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How to Enjoy Music More With Your iOS Device

Whether you are a sophisticated musical aficionado or a novice, you have some significant audio power in your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Of course, I'm not talking about the ghastly built-in speakers or earphones that come with the iPhone and iPod, though that might suffice for some uses. You'll have to buy a pair of earphones for the iPad anyway (buying better ones for the iPhone/iPod is also recommended). However, in addition to good headphones, there are several ways you can liberate music from your device and improve your listening experience.


How do I customize iPod/Music audio settings?

The iPod/Music apps have a few features you can customize. To see these, open Settings >iPod on your iPhone or iPad, or Settings >Music on your iPod touch. Here's what you can do:

  • Audio SettingsShake to Shuffle: (iPhone and iPod touch only): As covered earlier, this feature uses the device's motion sensor to switch songs randomly every time you shake it. You can turn the feature ON and OFF from here.
  • Sound Check: Since every music track is recorded at different sound levels, this feature lets you play all tracks at the same base sound level.


How do I create a Genius playlist?

The Genius feature "listens" to the music you're playing and finds similar songs and artists from your music library or from the iTunes store. You can create a quick Genius playlist from the songs currently on your iOS device. Here's how:

  1. Make sure Genius is turned on in iTunes on your Mac or PC. (To do this, open iTunes, click on Genus in the left column, and follow the screen prompts. When finished, sync your iOS device.
  2. Open the iPod app (or the Music app on the iPod touch).
  3. Tap on Genius Playlist (or the Genius icon in the lower left corner of your iPad screen).
  4. Tap on the song you want to base your music preference on.

  5. On the iPad, the Genius playlist will be displayed after a few seconds.


How do I create a playlist on my iOS device?

New PlaylistUsually, you create playlists in iTunes on your Mac or PC and then sync them over to your iOS device. However, you can also create them on your device. Here's how you do it:

Create a playlist:

  1. Open the iPod app (or the Music app on the iPod touch).
  2. Tap on the Playlist icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.


How do I answer incoming calls while listening to music on a headset?

headphone mic buttonIf you're listening to music and a call comes in, your iPhone will automatically pause the music to let you answer the call. The headset that came with your iPhone has built-in features to help you deal with calls. Here's what you can do:

  • To answer a call: Press and release the mic button located on the headset cord.
  • To decline a call: Press and hold the mic button for a couple of seconds and then release.


How do I turn off the Shake to Shuffle feature?

Shake to ShuffleYour device has a neat feature that lets you switch to a randomly selected song when you shake it. However, if you're going for a jog, you could end up changing songs with every step you take. Here's how to turn off the Shake to Shuffle feature:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on iPod (or the Music app on the iPod touch).
3.) Slide the Shake to Shuffle feature to the OFF position.

Turn the Shake to Shuffle feature off if you're going for a jog with your device.


How do I control music playback using voice commands?

iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch gen 3 and 4

Voice ControlYou can control your iPod app (or the Music app on the iPod touch) with the sound of your voice. Simply press and hold down the Home button until the Voice Control screen appears and you hear a beep. Note that Voice Control works best when you speak clearly and have brief pauses between the words you speak.


How do I rate my iTunes songs?

You can rate the music on your device from iTunes on your computer or from the iPod or Music apps on your device. Here's how you do it:

From iTunes on your computer:

  1. Open iTunes and go to your music list.

  2. Right click on the song you want to rate.
  3. Select Rating from the drop-down menu and then select the star rating from the pop-up.


How do I create a custom iPod menu bar?

The iPod app on the iPhone comes with five default browse buttons in the menu bar at the bottom of the display. Playlists, Artists, Songs, Videos, and More. On the iPod touch, these functions are divided between two apps: Videos and Music. The Music app has the similar default browse buttons, except that the Videos button is replaced with Albums.


How do I get audio accessories?

Works With iPhone logoMade For iPod logoA variety of audio accessories are available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Unfortunately, figuring out what is compatible, of good quality, and worth your money can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you're looking for an audio accessory:

  • Compatibility: Some iPod touch accessories may not work with the iPhone, and vice versa.


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