A Quick Tour of iTunes (#1401)


Let’s take a tour of iTunes. iTunes is a really big app. It does a lot. So a lot of times people get confused about
what it can do and how to navigate it. So a quick tour may help. The first thing I want to do is look about
iTunes and see that I’m using version 12.6. This is important because iTunes will change
over time. New features are added and old features are
removed. Things like that. So you want to make sure that, if you’re following
this tutorial, that you’re looking at version 12.6 so you see the same thing. Now the main control you’ve got in determining
what it is you’re looking at in iTunes is this pop-up menu right here. This is how you switch between different sections
of iTunes. Each one is almost kind of its own app. So the first one here I’ve got is Music. This is how I view the music in my library. I can view it here using items in the sidebar. So I can look at recently added, look by artist,
look by album, song, genres. Different ways of viewing the same content. Now you also have these buttons here at the
top For You and Browse refer to Apple music. Library refers to the stuff that you’ve got
in your library. So if you’re not using Apple music, Library
is where you’re going to go for actually viewing the stuff that you’ve got. You also have Store over here which goes to
the iTunes Music Store where you can purchase music from Apple. If you switch away from Music you can go to
other subjects that are similar like Movies and TV Shows. These will also show your library, the things
that you’ve got available here, and you have the Store where you can download or, in the
case of movies, rent movies as well. You can view movies by genre as well. So you’ve got that. You can also go to Apps. Now Apps is a little confusing because it
has nothing to do with Mac Apps. iTunes is the way that you connect your iPhone or iPad
to your Mac. Then these apps have to do with apps on that
a device. A lot of us don’t even use this section anymore. You can have a library of all of your apps
backups of them but it’s not really necessary to do this anymore as it was, kind of, in
the early days. But you also can go to the App Store here
which will load in the iOS App Store. So you can kind of review apps available for
your iPhone and iPad here and if you’re still syncing with your Mac and not using iCloud
then you can download them to your Mac first and then move them over to your iPhone or
iPad. But I don’t think most people do this nowadays. So Apps is kind of outdated there. You’ve got Ringtones which you also use to
create ringtones that then get synced to your iOS devices. Then you’ve got other things like Internet
Radio. As a matter of fact you can go to Edit Menu
here and there’s a whole bunch of different things that you can add. For instance, you can go Podcasts, iTunes
U, Audiobooks which are audiobooks that purchased through iTunes, and once you add them all,
they’re all available on this Menu here. So, for instance, I can go over to Podcasts
and here I can search for podcasts, I can download podcasts, things like that. Again, it’s like a whole other app that just
deals with podcasts inside of iTunes. If you think of these each as a different
app, then it makes a lot more sense. So that’s the basics there. You’ve got your Playback control at the top
mostly for music but playback controls for movies will also look similar to that. If we go to Music here also notice that we’ve
got, under the sidebar here, the playlist that you create. People like to create playlists of their music
for different things. Also under Devices you can see My iPad. Next to this pop-up menu here is this little
control because my iPad is connected. It shows a tiny iPad icon. It will show an iPhone icon if my iPhone was
connected. If both were connected it would show both
of them. I can actually click on that and it would
switch to yet another mode for iTunes which shows my iPad. All sorts of different information about it
on the left sidebar and here in the middle I can switch to manually sync things between
my Mac and my iPad or iPhone. Again a lot of people today just use iCloud
like I do and they don’t really even hook up their device to their Mac much anymore. But you can certainly do this for backups. It’s useful to backup locally as well as to
iCloud. So when I switch over here to view my iPad
I’ve got this Backup Now button and it shows me that it has been recently backed up to
iCloud. So I’m good there. But it has been a long time since I’ve backed
up this iPad to this computer. So it might be a good to have a second backup. So I might hit Backup Now to backup the iPad
here. To get out of this mode you can use this Back
button. You’ve got forward and back buttons just like
in the browsers so as you navigate through here, if you’re not sure how to get back to
where you just were, you can use this Back button here. So that’s the basics of navigating around
iTunes. Think of it as a collection of different apps
that has to do with media on your computer and connectivity to your iPhone and iPad. Take the time to explore it because it can
do a lot and it can perform some useful functions for you particularly in playing music, playing
media, renting movies on your Mac, and a few other things like Podcasts and such.

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