Using iTunes can be easy and fun!
Using iTunes as a media hub is easy with time-tested advice from author Kirk McElhearn. Kirk, who also pens Macworld's "The iTunes Guy" column, wrote this book to answer your questions about the many details of working with audio and video in iTunes, with notable coverage of Apple Music and iCloud Music Library and explanations of numerous iTunes quirks.
Whether you just want to play your media, or you want to go deeper with special features like Genius, Shuffle, Up Next, Apple Music, and podcasts, this carefully organized compendium of iTunes wisdom has the answers you need.
Kirk also looks at various ways of bringing audio and video into iTunes, tagging songs and videos so you can find them more easily later, creating playlists, sharing your library over a home network, and transferring media to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
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The book also covers:
Play: Learn the basics of playing audio and video. You'll also find tips on making quick playlists with Genius and Up Next, and find out how to view lyrics while tunes play.
Stream and Cloud: What are the pros and cons of iCloud Music Library? How do Apple Music and iTunes Match figure out whether to upload your music when setting up your iCloud Music Library? What's Beats 1? You'll get answers to these questions and more.
Share: Whether you want to casually share a playlist from your laptop when visiting a friend or you want to make all your media available on all your home's computers, you'll find out how Media Sharing and Home Sharing make sharing possible.
Buy: Find tips on shopping in the iTunes Store, and get advice on sharing your purchases with family members and among your various Apple devices.
Podcasts: You'll be sampling and subscribing to podcasts in no time with Kirk's advice, plus you'll pick a method of syncing podcast episodes to your iPhone or iPad and even learn about creating your own podcast station.
Tag: Tags are descriptive bits of information -- called "metadata" -- that can describe your media. Learn which tags to bother changing, how to work with the Love tag, the best ways to add lyrics and album art, and more.
View: iTunes has more views than you can shake a stick at (much as you might want to). Get the scoop on switching between views, displaying album art, opening the handy column browser, and more.
Organize: Make a simple playlist of romantic songs, workout songs, Apple Watch songs, or whatever theme you like. You'll learn how to create smart playlists that, for example, comprise only your 5-star faves or only tunes you haven't heard recently. You'll also find help with operational issues like dealing with multiple libraries and adjusting where iTunes stores your media files.
Sync: You've put all your media in iTunes... now, how do you transfer it to a mobile Apple device such as an iPhone or an old-school iPod? Learn the best approach for your situation.
Rip: Add content to iTunes with Kirk's detailed steps for "ripping" music CDs and audiobooks. If you want to rip audiobook CDs so they play nicely from iTunes, don't miss this chapter!
Burn and Print: Learn how to copy music from iTunes to a CD. Also, get directions for printing a song list, for example, to include in the jewel case of said CD.
Back Up: This short chapter has tips and inspiration for backing up your (potentially irreplaceable) iTunes media.
Extend with AppleScript: Mac users can make iTunes do more with AppleScript. Learn about key AppleScripts that you can download to make iTunes jump through even more hoops.
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About the Author
Kirk McElhearn is a freelance writer, specializing in Macs, iPods, iTunes, digital music, and more. In addition to having written or co-written a dozen books, he is a Senior Contributor to Macworld magazine and he contributes to several other Web sites and magazines. He reviews classical CDs for MusicWeb and audiobooks for Audiofile, and he is a translator from French to English.