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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.
So listening to music is a great pastime, but what if you're someone who just has to look at something while listening to music? While iTunes has you covered with the Visualizer. The Visualizer is like a built-in light show that reacts to the beats and sounds of the music you play. Overtime, Apple has quietly added more and more options and types of Visualizers to iTunes and some of them are just really gorgeous. The best way to see what's available is to just look at the Visualizer. I am going to start a song playing, and just pause it just so we have something queued up.
Now I am going to go to the View menu and choose Show Visualizer. So we are just seeing the sort of moving ball of light on the screen right now. Nothing is really happening, because no music is playing. So let's start the music playing again by hitting Spacebar (Music playing) And you can see the Visualizer just explodes in this animation of light and movement. (Music playing) Go and pause that again.
So once you get the Visualizer going, you can see it just continues to move, but when we start the music it really moves again, reacting to the sound of the music. (Music playing) Pause that again. So there are several Visualizer looks or appearances available. To see each of them go to the View menu to Visualizer and this is the list here. What we are looking at right now is the default iTunes Visualizer. We have iTunes Classic Visualizer, which was the original Visualizer that came with early versions of iTunes.
Again, let me start the music playing. (Music playing) It just takes a second kick in. (Music playing) Take a look at another one. Here is Lathe. (Music playing) It's kind of pulses along with the music. (Music playing) Let's go ahead and choose another one while the music just continues to play. (Music playing) And the last one is Stix.
(Music playing) So that's kind of cool. And of course what you're seeing here on screen is probably looking a little choppy, but it's going to look a lot better and smoother on your own computer than you are seeing here in this movie. Now each of these Visualizers also has a set of controls to effect what you're seeing on screen. All you have to do is press question mark key on your keyboard, which is technically the slash key, and you will get a list of things you can change. So you can see we have here 1 for split.
Just pressing that puts it in the center and splits it. To a spread. There are really no rules that we are following here. I am just playing around with the control to see what's available. If I start the music playing and I hit 1, you can see it just starts there. If I hit 2, it does that. Each one of these Visualizers has a different set of controls. So if I switch over to Jelly and hit my question mark button again, you see we have a different set of controls there.
Lathe has another set of controls, and this one really only displays song information. So I just press I to display the song information, if it's not on screen already. Classic Visualizer has a lot more. Then there is the Default Visualizer. You can see we have some options there as well. Again, this is really just about seeing what's available and just hitting some keys to see what happens. (Music playing) I will just press F and that sort of freezes the pieces. I press it again, they will move again.
Now you can also go full screen with the Visualizer by choosing View > Full Screen or pressing Ctrl+F or Command+F. So you can just sort of fully immerse yourself in the sound and light show here. (Music playing) Just press Escape to leave Full Screen. So that's the iTunes Visualizer. You can press Escape again to completely close it. Again, the Visualizer who really serves no purpose other than to give you something cool look at or to display while you're playing your music.
So take some time to play around with the settings and have fun.
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