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Exploring the Source pane

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For this movie, I have imported a bunch of songs into my iTunes Library. In the next chapter, we'll take a detailed look at how to get music into iTunes. So if you're not quite sure how to do that, you don't really need to worry about it for now. I just needed to get some music in here so I can effectively demonstrate some of the features of the iTunes interface in this movie. When we'll get to the next chapter, we'll start with a brand-new empty library again. So let's start by taking a look at the source pane on the left side of the iTunes window. Basically, what you have selected in the source pane determines what you see in the main section of the window and you can see that the source pane is divided into several categories including Library, Store, Shared, Genius, Playlists, and so on.

Exploring the Source pane

For this movie, I have imported a bunch of songs into my iTunes Library. In the next chapter, we'll take a detailed look at how to get music into iTunes. So if you're not quite sure how to do that, you don't really need to worry about it for now. I just needed to get some music in here so I can effectively demonstrate some of the features of the iTunes interface in this movie. When we'll get to the next chapter, we'll start with a brand-new empty library again. So let's start by taking a look at the source pane on the left side of the iTunes window. Basically, what you have selected in the source pane determines what you see in the main section of the window and you can see that the source pane is divided into several categories including Library, Store, Shared, Genius, Playlists, and so on.

Now depending on how your preferences are set, you may see more or fewer categories in your own source pane than you see here, but we'll talk about that in just a minute. We'll start by taking a look at the Library. The most important basic thing to realize about the Library is that it contains all the files that are stored on the computer you're using this particular copy of iTunes on. Later, we'll look at things like Shared Libraries, which lets you access content on other computers running iTunes on your network, but everything under the Library category here in the source pane is stuff that's on your computer. Now the Library is divided into multiple categories because really we're long beyond the days in which iTunes was just a program to manage your music collection.

These days, you can use iTunes to organize and play music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books, as well as use it to manage the apps and ring tones on your iPhone. So it makes good sense to have these category divisions in the Library. If we still only had one main library for all of these things, like in earlier versions of iTunes, it would be really difficult to find the files you are looking for. So now you select Music to see your music collection or Movies to see your movie collection or TV Shows to see TV shows and so on and so on. This is a nicely organized way to view and find the content you have stored in iTunes.

Now if you don't use all of these things like, for example, you don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch and therefore have no need for apps for those devices, you can turn any of these categories off by going to iTunes > Preferences and if you're on Windows, you will go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences from there, and then under the General category, you can un-check the categories you don't want or need to see. Now notice you get this warning essentially telling you that if you turn off a category, the items that fall under this category won't be accessible at all from library. So even if I do have apps in my library, if I un-check that category, I won't be able to get to them.

To get to the items in any particular category, you have to have that category turned on. So I'm just going to cancel this for now and I'll click OK just to close Preferences. So that's an overview of the Library. The next item we find here is Store which is where you can access the iTunes Store to purchase music, movies, TV shows, iPhone apps and iPod games, podcasts, and so on. We'll be looking a lot more at the Store later on. Now if you've purchased content from the Store, you'll also find a Purchased category here which is where you can quickly access all of the content you've bought in one location and you will also see a Downloads category under Store when you're actively downloading purchased content.

New to iTunes 10, we also find Ping under the Store and Ping is Apple's social networking service for interacting with your friends and artists to see who's buying what music or you can tell them what music you've been buying or listening to. We'll talk a lot more about Ping later on as well. Next, we have Shared for accessing and playing content from other iTunes libraries on other computers connected to your home or office network. Now this Shared area is also where you'll turn on the Home Sharing function, which allows you to copy content from other iTunes libraries from another computer on your network to your personal iTunes library on your own computer.

This was a much-welcomed feature that was introduced in iTunes 9 and more than that later as well. Under that, we have Genius, which is a feature that examines your library and automatically builds playlists and makes suggestions of other songs or artists you might like based on what's in your library. Now if you don't see the Genius playlist, you can go back to iTunes > Preferences, and just make sure that option is checked or if you don't like Genius or use it, you can turn it off here as well. Now it may actually be grayed out and we'll talk about why that is in a later movie as well. Finally, we have our Playlists category.

Playlists have, of course, been a part of iTunes from the start and you can still create regular and Smart Playlists like before and they'll all be found here under the Playlists heading. Now you will occasionally see other items appear in this source area. For instance, if you insert an audio CD, which I'll do right now, you can see it appears here under a heading labeled Devices and the device in this case is my CD player in my computer. Or if you connect an iPod or iPhone to your computer, it will show up here under Devices as well, and I've got an iPod here, which I'll connect, and here you can see it appearing right under Devices as well.

So Devices will only show up when you have a device or a CD inserted into your computer. All right, so that's the rundown of the source pane in iTunes 10. Again the most important thing to take away from this is depending on what you have selected in the source pane, you'll see different things appear in the main portion of the window. So just bear that in mind as we continue to work with iTunes.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

60 video lessons · 20185 viewers

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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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