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Browsing and buying with the iTunes app

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

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Built into every iPhone and iPod Touch is the iTunes store app. Here you can browse, sample, purchase and download music, videos, audiobooks and if you are using an iPhone, custom ringtones. Basically, everything that's available through the iTunes Store on your computer is available through the iTunes app. If you're on an iPhone, you can even purchase and download movies over AT&T's 3G network when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The exception being if the file you're downloading is over 20 MB, which most full-length movies certainly are. 20 MB is the current limit, but Apple and AT&T have increased the limit in the past and they may very well do so again.

Browsing and buying with the iTunes app

Built into every iPhone and iPod Touch is the iTunes store app. Here you can browse, sample, purchase and download music, videos, audiobooks and if you are using an iPhone, custom ringtones. Basically, everything that's available through the iTunes Store on your computer is available through the iTunes app. If you're on an iPhone, you can even purchase and download movies over AT&T's 3G network when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The exception being if the file you're downloading is over 20 MB, which most full-length movies certainly are. 20 MB is the current limit, but Apple and AT&T have increased the limit in the past and they may very well do so again.

But you will see a message if the file you're trying to download is too large, telling you to connect to a Wi-Fi network or to download through iTunes on your computer. So to browse the Store, you can start by tapping Music at the bottom of the screen and here you can browse new releases, Top 10 lists in several genres, or browse through the genres themselves. Similarly, tap Videos and you can browse through Hollywood movies, TV shows, and music videos.

If you can't find what you're looking for through either of those screens, tap Search and here you can type exactly what you're looking for. I will for the band The Jellybricks. Here I will See All Albums, and I will tap the album "Goodnight to Everyone." On each album page you can sample 30 seconds of any track by tapping it. (Music playing.) Tap the song again to stop the sample. If you're ready to buy the song or video you sampled, tap its price or in the case of the album, you can tap the price for the entire album and then tap Buy Now.

Once you've entered your username and password once, your iPhone or iPod Touch will remember your username. So in the future you'll only have to type in your password to make purchases. When I tap the Buy Now button you should have noticed that it looked like the song jumped down into the More section here, and you could see I have a little number 1. If I go to Downloads, this is where I can watch the progress of the song or video file I am downloading. Once the download is complete, it disappears from the Downloads area and I'll find it in my iPod app or my iPhone or in the Music app of the iPod Touch. It's almost scary how easy it is to purchase music and videos from the iTunes store.

Now, while we are outside of the iTunes store, I want to show you where your iTunes account info is stored on your device. Go to Settings > Store and you will see the account name you have stored on your phone. From here, you can view your account details by tapping View Account and you can also tap Sign Out to log off of your account. I mentioned this because some people have more than one iTunes account. For instance, I have one personal account and one for work, both with their own associated credit cards. So if I want to make sure my purchases are charged to the right card, this is where I come to sign in and out of my accounts.

Okay, let's head back into the iTunes Store. So in the More section, you'll also find any podcasts, audiobooks or iTunes U content you've downloaded. You can also tap Edit to rearrange the items at the bottom of the screen. So if you like to browse audiobooks for instance, but you don't download too many ringtones, you can drag Audiobooks over Ringtones to replace it. When I click Done, I now have a quick portal to the audiobooks that are available on the iTunes Store, and I can still get to ringtones by going to the More section and tapping Ringtones there.

Purchases you make on the iTunes Store on your iPod or iPhone will automatically get transferred to your computer if you have your settings set up to automatically sync content like music, movies, ringtones, TV shows, podcasts and iTunes U. If you manually manage your device, you can still transfer over your purchases by right-clicking on the device and choosing Transfer Purchases, which will copy all the purchases you made on your iPhone or iPod Touch to your copy of iTunes.

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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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