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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.
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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