iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training
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Syncing music, movies, and ringtones


iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Video: Syncing music, movies, and ringtones

Now let's take a look at how to get music, videos, and ringtones onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Now to start off with, I have my iPhone selected, and I have Manually manage music and videos checked. And that just means that I want the option to drag whatever content I want onto my iPhone manually. Now I should mention here, that if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match service, this check-box will be labeled Manually manage your videos and you won't be able to sync music the way I show you in this movie. I cover iTunes Match later in this chapter, so you may just want to jump ahead if you're an iTunes Match subscriber. But for this first example, I'm manually managing my music.
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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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Syncing music, movies, and ringtones

Now let's take a look at how to get music, videos, and ringtones onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Now to start off with, I have my iPhone selected, and I have Manually manage music and videos checked. And that just means that I want the option to drag whatever content I want onto my iPhone manually. Now I should mention here, that if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match service, this check-box will be labeled Manually manage your videos and you won't be able to sync music the way I show you in this movie. I cover iTunes Match later in this chapter, so you may just want to jump ahead if you're an iTunes Match subscriber. But for this first example, I'm manually managing my music.

The way this works is, once I have my device set this way, I can go into my Music Library and start grabbing any and all songs I want to add to my iPhone. So I can just drag them one at a time to the iPhone. And if I go look in the Music folder, you can see those songs have been added to my iPhone. Now, I can also grab entire playlists and drag them to my device. So, for example, I have a playlist here called Driving Tunes. It has eight songs in it. Just drag that right to the iPhone, and all the songs in that playlist will be copied to my iPhone if I haven't previously dragged them in. So notice that adds the playlist to my device containing the exact same songs in the exact same order as the version of the playlist here in iTunes.

But because I'm manually managing my music, the version of the playlist on my iPhone and the one here in iTunes don't stay synced together. If I add more music to my iTunes Driving playlist, so now I have ten songs here, those aren't automatically added to the playlist here on my iPhone. And same is true in reverse. You can drag songs into your iPod or iPhone playlist, and you can create new playlists on your device, and they won't get copied to your iTunes library. But that's not really a problem as long as you remember to re-drag your iTunes playlist back to your iPod. In this case I'm getting a message telling me that the playlist already exists, and if I want to replace it.

And click replace. And there's the updated version of the playlist. So those are just a couple of examples of how to manually sync your music. But manually syncing your music really doesn't mean you have to drag over every song by hand in most cases. Now, you do have an option available when you're manually syncing your music to have iTunes do some of the work for you. Select your device's Music Library here in the source pane. And at the bottom of the window here we have a button labeled Autofill. Basically when you click the Autofill button, iTunes will fill up the free space on your device with songs from whichever library or playlist you have selected in this menu over here.

So I could have it fill my iPhone with songs from my entire library or I could pick specific playlists. This Settings button right here gives you some control over this feature. So, you can choose to replace everything on your device when Autofilling. So if you're tired of all the music on your device, you can have iTunes replace everything with songs that weren't previously on it. Choose items randomly is on by default. Now without this checked, iTunes will just work in order down your playlist or library. And you also have the option here to Choose higher-rated items more often. So, if you're in the habit of rating your music, you can check this option, so most of your favorite songs will show up more frequently.

Now, you may be thinking that Autofill sounds like a nice feature, but maybe you don't really want to fill up all the remaining space on your device with music. Doing so won't leave you with any room to install new apps or download podcasts or even shoot photos and video. So that's what this Reserve disc space slider is for. Just use it to specify how much space you want to remain free. Maybe, in this case, I want to leave about 10 gigabytes free. So with the slider there, I can click OK. And Autofill won't occupy that storage space with music. And when you're ready to go, just click Autofill and iTunes will do its thing, and fill up your device.

I'm not going to do that right now though. So, the Autofill option is only available if you manually manage your songs. Now let's talk about automatically syncing your songs. To set that up, select your device and go to the Music category up here. And in here just check Sync Music. Now it's important to note here that doing so will erase all the existing content on your device. Because if you want the items on your device and iTunes playlist or whatever you're syncing to be identical, iTunes has to wipe off what's already on the device. But for this example, I'm okay with erasing any existing music on my phone. So I'm going to click Remove and Sync.

And now Sync Music is checked and I can see there are 718 songs that will be synced. Now just so you can see this, when I go back to the Summary tab, you can see that Manually manage music and videos is now unchecked. If I want I can also check Sync only checked songs and videos, which again sets your so that unchecked items in your library won't be copied to your device, even if you have iTunes set to sync your entire Music Library. Entire Music library means every single song in my music library, excluding unchecked songs if I have that option selected, will be copied to my device. Or I can choose to sync only Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres.

Now, it's entirely possible that the size of your iTunes library may exceed the storage space of your iOS device. So synching your entire library may not be an option. If that's the case, just choose Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres. And now we have a column for our playlists, a column for artists, genres, and albums. All you have to here is make your way through these lists and select the items you want to have synced to your device. So maybe I always want to keep that Driving Tunes playlist synced, I'll check that. And I'll select a couple artists that I always want to have here. And I can just make my way down through the different categories here.

The beauty of this is that once you've made your selections, you don't have to do anything else. So if I have Beatles selected here under Artists, for example, all of my Beatles music will get copied to my iPhone. But if later I add a Beatles album that I didn't previously have in iTunes, the next time I sync my iPhone, that new Beatles album will automatically get copied to it. And if you want to make sure that all the new songs you've added to iTunes recently get added to your iOS device, just check the Recently added smart playlist. Which, by default, lists all the songs added in the past two weeks. Although you can modify the smart playlist so that it finds songs added longer ago, in case you don't sync your device that often.

Now some other options we have up here are Include music videos and Include voice memos. So if you've purchase music videos from the iTunes store, or if you've added video content from elsewhere and tagged it as a music video, those files will be included when you sync your iPod. Or if you've recorded any voice memos on your device, which we'll discuss in a later chapter, you can make sure those items are copied over to your computer. And we have Automatically fill space with songs, which as its name implies, fills up the remaining space on your device with other songs from your library. Although, Apple doesn't offer any documentation on how it picks the content. Personally, my thought is that if you've gone to the trouble to select specific playlists, artists or genres to sync, why would you want a selection of random songs on your device as well? But if that's what you want, you can check this option.

Once you're done making your selections, just click Apply, and iTunes will begin copying files to your device. So that's how you can both manually and automatically sync music to your iPod. Once you understand that, it works pretty much the same way for Movies, TV Shows, and Ringtones. If you have your iPod set up for manual updating, you can just drag all that content onto your device. But under each one of these tabs is an option to sync them, and in each case you can choose what sort of content to sync. So if you understood how to sync music, then you understand how to sync movies and TV shows, and all this other content.

Basically, the choices boil down to either copying over all of your content in each category, or copying just the content you added recently, or content you haven't watched or listened to yet. So, for example, here under Movies, I could check Sync Movies, and say, automatically include the three most recent unwatched movies. You'll find that it's fairly self-explanatory. But when it comes to copying items like photos, contacts, and calendars to your device, the process between Macs and Windows computers is a little bit different, so we'll look at both platforms in turn in the upcoming movies.

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