Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Playback controls, part of Up and Running with iTunes 12.
- In this movie I want to provide a brief overview of some of the basic playback controls found in iTunes. Now we'll get into much more detailed looks at playback options when we get into 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 yet imported any music into your library don't worry this is just an overview and you can just sit back and watch. Basically, you'll find the playback controls here in the upper left hand corner of the iTunes window. Currently only the play button is available because I have no songs selected in my library.
So I can browse through and find a song I wanna play. I can click once to select it and the quickest way to play a song is to just double click it. (rock music) And now the song's playing. Notice the play button has become a pause button and now we have the rewind and fast forward buttons available as well. Clicking the pause button obviously pauses the song. And now it's the play button again. And clicking that plays the song from where we left off. (rock music) Now, I'll just pause it again.
Now double clicking the song always starts it from the beginning even if you double click the song that's currently playing. (rock music) So, don't double click tracks unless you want to start them over again. Either use the play button or use the space bar on your keyboard which acts as the play/pause button for iTunes as well. (rock music) Now the fast forward and rewind buttons work in two different ways depending on if you just click them or if you hold them down. (rock music) Holding down the buttons either fast forward the current song, or rewinds it.
You can keep track of where in the song you are by looking at the center display area. This small bar here shows you where you are and the time displays on either side shows you how much time has elapsed and how much time remains. You can drag this little bar here to the left and right to quickly scrub to an area of the song. Or just click anywhere in here to jump to that location. And you can do that while the song is playing. (soft rock music) Or I can click ahead.
So that can be a lot faster than 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 next and previous buttons. Meaning you can use them to jump ahead to the next song or back to the previous one. If the music is currently playing when you click these (rock music) the next or previous track start playing right away as well. If the music is paused, you can still see that the speaker icon jumps to the next song when I click the next track but it doesn't play automatically.
Let's look at the center display again. We've already seen how you can click or drag around the playback indicator to jump to another part of the song. And above that we can see the song title at the top here in large lettering and below that is the name of the band and the album. There's actually a lot of stuff you can do in the center display that's not immediately apparent. Including shuffling your songs and determining the order of which songs will play next. I'll get into that in the chapter on playing your content in the movie on shuffling. Now depending on what iTunes is doing, you might see other things in the center display as well. For example, if you're copying songs to your iPod or importing music from a CD the progress status of those activities are displayed up here as well.
And we'll see that during this course. Another playback control you'll find at the top of the window is the volume slider which you just drag left and right to reduce or increase the volume of the music. (rock music) Now this volume control is independent of your computer's volume control. So if you have the volume cranked all the way up in iTunes, but it's still not loud enough for you, you'll either have to turn up your computer's volume or your speaker's volume if you have external speakers.
Let me show you one more feature of the iTunes window here. Often times you'll probably have music playing in the background while you do other things on your computer. You can collapse the large iTunes window into a mini player by clicking the album cover right here. Then I can just drag that to a corner of my screen where it might be out of the way and that way I can see the artwork while I'm doing other things. When you move your mouse away from the album cover all the controls disappear so you get this very simple, clean album cover only display. Rolling your mouse back over the artwork brings back the playback controls.
(rock music) And you can actually make this an even mini-er mini player by clicking this button right here. So now we see a tiny version of the artwork and we just get the player controls here. And this is a lot easier to tuck away in the corner of your screen. To bring back the main window click this 'X' button. And let me just show you one more thing about the mini player. While it's nice to be able to tuck the mini player away in the corner it will still sometimes get covered up by other windows you're working with. Meaning that you'll have to bring iTunes to the front before you can get to the controls.
But if you go to iTunes preferences or in Windows go edit preferences. Here under the advanced tab you can check "keep mini player on top of all other windows". I'll talk more about preferences in the next movie. But for now, click "OK" and now when I use mini player even if I have other windows open notice the mini player stays on top of that window. That way I can always get to it and it just makes it that much easier to work with.
Alright, so there are your playback controls and some additional options here in iTunes 12.
- 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