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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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