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In iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 4 Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 4.0): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.
Now let's take a look at how to play and control your music. I'll tap iPod on my iPhone to enter into my music and video library. If you're using an iPod touch, again your music and video apps are split into separate apps, so tap Music. To start the song playing, first locate it using one of the categories at the bottom of the screen. I'll choose Artists, and now I'll scroll through and find the artist I want to listen to. I'll pick The Jellybricks. Next, I see a list of each album from this artist I have on my iPhone. Some of these might not be entire albums.
It depends on what you have copied over to your device. I'll tap Goodnight To Everyone, and now I am seeing the list of songs on this album. The first button at the top of the screen is Shuffle, which you can tap if you'd like to play the current list in random order, or just scroll through and tap the song you want to play. Songs will play continuously, one after another, so if you want to listen to the entire album in order, just tap the first song. That takes me to the Now Playing screen, and the song starts playing right away. I am going to pause it, so it's not playing while I am talking.
So while you are on the Now Playing screen, you see the album artwork at a nice large size, and you have several controls and options available. Starting at the bottom of the screen, the first item is the Volume slider. Drag this to the left or right to increase or decrease the playback volume. You can also use the Volume Up and Down buttons on side of the phone. The playback controls are right above the Volume slider, and we've just seen that you can tap the Play/Pause button to play and pause the music. Tap the Back or Forward buttons on either side to go back or forward on track. If the song is already playing ,the Back button will take you to the start of the current song.
If you want to jump back to the previous song, tap the Back button twice. You can also hold down the Back and Fast-forward buttons to rewind and fast-forward to the currently playing track. The longer you hold down the button, the faster it'll jump ahead or back. Actually, you'll get a bit of sense of what I mean if I tap the album cover once, which reveals the Progress slider at the top of the screen. If your song has lyrics embedded in it, you'll see them appear as well, if you have that option turned on on your iPod's settings, which I'll show you how to do in a later movie. So the Progress slider tells you how far along you are in the song, with the elapsed time to the left of the slider and the remaining time to the right.
Notice if I hold down the Forward button, the speed at which I jump ahead in this song gradually increases. (Music playing.) You can also drag or scrub in the slider itself to jump right to the portion of the song you want to hear. Sometimes you want to go to a very specific section of the track you are playing. You can adjust the sensitivity of scrubbing by dragging your finger down. Notice I get a display telling me that I have turned on Half Speed Scrubbing, Quarter Speed Scrubbing and Fine Scrubbing.
At any one of these levels, you can start dragging left or right, and you'll see the difference in how much the Scrubber point moves along the bar. We have a couple of other buttons in the Progress slider area. This is the Loop button. Tap it once to repeat the selected album or playlist over and over again until you stop playback. Tap it a second time to repeat just the current song over and over again. Notice the tiny one symbol that appears in the icon. Tap it a third time to turn Looping off again. The center button is for creating Genius playlists, but we'll about that in an upcoming movie.
And the button on the right is for shuffling the current album or playlist, which will play the songs in a random order. Alternately, you can shake the entire phone or iPod touch to play a random song from your entire library, which can be kind of fun if you feel like playing song roulette. I won't do that right now though. I'll tap Shuffle again to turn that off. Tap the album cover once to hide the top controls. Double-tapping the album cover flips it over to reveal the songs on the album, which you can then scroll through. You can tap any song here to start it playing. If you like to rate your songs in iTunes, you'll be happy to know that you can rate them on your iPod too. Just drag your finger along the dots at the top of the screen to rate the selected song.
In iTunes you can create playlists based on the ratings you've assigned songs. To return to the cover view again, tap the tiny cover icon in the upper right-hand corner. Let's start the song playing again. (Music playing.) While this song is playing, you can continue browsing through your library by tapping the arrow in the upper-left corner. This is useful if you're playing dj and you want to find the next song to play before the current song ends.
You can always get back to the currently- playing songs and the playback controls by tapping Now Playing. You can also open other apps and perform many other tasks while your music is playing. I'll press my Home button. Notice a small Play icon that appears at the top of the screen. This is to remind you that the iPod is currently playing currently music, which you might not know if you have earbuds plugged into your device, but without them being in your ears. At anytime, a quick double-click of the Home button opens up the Multi-task Pane. Select the Pane to the right to reveal the mini controller, which is nice if you need to pause your music quickly.
You can also use the Back and Forward buttons to navigate your current playlist, or tap the iPod icon to go back to the iPod interface. Let's start the music playing again. (Music playing.) To conserve your battery and to avoid accidentally tapping buttons while you're listening to music, click the Sleep button to turn the screen off. Your music will continue to play, and the Volume buttons on the side of the phone will continue to work as well. Even while the screen is locked, you can double-click the Home button to bring up a Mini Controller, so again, you can quickly pause your music if necessary.
So those are the controls for playing your music on your iPhone or iPod touch. Now before I wrap up this movie, I want to mention that there are couple of other control options you'll see if you're playing back items like audiobooks or podcasts. I'll go back to my library and play an audiobook, and I'll pause that for the moment. While playing an audio book, you have the option of playing the audio back at a slower or faster speed. Some people like to get through their books faster, while others have trouble understanding fast narrators. You can tap the Speed button to cycle through the playback speeds of real-time, twice as fast, or half speed.
Also convenient to audio books is the 30-second Rewind button. Sometimes you just zone out while listening to an audio book and suddenly realize you don't remember what was just read. Instead of having to manually scrub back or rewind, tap the 30-second Rewind button to jump back 30 seconds in the Timeline. If that's not far enough, just keep tapping until you get back to a part of the book you recognize. And be aware that these two special buttons are only available from the Now Playing screen and not the Mini Controller you see when you double-click the Home button. And those are the controls for playing back music and other audio files on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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