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iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
In addition to cover artwork another aspect of traditional music media that originally got lost in the digital revolution was the ability to read the lyrics to the songs you are listening to. Well, much like with adding Artwork to your music files in iTunes, you can also add the lyrics and again this is not a requirement of creating music files and it does add a little bit to the overall file size of your files, but there are many people, possibly yourself included, who like to read the lyrics to songs as they are playing. To add lyrics to a song just right- click on a track, for instance More to Lose by the Jellybricks here, and choose Get Info.
Now you've seen this window a couple of times now and you can see there is a section labeled Lyrics, and all this really is,is a text box where you can enter the lyrics for a particular song you selected. But where do you get the lyrics? It could be as basic as typing them in by hand yourself but unless you're dealing with an incredibly obscure song, chances are you'll be able to find the lyrics online somewhere. So for example I go out to my web browser and there are a couple of things you can do. Many bands and artists offer the lyrics to their songs on their web sites. So that might be the best place to start to make sure you get the most accurate lyrics.
So for example, I go to the jellybricks.com and on this web site we go into music, I find the album, and if I scroll down I'll find the lyrics for the song I had selected, "More to Lose." You probably have to hunt around on whichever artist or band's website you are on to find their lyrics if they in fact have them. So all I am going to do here is just select the text, copy it, and then go back to iTunes and paste them in, and that's all there is to it.
All I really did here was just paste text in that I had copied. If you want to do a little bit more formatting, for instance if you don't like how the lyrics are divided by slashes, I could just delete those and just hit Return to add some paragraph breaks in here, or whatever you want to do to the text to make it easier to read. Then just click OK. Now if the band who sung you are trying to find lyrics for hasn't posted the lyrics on their web site, there are tons of lyric sites out there on the Internet. The easiest thing is usually to type the name of the band, the name of the song, and the word lyrics into Google or some other search engine.
So for example, I'll type Jellybricks, name of the song I am looking for we will say is "Ruin Us," and I will type the word lyrics, and you can see several options show up here. Usually you have to get rid of annoying things like this, just close that, but here we can see the lyrics are here on this third party web site. Now when you're dealing with these third-party lyric sites, there is no guarantee that the lyrics are going to be 100% accurate. So you might want to read through them before you paste them into iTunes.
Of course you might be looking for lyrics specifically because you don't know what they are. So you might want to look for a couple of different versions of the song's lyrics to see if they match. But I'll just assume these are correct, select, Copy, go back into iTunes, find the song, right-click on it to get info, and then in lyrics here I'll paste, and there they are. Now in iTunes the only way to view the lyrics you've entered is to bring up the track's Info window that we see here.
Some iPod models have the ability to display the lyrics you've added to your song file though. So if you'd like to read the words as you listen to your music, you can do some hunting around and spend the time to paste the lyrics for each song into their Info window. One other thing to mention about adding lyrics is that you cannot add lyrics to WAV files. If you recall, earlier we discussed the different encoding settings that are available in iTunes, which you can find by going to iTunes > Preferences or Edit > Preferences on Windows, and under the General heading if you go to Import Settings this is where you'll find your different import options. When you add lyrics to a song file, you've basically just added additional code to that file, but WAV files don't support this ability.
So don't use this format if you plan on adding lyrics. But most likely you'll be using the MP3 or the AAC encoders anyway, if you are planning on putting your music on your iPod. So that's all there is to it, and now in addition to listening to your music, you can also look at the album artwork as well as read the lyrics once you enter that information here in iTunes.
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