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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 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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