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Playing and controlling music

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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.

Playing and controlling music

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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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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