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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.
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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