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Shuffling and repeating

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Video: Shuffling and repeating

Now I am going to take a little more time and go into more detail about the Shuffle and Repeat buttons down here in the lower left hand corner of the iTunes window. Let's start with the Repeat button, which as I mentioned earlier controls whether a playlist is played once, repeated, or if a single song is repeated. Now, if I have say my entire music library selected, that's considered my playlist as far as the Repeat button is concerned. If I just have one of my regular playlists selected, just this entire playlist will be repeated over and over again if I click the Repeat button. Now if I click the Repeat button a second time, you will see a small number 1 appears over the button.

Shuffling and repeating

Now I am going to take a little more time and go into more detail about the Shuffle and Repeat buttons down here in the lower left hand corner of the iTunes window. Let's start with the Repeat button, which as I mentioned earlier controls whether a playlist is played once, repeated, or if a single song is repeated. Now, if I have say my entire music library selected, that's considered my playlist as far as the Repeat button is concerned. If I just have one of my regular playlists selected, just this entire playlist will be repeated over and over again if I click the Repeat button. Now if I click the Repeat button a second time, you will see a small number 1 appears over the button.

That means it will only play the selected song over and over again. So if I started a song playing and take it all the way to the end, (Music playing) notice it starts from the beginning again. So that's the Repeat button. When it's off it's not blue. That's how know whether it's on or not. So one click means all items in the selected playlist will be repeated and a second click means only the selected item will be repeated.

That remains true even if you have more than one selected. iTunes will only repeat the first item you have selected if the 1 appears in the Repeat button. So if I hold down Shift and select a bunch of songs, iTunes will still only repeat the currently playing song. So let me turn that off and now let's look at the Shuffle button. Unlike the Repeat button, Shuffle is either on or off. There is not third state for this button and basically this randomizes the songs iTunes plays. So if I select my entire library and turn Shuffle on and click Play, it'll play selection for my entire music collection.

If I click the Next button, you can see there's the next random song. This one is from Jimmy Eat World. I click the Next button again, there is another random song and so on and so on. Now, if you have a playlist selected and turned Shuffle on, iTunes will randomly play just a song from this playlist. Notice as I toggle Shuffle on and off, each time it randomizes the list of songs. So when it's on there is randomization. When it's off, there is another randomization, just like that. Now you do have some additional options for shuffling songs.

Under the Controls menu you will find Shuffle, and from here you can choose the shuffle By Songs, By Albums, or By Groupings. Let's pick Albums. Notice now even with Shuffle on, all the songs from this playlist that are on the same album have stayed together. This is nice if you want to hear all the songs from a certain album in their proper order before iTunes picks the next collection of songs from another album. Now Controls > Shuffle we also have By Groupings and that's generally for classical music which has movements that have been grouped together.

I don't have any classical music in my library, but if you do, you can use this option to make sure movements stay together in their proper order even when shuffling. I am going to switch back to the default By Songs Shuffle option. So that's how the Shuffle and Repeat buttons work here in iTunes 10.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

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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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