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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 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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