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Using internet radio

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Video: Using internet radio

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.

Using internet radio

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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  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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