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Purchasing content


iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

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Now let's take a look at how to actually make purchases on the iTunes Store. I'm going to do a search for Jellybricks and let's just say that this album, "Goodnight to Everyone" is one from the Jellybricks I don't have yet in my iTunes library. I'll click on that. Here on the landing page for this album, I can see the tracks of the song. I can see what listeners who bought this album also bought, like some customer ratings. As well as double click any song to listen to a 30 second sample. Of course the volume has to be up to hear it. (Music Playing).
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
  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

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using the playback controls
  • Setting preferences
  • Understanding audio and video file formats
  • Importing from a CD
  • Managing multiple libraries
  • Building playlists and smart playlists
  • Creating playlists automatically with Genius
  • Shuffling and repeating songs
  • Burning discs to share
  • Shopping at the iTunes Store
  • Managing an iPod
Audio + Music
Garrick Chow

Purchasing content

Now let's take a look at how to actually make purchases on the iTunes Store. I'm going to do a search for Jellybricks and let's just say that this album, "Goodnight to Everyone" is one from the Jellybricks I don't have yet in my iTunes library. I'll click on that. Here on the landing page for this album, I can see the tracks of the song. I can see what listeners who bought this album also bought, like some customer ratings. As well as double click any song to listen to a 30 second sample. Of course the volume has to be up to hear it. (Music Playing).

I am going to stop that. Now in most cases you've the choice of purchasing the entire album, or just purchasing individual songs from the album. You will occasionally run into some albums which include songs that can only be purchased if you buy the entire album. So instead of seeing a Buy button next to the song, you'll see a message that says Album Only. But any song that has a Buy button, you can purchase for the listed price by clicking Buy. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password. if you're already signed in, you'll see your ID already filled in here. I'll just enter my password, click Buy, and you can see a Downloads area has appeared over here on the left hand side.

Now I'm going to be asked to confirm that I do want to buy this record. If you don't see this confirmation message each time, you can check don't ask me about buying songs again. But when I click Buy, I go over to Downloads, you can see it's being purchased right now. This massage asks if I would like iTunes to automatically check with the iTunes store to see if I have any available downloads. So there may be times when you start downloading a file and then have to turn off your computer or quit iTunes. This will just check to see if you have anything to download. I'll click Yes. And if I had anymore to download it would show up here, but you can see here comes the one song that I purchased, and there it is.

Now I can find it by going into my music library. Notice that downloads then disappears from the Store, because I'm no longer actively downloading anything. So I could browse through here to find the song that I just purchased. I also like using my Recently Added Smart Playlist, because this always shows me the songs I've most recently added. And right here at the bottom is the song I just purchased. (Music Playing) And that's all there is to buying a song. The process is exactly the same for buying a complete album, only instead of one song downloading, you'll see multiple songs downloading.

And purchasing audio books and even applications for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad is very similar too. Just click the Buy Now button next to the item you want. Now when it comes to movies and TV show purchases, there are a few more options. Let's go back to the Store, and I'll go to the homepage, and let's go to Movies. Now I may select a movie as an example here. We'll go with Iron Man 2. Notice we have four different options at four different prices for this movie.

If I want to purchase this movie outright, I can buy and download either the standard definition or regular version for $14.99 or the HD or high-definition version for $19.99. Both are purchases that will download to my computer, and I can watch them anytime I want for as long as I keep the movie on my computer. The iTunes Store also offers some movies as rentals. Again, I can view the standard definition or HD version of the movie for either $3.99 or $4.99 respectively. When you rent a movie from iTunes, you get the same quality file as the movies you purchase. But you only have 30 days from the time you rent the movie to start watching it, and once you started watching it, you only have 24 hours to finish it.

Once that rental period is over, the movie will disappear from your iTunes library. Now standard definition movie rentals can be watched in iTunes, or in iPod or iPhones that supports video playback. The iPhone 4, the iPad and the fourth- generation iPod-Touch can play HD video rentals. Now the best thing about this is you can begin watching movie on your computer, then transfer it to say your iPod-Touch, for instance, if you're about to get on a flight, and then pickup watching that rental on your iPod, exactly where you left off on your computer. But the movie can only exist on one device at a time.

Once you copy it from your computer to your iPod, it disappears off your computer. You can transfer it back to your computer from the iPod, but then it will all disappear from your iPod. So those are just some things to be aware of in regards to buying or renting movies from the iTunes Store. Let's look at TV shows now, and let's take a look at-- let's go with Mad Man. Now when purchasing TV shows, you have the option of buying individual episodes of that show or you can purchase entire seasons, even if the season you're buying is still in progress.

Shows that offer this have a button that says Buy Season Pass. The nice thing about buying a season is that you can setup iTunes to automatically download new episodes of your TV shows as they become available. To do so, go to iTunes > Preferences or Edit > Preferences on Windows, and under the Store tab check Automatically download pre-purchase content. Then click OK. You have to enter your password again to authorize this. And then from that point, all the episodes of this show whose season you purchased will download as soon as they're available on the iTunes store.

Now it's very important to bear in mind that any purchases you make on the Store can be played on a maximum of five computers. So if you buy say a movie from the iTunes Store on your home computer and then copy the file over to your laptop, you need to login into the iTunes Store on your laptop with the same Apple ID you used to purchase that movie. At that point you will have authorized two your computers. To authorize a computer with your account, you go to Store > Authorize this computer, then you enter your ID and password. iTunes will then check to see how many other computers are authorized with this account.

If it's under five, you'll get a message telling you that you've successfully authorized the computer. If you've reached your limit, you'll get a message telling you that you can't authorize this computer until you de-authorize one of the others. So for example, I know that for one of my accounts, I know that I have pretty much maxed it out. Now this computer was already authorized, but you can see that including this one, I've authorized five computers out of my available five. Now if I wanted to play some of my content on another computer that was not yet authorized, I would have to de- authorize one of my computers. Now to do so, you just go to the Store menu again and choose the De-authorize this computer, and at which point you'll be asked to enter your username and password again to de-authorize that particular account from this computer.

Once you do that, nothing on this computer which you've purchased with that account will be allowed to play, until you reauthorize the computer. Also you can authorize a computer for multiple accounts. So if you have an iTunes account and your roommate has an iTunes account, you can authorize a computer to play content purchased under both accounts. Just have your roommate choose Store > Authorize this computer, and enter his or her ID info. Now if you ever sell or give away your computer, you need to remember to de-authorize your account info, because authorization remains tied into the computer.

But if you forget to do this and you no longer have access to the computer, go to the iTunes Store, click your account, click View Account, and then here you find a button labeled De-authorize All. Clicking this will de-authorize all the computers currently authorized with your account. And this also means that you'll have to reauthorize the computers you still own, if you want to access your purchased content again. But that only takes a few seconds, in this way there isn't a computer out there that you don't own that's still authorized to play your stuff.

Be aware though that you can only de- authorize all computers once a year. So make an effort to track down the computer you want to de-authorize before you click this button, because you can only use it once a year and this button will only show up if you've authorized up to five machines already. All right, so those are some important things you should know about purchasing content from the iTunes store.

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