Apple's first slogan for iTunes was "Rip. Mix. Burn." It succinctly listed the three tasks the software performed: rip audio tracks from CDs into MP3s, store them on a computer where users can create their own mixes, and burn them to a CD. Previous articles about iTunes have explored some of the more advanced features of Apple's powerful and complex software, from managing iOS devices and apps to obtaining iTunes University content. iTunes has been around for 10 years, and most long-time Mac users are familiar with using it to manage their music library.
Your iOS device has a built-in app that lets you play music. On the iPhone and iPad, it's called "iPod." On the iPod touch it's called "Music." The app lets you browse songs, albums, artists, create playlists, and more. Even cooler, the Voice Control feature (available for the iPod touch gen 3 and 4 and the iPhone 3GS onward) allows you to play songs by speaking a command like, "Play Artist John Lennon." The following will help you maximize the music capabilities of your device.