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In this chapter we are going look at how to sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your computer, which allows you to move content like music, videos, photos, contacts and so on to your device. And the tool for getting these things onto your iPhone or iPod touch is iTunes, the free music and video player and management software from Apple. And although you can use your device without ever connecting it to your computer, you still need iTunes if you want to move content like music videos and photos from your computer to your device. If you're on a Mac, you most likely have iTunes installed already.
If you're on Windows or you don't have iTunes installed regardless of your operating system, go to apple.com/itunes to download a copy. The copy you download will be the latest version of iTunes available. If you already have iTunes installed, it is still important to first check to make sure you're running the latest version. Apple is always releasing upgrades to iTunes that features or fix bugs, so it's a good idea to make sure you're running the latest version. Right now, I'm running iTunes 10.7. But by the time you're watching this, there might have been one or more updated versions released.
You can see which version you're running on a Mac by choosing iTunes>About iTunes, and you can see here I'm running iTunes 10.7. On Windows, you'll click the Help menu and choose About iTunes. To see if any updates are available on Windows, choose Help>Check for Updates. And as you can see, I get a message telling me that I'm running the current version.
Similarly, on the Mac to see if any updates are available, choose iTunes>Check for Updates, and again, I get the same message. In the rest of this chapter, we will look at what you can do once you've connected your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
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