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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 movie I want to give you a quick demo and explanation of the Radio listing in your Source pane. This is a feature that has been in iTunes for a long, long time now and basically it allows you to listen to streaming Internet radio. There are thousands of radio Internet stations out there and to listen to most of them you have to go to a specific web site, start the station streaming, and then leave your browser window open to continue listening to the station. But instead of using your web browser, consider using iTunes to listen to Internet radio. iTunes provides access to nearly 1800 stations and Internet radio provides a nice alternative from traditional radio and also offers you a lot more variety that may be available in your location.
So selecting Radio in your Source pane is going to display a list of Genres. Incidentally, if you don't see radio listed here, remember you can turn that on by going to iTunes > Preferences or Edit > Preferences in Windows and making sure Radio is checked under the General settings. So with the Radio selected I see a bunch of genres listed and toggling open any of these genres will give you a list of available radio stations in the genre. So you can see the name of the station and under the Comments column basically a description of what you will hear on those stations.
To play any of the stations just simply double-click them, which I can't do here since I don't have the rights to play this music in this movie, but you can easily try this out on your own. That's really all there is to it. Just select Radio, pick a genre, and double-click a station to start playing music right away. Now you may come across some stations on the web that aren't available through iTunes Radio, but many of these streaming stations offer a link for playing their content and you can copy this link into iTunes by going to the Advanced menu, choosing Open Audio Stream, and then pasting the URL that's offered on web site here.
So if you come across any stations that you want to play through iTunes, you can paste their string URL right here. Now many stations also offer links to download small files that will then launch iTunes to play their streams. First you want to make sure you go back to iTunes Preferences and under the Advanced tab next to Use iTunes for Internet playback, just click the Set button and you'll see that iTunes has been set as a default application for Internet music playback. Click OK, close tab. Then go and find stations website that offers streaming content. Here I am on the Wxpn website and you can see they have a link here that says Listen Live.
I'll click on that. Now here on their website they do offer you the ability to just click a link that says Listen Live to listen to their stream here in your web browser. But if I want to listen to their stream through iTunes, I can just scroll down and here I will find a link under MP3/ iTunes and I can choose either their Low bandwidth stream or their High bandwidth stream and I'll click that. (Male speaker: Please support independent non-commercial radio.) You can see that's launched the station right away. Now just in case you didn't see what happened there, let me go back to Safari, my browser.
It actually downloaded this listen-2.pls file. Now depending on how might have your browser or operating system set up, you may have to double-click this file to launch iTunes. In my case iTunes launched right away. Let's go back to iTunes and you'll see that under your Music library, if I can it here yet here. Yup! Here it is at the very bottom. Wxpn. Wxpn has now been added to my Music library. Now note that this is not found under the Radio section of your library.
This is in my main music library. But now that's has been imported, I can use this link to listen to the station any time I like now by double- clicking it and without having to visit their website each time. So those are the radio options you will find in iTunes.
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