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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.
Sometimes when you visit the iTunes Store, you'll just be browsing around with no particular item in mind, and you can just take your time surfing around from page to page, but other times you will come to the Store knowing exactly what you're looking for and wanting to find it right away. For those times you will want to take advantage of the Search feature of the Store. Now this is the same search field you would use to search your own iTunes library, but when you have the iTunes Store selected, the Search bar up here searches only the Store. Not only that but it will also make suggestions for you based on what you're typing. So let's say I want to find an album by a j azz artist I like to name John Pizzarelli.
So with the iTunes Store selected, I'll click in the Search bar and start typing in pizzarelli, and as I type, you can see that iTunes was already immediately suggesting possible matches to what I am looking for. And the first suggestion right here is the one I want, John Pizzarelli. I'll click on that, and here are my search results. And really with iTunes suggestions capability, it's not hard at all to find what you are looking for, especially because of the suggestions that pop up under the Search field. Usually with those suggestions I can quickly find what I want, whether I am looking for an artist, album or song title, and then be taken right to that item in the Store.
Now of course sometimes your search term might be too general or there might be too many results for the term you type in. For instance, if I click up here again and type in Star Trek, none of these suggestions are very specific. So if I press Return or Enter to go to the search results for the term Star Trek, you can see here I get results that include movies, TV seasons, albums, songs, iPhone apps, iPad apps, audiobooks, books, podcasts. There is even some iTunes U courses that mention Star Trek. So maybe what I am looking for is a specific episode of the original Star Trek TV series, but the only thing I remember about it is that the alien race called the Romulans were involved.
Now I could come up here again and type in Star Trek Romulan, but that still brings up iPhone apps and iPad apps and audiobooks and so on. So this is a situation where I probably want to Power Search. Now you can see over here on the left we do have Filter By Media Types. So if I am really only looking for TV shows, I can say just show me TV shows, but in this case, it's actually showing me no search results. So this is a situation where I probably want to try Power Search. So in the upper left-hand corner here, there is a link to open Power Search. You can also go right to Power Search at any time by clicking the Store menu and choosing Search from here.
So in Power Search I can narrow down the category I want to search in by choosing for this example TV Shows, but you can also search specifically for Music, Movies, Apps and so on. The fields you see to the right of that menu depend on what category you've selected over here on the left. So I am going to type in "star trek: the original series" and I will type romulans in the Description field. Hopefully there is an episode of the show that has a word romulans in the description. And I'll click Search. So now I have significantly fewer results to look through. Here are the TV episodes it found, and really there are only two episodes of that show that include the description with the world Romulans in it.
One is called the Balance of Terror and one is called The Enterprise Incident, and these both just appear in three different compilations as you can see under Show here. So I can click on one of these to go to that compilation and then somewhere in here, yup, Balance of Terror is right there. Click on the description. You can see, yup, there is the word Romulans right there. So that's an example of the Power Search feature. Just remember that this feature is available because it can be extremely useful for finding items in the iTunes Store that you might otherwise have trouble tracking down. Again, it's going to the Store menu and choosing Search and from here choose the type of file you're looking for and then fill out as many of the fields as you can to narrow down your search results.
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