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iTunes 10 Essential Training
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Rating songs


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Rating songs

Now let's take a look at a feature that lets you be a music critic, at least here within the confines of your own iTunes library. We have a column here in Song List view called Rating and remember if you don't see a particular column, you can either go to the View menu and choose View Options to turn on the column, or you can right- click on any column header and select the column you want to appear from here. But I do have Rating already check so I am just going to leave it as it is and what the Rating column allows you to do is to give each song in your library a rating from one to five stars.
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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

Rating songs

Now let's take a look at a feature that lets you be a music critic, at least here within the confines of your own iTunes library. We have a column here in Song List view called Rating and remember if you don't see a particular column, you can either go to the View menu and choose View Options to turn on the column, or you can right- click on any column header and select the column you want to appear from here. But I do have Rating already check so I am just going to leave it as it is and what the Rating column allows you to do is to give each song in your library a rating from one to five stars.

By default each song has no stars, so I guess you might call that a zero star rating if you like, but in this case what you can do is click the Rating column and say I think this is an above average song, so I'll give this four stars. You can either click directly on dot to place your stars or click and drag to the left and right and release your mouse from the number of stars you want to appears and that's really all there is to it. Now some people are obsessive about rating every single song on their library while others do it with some songs and others ignore this feature entirely. It really depends on whether you feel this is a worthwhile thing to spend your time doing.

We have already seen that you can sort your songs by column headers so if all your songs are rated, you can sort by rating and then play them in the order from most stars to fewest if you like. Again you might find this anywhere from incredibly useful to completely useless. But there are other things you can do with ratings. For example, you can create smart playlists which we will discuss later that include only songs that you've rated say three stars or higher. Now one quick tip here, if you're going through and rating your songs, you probably want to make sure that you don't have the Rating column selected as you do so, because let's say I scrolled down into the area where I haven't rated any songs yet and I decide I want to give this song here four stars. As soon as I rate it, it seems to instantly disappear. Where did it go? Well, because I am sorting my songs by rating, the song I just rated popped up to the top among all the other songs I've rated.

So there is nothing really is stopping you from sorting by rating as you rate your songs but it might be little confusing when the song appears to go away after you rate them. So just be aware of this behavior and you will probably want sort your songs by artist while you're rating them.

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