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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.
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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