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The Ultimate Digital Music Guide: The Best Way to Store, Organize, and Play Digital Music

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EverythingYou Need to Know about Digital Music!

Your hard-core, up-to-the-minute, how-to guide

Download, rip, store, organize, play, stream–anything, anywhere

Seriously into digital music? Best-selling how-to author, serious audiophile, and eclectic music-lover Michael Miller will help you get all the digital tunes you want, whenever and wherever you want them! Miller guides you through today’s best new options, from iTunes to Spotify…helps you make the most of social music, Internet radio, and cloud music services…even shows how to transform your home into a digital music paradise. This book is packed with practical answers, easy step-by-step instructions, insider tips, great ideas, and new music sources you never knew existed!

For everyone who’s passionate about music!

      •     Discover brand-new digital music services, sites, and devices that fit your lifestyle

      •     Find great new music on iTunes, Amazon, and sites you’ve never heard of

      •     Get the truth about piracy, file sharing, and copyright

      •     Find huge amounts of legally free music

      •     Rip, store, and organize: Build your perfect music library

      •     Determine the best audio file format and compression rate for your collection

      •     Create simply amazing playlists

      •     Stream songs anywhere, with Spotify, Pandora, Internet radio, and the cloud

      •     Get great sound from your iPod or iPhone on your home audio system

      •     Build a whole-house digital audio system, the easy way

      •     Choose your best next media player (Apple or otherwise)

      •     Find and share tunes on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and beyond

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Table of Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. Dedication
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. We Want to Hear from You!
  9. Reader Services
  10. Introduction
  11. Part I: Understanding Digital Music
    1. Chapter 1. The History of Music Distribution—From Piano Rolls to iTunes
    2. Chapter 2. Exploring the Different Ways to Listen to Music Today
    3. Chapter 3. How Digital Music Works
    4. Chapter 4. Understanding Digital Audio File Formats
    5. Chapter 5. Understanding Copyright, Piracy, and Other Legal Issues
    6. Chapter 6. Understanding DRM
  12. Part II: Downloading Music
    1. Chapter 7. Understanding Music Downloading
    2. Chapter 8. Downloading Music from the iTunes Store
    3. Chapter 9. Downloading Music from the Amazon MP3 Store
    4. Chapter 10. Downloading Music from Other Online Music Stores
    5. Chapter 11. Finding Free Music to Download
    6. Chapter 12. Downloading Music from P2P File-Sharing Sites
  13. Part III: Managing Your Music
    1. Chapter 13. Storing Your Digital Music
    2. Chapter 14. Organizing Your Digital Music Collection
    3. Chapter 15. Finding and Downloading Cover Art
    4. Chapter 16. Creating the Perfect Playlist
  14. Part IV: Streaming Music
    1. Chapter 17. Understanding Streaming Music
    2. Chapter 18. Listening to Music with Spotify
    3. Chapter 19. Listening to Music with Other Streaming Music Services
    4. Chapter 20. Accessing Your Music in the Cloud
    5. Chapter 21. Listening to Internet Radio
  15. Part V: Playing Your Music—At Home
    1. Chapter 22. Understanding Home Digital Music Playback
    2. Chapter 23. Ripping Your Physical Music Collection
    3. Chapter 24. Playing Digital Music on Your Computer
    4. Chapter 25. Playing Digital Music on a Home Media Player
    5. Chapter 26. Building a Whole House Digital Audio System
  16. Part VI: Playing Your Music—On the Go
    1. Chapter 27. Playing Music on a Portable Music Player or Smartphone
    2. Chapter 28. Listening to Streaming Music on a Portable Music Player or Smartphone
    3. Chapter 29. Playing Your Portable Music in the Living Room
  17. Part VII: Sharing Your Music
    1. Chapter 30. Burning Your Music to a CD or USB Drive
    2. Chapter 31. Sharing Your Music Over a Network or Online
    3. Chapter 32. Sharing Your Music—Socially
  18. Part VIII: Discovering New Music
    1. Chapter 33. Discovering New Music with and Pandora Radio
    2. Chapter 34. Discovering New Music in the Amazon and iTunes Stores
    3. Chapter 35. Discovering New Music via Social Media
    4. Chapter 36. Exploring the Best Music Review Sites and Blogs
  19. Index