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Browsing for content

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Video: Browsing for content

Now let's take a look at some of the specifics of browsing content on the iTunes Store. So let's say you are in the mood for some new music but you are not quite sure what you want. So right off the bat, the iTunes homepage is a good place to start. This is where you'll find the latest releases as well as the top downloaded singles and albums. And you'll find all kinds of music in several other categories on the homepage as well. But if nothing here is really grabbing your attention, you can always click the Music item at the top in the navigation bar to go to the main Music page. And here you'll find only music related items.

Browsing for content

Now let's take a look at some of the specifics of browsing content on the iTunes Store. So let's say you are in the mood for some new music but you are not quite sure what you want. So right off the bat, the iTunes homepage is a good place to start. This is where you'll find the latest releases as well as the top downloaded singles and albums. And you'll find all kinds of music in several other categories on the homepage as well. But if nothing here is really grabbing your attention, you can always click the Music item at the top in the navigation bar to go to the main Music page. And here you'll find only music related items.

New and Noteworthy, What's Hot, Past Favorites, $7.99 Live Albums, and so on. You can even get more specific in your search by clicking the arrow in the Music button and choosing a subcategory like Rock for instance, and that takes us to the Rock homepage or Storefront. And like on the main homepage, you can do things like check out the current promotions, view the Top Charts, but everything on this page falls under the Rock genre of music, and just browse around and click any items that interest you. For example, I'll click this Eric Clapton album that appears under Albums that were released last week.

So clicking on any album takes you to that album's page where you can read about the album, usually you have to click More to read more text, and you can see a listing of the songs, as well as see what people who have purchased this album have also bought, and you can read user reviews. You can also hear a 30 second preview of any song either by double-clicking it or just by clicking the Play button that appears next to it when you roll your mouse over the song title. Now, I am not legally allowed to play any of this music in this movie, so I am just going to drag the iTunes slider all the way down, so it's going to be silent, but I do want to click one of these, so you can see that the Play button becomes the Stop button, and you can see the outside of the buttons start to fill in, so you can see how much of the sample is left to play, and you could all see that in the top center display, just like you can see when you play content from the main iTunes library.

Now if I wanted to browse other albums and releases from Eric Clapton, I would just click his name up here in the Navigation area, and here is where you will find everything available from this artist on iTunes. You'll also find these items under the Artist Quick Links area, like Biography, which lets you read a profile in the artist. Let me go back. Alert Me lets you tell the iTunes start to send you an e-mail anytime something new from this artist becomes available, and if I click that, I'll see this message saying, Are you sure you want to add this artist to your list of alerts? I can click Manage My Alerts and this will show me any artists I am following or when I have alerts from, then I can either check them or uncheck them or just cancel out of here.

The Tell a Friend link lets you send an email to a friend, letting them know about this artist content on the iTunes Store, and you will also have the option to copy the link for this page, if you want to paste it into an email yourself or even post a link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter account. Now what you see under Artist Quick Links can vary from artist to artist. You might not see a biography or for some artists, you might find links to buy concert tickets for example. Now these social networking links, like the ability to share items you found via Facebook or Twitter, also appear on each album page. So if I click one of these albums, clicking the arrow next to Buy Album reveals several options including the ability to share on Facebook and share on Twitter.

And you can also like things, which will add them to your Ping profile which we'll talk about later in this chapter, and of course, you can buy the music yourself either by clicking Buy Album to buy the entire album or you can purchase individual tracks in most cases by clicking the Buy button next to each song. I am not ready to do that yet though. So there you have a couple of ways you might browse for music in the iTunes Store, and it works pretty much the same way whether you are browsing for Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks or any of these other items up here in the navigation bar. Clicking Movies for instance, takes me to the main movie page, where I can browse through the latest releases or dig deeper by browsing through genres.

If I click a movie, you can see the main page for this movie is very similar to the main page for albums we were looking at. I can click View Trailer to see a preview. I can read about it, read customer reviews, and I can share this page with friends and of course, I can purchase a movie. So take some time to browse your way through the iTunes Store. I think the best way to figure out how it works really is just to get your hands on it and wander around on your own.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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