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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.
Some of the podcasts you subscribe to will be video podcasts and some video podcasts are known as enhanced podcasts because instead of just being a regular video file you can play start to finish, they've been enhanced to take advantage of iTunes features that let you easily jump from section to section of the podcast. So in this movie I want to show you the options of working with enhanced podcasts. Previously, I subscribed to the lynda. com video training podcast, which I happen to be the host of, and this is a weekly-enhanced video podcast. Let me go ahead and play this for you. (Female speaker: Want to access all of lynda.com completely for free?) Turn the volume down a bit here.
(Female speaker: Stay tuned to the podcast to find out how.) So, enhanced podcasts have chapter markers built-in that the podcast creators placed there to make it easier to jump to a particular section of the video. In this case, you can maybe skip over the intro if you want to and jump right to the main portion of this week's tutorial. (Male speaker: In this project, we'll be working on these two photographs, of one of the?) Or I can jump to the next section. (Male speaker: Now that we have both of these images?) I'll go right to the end where we offer a free pass to the Online Training Library.
(Female speaker: For a free 24-hour?) So that's an enhanced video podcast that just gives you a couple of more options for quickly finding sections of a podcast. Other enhanced podcasts like certain audio podcasts will have links that periodically appear in this Info window down here that when clicked will take you out to whatever web sites the podcast producer wants you to see. So for example, I have this older podcast that I don't think iTunes does anymore called New Music Tuesday in which they showcased new music that had been released to the iTunes Store. Let's turn on the volume here, and I am going to play this for you. So you can see the little links down here that will appear depending on what section of the podcast you're in.
So not only that, but it'll also have pictures of the album covers going by as they're talking about these different releases. So if I were to click one of these links, you can see that takes me to a web site telling me about that album. So both audio and video podcasts can take advantage of enhanced features and this is just another reason to use iTunes as your podcast playing application. Not all podcast playing software can play or take advantage of enhanced podcasts, so I wanted to make sure I mention this to you, so you recognize the options when you see them.
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