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10 Tips That Let You Take Control of iTunes

iTunes 10 does so much—acquire a multitude of content, organize and play back content, sync content with a variety of devices… just for a start—that a "best tips" list could stretch into the hundreds. This article tries to strike a balance between basic and advanced tips while covering a variety of different functions. My hope is that everyone will find something useful.

An overview of iTunes main window

iTunesTip4aBefore diving in, let's start with an overview of a few of the major areas in iTunes that we will refer to. The Header bar at the top contains 5 control areas.


How do I use Safari’s AutoFill feature?

Apple includes an AutoFill feature in all iOS devices that uses information from Contacts and remembers usernames and passwords. Here's how to turn it on and use it:

Turn on AutoFill:

  1. Open Settings and tap on Safari >AutoFill.

  2. Slide the Use Contact Info switch to the ON position. This tells your device to fetch data from your own entry in your Contacts list. For example, if there's a form requiring your name, AutoFill will enter your name.
  3. Slide the Names and Passwords switch to the ON position.


How do I copy an embedded link address?

You can copy a link embedded in a Web page to your clipboard and then paste it into a text message, e-mail, or document. Here's how you do it:

  1. Copy embedded link addressOpen Safari, browse to the desire page, and find the embedded link.


How do I download music to my device?

Before you can enjoy the music on your iOS device, you have to put some on it. Here's how you download music to your device:

Purchase music through your iOS device:

  1. Download Songs on iTunes appOpen iTunes on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  2. Tap on Music.
  3. Choose a song or songs by browsing through the New Releases, Top Tens, and Genres. You can also tap on the search bar to look for a specific song or artists.

  4. Tap on the price to make the Buy Now command appear.
  5. Tap on Buy Now, and enter your Apple username and password when prompted.


How to transfer your iTunes library to a different computer

You've just bought a shiny new computer, and you want your iTunes library on it. Migrating your iTunes library from your old computer to your new one can be a little tricky. Here is the best way I've found:

  1. Transfer iTunes Library to Another ComputerOpen Edit>Preferences.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab, and select "Keep iTunes Media folder organized." This will organize your media files into Album and Artist folders and name the files based on disc number, track number, and song title.
  3. Open File>Library>Organize Library and select Consolidate Files.


How do I transfer music I didn't purchase through iTunes?

If you've downloaded music from another source or ripped it from a CD you own, you can transfer it to iTunes in a couple of ways.

Transfer it using iTunes:

This is described thoroughly in "Importing existing music into iTunes" (page 68).

Use a third-party program to transfer music:

A number of third-party computer programs let you do this. Check out the following:

  • PhoneView (Mac only, $19.95, ecamm.com/mac/phoneview): This program replaces iTunes as a music player and media transfer system.


How do I upload music from my device to iTunes?

You may have purchased music directly from your device and want to integrate it into the iTunes library on your Mac or PC. This is easy to do, using the iTunes syncing feature: ?

  1. Sync SongsConnect your iOS device to the computer using the USB sync cable. iTunes should open automatically, sync with your device, and transfer the songs on your device into iTunes. If it doesn't, continue with these steps.


iTunes Introduction

iTunes can be a source of frustration for some iOS users. Apple is so determined to keep pirated content from circulating freely, that they've made simple actions, such as transferring music you didn't purchase through iTunes, into a complicated affair. Here some basic ways to avoid iTunes frustration.


How do I get started with iTunes?

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Sooner or later you’re going to have to get familiar with iTunes. Your iOS device depends heavily on it for backing up media, downloading apps and music, organizing folders, and more. To work with iTunes, your Mac should be running OX 10.5.8 or later, and your PC should be running Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Your computer must also carry a USB 2.0 port.


How do I download an app?

iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

AppStoreYou can download apps through iTunes on your computer or through the App Store app on your device. Apple's App Store has an impressive array of apps ranging from popular games and productivity enhancers, to language guides and barcode scanners. Most apps cost between $0.99 and $10, but there are quite a few free apps and a small number that are quite expensive.


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