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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.
In this movie, I would like to walk you through some of the general preferences that for the most part control what you see in the main iTunes window. I am going to go to iTunes Preferences on my Mac. Again, if you're on Windows, you'll go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences from there, and here I am going to make sure I am in the General category. And what we find in here are preferences for how certain items are displayed in the iTunes window. We saw earlier that the items found in the Show section let you show or hide the various categories found under the Library section of the Source pane over here. So let's work our way down from the top of General Preferences, and examine the rest of this area.
At the top of the window, we have our library name. If you've set up your iTunes Library to be shared with other iTunes users on your network, this is the name that will appear in their copy of iTunes, letting them know that this is your collection. If you want to change your name, just select within here and retype whatever name you like. Just be sure people will be able to tell that it's your library if you plan on sharing your collection on your network. We'll be talking more about sharing the library in a later chapter. Next we have three menus that determine the appearance of the text and display in the main iTunes window. The Source Text is a text that appears in the Source pane.
If you find it difficult to read this in its default size, you can select Large and if I click OK you'll see the results there, and basically it's increased in size. Let's go back to Preferences. Now the List Text menu determines the size of the text when you're browsing through your Library in List view. So let's make that Large too. I will click OK so you can see the text here has become larger as well. So no matter what view we were looking at here, and we'll look at these views a little bit later, the text has gotten a little bit larger for those. Now this is Grid view and we have an option for that as well.
You can see the Grid view background can be either Light or Dark. If I choose Dark and click OK, you can see what that looks like. Let's go back to Preferences again. I am going to go back and change my Source Text to Small and my List Text to Small but I kind of like that dark background. So I think I am going to keep that, and of course, you can set your own size and grid preferences however you like. In the next section of these General Preferences, we determine what happens when you insert an audio CD into your computer. We have the options to Show CD, Begin Playing, Ask To Import CD, Import CD and Import CD And Eject.
Now Show CD merely shows the CD as a device in your Source pane and does nothing else, and the rest of these are pretty self-explanatory as well. You can have the CD start playing immediately. You can have iTunes ask you if you want import the CD, or you can import it automatically as soon as you insert it, or you can import the CD and then have iTunes eject it from your computer when it's done. This last setting could be useful if you're importing several CDs at once. So you would insert a CD, it would be automatically imported into your Library and then ejected. All you would have to do is keep feeding new CDs into computer drive as it spits out the imported ones.
Now this is also where you can adjust your import settings but we'll talk about that in the next chapter. Now the last option here is to Check for new software updates automatically, and that's checked by default which means that each time you open up iTunes, iTunes will connect to the Internet and check if any iTunes software updates are available and if so, it'll ask you if you want to download and install the updates. I recommend keeping this checked because Apple frequently release updates which usually fix bugs or add functionality to iTunes. So those were the General Preferences found in iTunes. Again, you can just come in here and set them however you like and when you're done click OK, and you'll see the changes appear in your iTunes window.
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