LibraryYour library contains everything you’ve imported into iTunes: music, videos, podcasts, books, iPod games, apps, lectures from iTunes U.
StoreOne click takes you to the iTunes Store. iTunes adds everything you buy to your library. Downloading starts when you click Buy Now in the iTunes Store.
DevicesYour iPod, iPhone and iPad appear in iTunes under the Devices section when they’re connected to your computer. CDs you’re burning or importing appear there, too. Click your device and iTunes shows you a summary of everything on it. Click a CD to check the progress of an import or a burn.
SharedLook under Shared to see music, video, podcasts, audiobooks and other media in the iTunes libraries of computers on your local network. With Home Sharing enabled, you can import videos, music, apps, books and more from up to five authorised computers in your home.
GeniusGenius playlists and Genius Mixes appear under Genius. Whenever you create and save a Genius playlist, this is where you’ll find it. Genius Mixes automatically appear here, too. And you can play them all with a click.
PlaylistsAll the playlists you create appear here — standard playlists as well as your Smart Playlists. iTunes DJ also appears under Playlists.
Visual BrowsingSelect Music in Grid View and iTunes displays your entire music library using cover art. Turn on the Grid View header to select Artists, Albums, Genres, or Composers and iTunes displays music based on your selection. Simply skim across a group to see the albums inside and start playing an album with a single click. Videos, podcasts and audiobooks look great in Grid View, too.
Cover FlowCover Flow displays all the album art in your music collection in one easy-to-navigate interface that mimics a CD collection or jukebox selection. Move between covers using the forward and back arrows or use the slider to browse faster. When you find what you want, double-click the artwork to start playing the album.
Column BrowserView your entire music collection in columns: genres, artists, albums, groupings and composers. Choose as many columns as you like, then browse your music even more easily. You can view the column browser at the top of your iTunes window or along the side.
Unwatched VideosIn Grid View, you’ll know instantly which TV show seasons and podcast subscriptions have unwatched episodes. Look for a blue indicator next to the poster art. Or turn on the Grid View header and select New in Grid View. Then you’ll see only the podcasts and shows you have yet to enjoy.
Genius MixesThe Genius Mixes feature searches your iTunes library to find songs that go great together, then organises them into mixes you’ll love. iTunes creates multiple Genius Mixes automatically. Rearrange and rename the mixes you want to keep and delete the ones you don’t. You’ll find them all under Genius, where you can browse and play one with a click.
SearchThe moment you start typing in the search field, iTunes returns results from your library. Your results narrow as your search term gets more specific.
CompilationsiTunes can keep your soundtracks and other compilations organised. You’ll find each compilation under Compilations (in Grid View) or Various Artists (in the column browser), instead of seeing a separate album for each song by a different artist. You can mark any album as a compilation by choosing Get Info.
Create a PlaylistMake your own mix by creating a playlist of the exact songs you want, in the order you want them. Start by clicking the Add (+) button in the lower-left corner. Give your playlist a name. Then simply drag songs into it. Rearrange the order of songs in your playlist by dragging and dropping.
Smart PlaylistsHave iTunes create a playlist for you based on your desired criteria — like all the rock songs you’ve added to your library in the past month or songs you’ve listened to more than 10 times. You can create many rules for a single Smart Playlist, based on media type, genre and more. iTunes finds the songs, podcasts, or videos that match your rules and creates a playlist that updates itself automatically.
Organise with FoldersAs you accumulate more and more playlists, consider organising them in folders. To create a new folder, choose New Folder from the File menu. Double-click a folder to rename it.
Genius MixesThe Genius Mixes feature searches your iTunes library to find songs that go great together, then organises them into mixes you’ll love. These mixes are like channels programmed entirely with your music. Under Genius, click Genius Mixes. You’ll see Genius Mixes that have been created for you. Click one to play. Rearrange and rename the mixes you want to keep and delete the ones you don’t.
Genius PlaylistsJust select a song, click the Genius button and iTunes makes a playlist of songs from your library that go great together. You decide how many songs appear in your Genius playlist — 25, 50, or 100. Refresh your Genius playlist to get new songs. Or save your Genius playlist so you always have it.
SyncingiTunes is flexible when it comes to syncing media from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and the other way around. You can sync automatically, manually, or by setting simple rules. To sync manually, select the exact items you want to add or remove and drag them to and from your device. Choose specific artists, genres and playlists. Choose a certain movie or TV episode. Or sync using simple rules. For example, sync the two most recent unwatched videos, new TV episodes, or recent podcasts. Individual tabs for podcasts and iTunes U make syncing content a snap. And it’s even easier to manage apps because you can do it in iTunes. Arrange, rearrange, add, or delete apps and Home screens. iTunes automatically syncs your new Home screens with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Organise Your LibraryiTunes gives you the option to reorganise the files in your iTunes Music folder into folders for music, videos, podcasts and more. To organise your library, choose Library from the File menu, then choose Organise Library.
Undo Playlist EditsEver make a playlist edit you wish you hadn’t? Or worse, accidentally delete an entire playlist? You can restore your playlist after accidentally adding, reordering, or deleting an item or list. From the iTunes Edit menu, choose Undo and your playlist will go back to the way it was.
Set Media KindiTunes lets you properly categorize tracks in your library. Say you’re importing a set of language learning discs. If you want iTunes to categorize tracks on those discs as audiobooks, just select the tracks and choose Audiobooks from the Media Kind pop-up menu in the Options pane of Get Info. Now, instead of appearing in your music library, your imported tracks appear in your audiobooks library. You can assign music, audiobooks, iTunes U, or podcasts categories to any audio file. And video files can be categorized as videos, music videos, podcasts, or iTunes U.
Back Up to DiscBack up your iTunes library to CDs or DVDs right in iTunes. From the File menu, choose Library, then Back Up to Disc. You can back up your entire library and playlists, iTunes Store purchases only, or items you haven't yet backed up.
Join CD TracksSome CDs have tracks that play best without any breaks in between — audiobooks on CD and DJ mixes, for example. iTunes lets you combine tracks so they’re imported as one continuous track that suffers no disruption, even in shuffle mode. Just insert the audio CD, select the tracks you want to join (hold down the Shift key to select multiple items) and choose Join CD Tracks from the Advanced menu.
Back Up with Time CapsuleTime Capsule is the ideal peace-of-mind backup solution for your growing iTunes library. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities,1 Time Capsule works with Time Machine in Mac OS X. Designate Time Capsule as the backup drive for Time Machine on all your Mac computers and take comfort in knowing that your iTunes data is backed up automatically and wirelessly.
Get InfoThe Get Info window offers many ways to view and edit the information about your music and video. Select any track in your library, then choose Get Info from the File menu. Or select multiple tracks to edit information for all the tracks at once. Get at-a-glance information in the Summary pane. Change file information and enter comments in Info. Set sort options in Sorting. Adjust playback settings in Options. Enter song lyrics in Lyrics. Add, delete and resize cover art in Artwork.
CD OptionsiTunes gives you choices when you insert a CD. You can either show the CD or begin playing it. You can also choose to import the CD right away, then eject it automatically.
Importing from CDsTo import songs from a CD into iTunes, insert the disc in your computer and click Import CD. iTunes saves music from your CDs as high-quality iTunes Plus files (256-Kbps AAC format). If your songs already exist in digital form on your computer, just drag them into your iTunes library. iTunes also converts unprotected WMA files on your Windows computer to AAC files.
Automatically Adding to iTunesIf you ever need to add new songs or videos to iTunes from another app, you can save them to your Automatically Add to iTunes folder.
Retrieving CD InformationiTunes searches a database to automatically fill in information about each of your CD albums when you import them — song names, album name, artist, genre and so on. All you need is an Internet connection. You can also look up the information later by choosing Get CD Track Names from the Advanced menu. If you want to enter the information yourself, choose Get Info from the File menu.
Encoding Imported MusicWhen you’re importing songs from a CD into iTunes, you can choose whether music is imported in AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, HE-AAC, or WAV format. Access your import settings in the Advanced section of iTunes preferences and choose your audio format, along with bit rates up to 320 Kbps.
Burning a CDSelect a playlist in your library and insert a blank CD or DVD. The Burn Disc button at the bottom right of the iTunes window lets you know it’s time to burn. A quick click and iTunes burns your disc in as little as two minutes.
Burning Audio and MP3 CDsCreate audio CDs for your car or home stereo. Or make MP3 CDs to play on Mac and Windows computers and in MP3-compatible car stereos and CD players.
Burning a BackupUse iTunes to archive your entire music and video library on CDs or DVDs for safekeeping. Choose Library from the File menu, then choose Back Up to Disc. Tell iTunes what you want to back up and insert a disc. iTunes does the thinking for you — just keep feeding it discs till it’s done.
Sharing over a NetworkEnable sharing in iTunes preferences and users on your network can play media from your library through your local network. Choose whether they have access to everything in your library or just specific playlists. Add a password to your shared library for limited access.
Home SharingWith Home Sharing, you can share music, videos, apps and more among up to five authorised computers in your house. To set up your Home Sharing network, just sign in to your iTunes account from each computer you want to add. Then browse all the iTunes libraries on the network and import your favourite. You can also choose to have iTunes automatically import purchases made on any of the computers to your own library.
Crossfade PlaybackDecide how smoothly your songs fade in and out from one track to the next by adjusting Crossfade Playback, located in the Playback pane of iTunes preferences. Choose a fade time between 1 and 12 seconds.
VisualiserVisualiser is a dynamic and mesmerizing visual light show that accompanies your music. It’s located in the View menu. Turn it on and watch light and 3D shapes move to the beat of your music.
Sound CheckSome songs and videos in your iTunes library may play louder than others. Enable Sound Check in the Playback pane of iTunes preferences and everything in your library plays at the same volume.
Classical Music PlaylistIf you’re a fan of classical music, you know that certain works — whether symphonies, concertos, operas, or oratorios — should be played together. iTunes features a Smart Playlist that’s specifically designed for classical music. You’ll see the Composer and Groupings columns for this playlist in the column browser. You can also use iTunes Groupings to specify Works. Choose Get Info from the File menu. Enter the name of the work in the Grouping field and click OK.
iTunes DJThe iTunes DJ feature automatically picks songs from your entire library or from a specific playlist to create an endless mix of music. Review upcoming songs to reorder or remove on the fly, or add songs to the playlist at any time.
Repeat Track or PlaylistThe Repeat button is located in the lower-left corner of the iTunes window. Click it once to repeat playback of a playlist. Click twice to repeat playback of a specific track.
EqualizerEnhance the sound of your music with the iTunes Equalizer. Located in the Window menu, Equalizer includes 22 presets — Rock, R&B and Pop, to name a few. Drag the frequency sliders up and down to adjust a preset or to create your own.
Song OptionsSelect a song in your library and choose Get Info from the File menu. In the Options pane, you’ll find a handful of settings you can apply to just that song. Adjust its volume, assign an equalizer preset, rate it, set the start and stop time. Even tell iTunes to remember the playback position, skip the song in shuffle mode, or include the song as part of a gapless album.
iTunes Mini PlayerTransform your iTunes window into a mini player. From the View menu, you can switch to Mini Player and also return the iTunes window to its full size.
iTunes Taskbar for WindowsMinimise your iTunes window to your taskbar on a PC. You can navigate your music, adjust the volume and more. Just right-click on your taskbar. Choose Toolbars > iTunes > Minimise iTunes.
Control Playback from the DockYou don’t need to be in the iTunes window to use simple playback commands. Right-click or Control-click the iTunes icon in the Dock on a Mac to bring up a contextual menu that lets you pause, skip, mute and more.
Convert a Song to MP3When you import unprotected WMA files or music from CDs, iTunes saves them as higher-quality AAC files. You can convert them to MP3 format in a few clicks: Select the song you want converted, then choose Create MP3 Version from the Advanced menu.
Listen to Streaming RadioClick Radio in your iTunes library and access hundreds of streaming radio stations from 26 different genres. Just double-click a station that interests you and it begins streaming. iTunes includes stations in MP3 and high-quality HE-AAC formats.
Add a StationSay there’s an Internet radio station you love, but it’s not included with iTunes. Choose Open Audio Stream from the Advanced menu to add the station to your library. Paste or enter the station’s URL in the dialog that appears and click OK.
Onscreen ControlsWhile a movie or video is playing, move the pointer to bring up onscreen controls. You can play, pause, scan backward or forward and adjust volume. iTunes lets you navigate through chapters if this option is included in the video or movie.
Alternative AudioSome videos feature alternative audio in other languages. Change the default audio language in the Playback pane of iTunes preferences. Quickly switch the language while your video plays by using the onscreen controls.
Enhanced Screen Reader SupportiTunes includes enhanced screen reader accessibility. With VoiceOver in Mac OS X or Window-Eyes 7.1 or later for Windows XP and Windows Vista, you can browse and play everything in your iTunes library. You can also purchase and download content from the iTunes Store, including iTunes U and create and maintain your iTunes Store account.
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Create an iTunes Store AccountTo purchase items from the iTunes Store, you’ll need an iTunes Store account. Just choose the Create New Account option from the iTunes Store menu, then follow the onscreen instructions.
Wish ListThe iTunes Store features an iTunes wish list. You can add the items you want to your wish list, then purchase them whenever you like. Just click the arrow next to the Buy button on the item you’d like to save for later, and click Add to Wish List.
Check for Available DownloadsiTunes can check for downloads automatically, like those that come with a podcast subscription. Or you can check for downloads whenever you like. For automatic downloads, select “Automatically check for available downloads” in the Store pane of iTunes preferences.
Review PurchasesLiked something you bought from the iTunes Store? Write a review about it. Didn’t like something? Write a review about that, too. First, create a nickname for yourself in your iTunes Store account information. Then click the Write a Review link on the item’s page to leave feedback and a 1- to 5-star rating. Your nickname appears next to your review. You can also rate anything in the iTunes Store right on the product page, without creating a nickname.
Features for Parents
Parental ControlsUse parental controls to restrict your kids from previewing and buying certain content when they visit the iTunes Store. Or disable the iTunes Store entirely, leaving access to iTunes U only. You can also use parental controls to limit playback through sharing and importing through Home Sharing. Click Parental in iTunes preferences to establish your restrictions. Then secure your settings with your administrator password.
One-Click SubscriptionsBrowse podcasts in dozens of categories, complete with descriptive summaries, ratings and reviews and the podcast equivalent of album art. Preview a podcast and if you like it, just click Subscribe.
Automatic Episode DownloadsOnce you subscribe to a podcast, you get the most recent episode — and all future episodes — delivered directly to your iTunes podcast playlist. Download past episodes by clicking the Get button.
Add PodcastsSubscribe to any podcast by dragging its URL into your podcast playlist or by choosing “Subscribe to Podcast” from the Advanced menu and typing the URL.
Podcast SettingsWhen you a find podcast you like, you can choose specific settings to download it. Check for new podcast episodes hourly, daily, weekly, or manually. Automatically download every episode or just the most recent ones. Keep all your episodes, delete them after you play them, or keep a specific number based on release date. To customise your podcast settings, go to Podcasts in the source list and click the Settings button.
For tips on creating and publishing podcasts, visit Podcast Resources