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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 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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