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iTunes 10 Essential Training
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Searching for content


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

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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.
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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

Searching for content

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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