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In this chapter we're going to look at the Music and Video apps of the iPhone and iPod touch. Both devices work the same way and they allow you to carry around a lot of music and video content to keep yourself entertained while you're out and about. Exactly how much depends on the size of your iPhone or iPod touch and the size of your music and video files, but even the smallest capacity devices can hold hours of content. Now this chapter assumes that you've already synced your iPhone or iPod touch with iTunes and copied the music and videos you want to it. If you don't know how to do this, go back and watch Chapter 3 on Synching Your Device with Your Computer.
Also if you're using the iTunes Match service, remember that although you may see your music collection on your device you may still have the tap songs or albums to download them. See the movie on iTunes Match if you haven't watch that already. Okay I'll start by tapping music on my iPhone. Unless you're already playing music you'll be taken to one of the five categories at the bottom of the screen, depending on how you setup your iPod or iPhone you may see some different categories but currently I have playlists, artists, songs, albums and more. I'll show you how to customize which buttons appeared on here in just a moment, but each one of these is a way of browsing through the music stored on your device.
Playlist lets you browse through the playlists you've created and sync from iTunes. Artists, allows you to search your library by the artist name. Songs by the song name, and Albums let's you search by album name. There's also the More category where you'll find categories like audio books, if you have any audio books, compilations, composers and so on. These are just additional ways to find the content you are looking for. For instance, if you listen to a lot of classical music you might find the composer's category more useful than the artist category. You can customize which categories appear along the bottom of your screen by tapping the Edit button here in More section.
That reveals icons for all the different available category types and all you have to do is drag the ones you want to the bottom of the screen. For instance, I'll drag Composers over Artists and it's immediately replaced. If I change my mind I just drag artist back to where it was. Tap Done to close this area. Another way to browse through your music is to flip it in to landscape mode while you have any of these categories other than more selected. That takes you into cover flow mode which displays your music in the form of a cover art for each album, flick left and right to browse through your collection.
Tap the cover to flip it over and view the songs on that album. You can tap a song from here to start it playing or tap anywhere else to flip the cover over again. Alternately, you can use the i button to flip covers over. And that's gist it of how you browse through your music on your iPhone or iPod touch. In upcoming movies, we'll look at selecting and playing your music and videos as well as how to control playback and how to browse and purchase more music.
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