. That does it for music preferences. Let's go back to Settings and select the Video Preferences. The first item here is Start Playing, and all this determines is where videos you had previously been watching will pick up from.

The default choice is Where I left Off, which I think it makes sense because you'll most likely want to start watching a video where you last left off. The other option here is From Beginning, but I feel like if you wanted to watch video from the beginning, you could just tap the Back button once. So I'll leave Where Left Off selected. Some videos you watch will have closed caption text embedded in them. Here, you can decide whether you want Closed Captioning to be on or off by default. Regardless of your choice though, you can still turn Close Captioning on and off while watching a video. This is just for setting the default behavior. And Below that, you'll find another place to sign-in with your Apple ID to use Home Sharing.

It doesn't matter whether you sign-in under Video Settings or under Music Settings, as we saw previously. Either one works. That does it for the Music and Video Playback preferences.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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