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Store overview

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

Video: Store overview

In this chapter of movies we are going to take a look at the iTunes Store, which is the online store Apple launched way back in 2003. Originally the Store only sold music, but these days you can also buy TV shows, audio books, you can rent and purchase full-length movies, as well as buy applications for iPhones, iPods and iPads, and subscribe to podcasts, all through the iTunes Store over the Internet. You don't need any other special applications or websites. The iTunes Store is built right into iTunes. With the exception of movies you can rent, everything you pay for on the iTunes store is content that you then own, meaning it's copied into your iTunes library where you can listen to or watch it anytime you like.

Store overview

In this chapter of movies we are going to take a look at the iTunes Store, which is the online store Apple launched way back in 2003. Originally the Store only sold music, but these days you can also buy TV shows, audio books, you can rent and purchase full-length movies, as well as buy applications for iPhones, iPods and iPads, and subscribe to podcasts, all through the iTunes Store over the Internet. You don't need any other special applications or websites. The iTunes Store is built right into iTunes. With the exception of movies you can rent, everything you pay for on the iTunes store is content that you then own, meaning it's copied into your iTunes library where you can listen to or watch it anytime you like.

There's no subscription service with a monthly fee or anything like that. Now using the store is not a necessary part of using iTunes. You can still import, manage and play all of your content in iTunes without ever once visiting the Store. But the Store is a very convenient place to find new music and videos to play on your computer, and if you have an IOS device, like an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad, you have to use a store if you want to use any applications that didn't come preinstalled on the device. So let's take some time to familiarize ourselves with the Store. So in iTunes, to go to the Music Store, click iTunes Store in the source pane.

Of course, this requires an active Internet connection. Broadband service is recommended, especially if you are going to be downloading movies or other large files. So now we are looking at the main iTunes Store storefront. This is the homepage of the Store and just beware that this page is constantly changing so what you're seeing here in this movie is most likely not exactly what you are going to see when you visit store yourself. Generally on the front page you are going to find the rotating images of whatever item is currently being promoted, and down below you find sections like Music, Recommendations, Movies, TV shows and so on.

On the right inside you will find a list of the top charts, of singles, albums, again, movies and TV shows and things like. Each of these lists also has a See All link, so you can see the list in its entirety, and of course clicking any one of these dozens of items will take you to that item's page on the store. There you can read all about the particular item, sample some of the tunes, maybe even check out other recommendations. So it's easy to find yourself jumping from item to item on the Store. You can get a sense of where you are by looking at the links in the upper left-hand corner.

So you can see I am currently in Music > Pop > Bruno Mars. So if I want to check out the entire Pop category, I just click it and this page is formatted much like the homepage, but everything here falls under the Pop category. Much like with a web browser, you can use these back and forward buttons to navigate to previous pages, or to forward again, or use the Home button to return to the homepage of the store. Also notice the rest of this navigation bar at the top of the store. It makes it very easy to jump to the music section or to Movies, TV shows, the App Store, Podcast, Audio Books, iTunes U and Ping.

So if I want to browse music, I just click Music and I am taken to the main Music page. Now you might have noticed that rolling over these navigation items makes this little arrow appear. Clicking that arrow reveals a menu that lets me jump, in this case, to a particular music genre or section. So if I select Jazz, I go right to the Jazz music page. So each one of these items has its own drop-down menu, so you can jump to a specific section within an overall category. So I select the Classics for movies, and I'm on the Classic movie page. So it's very easy to quickly find your way into a specific section of the Store, and that's a quick overview how to navigate the iTunes Store.

It could be a little overwhelming at first, but the navigation bar at the top really helps you find a good starting point.

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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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