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Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ

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Take your iTunes know-how past 11 to 12!

Updated August 7, 2016

Befuddled by Apple Music? Want to find the best view for listening to your albums? Hoping to make playlists to transfer to your iPhone? Wish you could organize your podcasts? Wondering what the difference is between loves and stars? In this FAQ-style ebook, Kirk McElhearn (author of "The iTunes Guy" column at Macworld) explains not only how the iTunes features work, but how normal people can make iTunes do what they want.

Relying on an easily browsed question-and-answer approach, Kirk shares his love of music and helps you understand the process of bringing media into iTunes, tagging it, adding album artwork, organizing it into playlists, and transferring it to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod.

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Find answers to questions about how to:

Play: Learn the basics of playing audio and video, and start making quick playlists with Genius and Up Next.

Rip: Add content to iTunes with detailed steps for "ripping" music CDs and audiobooks. (If you want to rip audiobooks so they play nicely from iTunes, don't miss this chapter!) Also, find general advice for ripping video DVDs and learn which file formats work in iTunes.

Buy: Find tips on shopping in the iTunes Store, and get advice on sharing your purchases with family members and among your various Apple devices.

Tag: Kirk describes himself as "tag obsessed." If that description fits you, or if you just want to take control of your tags, this chapter is for you. Tags are descriptive bits of information -- known to geeks as "metadata" -- that describe your media. You can sort and filter based on tags, giving you myriad ways to manipulate your media. Learn which tags to bother changing, how to work with the Love tag, how to add lyrics and album art, and more.

View: iTunes has more views than flavors of ice cream at the corner grocery. Get the scoop on how to switch between views, where your album art is (or is not), and so forth.

Organize: Make a simple playlist of romantic songs, workout songs, Apple Watch songs, or whatever theme you like. Also, create smart playlists that, for example, comprise only your 5-star faves (or Loves!) or tunes you haven't heard recently. You'll also find help with operational issues like dealing with a huge library, multiple libraries, and where iTunes puts your media files.

Search: Find media in iTunes, plus learn tricks for narrowing a search and for locating duplicates.

Sync: You've put all your media in iTunes... now, how do you transfer it to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? This chapter considers many different user scenarios and has help for people who have too much music. It also notes options for playing media through a second-, third-, or fourth-generation Apple TV.

Cloud: What exactly comprises an iCloud Music Library? How do Apple Music and iTunes Match figure out whether your music matches tracks in the Apple Music Library? What is Beats 1? Kirk answers these questions and more.

Share: Find answers to questions about sharing iTunes library media with others, primarily through Home Sharing on a local network.

Burn and Print: Learn how to copy music from iTunes to a CD. Also, get directions for printing a song list, for example, to include in the jewel case of said CD.

Back Up: This short chapter has tips and inspiration for backing up your (potentially irreplaceable) iTunes media.

Extend with AppleScript: Mac users can make iTunes do more with AppleScript. Learn about key AppleScripts that you can download to make iTunes jump through even more hoops.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. Links
    4. What’s New in This Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. iTunes Quick Start
  4. Play
    1. Play Topics
    2. How Do I Start Playing Music?
    3. How Do I Play CDs?
    4. Do I Have to Play a CD in Order?
    5. How Can I See Just Playback Controls?
    6. How Can I Shuffle My Music?
    7. Can I Shuffle Albums?
    8. Can My Mac Tell Me What I’m Hearing?
    9. What Is Genius?
    10. How Do I Turn On Genius?
    11. How Do I Create a Genius Playlist?
    12. How Do I Play Genius Mixes?
    13. What Is Genius Shuffle?
    14. How Do I Replay a Recent Song?
    15. How Do I Use Up Next?
    16. How Do I Make My Music Sound Better?
    17. Can I Play Media over a Network?
    18. How Do I Control iTunes Remotely?
    19. How Do I Display Eye Candy While Listening to Music?
    20. Is There Anything Special to Know about Listening to Audiobooks?
    21. How Do I Watch Videos in iTunes?
  5. Rip
    1. Rip Topics
    2. How Should I Rip My CDs?
    3. Which Compression Format Should I Use to Rip CDs?
    4. Which Bit Rate Should I Use to Rip CDs?
    5. What Other Settings Are Important When Ripping CDs?
    6. How Do I Rip a Music CD?
    7. How Do I Rip an Audiobook CD?
    8. How Do I Convert Audio Files to a Different Format?
    9. How Do I Rip Videos to Use in iTunes?
    10. Why Can’t I Sync My Video to My iOS Device?
    11. Can I Rip Just the Music from a Concert DVD?
  6. Buy
    1. Buy Topics
    2. Which iTunes Store Content Has DRM?
    3. How Can I Share My iTunes Store Content with Family Members?
    4. How Do I Authorize and Deauthorize My Computer for iTunes Store Purchases?
    5. How Many iOS Devices Can Log In to My iTunes Store Account?
    6. How Do I Manage Which iOS Devices Share My iTunes Store Account?
    7. Where Are My iTunes Store Purchases?
    8. Why Buy Music If I Have an Apple Music Subscription?
    9. How Do I Shop in the iTunes Store?
    10. How Can My iTunes Store Purchases Automatically Download?
    11. How Do I Use the iTunes Store Efficiently?
    12. How Do I Use the iTunes Store Wish List?
    13. How Do I Add Digital Files I Already Own to iTunes?
    14. Where Can I Find Podcasts?
    15. Can I Get Smarter with the iTunes Store?
  7. Tag
    1. Tag Topics
    2. What Are Tags?
    3. Where Is Tag Information Stored?
    4. Which Tags Are Important?
    5. How Do I Add or Change Tags?
    6. Which Tags Should I Add or Change?
    7. How Do I Put Files in the Correct Library?
    8. How Do I Add Lyrics to My Tracks?
    9. How Do I Add Album Art?
    10. How Do I Rate Songs?
    11. What Are Plays and Skips?
    12. How Do I Reset My Plays or Skips?
  8. View
    1. View Topics
    2. How Can I View My Files in iTunes?
    3. What Are Those Buttons in the Middle of the Navigation Bar?
    4. How Can I View My Music Library?
    5. How Do the Podcast Library Views Work?
    6. How Do I Show Columns in List Views?
    7. What Can I Do with Contextual Menus?
  9. Organize
    1. Organize Topics
    2. A Word of Wisdom…
    3. How Do I Make a Standard Playlist?
    4. How Can I Share Playlists?
    5. What Can I Do with a Playlist?
    6. What Are Smart Playlists?
    7. How Do I Create a Smart Playlist?
    8. What Interesting Things Can I Do with Smart Playlists?
    9. Do Smart Playlists Slow Down iTunes?
    10. How Can I Organize My Playlists?
    11. How Do I Delete Songs from My Library?
    12. How Does iTunes Organize My Files?
    13. Where Have My Ebooks Gone?
    14. Where Can I Put My Media If I Run Out of Room on My Computer?
    15. How Do I Move an iTunes Library from a Windows PC to a Mac?
    16. What’s the Best Way to Deal with My Huge Music Library?
    17. Can I Have More than One iTunes Library on My Computer?
    18. How Do I Sample or Subscribe to a Podcast?
    19. How Do I Manage Podcasts?
    20. What Are Podcast Stations?
  10. Search
    1. Search Topics
    2. How Do I Search in My Library?
    3. How Do I Search from the MiniPlayer?
    4. Can I Search by Star Rating?
    5. How Do I Find Duplicates in My Library?
  11. Sync
    1. Sync Topics
    2. What Should I Sync to My iOS Device?
    3. How Do I Choose What to Sync?
    4. How Do I Sync This Ebook?
    5. How Do I Squeeze as Much Music as Possible on My iOS Device?
    6. Can I Have iTunes Fill My iOS Device?
    7. How Can Multiple People Sync iOS Devices with the Same Computer?
    8. How Do I Put Music on an Apple Watch?
    9. What about Syncing an Apple TV?
    10. Are There Special Features for Syncing an iPod shuffle?
  12. Cloud
    1. Cloud Topics
    2. What Cloud Services Does iTunes Use?
    3. How Do I Re-download iTunes Store Content?
    4. How Can I Hide Content I’ve Purchased from the iTunes Store?
    5. How Do I Turn On iCloud Music Library?
    6. How Can I Tell If My Media Is in the Cloud?
    7. What Is Apple Music?
    8. Does Apple Music Match My Music?
    9. How Do I Turn on Apple Music?
    10. How Do I Personalize For You?
    11. How Can I Discover Music on Apple Music?
    12. How Do I Love Music in Apple Music?
    13. How Do I Tell Apple Music That I Don’t Like Something?
    14. How Do I Stream Music I Choose with Apple Music?
    15. How Do I Add Music from Apple Music to My iTunes Library?
    16. How Do I Download Music for Offline Listening?
    17. How Can I Listen to Apple Music Radio?
    18. What about Internet Radio?
    19. How Do I Use Connect?
    20. What Is iTunes Match?
    21. What Do iTunes Match and Apple Music Do with Music in Apple Lossless, AIFF, or WAV Format?
    22. How Do I Start Using iTunes Match?
    23. How Do I Play Music in iTunes Match?
    24. How Do I Manage My Music Library with iTunes Match?
    25. What Should I Expect If I Turn Off iTunes Match?
    26. Is iTunes Match Perfect?
    27. Can I Use iTunes Match or Apple Music to “Upgrade” My Music?
    28. Can More Than One Person Share an Apple Music or iTunes Match Account?
    29. What Do the iCloud Music Library Status Labels Mean?
  13. Share
    1. Share Topics
    2. How Do I Share My iTunes Library over a Network?
    3. How Do I Access Someone Else’s iTunes Library?
    4. How Do I Create a Music Server and Share It with iTunes Library Sharing?
    5. Can You Tell Me More about iTunes Library Sharing?
    6. How Do I Copy Media from One iTunes Library to Another?
  14. Burn
    1. Burn Topics
    2. How Do I Burn CDs of My Music?
    3. What Music Won’t Burn?
    4. Can I Burn DVDs of Videos?
  15. Print
    1. Print Topics
    2. Why Would I Want to Print from iTunes?
    3. What Can I Print with iTunes?
  16. Back Up
    1. What’s the Best Way to Back Up Media Files?
  17. Bonus: Extend iTunes with AppleScripts
    1. Bonus Topics
    2. What Are AppleScripts?
    3. Where Do I Get AppleScripts?
    4. What Can I Do with AppleScripts?
    5. What If I Use Windows? How Can I Do All These Great Things?
  18. Learn More
  19. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  20. Copyright and Fine Print
  21. Equinux Coupon
  22. Rogue Amoeba Coupon