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iPOD & ITUNES for Dummies Portable Edition by Tony Bove

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Chapter 4

Searching, Browsing, and Sorting in iTunes

In This Chapter

  • Browsing your iTunes library
  • Changing options for viewing your content
  • Sorting content by view options
  • Searching for content in the library

You rip a few CDs, buy some songs and movies from the iTunes Store, and you're hooked. You keep adding more and more content to your library and forget how to find items you added last month. It's time to discover how to organize your content and navigate your iTunes library.

The iTunes library can hold an unlimited number of files, depending on how much space you have on your hard drive. But even if you keep your iTunes library down to the size of what fits on your iPod or iPhone, you still have a formidable collection at your fingertips. If your content collection is getting large, organize it to make finding songs, audio books, podcasts, and videos easier. After all, finding U2's “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For” is a challenge, even in a library that fits on an 8GB iPod nano.

This chapter shows you how to search, browse, and sort your iTunes library. You can find any content item in seconds. You can also change the viewing options to make your library's display more useful, such as displaying songs sorted by artist, album, genre, or other attributes, or sorting TV shows by season or episode.

Browsing by Artist, Album, and Cover

The iTunes window provides you with the List pane running down its right side and the Source pane on the left side The List pane ...

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