Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening iTunes for the first time, part of Up and Running with iTunes 12.
- Let's start by opening iTunes for the first time. On a Mac you'll most likely have your iTunes icon in your dock, so you can just click that. And if you don't see it in your dock, you'll find iTunes in your applications folder. As we can see right here. If you're using Windows, you can also open up iTunes from a couple of different places, depending on how you chose to install it. You may have a shortcut to iTunes on your desktop, or you could go over to you start menu, to applications, and you can find and open iTunes from there.
Alright, so here on my Mac I'm gonna click the icon in my dock. The very first time you run Itunes, you'll see the usual software license agreement screen and you'll have to click Agree to start using iTunes. And you may also see a welcome screen where you can take a quick tour to see a couple of screens about iTunes features, but here you can also choose whether you want to send anonymous info back to Apple. If you wanna be able to automatically get album artwork and information about your music, you'll need to click Agree. And now we're looking at the main iTunes window.
If you've upgraded to Version 12 from a previous version you won't see this music screen. Instead you'll be able to just start browsing your library. But this is a new installation of iTunes we're looking at, and I haven't yet imported any music into it. So from here I could click Go to the iTunes Music Store to browse for and purchase music, or I can click Scan for Media to have iTunes search for any music or video files that are already on my computer and then copy them into my iTunes music folder. Now if you do choose Scan for Media it will actually search through your entire hard drive and find files to copy into your library.
My personal preference is to not automatically scan for media so I can add files myself later because my personal computer has tons of audio files that aren't music files, as well as files I don't want or need to be managed in iTunes. But you can decide for yourself what to do here. If you do choose Scan for New Media and you have a large hard drive, be prepared to wait for awhile as iTunes searches for all your audio files. I'm just gonna ignore that for now. You'll see similar screens here if you click these different buttons in the upper left hand corner. For instance if I click Movies, that takes me to my movie library.
And again since my library is currently empty, I just get a button to go to the iTunes Store. And the same goes for TV Shows. And as we'll see throughout this course, iTunes can manage many different kinds of media. Clicking this button here let's you select the other types. Also each main category that you select here changes what you see at the top of the window here. And we'll talk more about that later. But as you can see, with an empty library iTunes provides ways for you to get started by either visiting the iTunes store to purchase music or to search for music on your own computer, But without any media in your library, there's not much else meaningful to look at at the moment.
So in the next video we'll look at how to navigate around iTunes when you have actual content, which is also where you would start if you were already using iTunes and had music and videos and other media in your library before upgrading to version 12. So next we'll take a look at and familiarize ourselves with the interface elements in the iTunes window.
- Differences between the Mac and Windows versions of iTunes
- Using the playback controls
- Importing music and videos
- Consolidating your library
- Finding duplicate songs
- Playing music, playlists, and radio
- Sharing and streaming content
- Purchasing content from the iTunes Store