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Adjusting your iPod settings

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In this chapter, we have looked at a lot of controls and behaviors of your iPhone and iPod that are dependant on some of their default settings. If your own hasn't been behaving the same as you have been seeing in these movies, or if you would like to turn off some of these default behaviors, I will show where to find them right now. If you are on an iPhone, tap Settings, and then scroll down to iPod. If you are on an iPod touch, you also tap settings, but your preferences are divided into Music and Video settings. They are same settings that are found on the iPhone; they are just separated. So if you are following along on an iPod touch right now, tap Music. And here is where you will find most of the preferences that will determine your iPhone's behaviors when playing music and videos.

Adjusting your iPod settings

In this chapter, we have looked at a lot of controls and behaviors of your iPhone and iPod that are dependant on some of their default settings. If your own hasn't been behaving the same as you have been seeing in these movies, or if you would like to turn off some of these default behaviors, I will show where to find them right now. If you are on an iPhone, tap Settings, and then scroll down to iPod. If you are on an iPod touch, you also tap settings, but your preferences are divided into Music and Video settings. They are same settings that are found on the iPhone; they are just separated. So if you are following along on an iPod touch right now, tap Music. And here is where you will find most of the preferences that will determine your iPhone's behaviors when playing music and videos.

The first item is Shake to Shuffle, which is on by default. Basically if you are in the iPod app, or the Music app on the iPod touch, shaking your phone will start a random song from your currently selected playlist. Now in order for this to work, you have to already be playing a song, and your screen has to be on. This prevents you from accidentally shuffling songs if you are running with your iPod, or it's just bumping around on your car's dashboard. I like this feature myself, but if you want to turn it off just tap the On/Off switch. Next, we have Sound Check, which is off by default. Inevitably some of the songs in your music library are going to be louder than other songs.

This just has to do with the way they were originally recorded and released, and to some extent how they were encoded. For example, songs recorded these days are a lot louder than songs recorded back in the sixties. So if you are shuffling songs in your collection, you might be playing an older song that requires you to turn the volume up so you can hear it at a descent level, only to have your ears blown off by the next song that was recorded in the past year or so. Sound Check automatically controls the playback level of all songs, so they all play back at relatively the same volume. Quiet songs become a little louder and louder songs become a little bit quieter, and they sort of meet in the middle.

Personally I am not a fan of how Sound Check makes some songs sound, so I will leave this OFF. But if you are listening to a playlist that includes a wide range of songs spanning several decades and you want to make sure everything plays back at a consistent volume level, you can try turning it on. Next we have the EQ options, which are essentially a collection of preset audio adjustment settings for tweaking the frequencies of the music you are listening to. Notice we have several EQ selections to choose from, covering a wide range of genres and scenarios. So, for example, if you found you are not getting the bass response you like out of the tracks you are playing, you might come in here and tap Bass Booster.

If you are listening to an audio book, you might want to choose the Spoken Word EQ settings. If you come in here while music is playing, you will here the changes to the sound of your music as you tap different selections. Just be aware though that using the EQ setting does drain your battery a little faster, so I will leave my EQ setting off for now. The next music-related setting is Volume Limit, and this lets you say your iPhone or iPod so the volume level never goes louder than the limit you set. This is good for anyone who is guilty of listening to their music way too loud or for parents who want to protect their kids' ears. You probably want to have music playing as you drag the slider to set the limit so you can hear the results of your settings.

Then tap Lock Volume Limit, which then prompts you to create a 4-digit passcode. That way if you are setting a volume to protect your kids' ears, they won't be able to turn off the Volume Limit unless they know the passcode. I will just cancel this for now. The last setting here is Lyrics and Podcast Info. If you have songs that include embedded lyrics, you will see the lyrics appear when you play them. Or if you have podcasts which include embedded show information, you will see that information appear when you play the podcast. If you don't see the lyrics or podcast info, that information is either not included, or try tapping the album or podcast outwork to make them appear, and of course, if you don't want to see any of that stuff, go back to Settings and turn Lyrics and Podcast Info off, and that does it for the music preferences.

Next we have two video preferences. If you are using an iPod touch, go back to Settings and tap Video to see these preferences. The first item is Start Playing, and all this determines is where videos you had previously been watching will pick up from. The default choice is Where Left off, which I think makes sense because you will most likely want to start watching a video where you last left off. And if you did want to watch the video from the beginning, you just need to tap the Back button once, so I will leave that how it is. Some videos you watch will have closed caption text embedded in them. Here you can decide whether you want Closed Captioning to be on or off by default.

Regardless of your choice though, you can still turn closed captioning on and off while you are watching a video. This is just for setting the default behavior. The last two options relate to when you plug your iPhone or iPod into a TV using a special cable you can buy from Apple or a third-party vendor. If you want to make sure widescreen movies play at their proper dimensions, keep Widescreen turned on. And TV Signal has to do with whether you are connecting to a TV in North America or Europe. North American TVs use the NTSC standard, while European TVs use PAL. If you find yourself in Europe and wanting to watch a video from your iPhone on a TV, be sure to come in here and change the setting to PAL, and that does it for the iPod music and video playback preferences.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 4
      2m 8s
  2. 34m 12s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and the iPod Touch
      6m 54s
    2. The Home screen and the Home button
      2m 56s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 16s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      4m 1s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 17s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 53s
    7. Connecting to a wi-fi network
      2m 55s
    8. Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up an iTunes Store account on an iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 24s
    10. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 25s
  3. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 59s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting auto-correction
      6m 44s
    3. Select, Copy, Paste, and Undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 29s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 38s
  4. 26m 34s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iTunes
      1m 27s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 20s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 16s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 56s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 48s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 0s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 47s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 17s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 45s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 41s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 9s
    6. Using FaceTime for video calls
      3m 55s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 27s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 5s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 20s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      2m 49s
    11. Using the speakerphone
      1m 23s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 52s
    13. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      3m 51s
    14. Forwarding your calls
      1m 41s
    15. Turning call waiting on and off
      1m 1s
    16. Turning caller ID on and off
      1m 8s
    17. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 17s
    18. Creating a vibrate-then-ring ringtone
      5m 13s
    19. Voice dialing
      3m 6s
    20. Sending, receiving, and managing text and MMS messages
      6m 34s
  6. 30m 9s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 3s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL email accounts
      3m 42s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 23s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch email synced with your computer
      4m 47s
    5. Composing email
      3m 9s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 4s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 37s
    8. Setting mail options
      5m 24s
  7. 37m 36s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 20s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 55s
    3. Saving images
      2m 44s
    4. Filling out forms and using auto-fill
      3m 51s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 32s
    6. Internet tethering (Mac)
      7m 22s
    7. Internet tethering (Windows)
      7m 52s
  8. 36m 16s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 25s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 49s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 19s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 3s
    5. Voice-controlling your music
      3m 22s
    6. Adjusting your iPod settings
      4m 42s
    7. Creating On-The-Go and Genius playlists
      3m 48s
    8. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 58s
    9. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to and AppleTV or Airport Express
      3m 50s
  9. 30m 29s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      5m 51s
    2. Viewing still images
      5m 52s
    3. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 45s
    4. Shooting video
      1m 19s
    5. Viewing and editing video
      2m 49s
    6. Taking screenshots
      1m 15s
    7. Sharing photos and video
      5m 17s
    8. Geotagging your photos
      4m 21s
  10. 20m 49s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 51s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 32s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 7s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 0s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 20s
    7. Using the Compass app (iPhone 3GS only)
      2m 2s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 38s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 55s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. The Clock app
      6m 3s
  12. 6m 23s
    1. The Notes app
      2m 37s
    2. The Voice Memos app
      3m 46s
  13. 17m 26s
    1. The Stocks app
      2m 36s
    2. The Calculator app
      52s
    3. The Nike+ app
      9m 20s
    4. The YouTube app
      3m 5s
    5. The Weather app
      1m 33s
  14. 16m 40s
    1. Browsing the App Store from iTunes
      4m 28s
    2. Browsing the App Store from your device
      5m 44s
    3. Purchasing and installing apps
      5m 48s
    4. Finding App settings
      40s
  15. 17m 52s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 41s
    2. Wi-fi
      3m 26s
    3. Notifications
      1m 24s
    4. Brightness
      59s
    5. About
      2m 25s
    6. Usage
      1m 46s
    7. Date and time settings
      1m 12s
    8. International settings
      2m 17s
    9. Restrictions
      2m 42s
  16. 18m 54s
    1. Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode Lock
      4m 37s
    3. Displaying contact information
      2m 31s
    4. Find My iPhone with MobileMe
      10m 24s
  17. 17m 48s
    1. About accessibility on the iPhone and iPod Touch
      52s
    2. VoiceOver
      8m 2s
    3. Zoom
      2m 2s
    4. Setting the display to Large Text
      39s
    5. Setting the display to White On Black
      1m 7s
    6. Mono Audio
      54s
    7. Speak Auto-text
      1m 39s
    8. Triple-Click Home
      2m 33s
  18. 15m 58s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 4s
    2. Force-quitting applications
      36s
    3. Rebooting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      44s
    4. Resetting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      1m 44s
    5. Erasing the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 31s
    6. Restoring the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 2s
    7. Checking for updates
      57s
    8. Disabling 3G
      2m 3s
    9. Extending battery life
      4m 17s
  19. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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