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If you use the earbud headset that came with your iPhone or iPod touch, you can control your music playback using the built-in remote control attached to the right earbuds cable. The iPhone comes with a headset that includes the Volume controls in addition to the Center button used for controlling playback. With your headset plugged into your device, you still need to browse your music library and pick the song or playlist you want to listen to. (music playing) All of your phone's audio will go through your headphones when they're plugged-in. If you unplug the headphones, the music will automatically pause.
This prevents your music from blaring out of your phone if you accidentally yank the headphones out, if that happens, just plug them back in and start the music again. There are only a handful of click actions for controlling your music playback with the earbuds, but they very convenient to know if your iPhone or iPod is tucked in to your pocket and you want to pick a different song or pause or rewind without having to pull your device out. Now I'm only going to cover the music and video playback-related earbud controls here. If you want to learn about the controls you used during phone calls, go back to the chapter on the phone part of the iPhone for that information. First, play the currently selected song y clicking and releasing the Center button once.
To skip to the next song in the album or playlist double-click the button. (music playing) To go back, click the Center button three times. (music playing) Basically, if only two or three seconds of the current song have passed, triple-clicking the center button will take you to the previous song, but if more than three seconds have passed triple-clicking will start the current song over.
To fast forward playback, press the Center button twice but hold it down on the second click until you fast forward to the part you want to listen to. (music playing) To rewind the song, triple-click the button and hold down on the third click until you get back to the part of the song you want to listen to. (music playing) Basically, remember that forward actions are double-clicks and backward actions are triple clicks.
(music playing) Other than that, the only other controls available in terms of your music playback are the Volume controls on the iPhone's earbuds. Just use them to turn the volume up or down. (music playing) The earbud controls are essentially the same for playing back video as well. Click once to play and pause.
(video playing) You can double-click to jump forward to the next video on the playlist and triple-click to go back to the beginning of the current video. You can also double-click and hold to fast forward. (video playing) Or triple-click and hold to rewind. (video playing) So the controls for video are pretty much the same as the controls for audio.
Now that's the extent of what you can control by clicking the buttons on the earbuds, but because the earbuds that come with the iPhone also have a built-in microphone. You can also control your device with your voice and we'll look at that in an upcoming chapter.
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