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Setting general preferences

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Video: Setting general preferences

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.

Setting general preferences

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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  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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