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Playing and controlling iTunes Radio


iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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New to iOS 7 is a feature called iTunes Radio, which is a streaming Internet service that's built directly into the Music app. Much like traditional radio, you can't pick specific songs to listen to in iTunes Radio but you can choose which stations to listen to and even program your own stations. iTunes Radio is free and you'll hear an ad after every few songs, but if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match service, which we looked at earlier, your iTunes Radio experience will be completely ad free. So when you first tap Radio, you'll see this welcome screen.
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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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Playing and controlling iTunes Radio

New to iOS 7 is a feature called iTunes Radio, which is a streaming Internet service that's built directly into the Music app. Much like traditional radio, you can't pick specific songs to listen to in iTunes Radio but you can choose which stations to listen to and even program your own stations. iTunes Radio is free and you'll hear an ad after every few songs, but if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match service, which we looked at earlier, your iTunes Radio experience will be completely ad free. So when you first tap Radio, you'll see this welcome screen.

You can read a little bit about iTunes Radio on Apple's site by tapping Learn More or just tap Start Listening to get started. If you haven't already entered your Apple ID and password to your device, you'll be asked to sign in here. You'll have to agree to some terms of service. Here, the main iTunes Radio page is divided into two sections. You have Featured Stations at the top where you'll find stations that have been programmed around a specific theme, artist, or genre, and you'll also find some celebrity created or endorsed stations here as well. Below that is My Stations and this is where you can create and program your own stations around the type of music that you like to listen to. To do so, tap the New Station button. You can then pick a specific genre from this list. And then you can get more specific within that genre. Tapping one of these headings plays a sample of the type of music you'll hear in that category. If you like what you hear, tap the plus button, and that instantly adds the station to your list of stations and starts playing music. And I'll just pause that for now. Now, another way to add a station is to start by tapping the New Station button again, and then using the search bar at the top to search for a specific artist, genres or even a specific song. So, for example, I could search for the band the Jellybricks, and under the search results, I could create a station based on the band's body of work as a whole by tapping the Jellybricks under Artist, or if I only like a couple of their specific songs, I can find the song here and create a station that will introduce me to songs by other artists that are in the same vein. But I'll choose Jellybricks Radio under Artists. Again, that adds a station, and immediately starts playing it.

Generally, when you add a station around an artist, the first song you'll hear will be by that artist. After that, you'll hear songs by other artists and bands that iTunes Radio deems to be similar. Now, when you're listening to your station, or in this case, I'm paused but still viewing the Now Playing screen, there are several options available. First, when a song is played, you can help teach iTunes Radio your taste in music. Tap the Star button to the left of the Play button, and here, if you like the current song, you can tap Play More Like This. The more frequently you do this with songs you like, the better chance you'll hear more songs that you like. Conversely, if a song comes up that you're just not into, you can choose Never Play This Song and that song will instantly stop and you'll skip to the next song. You also have the option here to Add to iTunes Wish List. And that's useful if you think that you may want to purchase this song but just not at that moment. We'll look at the Wish List in just a little bit. Now, you don't have to approve or reject every song. If you're indifferent to a song, you can just let it play, or if you don't like a song, but you don't want to ban it from ever being played for you again, just tap the Forward button, and that takes you to the next song. Now, be aware that you're limited to six skips per hour. But if you find yourself skipping more songs than that, you might want to consider creating another station around a more specific song or artist. Now, you can't fast-forward or rewind within a song. So, the Playback bar above the controls is just for seeing how far into the song you are. The volume control at the bottom works the way you'd expect. Now, at the top of the screen, there's an Info button. And tapping that gives you several options. First, you see the name of the current station, the Jellybricks Radio, and under that, you see the current artist, song and album name. Next to that, you can click this List button to see the entire listing of the album this track is from. And from here, you can sample other songs, buy them or buy the entire album. I'll just cancel for now. You can also purchase just this song by clicking its price here in the upper right hand corner. I'm not going to do that right now so I'll just tap elsewhere. Now below that, if you really like the song and want to hear more like it, you can tap to instantly create a new station around the artist or the song. Tapping either New Station from Artist or New Station from Song will create a new station and immediately start playing that station. Now below that are some controls to tweak the kind of content that gets played. The Tune This Station slider goes from Hits to Variety to Discovery. And that's fairly self-explanatory. Hits will lean the station heavily on the more popular songs in this genre or theme, Variety changes things up a little more and introduces some more obscure tracks into the mix, and Discovery widens and add even more, and you may even find that it pushes the boundaries of what you assume would fit into the station's playlist. But if you're interested in sampling a large variety of music, I suggest you switch it to Discovery. Now, by default, Allow Explicit Tracks is set to off, but if you don't mind hearing explicit lyrics, you can turn it on. And the last option here is Share Station, and that gives you several options to share a link to the station you created with others. Let's cancel for now and I'll tap Done. Let's go back to the main radio page. Now, from here, you can manage your history by tapping History.

This is really great for those times when you might have heard a song that you really liked but didn't get a chance to see the name of the artist or song. Just scroll down and browse through the songs, and you can even tap a song to hear a snippet from it. And, of course, you can tap the price of any song to purchase it. Under Wish List, you'll find any songs you added to the wish list and, again, from here, you can sample the song or purchase it. That's iTunes Radio. If you like discovering new music, definitely check it out. And be sure to interact with it as often as possible because the more you let it know about your taste in music, the smarter it'll get with its suggestions to you.

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