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Purchasing gifts for others


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Purchasing gifts for others

Just like how you can lock into an actual physical brick and mortar store to buy merchandise like CDs and movies for yourself or others, you can also browse the iTunes Store and make purchases not just for yourself, but as gifts for other people. On the homepage of the iTunes Store under Quick Links you will find the link called Buy iTunes Gifts. Clicking it takes you to the iTunes Gift page, which lists ways you can make purchases for other people. Let's work way down this list. Now one thing to keep in mind is that anyone receiving your gift must have an iTunes Store account in order to redeem the gift. An iTunes Store account is free, but just be aware that your recipients will have to go through the process of signing up for an account if they don't already have one.
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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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iTunes 10 Essential Training
4h 34m Beginner Nov 10, 2010

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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
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
iTunes
Author:
Garrick Chow

Purchasing gifts for others

Just like how you can lock into an actual physical brick and mortar store to buy merchandise like CDs and movies for yourself or others, you can also browse the iTunes Store and make purchases not just for yourself, but as gifts for other people. On the homepage of the iTunes Store under Quick Links you will find the link called Buy iTunes Gifts. Clicking it takes you to the iTunes Gift page, which lists ways you can make purchases for other people. Let's work way down this list. Now one thing to keep in mind is that anyone receiving your gift must have an iTunes Store account in order to redeem the gift. An iTunes Store account is free, but just be aware that your recipients will have to go through the process of signing up for an account if they don't already have one.

So the first item is Email Gift Certificates. This is a nice option which e-mails your recipient a code they can enter into iTunes to apply store credit directly to their account. So if I click Buy now, you're taken to this page where you can fill in your name, their name, their email and then select the amount you'd like to send them, anywhere from $10 to $50 in $10 increments. You can also type a personal message, which they will also see in the email they'll receive. You can see a little sample of what that might look like down here. And when we click Continue, you will be asked to sign into your iTunes Store account to make your purchase, at which point your credit will be charged.

Let me go back by clicking Cancel. Now very similar to the Email Certificate is the Printable Gift Certificate. This is a gift certificate you can print out on your home printer and physically give to someone else, so if you're off to a party and realize that you forgot to pick up a present, you can just log in to the iTunes store, print out a gift certificate, and tuck it into a card. So we can click Buy now. Here you only need to fill out the recipient's name, select an amount to determine how much you like to give them, again you have the same options, and then you can add a message.

When you click Continue, you'll again see a preview what the certificate will look like, you then click Buy and your credit card will be charged, at which point you we'll be able to print out your certificate and hand it to your friend. The next listing here is to Give Specific Music, Apps, TV Shows, Movies and Audiobooks. This a little bit more personal, in that you're considering the person's tastes and picking out an item you think they will enjoy. If you click Learn More, you can see that this page is just instructions on how to make a purchase for someone else. Every item on iTunes has a button that says Buy Album or Buy Movie or TV Show and each button has an arrow that when clicked opens a menu, and the item at the top of the menu is Gift This Item. So by selecting that option you can purchase products on the iTunes Store to send out to other people.

Next we have Allowances. As it says in the description here, give your kids a legal way to download their favorite songs. iTunes deposits an allowance in their account every month, giving them access to store without requiring a credit card. So the Allowance section basically lets you give a monthly stipend to whomever you're purchasing it for. A lot of parents want be able to control the amount of money their kids spend on music and movies every month in the iTunes Store, and this is a great way to do that, without having to give their kids their credit card number. They can just allow maybe $10 or $20 a month, and that will be it until next month. Now as it says in the description, recipients have to have an Apple account for use in the US store, which you can easily set up below.

So you do need to know their account ID before you set up the allowance. Also remember, this is a repeating payment. If you're only if sitting getting a one-time gift send a gift certificate. The allowance amount is credited to their account every month. Notice that you can choose send that amount right away or to wait until the first of the next month. And the last item under iTunes Gifts is iTunes Gift Cards, and this is where you can order the actual plastic credit card size gift cards, exactly like the ones you see in the spinner racks near the checkout counters of physical stores. Basically you just click Buy now and that will take you to the Store section of Apple's website, where you can pick a design, add it to your card, purchase it, and then have it delivered to the location of your choice.

So those are the iTunes gift options you will find in the iTunes Store.

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