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iTunes and Entertainment

iTunes

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The desktop version of iTunes comes pre-installed on every Mac and is also available for Windows. You can use it to play media (including music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and more), and also to download content from the iTunes Store. You can even sync the app across devices, so you can access your media library anytime.
Most of what's available in the iTunes Store costs money, but you'll still find thousands of items that can be downloaded for free. iTunes is also pretty accommodating when it comes to certain types of paid content. For example, you can purchase a single song instead of an entire album, or rent a movie instead of buying it.
iTunes is also compatible with AirPlay and Apple TV, two products that, when used together, let you stream media from one device to another. To learn more, visit Apple's introduction to AirPlay and Apple TV, or go to page 8 of this lesson.
Click the arrows to view iTunes on each device.
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As you may have gathered, the mobile version of iTunes is a bit different from the desktop version. Most importantly, it has a different way of playing content. To learn more, visit the iTunes page in our iPad tutorial.

Have More Than One Apple Device?

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Enable automatic downloads to sync your music and e-book purchases across devices. To find out if you already have it enabled, visit your device's iTunes Store settings. Remember, you have to configure each device separately.
TV shows, movies, and music videos can't be synced automatically, but you can re-download them to any of your devices using iTunes in the Cloud. Just look for your purchases in the appropriate area (for example, TV Showsor Movies), and you can download them again. This option is available as long as you use the same Apple ID on each device.

Getting to Know iTunes

As you already know, the iTunes app is different on each device—but there are many similarities when it comes to basic tools and features. Use the interactive below to learn how to perform several common tasks in the Macversion.

To watch or listen to iTunes content on your mobile device, you'll use the Music or Videos app instead. To learn more about these apps, visit the Media and Entertainment lesson in our iPad tutorial.

Using the iTunes Store

With the iTunes Store, you can buy music, movies, TV shows, mobile apps, and e-books, and they will be downloaded to your computer automatically. In addition to buying things, you can download free college lecture videos from iTunes U, and you can subscribe to free audio or video podcasts. To learn your way around, use the interactive below.

Purchasing Media

Once you've found the item that you want to buy, you can click to view all of your purchase options. For example, if you click an album, you'll have the option of buying the entire album, or just individual songs. You can even preview a song using the play button that appears when you hover over the song. (You can also preview videos this way.)
Purchasing an albumPurchasing an album
For movies and TV shows, you'll usually have the option of buying High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD). High Definition is higher quality, but it's more expensive, and it takes up more space on your hard drive.
Alternatively, you can rent movies instead of buying them. When you rent a movie in iTunes, it starts downloading right away—but you don't have to watch it immediately. Instead, you can wait until it's convenient. You have 30 days to redeem your rental, and 24 hours to finish watching once you start playing it.
Purchasing a moviePurchasing a movie

Importing Music

When you purchase music in the iTunes Store, it will automatically be imported into your library. However, you may have some CDs that you want to import as well (also known as "ripping"). You may also have mp3s or other audio files that were created by a program other than iTunes. To listen to these items, you'll need to import them to your iTunes library manually.

To Change Your Import Settings:

If this is your first time importing a CD to iTunes, you may want to check your import settings first. These settings control what happens when you insert a CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.
  1. At the top of the screen, click iTunes (or Edit if you're using the Windows version) and select Preferences.
    Going to the iTunes preferencesGoing to the iTunes preferences
  2. Click the drop-down box next to When you insert a CD, then select the desired option. If you're importing lots of CDs, you should select one of the bottom three options.
    Selecting your import settingsSelecting your import settings
  3. If you want to change the compression settings of your imported music, click Import Settings. Generally, you should select the AAC Encoder or the MP3 Encoder, as they will help you save space on your hard drive.
    Changing the compression settingsChanging the compression settings

To Import a CD:

  1. Insert a CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.
  2. Depending on your import settings, the CD may begin importing automatically. If it doesn't, click Import CD in the top corner of the window. It may take several minutes to import your CD.
    Importing a CDImporting a CD
  3. To eject the CD, click the Eject button in iTunes, or press the Eject key on your keyboard.
    Ejecting a CDEjecting a CD

To Add an Audio File:

  1. Click File and select Add to Library.
    Adding to libraryAdding to library
  2. Select the files that you want to import, and then click Open. The files will be added to your Library.
    Importing mp3s to the iTunes LibraryImporting mp3s to the iTunes Library
To select more than one file at a time, hold the Shift key on your keyboard while you click. This will select all the files at once.

Importing Videos

Just like your purchased music, all of your purchased TV shows and movies will be added to your iTunes libraryautomatically. For other videos, your options are much more limited. iTunes doesn't allow you to rip DVDs or Blu-rays, so you won't be able to import movies or TV shows from your home collection. It's not compatible with all video formats either; you can only import video files that end in .mov.m4v, or .mp4.

To Add a Video File:

  1. Click File and select Add to Library.
    Adding to libraryAdding to library
  2. Select the files you want to import, then click Open. If the files are compatible with iTunes, they'll be added to your library.
    Importing a video to the iTunes LibraryImporting a video to the iTunes Library
When you add a video file to iTunes, it'll appear under Movies (even if it's a TV show). However, your purchased TV shows will always appear in the TV Shows library.

Creating Playlists

iTunes allows you to group the songs in your library into playlists, so you can have different mixes for different situations (such as exercising or hanging out with friends). If you want, you can also create playlists of videos.

To Create a Playlist:

  1. Navigate to Playlists in the iTunes window.
    Navigating to playlistsNavigating to playlists
  2. In the bottom-left corner, click the + button, then choose New Playlist from the menu. This will create an empty, untitled playlist in the right pane.
    Creating a new playlistCreating a new playlist
  3. Type a name for your playlist, then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Naming your playlistNaming your playlist
  4. Drag and drop the songsalbums, or artists that you want from your library into your playlist.
    Adding files to a playlistAdding files to a playlist
  5. Click Done to save and close the playlist.
    Saving your playlistSaving your playlist
You can also create a playlist by selecting one or more files in your library and navigating to File > New > Playlist from Selection.

More Apps for Media and Entertainment

Game Center

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Game Center is a built-in app that lets you play games on your device, with a unique social networking twist. In other words, you can play by yourself, but the real benefit comes from interacting or competing with other players. For example, you can upload your contacts list to compare scores with your friends, or let Game Center match you with other players based on your skill level.
The Game Center appThe Game Center app
Game Center is available for the iPadiPhoneiPod Touch, and Mac (OS X Mountain Lion only).

GarageBand

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GarageBand is a great app for musicians and beginners alike. You can use it to write music andrecord songs on your computer. You can even plug in your own instrument, and compose or record music in real time. All you need is an electric guitar, or a keyboard with a USB connection. If you don't have an instrument, you can use the on-screen controls.

iMovie

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iMovie is a built-in app that lets you organize, watch, and edit your own video projects. With tons of features that are fun and easy to use, you can create high quality videos (including home movies, slideshows, short films, and more), no matter what your skill level. iMovie even comes with templatesthat can help you incorporate Hollywood-style graphics, transitions, and special effects.

Mobile Apps for Your iTunes Content

There are several other mobile apps (in addition to Music and Videos) that you can use to access your iTunes content across devices. As you can see, each app is designed for something specific. All of these apps can be downloaded for free in the App Store.
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     The iBooks app gives you access to over 20,000 books, basically turning your mobile device into an e-reader. There's something for everyone, from novels, to cookbooks, to illustrated children's books—even enhanced titles that come with audio or video. You can also browse by title, author, genre, and current bestseller lists.
  • iTunes U icon
     The iTunes U mobile app allows you to watch free lecture videos from various colleges, universities, and businesses. It works a lot like a podcast: If you subscribe to a specific course, the iTunes U app will download more and more lectures as you make your way through the course.
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     The Podcasts mobile app can be used to download and listen to podcasts on your mobile device. You can download one episode at a time, or subscribe to make sure new episodes are downloaded automatically.

    AirPlay and Apple TV

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    AirPlay and Apple TV are two of the latest technologies from Apple. They give you new ways to experience media that you would normally watch or listen to on your other devices. For example, you can stream music wirelessly from your iPad to AirPlay-enabled speakers. You can also watch movies that you downloaded from iTunes on your own TV (again, wirelessly) using the Apple TV device.
    To get started with AirPlay and/or Apple TV, check out the information on Apple's website, or visit your local Apple store. It may help to think of these options as yet another pair of devices, in addition to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac. They're all designed to work together, so you can access to your media anytime.
    Apple TVApple TV

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