iTunes is OS X’s built-in application for managing and playing music and video files, as well as for transferring digital media from a computer to an iPod or iPhone.
Music is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Musicians around the world command high salaries for a reason. Of course, not all musicians rise to fame and many remain playing solely in their garages or parents’ basements. However, musicians who make it, become rich and famous. Music entertains, enlivens, soothes, calms and brings joy to the hearts of many. One of the most sung about subjects is, of course, love.
But closer to the the point of the present short article, there has been tremendous change in the music industry in the last decade. Many remember the famous rock band Metallica filing a lawsuit against illegal download of music. Indeed, the Internet has made it possible for millions of songs worldwide to be downloaded illegally, without any proceeds going to the artist.
Therefore, iTunes is an app developed by Apple, it acts as a media player, a library and an online radio broadcaster. On iTunes, you can buy and download songs legally from artists all over the world. One advantage of iTunes is that you do not need to buy the full album (which you can do, of course), but you can buy only the songs you like. Remember the old times when you had to but the full album just to listen to a single you really liked, without enjoying the twenty or so songs left on the CD? The problem is solved with iTunes, where you choose which songs you like, pay only for them and download them to your iPhone, other Apple mobile device or Mac computer. You can also sync your music libraries.
Today iTunes are also available on Microsoft Windows operated computers. Similarly, iTunes is also used to download and store videos. As mentioned above, iTunes are available on mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Aside from music, users can download television shows, podcasts, ringtones and many other media, although some restrictions apply depending on the country.
iTunes: Radio and Podcasts
To access radio streams, just click the Radon icon in the Source sidebar, but you can also use the podcast option. Unlike most online radio, which is streamed in real time, podcasts are downloadable files ready to listen to. There are many musical podcasts, as well as podcasts that consist of spoken contents.
It’s possible to download an individual podcast directly from the website of whoever produced it, but you can use iTunes to subscribe to podcasts that you are interested in. iTunes will then automatically download any new epsodes of the selected podcast at regular intervals, so you’ll have fresh news, poems, debates, music and much more.
To subscribe, click Podcasts in the Sources sidebar. Then click the Podcast Directory link at the bottom. When you find the podcast you’d like to have, click Subscribe. After that, return to the podcasts icon in the Sources sidebar to find your downloaded shows. Click Settings to choose how you’d like iTunes to deal with old episodes and often iTunes should check for new ones. Unplayed podcast episodes appear in iTunes with a blue dot next to them. The total number of unplayed episodes in your library is displayed in the Sources sidebar.
How to Use an iPod
By default, any iPod will automatically synchronize itself with your iTunes Library, making an exact match of all your songs and playlists whenever you connect.
Automatically update selected: If you connect the iPod and look under the various tabs on the Options panel, you can customize exactly which portions of your iTunes Library you want to be available on your iPod. This is very useful if your iPod has no capacity to hold your entire collection or if you’re using multiple iPods with a single copy of iTunes, etc.
Manually manage music and videos: This option is found within the Summary tab of the iPod Options panel. It allows you to control the contents of your iPod, and you can update the gadget by dragging tracks, playlists, videos, TV shows, genres, albums, etc. From the iTunes Library onto your iPod icon. Note that when you manually manage your iPod, you have to eject it on screen each time you want to physically disconnect it.
Regardless of which syncing option you use, you can copy from iTunes to iPod rather than the other way around. You can also import media from iPod to a Mac with the help of some special software.
Keep in mind that there can be issues related to the distribution of copyrighted materials when using podcasts.
On the historical side of the story, Apple purchased iTunes in 2000. Further, iTunes 1.0 was released at Macworld San Francisco on January 9, 2001. The iTunes Store appeared in April 2003.
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