People are crazy about having a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod and one of the reasons behind this craze is the iTunes! Yes, iTunes supply us a lot of music and is exclusive to the Apple users. Most of us think that iTunes is just for music and it’s not true! We can use it in a variety of ways and you would get surprised using iTunes and the iTunes Store. Read here to know How to Setup and Manage iTunes Allowances for Your Kids.
How to Install iTunes on Mac?
The first step in using iTunes and the iTunes store is to install it on your Mac or other Apple devices. We could not install the iTunes from a CD or from any other removable device rather we should get it from the Apple website.
Go to the Apple iTunes Download page and after entering your email and choosing whether you need newsletters; click the “download” button.
It goes to the default Downloads folder and once done, it automatically starts the installation process. If it does n’t start, then you can initiate it by double-clicking the iTunes.dmg file.
Traverse through the wizard and accept the terms & conditions. Once you reach the “Install” button, just click it.
The next step is to type your Apple email and password and then click “ok”. You can see a progress bar and once it reaches the end point, you are allowed to launch the iTunes.
When you can access the iTunes, it’s time to set up your iTunes account. Just do that to enjoy music on your Apple devices. So using iTunes and the iTunes store starts with the installation and let us see much more about it.
How to Copy Music from CD to iPod or iPhone – Using iTunes and the iTunes Store
The process of copying music from a CD to the iTunes library and, in turn, to the iPod or iPhone is termed as “Ripping”. Before you start ripping, be sure to select the audio format such as MP3 or AAC. Read here to know the In and out of Apple’s streaming music service.
As we discussed above, the first step to rip music is to choose your preferred file format. On your Mac, go to iTunes Menu -> Preferences.
You can notice a bar specifying “When a CD is inserted”. Just choose “Import CD” as the option and enable all the check boxes that you prefer.
The next step is to click the “Import Settings” button and to choose the quality of sound. The recommended one is 256 kbps as it combines a good sound quality and a fair file size.
Now, click “ok” in the Import settings and then click “ok” in the preferences to save the changes. We are done!
How to Create iTunes Playlists?
Using iTunes and the iTunes store is much fun when we can create our own list of songs to be played on our Apple devices. We call the list as iTunes Playlist and here we go to create it.
Open the iTunes and click the Playlist button. Now click the “New” under the “File Menu” and select “Playlist”.
Alternatively, you can also choose “Playlist” by clicking the “+” symbol at the bottom left of the screen. Either way, you can create a new playlist.
How to Add Songs to the Playlist?
We are done with a new Playlist and it’s time to add songs to it. Using iTunes and the iTunes store is not complete until we add songs to it. Read here to know How to create and sync custom ringtones to your iPhone.
The first step is to name your playlist and it is optional! You can also edit the name even afterwards. Just click the Playlist that appears on the left side column or in the right side window. The name becomes editable and you can type your playlist name.
Now you can add songs to the playlist by clicking the “Add To” button.
The music library now appears to its left and you can just drag the required songs to the playlist window on its right. Repeat it until you have added the required songs. Now using iTunes and the iTunes store is almost learned and still, we are going to learn much more, so keep reading.
How to Order Songs in an iTunes Playlist?
You can order the songs in the playlist either manually or by using built-in tools. Let us learn using iTunes and the iTunes store to order songs in both the ways now.
The manual process of ordering the playlist is nothing but dragging & placing the songs in the order in which we want.
The built-in Sort process can use Name, Artist, Time, Ratings, Album, Plays, and Date Added to sort the playlist. To do that you can just click the “Sort By” option and then click the parameter such as name, artist, etc.
When you are done with the ordering, click “Done” to save the changes.
How to Delete an iTunes Playlist?
You can delete a playlist by multiple ways and let us see one-by-one. Read here to know How to Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPad: The Up-to-Date Guide.
Click the name of the playlist that appears on the left side panel to highlight it. Now press “Delete” key from the keyboard.
You can also do a right click on the respective playlist that needs to be deleted. Then choose “delete” from the pop-up menu.
Just highlight the playlist by single-clicking it and go to “EDIT” menu and select “delete”. You are done using iTunes and the iTunes store to delete a playlist.
In all the above ways, you need to give the confirmation via a pop-up window before the actual delete.
How to Backup iTunes?
A backup of your iTunes library is always advisable as it saves your time and money. It is always better than you do the backup on an external hard drive or on cloud storage services.
Choose an external hard drive that is free enough to hold your iTunes library. Plug that into the Mac that has the iTunes library.
The iTunes library generally has three files namely two library files and a media folder. Just consolidate them to a single iTunes media folder and then copy or drag it to the external hard drive.
How to Locate the iTunes Media Folder?
It is important to consolidate our iTunes Media files into a single folder as it simplifies the backup process. Also, it ensures that no files are missed during the backup. Here is how we have simplified using iTunes and the iTunes store and just look at it.
Usually, the iTunes Media folder is in the iTunes folder and sometimes it differs based on the Mac OS. In such a scenario, just go to “Finder” on your Mac and select the username. Then click iTunes.
If you could locate the iTunes Media folder, then it’s good. Otherwise just go to iTunes -> Preferences.
Now click the Advanced Tab. You can note the phrase “iTunes Media Folder Location” under which a path is also specified. Make a note of it and you have found the location.
Enable the check-box named “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” and then click “ok”.
Before copying or dragging the iTunes Media folder to the external hard drive, you should consolidate all your files to the same folder and here is how you can do it.
How to Consolidate the iTunes Library?
In the iTunes, go to File Menu -> Library -> Organize Library.
Now a window pops up. Enable the option “Consolidate Files”.
If you wish to reorganize the files in the iTunes folder, then enable that as well. If was already reorganized, then it appears grey & disabled. Now click “ok”.
The only problem here while using iTunes and the iTunes store for consolidation is that you may end up with duplicate files. Once your backup is done, you need to delete it to save some space. Read here to know How to Free Storage on Mac.
What is iCloud and the iTunes Match?
iCloud is a web-based centralized service to store your files and you can synchronize contents of all of your Apple devices here. By default, an iCloud account is assigned with a 5GB of data excluding the music, books, or photos. The iTunes Match is a part of iCloud Suite and here you are uploading your entire iTunes library to it. So every time when you add songs to the iTunes playlist, you need not sync with the iCloud. Instead, you can add songs from the iTunes through the iTunes Match. With iTunes Match, the Apple has taken a step further for using iTunes and the iTunes store in a more smart manner!
Conclusion- Everything You Need to Know about Using iTunes and the iTunes Store
Getting a Mac or an iPhone is simpler but using it is sometimes tougher! But with this article, using iTunes and the iTunes Store is made simpler and it is the most required part of any Apple device. Be smart and start using your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod like a pro and you would realize the difference!