Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes

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Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you?ll learn everything you need to know to master iTunes 10. Each compact lesson zeros in on extremely useful and fun tasks explained through accurate and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. You?ll quickly gain the skills you need to get the best out of iTunes to build, organize, and enjoy a digital library stocked full of music, podcasts, TV shows, ...

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes offers straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to master iTunes 10. Each compact lesson zeros in on extremely useful and fun tasks explained through accurate and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. You’ll quickly gain the skills you need to get the best out of iTunes to build, organize, and enjoy a digital library stocked full of music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, audiobooks, and more. You’ll also learn how to use iTunes newest feature—Ping.

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…

• Install and maintain iTunes and your content library

• Take advantage of the iTunes Store to download music, movies, podcasts, TV shows, books, and more directly to your computer

• Collect, organize, and enjoy music like you never have before

• Gather movies and TV shows from various sources so you can watch them on your computer and other devices

• Tag your music and video content effectively so it’s easy to find and use

• Build custom playlists to hear and see your content in new and interesting ways

• Add, listen to, and watch podcasts on just about any topic you can imagine

• Stream iTunes content so you can listen to it in multiple places away from your computer

• Share iTunes audio and video with other people on a local network

• Burn CDS and DVDs

• Work with Ping, iTunes’ conversion tools, and authorization

• Solve and get help with iTunes problems

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672334337
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 524,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite

topics being Apple’s amazing “i” products, including iTunes, iPods, and

iPhones. Books Brad has written include My iPod touch, 2nd Edition;

My iPhone, 4th Edition; Easy iLife ’09; Special Edition Using Mac

OS X Leopard; Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling; Teach

Yourself Visually MacBook Air; and MacBook Pro Portable Genius,

2nd Edition. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical

editor on more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and

customer services, and the manager of education and support services for

several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal

specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor

for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer

for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical

engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis

Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering,

business, and other topics.

Originally from California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with

his wife Amy; their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; a rabbit; and a

sometimes-inside cat.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Who This Book Is For 2

What Do I Need to Use This Book? 2

Conventions Used in This Book 2

Is This Book a PC or a Mac? 3

1 Getting Started with iTunes 5

Touring iTunes 5

Installing iTunes 15

Updating iTunes 17

Configuring the iTunes Window 18

Summary 20

2 Working with the iTunes Store 21

Touring the iTunes Store. 21

Working with an iTunes Store Account 24

Setting iTunes Store Preferences 31

Finding Content in the iTunes Store 33

Understanding Digital Rights Management 38

Summary 39

3 Building Your iTunes Audio Library 41

Importing Audio CDs 41

Downloading Music from the iTunes Store 46

Downloading Music from Amazon.com 50

Importing Audio Files Already Stored on Your Computer 53

Summary 54

4 Listening to Music 55

Setting Audio Playback Preferences 55

Viewing the Content Pane 57

Browsing for Music 65

Searching for Music 71

Listening to Music 72

Summary 81

5 Building Your iTunes Video Library 83

Downloading Video from the iTunes Store 83

Adding DVD Content to Your Library 88

Adding Video Content Already Stored on Your Computer 94

Adding Video Content from an iLife Application on a Mac 95

Summary 96

6 Watching Video 97

Setting Video-Viewing Options 97

Browsing and Searching for Video Content 99

Watching Movies, TV Shows, and Music Videos 102

Summary 108

7 Tagging iTunes Content 109

Understanding Tagging 109

Working with Automatic Tagging 110

Tagging Content with the Get Info Command 111

Tagging Content in the Content Pane 123

Summary 123

8 Creating and Using Playlists 125

Understanding Playlists 125

Creating and Managing Playlists 127

Creating and Managing Smart Playlists 132

Working with Playlists 140

Using iTunes-Created Playlists 142

Summary 149

9 Subscribing to and Enjoying Podcasts 151

Understanding Podcasts 151

Subscribing to Podcasts in the iTunes Store 152

Configuring Podcast Preferences 154

Listening to, Watching, and Managing Podcasts 156

Summary 159

10 Moving iTunes Content onto iPods, iPhones, and iPads 161

Understanding Syncing 161

Syncing Content on iPods, iPhones, and iPads 161

Managing Software on iPods, iPhones, and iPads 165

Summary 166

11 Streaming Music with AirPlay 167

Understanding AirPlay 167

Creating an AirPlay Network 167

Controlling an AirPlay Network with iTunes 169

Using an iPod, iPhone, or iPad as a Remote Control 170

Using the iTunes DJ Remotely 173

Summary 174

12 Sharing iTunes Content on a Local Network 175

Understanding Sharing 175

Sharing Your Content 175

Accessing Shared Content 177

Using Home Sharing to Import Content Between Libraries 180

Summary 182

13 Burning CDs and DVDs 183

Preparing to Burn 183

Burning Discs 190

Printing Jewel Case Inserts and Lists 193

Summary 197

14 Going Further with iTunes 199

Working with Ping 199

Backing Up iTunes Content 204

Configuring Where iTunes Content is Stored 207

Using iTunes to Convert Media Types 210

Working with Authorization 211

Summary 212

15 Solving Problems 213

Solving iTunes Problems 213

Restoring iTunes Content 218

Getting Help 219

Summary 219

Index 221

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