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Using the playback controls

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

Video: Using the playback controls

In this movie, I want to provide a brief overview of some of the basic playback controls found in iTunes. Now we'll get a much more detailed look at playback options when we get to the chapter on playing your content, but for now I just want to introduce you to the necessary controls to get us through this chapter and the following chapter on importing our content. Again, if you haven't imported any music into your library yet, don't worry. This is just an overview and you can just sit back and watch. Basically, you'll find the playback controls in the upper left-hand corner of the iTunes window. Currently, only the Play button is not grayed out because I have no songs selected in my library.

Using the playback controls

In this movie, I want to provide a brief overview of some of the basic playback controls found in iTunes. Now we'll get a much more detailed look at playback options when we get to the chapter on playing your content, but for now I just want to introduce you to the necessary controls to get us through this chapter and the following chapter on importing our content. Again, if you haven't imported any music into your library yet, don't worry. This is just an overview and you can just sit back and watch. Basically, you'll find the playback controls in the upper left-hand corner of the iTunes window. Currently, only the Play button is not grayed out because I have no songs selected in my library.

So I can browse through, find a song that I want to play, click it once to select it, and the quickest way to play a song is to just double-click it, and now the song is playing. (Music playing) Notice the Play button has become a Pause button. We also now have the Rewind and Fast-forward buttons available. Clicking the Pause button obviously pauses the song and now it's the Play button again. Clicking that button again plays the song from where we left off.

And I'll pause that again. Now double-clicking a song always starts it from the beginning even if you double-click a song that's currently playing. So if I double-click this song again, you can see it starts from the beginning. So don't double-click tracks unless you want to start them over again. Either use the Play button or use the Spacebar in your keyboard, which acts as the Play/Pause button for iTunes as well. The Rewind and Fast-forward buttons work in two different ways,depending on if you just click them or if you hold them down. Let me start the song playing again. (Music playing) Now holding down the buttons either rewinds the current song or fast-forwards it.

(Music playing) Now you can keep track of where you are in the song by looking at the center display area here. Let me go ahead and pause this again. This diamond shape shows you where you are and the times displays on either side show you how much time is elapsed and how much time remains. Now you can drag this diamond shape left and right to quickly scrub to an area of the song or just click anywhere in the playback indicator to jump to that location. This is a lot faster than just using the Fast-forward and Rewind buttons.

Now if I simply click the Fast-forward or Rewind buttons, whether anything is playing or not, they act as the Next and Previous buttons. So you can see this little speaker icon going to the next song when I click the Next button. So when the music is paused, you can see that the speaker icon just jumps to your selected track, but it won't start playing until you actually hit the Play button. (Music playing) Now while it's playing, if I hit the Next button or Previous button, the music will continue to play. Let's look the center display again.

We've already seen how you can click or drag the playback indicator to jump to another part of the song and above that we can see how it displays the name of the song, the artist, and the name of the album. Some of the other items you'll find in the center display area, this small button here, which looks like a tiny play button, switches the display to the graphic VU meter, which when the song is playing shows you a graphic representation of the frequencies of the two stereo channels of song. Now as far as I can tell, this serves no other purpose than to look kind of cool when music is playing, but we'll see later that there is much more interesting stuff to turn on when you want some eye candy to go along with your music.

So I'll just toggle that back again by clicking the button once more to display the song information. Now depending on what iTunes is doing, you might see other things in the center display as you click this button. For example, if you're copying songs to your iPod or importing music from a CD, the progress status of those activities are also displayed up here and you can toggle through them using the same button. Now another playback control you'll find up here is the Volume slider, which you can drag left and right to reduce or increase the volume of the music.

(Music playing) Now this volume control is independent of your computer's volume control. So if you have the volume cranked up in iTunes all the way to the top, but it's still not loud enough for you, you can turn up your computer's volume or your speaker's volume. Okay, two more buttons I want to show you here, which I think are important to know about right off the bat in case you think iTunes is acting weird. In the lower left-hand corner, there is this button with the sort of cross-looking arrows and that's called the Shuffle button. You can see a little tooltip pops up when I hover my mouse over it.

So when selected, it will shuffle or randomize the playback of songs. So if I have that selected, when my current song reaches the end, it most likely won't play the immediate next track, but instead will pick the next song randomly for my library or selected playlist. As I click the Next button now, if you look in the center display, you can see the next song that it's actually selected. So you can see it's actually jumping all over the place here. Now I only point this out now, because it can be confusing if you mean to jump to the next song in your library or playlist and then have it jump to some other random song. If that happens, check to make sure the Shuffle button is not selected.

Next to Shuffle, we have the Repeat button. When I hover over it, you can see the tooltip that tells me the options are to play the playlist just once, repeat the playlist, or repeat just one song. Without this button selected, the song's currently selected, whether you have your entire library selected or just single playlist, will play one after another top to bottom and will stop when it reaches the end. If you click the Repeat button just once, it's going to, in this case, repeat my entire library because I have my entire music library selected. If I had a playlist selected, it would repeat just that entire playlist.

Now if I have a specific song selected like I have here and I click the Repeat button another time, I see this 1 appear over the button indicating that only this one selected song will be repeated over and over again until I stop playback. So just be aware that the Repeat button is here too, just in case you accidentally click it and wonder why the same song is playing nonstop. So I'll click to turn that off. Lastly, I want to point out the display on the bottom of the iTunes window, which tells you how many items are in the library you have selected, which in my case, I have 692 songs in my entire library and it also tells me that that's 1.7 days full of music, totaling a file size of 2.60 gigabytes.

Clicking this display gives you the actual precise count. So in my case, I have again 692 songs, which is one day, 18 hours, 30 minutes and 46 seconds of music, and I can click it again to set it back to the other display. So those are the basic playback controls and displays I wanted to familiarize you with before we moved on. Again, we'll be getting more into playback options when we get to the chapter on playing your content, but for now, that's the info you need until we get to that 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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