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iTunes in depth (Part 1)

iTunes is one of the heaviest and most restrictive players out there, but it’s also one of the most complete, allowing us to do much more than just sync our iDevice . Join us in these two articles to learn more about it.

Many consider iTunes to be one of the most restrictive media players in terms of the music and video formats it supports, and too heavy for the “little” it can do. However, we have to say that it is also one of the most complete . Among its extra options are the generation of smart playlists , Genius and Ping, a social network dedicated solely to music. In this article we’ll take a look at all the features of iTunes. Let’s get started.

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iTunes in depth (Part 1)
iTunes in depth (Part 1)

If this is your first time with iTunes, you’ll have to work hard to complete your own music library. To do so, you can purchase music from the iTunes Store (accessible from the left column of the application, under the iTunes Store option) or you can import the tracks from your audio CDs . To make the process less tedious, we recommend that you check the always import option so that every time you insert an audio CD from your drive, its tracks are automatically added.

Movies on iTunes Store

It may not have the most complete movie section, but the iTunes store offers prices ranging from 0.99 (rental) to 9.99 euros (sale), in standard or HD qualities . In addition, since a few months ago we also have the option of to see the extras that would appear on any DVD when buying some movies . If you are looking for free content, you will only have access to trailers, although it is better to watch them in streaming via the internet: they take too long to download and are not worth having on your computer.

Podcast subscription

In the top menu of the iTunes Store we have the Podcast tab. When you select a particular Podcast, you can download it by clicking the free button to the right. If it’s a channel, we can subscribe to it to receive only its future materials by clicking on the “subscribe for free” button that appears just below the Podcast image.

Application Management

The Applications option on the left side of iTunes is merely informative since only the applications that we have downloaded to our computer appear there. However, when we enter the iTunes Store and click on the App Store tab we enter the largest mobile app store (and the pride of Apple) where we even have a section for to find all the apps and books we’ve bought since the start of our iTunes account.

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From this menu we synchronise our computer data with our iDevice and vice versa , allowing us to even put files into some programs or listen to the music on our device without having to download it to the computer , by accessing the menu on the left of iTunes underneath our device (by clicking on the small arrow to the left of the device name) and selecting on any song. It also allows us to organize our icons inside the device and place them in the order we want or uninstall those applications that do not interest us.

Sharing at home

One of the most important limitations (and a source of complaint for many, though not for the music industry) is the sharing of our audio tracks. We can only use our music with our iTunes account , and this only allows us to use 5 computers, including our mobile devices (unless we use third-party applications that allow us to “pull” music from our devices in order to share it). In any case, if we want to share our music we only have to go to the top menu of iTunes and in Advanced look for the option “Enable home sharing” . Once this is done, we will have to enter our Apple ID. Then, on the rest of our computers and devices, using the same ID we can have our audio tracks.

That’s all for the moment. In the next article we’ll talk about the two most unknown iTunes options, Genius and Ping. We hope to see you

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