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In this chapter, we're going to look at the iPod part of the iPhone and since it's already called an iPod, the music and video apps of the iPod Touch. That's really the only difference in operation between the iPhone and the iPod Touch. You access your music and videos on the iPhone by tapping iPod and on the iPod Touch, Music and Videos are two separate apps. But they both use the exact same way and both allow you to carry around a lot of music and video content to keep yourself entertained while you are out and about. Exactly how much you can carry around depends on the size of your iPhone or iPod Touch and the size of your music and video files, but even the smallest capacity iPod Touch can hold hours of content.
Now this chapter assumes you've already synced your iPhone or iPod Touch with iTunes and copy the music and videos you want to it. If you don't know how to do this, go back and watch Chapter 3 on syncing your device with your computer. So I'll start by tapping iPod on my iPhone. If you're using an iPod Touch, tap Music. Unless you've already have been playing music, you'll be taken to one of the five categories at the bottom of the screen. On the iPhone, I have Playlists, Artists, Songs, Videos, and More. If you're on an iPod Touch, you have an Albums button instead of Video, and I'll show you how to customize which buttons appear down here in just a moment.
But each of these is a way of browsing through the music stored on your device. Playlists lets you browse through the playlists you've created and synced from iTunes. Artists lets you search your library by the artist name. Songs by the songs name. If you're on an iPod Touch, the next section is Albums, which lets you search by album name, and if you're on the iPhone, Videos lets you search through your video collection which is in turn divided into categories like Movies, TV Shows, and Music Videos.
And again, you can see the same layout on your iPod Touch by opening Videos. There is also the More category, where on the iPhone you'll find Albums and on both devices, you'll find Audiobooks, Compilations, Composers, and so on. These are just additional ways to find the content you're looking for. For instance, if you listen to a lot of classical music, you might find the Composers category more useful than the Artists category. You can customize which categories appear on the bottom of the screen by tapping Edit here in the More section.
That reveals icons for all of the available category types and all you have to do is drag the ones you want to the bottom of the screen. For instance, I'll drag Composers over Artists and it's replaced immediately. If I change my mind, I can just drag Artist back over Composers and everything is back the way it was. One other way to browse through your music is to flip it into Landscape mode while you have it in any of these categories other than Video or More. Flipping your iPhone or your iPod Touch into Landscape orientation takes you into the Cover Flow mode, which displays your music in the form of the cover art for each album.
You can then flick left and right to browse through your collection. Tap a cover to flip it over and view the songs in that album. You can tap a song to start it playing or tap anywhere else to flip the cover over again. Ultimately, you can use the i button to flip the covers over. And that's the gist of how you browse through your music and videos on your iPhone and iPod Touch. In upcoming movies, we'll look at selecting and playing your music and videos as well as how to control playback and create playlists on the fly.
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