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Built into every iOS device is the iTunes Store App. Here, you can browse, sample, purchase and download music, videos, audio books and custom ring tones. Basically, everything that's available to the iTunes Store in your computer is available through the iTunes App. If you're on an iPhone, you can even purchase and download movies over your cellular network when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can start by tapping Music at the bottom of the screen and here you can browse through New Releases, Singles and other featured items. You can tap to See All in any category, to see the items in a list.
At the top of the main screen, you can browse by Genre, Featured Items and Charts. Similarly, tap Movies and you can browse through a large selection of Hollywood and independent movies. The same goes for TV Shows. Here, you can browse for and purchase entire seasons or series runs of TV shows. If you can't find what you're looking for through these categories, tap Search and here you can have exactly what you're looking for. I'll look for the band, the Jellybricks. Here, I'll find both Songs and Albums from the band.
I'll tap an Album to browse its contents and on each album page you can sample 90 seconds of any track by tapping it. If you're ready to buy the song or video you sampled, tap its Price, and then tap Buy Song. Purchasing content from the iTunes Store requires you to have a free Apple ID. If you've ever purchased from the iTunes Store through your computer, you already have an account, so you can use your existing Apple ID. If you've never purchased anything through the iTunes Store before, you'll have to create an Apple ID and I showed you how to do that in an earlier chapter.
I already have my apple ID Username entered here. Now I just need to enter the Password. So, you can see 1 has appeared here. If I tap that, and go to Downloads, I can watch the progress of my download. You might have also noticed that a Complete My Album button has appeared here at the top of the screen. This allows me to purchase the rest of this album if I choose to by tapping the $5 button, in this case. Once it's done, it disappears from the downloads area, and I'll now find it in my music app. It's almost scary how easy it is to purchase music and videos from the iTunes Store.
Now let me show you where your iTunes account info is stored on your device. Go to Settings>iTunes & App Stores. Here's where you'll see the account name you have stored on your phone. From here you can view your account details by tapping View Apple ID and choosing View Apple ID. I'll tap Done to close that. Tapping your name also allows you to sign out log out of your account. I mentioned this because some people have more than one Apple ID. For instance, I have one personal account and one for work, both with their own associated credit cards.
So if I want to make sure my purchases are charged to the right card, this is where I come to sign in and out of my accounts. If you've forgotten your username or password, you can also tap iForgot and you'll be directed to a website where you can retrieve your information. Just cancel out of there and let's go back to the iTunes Store again. So also in the More section, you can browse through other types of content like Audiobooks and ring tones. The Purchased area is where you'll find the list of all the Music, Movies and TV Shows you've ever purchased through the store. Each category is organized by the All and Not on This Phone Tabs.
All shows you everything you've purchased in this category, while Not on this Phone is really nice to have because you can quickly see which items you've bought but aren't currently on your phone, and then you can tap any one of these items to download it to your device. That's how to purchase and manage content from the iTunes Store directly on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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