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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.
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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