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In this chapter, we are going to look at how to sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your computer, which allows you to move content like music, videos, photos, contacts, and so on to your device. The tool for getting these things on to your iPhone or iPod touch is iTunes: the free music and video player, and management software from Apple. You absolutely must be using iTunes to sync and manage your iPhone. If you are on Mac, you most likely have iTunes installed already. If you are on Windows, or you don't have iTunes installed, regardless of your operating system, open your web browser and go to apple.com/itunes to download a copy.
The copy you download will be the latest version of iTunes available. If you already have iTunes installed, it's still important to first check to make sure you are running the latest version. Apple is always releasing upgrades to iTunes to add features or fix bugs. So it's a good idea to make sure you are running the latest version. Right now, I am running iTunes 9.2.1, but by the time you are watching this, there may have been one or more updated versions released. You can see which version you are running on a Mac by choosing iTunes, about iTunes, and here you can see I am running version 9.2.1. If you are on Windows, you will click the Help menu and choose About iTunes to see that same information.
Similarly, on a Mac, to see if any updates are available, choose iTunes > Check for Updates, and you can see 9.2.1 is the current version. On Windows again, you will click the Help menu, and choose About iTunes to check. So, in the rest of this chapter, we will look at what you can do through iTunes once you have connected your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
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