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Adding

Music to

iTunes

Table of Contents

6 Mastering the

iTunes Store

Learn the basics

of using the iTunes

Store including the skinny on what DRM really is and

how it could affect your purchasing decisions.

12 Ripping CDs the Smart Way

Before you can enjoy your digital music library, you

have to get the songs into iTunes. Whether you’re still

buying CDs or just want to digitize your old collection,

follow these simple instructions for ripping the

highest quality files and choosing the best file format

for your setup.

17 Digitizing Old Cassettes and LPs

Don’t just leave your mix tapes and record collections

warping in the attic; dust them off and give them a

second life on your iPod.

21 Discovering New Music

Stuck in a rut? Freshen up your library with new

music. We cover some of the best options for finding

new tunes including social networking sites, podcasts,

and free MP3s.

23 Importing Audiobooks

If you’d rather listen to the latest best seller, this section

has everything you need to know to download,

format, and enjoy audiobooks on your iPod or iPhone.

Getting

Video

26 Get Video

from iTunes

Apple makes it

easy to buy or rent

videos with the

iTunes Store. We’ll help you get your bearings, master

the pricing structure, and play videos on your iPod,

iPhone, and computer.

30 Apple TV Content

Buy, rent, or convert videos and use the Apple TV

to watch them as the studios intended, from your

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couch. All you need is this quick tutorial and some

popcorn.

33 Converting Video

Turn DVDs and movies already on your hard drive

into iPhone-ready files with the step-by-step instructions

in this section.

37 Beyond iTunes

The Web is brimming with alternative, legal, and even

free sources for downloading and streaming your

favorite TV shows and movies.

Staying

Organized

in iTunes

40 Setting Up

and Navigating

the iTunes

Library

The first step in organizing your media library is having

a strategy for where and how to store your audio

and video files. Following these tips will make getting

around a snap and help you tame an overflowing

hard drive.

44 Adding Tags

Under iTunes’ surface lies a powerful tool for organizing

your digital media. It’s called a tag. We explain

how to add tags and increase your library sorting

power.

48 Finding Album Art

The cherry on the top of any good music collection is

attractive art. However, files you rip or download from

other sources often don’t include this feature. Learn

how to find, add, and flip through the album covers in

your library.

51 Singing Along with Lyrics

Liner notes are dead. Long live liner notes! We’ll show

you how to find and fill out your song information with

lyrics.

53 Taming a Large Library with

Smart Playlists

The larger your collection, the harder it can be to

keep organized. Luckily, smart playlists can bring

order to the chaos. Build your own or use one of our

handy templates.


59 Working with Podcasts

Do more than just subscribe to a podcast—tweak its

preferences, see hidden info, and share it with others.

Managing

Devices

62 Syncing

iPods and

iPhones

Move music, videos,

and podcasts from

your computer to

your iPod or iPhone and then back again with these

syncing basics.

66 Syncing the Apple TV

Bring your Apple TV and computer in sync. Choose

exactly which content you want and see what formats

are Apple TV-friendly.

67 Handling Multiple Devices

What if you have one library but multiple devices to

load it on? With these instructions, moving protected

media between your iPod, iPhone, computer, and

Apple TV is a breeze.

70 Extending Your Battery’s Life

Wring more power out of iPods and iPhones by following

these simple rules. For devices already losing

their charge, we’ll tell you how to get a new battery

on the cheap.

Trouble-

shooting

Media

Problems

74 Taming

iTunes

Before you get flustered

by missing files, denied access, absent audio,

or other glitches, check out this section on common

iTunes issues.

81 Soothing a Troubled iPod, iPhone,

or Apple TV

Are your devices acting up? Before taking your iPod,

iPhone, or Apple TV to the Genius Bar, try fixing what

ails it with our easy-to-follow advice.

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Finding

the Best

Acces-

sories

86 Cases

iPhones and iPods

are beautiful

devices, but they’re still prone to drops and scratches.

Protect your iPhone or iPod with one of our

favorite cases.

88 Headphones

Apple’s earbuds are serviceable, but if you really want

to take your audio to the next level, try upgrading to a

set of these high-quality headphones.

90 Car Accessories

Take your tunes on the road with these FM transmitters,

power adapters, and cassette adapters.

91 Speakers

Whether you’re on the go, in your living room, or at

your desk, one of these sweet speaker systems is the

perfect choice for pumping up the volume.

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Adding Music to iTunes

The Best ways to digitize records, Find the latest hits, and rip cds

T

hanks to iTunes, our music collections have never

sounded so sweet. apple’s powerful digital jukebox

puts your entire music collection at your fingertips and

lets you create custom mixes of your favorite tunes.

But before you can take advantage of all that a digital music

collection has to offer, you’ll need to convert your old music—

including cds, tapes, and old records—into a format iTunes

understands. The choices you make here will affect not just how

your music sounds, but also how you use it and how much room

it takes up on your ipod and your computer’s hard drive. we’ll

show you which settings to use for the best results and how to

build a library that will grow with you over time.

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Table of conTenTs

6 Mastering the iTunes store

12 ripping cds the smart way

17 digitizing old cassettes and

lps

21 discovering New Music

23 importing audiobooks


Adding Music to itunes

Mastering the iTunes Store

W

hen you’re in the mood for something new,

one of the first places to stop is the iTunes

store, where you can browse albums,

purchase songs à la carte, and even write reviews. To

access the store, open iTunes and click on the iTunes

store entry in the source list (you must have an

Internet connection). The store is a great way to

discover new music, rediscover old favorites, and

keep track of beloved artists.

Finding New Tunes

With all that music for sale—not to mention TV

shows, movies, games, podcasts, and more—the

iTunes store can feel overwhelming at times. Here are

some tips for tracking down your favorite tunes

without getting lost.

ThiS JuST iN If the song you’re looking for came

out fairly recently, you may find it in the new Releases

section A within the Music tab in the top center of

the store’s front page (see “Inside the iTunes store”).

To see a complete list of new releases, click on the

see all B button.

b

c d

a

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Follow Your Mood If you know what type of

music you’re interested in, you can peruse just that

category by clicking on the Genres pull-down menu

C next to the Music entry in the iTunes store column.

If you find a genre a little too broad, you can further

narrow your search by clicking on browse D, choosing

Music from the leftmost column, and selecting

your genre from the Genre column. a list of subgenres

will appear in the next column. for example,

click on alternative to restrict your search to just

Grunge or college Rock.

Follow ThAT SoNg click on a song title, album

title, or album cover, and you’ll jump to a page

devoted to that album. If you’re interested in the artist

but not in that particular album, click on the artist’s

name. iTunes will take you to a page devoted to

works by that artist. artist pages are an excellent

resource for finding lesser-known works by a favorite

artist. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified

whenever something new by that artist comes out.

Want to know which albums sold the most copies?

change the sort by menu to best-sellers.

inside the iTunes

Store The home page of the

iTunes store gives you quick

access to the latest releases,

the biggest hits, and

recommendations.


Needle iN A hAYSTAck If you have something

specific in mind, you can type your query into the

search bar at the top of the window to track it down.

To limit your search to a particular type of content,

click on the all Results pull-down menu in the top-left

corner of the search results page and select the

appropriate entry. by clicking on Music, for example,

you can restrict the search to songs, albums, and

music videos.

still having trouble finding what you want? click

on Power search to bring up an expanded search bar

(or choose store: search). from here you can add

specific search terms—for example, to limit your

search to the composer or song title (see “Tracking

Down Tracks”). The Power search tool is also handy

if you know multiple bits of information—for example,

the title and genre—or if you want to locate songs

that you can turn into a ringtone for the iPhone.

understanding drM

Until recently, everything apple has sold on the

iTunes store has been governed by the fairPlay DRM

(digital rights management) system. DRM is designed

to protect the rights of content owners—musicians,

record labels, movie studios, and the like. but it can

collide with the desires of consumers who want to

enjoy the music and videos they buy whenever and

wherever they want.

faIRPlaY DRM apple’s DRM system lets you

play songs you’ve bought at the iTunes store on up

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Tracking down Tracks Use

the Power search feature to

search for multiple terms,

such as sonatas composed

by bach available in the

iTunes Plus format.

to five computers, transfer music files to an unlimited

number of iPods and iTunes-enabled phones,

and burn those songs onto audio cDs (though

you’re limited to burning seven cDs of a playlist

containing a DRM-protected song). Those restrictions

were among the conditions record companies

set before they let apple sell their songs. Understandably,

they didn’t want an iTunes user to be able

to buy a song once and then share it willy-nilly with

friends, or the world, via the net. but the limitations

TiP

Stay in the loop

want to have apple deliver information about the

latest additions right to your digital doorstep? here’s

just the thing: custom rss feeds. Visit the iTunes

store rss Feed generator (macworld.com/0880),

and you can create feeds based on all types of

data, such as new releases in blues and French

pop, top audiobooks, or just-added jazz. when you

click on the generate button, the site gives you a

feed url that you can enter in any rss reader,

including safari or Mail 3.


affect not just who can listen to your tracks but also

how you listen to them. for example, digital music

players from companies such as Roku and slim

Devices can’t legally play DRM-protected files,

which means you can’t stream the music within your

own home without first circumventing the copy

protection by recording the songs to an audio cD

and then reimporting them.

iTuNeS PluS If you find the limitations of DRM

frustrating, you now have another option. Recently,

apple started offering a limited collection of DRMfree

music. called iTunes Plus, the new system not

only strips tracks of copy-protection limitations, but

also offers higher bit rates—256 Kbps aac versus

the protected versions’ 128 Kbps—all for the standard

price of 99 cents. (for other places offering

unprotected tracks, see “beyond iTunes Plus”)

The iTunes store identifies iTunes Plus tracks by

placing a small plus sign next to the price. However,

you can find iTunes Plus tracks in an easier way.

from the iTunes store home page, click on the iTunes

Plus item in the Quick links section. Here you’ll find a

collection of top albums and songs available in the

iTunes Plus format, as well as a Genres pop-up menu

that lets you view just pop or classical albums, for

example.

If you’ve purchased fairPlay tracks from the

iTunes store that are now available in the iTunes Plus

format, the Upgrade My library entry in the iTunes

Plus window will let you know which songs you can

update and how much the total cost will be (apple

charges 30 cents for each song, 60 cents for each

music video, and one-third the current album price

for upgrading an entire album). click on the see

Details button, and you’re taken to an Upgrade My

library screen where you can upgrade your tracks.

Regrettably, apple doesn’t currently give you the

option to upgrade individual songs in your iTunes

library. You must upgrade all the tracks that are now

available in the iTunes Plus format (see “Upgrade

Your Downloads”).

When an iTunes Plus track or album is available,

that’s the version you get—you can’t download the

smaller, DRM-protected version of the file. It’s also

worth noting that although iTunes Plus tracks are

unprotected, they’re marked with identifying information.

The e-mail address associated with your apple

ID is embedded in these files—so unless you want to

risk the wrath of the music industry’s legal beagles,

you’ll want to keep these files to yourself.

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Beyond iTunes Plus

iTunes isn’t the only place to find drM-free music.

subscription services eMusic (www.emusic.com)

and audio lunchbox (www.audiolunchbox.com)

have been selling unprotected Mp3 files from the

very beginning. amazon also recently began selling

unprotected Mp3 files—at prices often slightly

below what you’ll find on iTunes. and, unlike online

merchants such as wal-Mart, amazon embraces

the Mac platform instead of making its service

compatible with windows pcs only.

concert Vault (concerts.wolfgangsvault.com)

offers drM-free Mp3 concert recordings for $10

per show (see “concert Vault”). These tend to be

older shows from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

The internet archive (www.archive.org) also has live

drM-free concert recordings in its live Music

archive section. These recordings are free and

usually available in a variety of encoding formats

including Flac, ogg Vorbis, and different flavors of

Mp3. The largehearted Boy (macworld.com/3141)

blog includes the a to Z guide to online Music

downloads, which links you to multiple sources of

free, unprotected music files.

concert Vault If you’re looking for old concert

recordings, you can stream or purchase them from

concert Vault.

Purchasing Songs

The iTunes store makes buying new songs and

albums as painless as possible. If you open iTunes’

preferences and click on the store tab, you can

choose to enable the buy and Download Using

1-click option to turn purchasing into a one-click

affair. simply click on the buy song or buy album

button to charge your credit card and begin the

download process.


Shop Savvy iTunes’ store options let you choose

whether to make purchases immediately or send

selections to a shopping cart.

If this all seems a bit too tempting, you can also

put some restrictions on your buying habits.

SAVe iT For lATer If you find yourself impulsively

splurging on every album that tickles your

fancy, you might want a way to force yourself to

ponder before you purchase. iTunes provides a

financial buffer in the form of a shopping cart, which

you activate using the store tab in iTunes’ Preferences.

select the buy Using a shopping cart option

and click on the oK button (see “shop savvy”).

now when you find a song or an album you’re

interested in, you’ll click on the add song or add

album button (changed from the standard buy song

upgrade Your

downloads click

on the iTunes Plus

link on the main

store page to

browse only those

files without DRM.

iTunes will offer to

upgrade any

fairPlay songs

you’ve previously

purchased.

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and buy album options) to add that item to the

shopping cart. To take a look at what you’ve added,

click on the shopping cart icon under the store

section. You’ll see a list of everything in your cart, as

well as the total price of what you’ve chosen. You can

then buy individual songs, individual albums, or the

whole cart with one click.

You can remove items by selecting them and

pressing the Mac’s delete key (or switch back to the

standard shopping method by selecting the 1-click

option in the store preference). In addition, iTunes will

suggest other albums based on the items in your

cart.

giVe YourSelF AN AllowANce If you’re on a

strict budget, you can even set up an allowance for

yourself. The iTunes Music store lets you give other

users a music allowance—in amounts between $10

and $200—that renews automatically each month.

To set up an allowance, click on buy iTunes Gifts

(under Quick links) on the iTunes store home page,

and select set Up allowance now.

Regrettably, apple doesn’t let you create an

allowance for the account you’ve logged in with. The

trick, then, is to create an additional apple ID that

supplies your original ID with an allowance. (To do

this, you need an e-mail address other than the one

you used to create your original apple ID—apple

tracks its users by e-mail address.)

Here’s how to set it up: from the iTunes store,

click on your ID in the account field in the upper right


corner of the iTunes window. In the resulting sign In

window, click on sign out. Then click on sign In and

select create new account. In the window that

appears, agree to the license agreement, create a

new account, and then enter your credit card information.

(You can create up to five apple IDs with a

single credit card number.)

once you’ve signed in with the new account, return

to the iTunes store’s home page and click on buy

iTunes Gifts. select set Up an allowance now, and

enter your original apple ID as the recipient of the

allowance. You’ll have the option to start an allowance

immediately or to have it kick in at the beginning of the

next month (see “Get Your allowance”).

Share the love

sometimes songs or artists touch our lives so

profoundly that we just have to share them with

friends or relatives. There’s an easy way to do so: just

click on the Tell a friend link in the upper left corner

of an artist or album page. This brings up a window

that lets you send one or more people an e-mail

notification with album art and a link to that page. but

there are a few less-obvious ways to send links to

your pals—great for people who don’t like having

their e-mail addresses revealed to apple, or for use

as a reference in a blog or a Web site.

TiP

Make a wish list

if you don’t want to lose the power of one-click

purchases, but would like to keep a running tab of

songs you’re interested in, you can use an iTunes

playlist to bookmark songs for future purchase.

here’s how:

create a new playlist in iTunes (for example, “stuff

i May Buy”). Then, when you come across a song

you like in the iTunes store, drag it on top of the

playlist’s icon. when you next view your playlist,

you’ll see that it displays your songs’ names, times,

artists, albums, and genres—and a handy button for

purchasing each one once the 30-second song

snippet has sufficiently whetted your appetite.

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get Your Allowance Want to limit your music spending?

set up an allowance for yourself.

geT A direcT liNk To get a direct link to an

artist or album page, just control-click (or right-click)

on the name of an artist or album—or to get a link to

an individual song, on the arrow to the right of its

title—and select copy iTunes store URl from the

contextual menu. The URl is now in your clipboard,

ready to be pasted into a private e-mail message or

added to a Web site.

another way to share an iTunes store address is to

simply drag and drop a song, an album, or an artist

name to the desktop (this creates an Internet shortcut

file) or directly into an e-mail message (this adds

the URl). This technique also works with iMixes,

podcasts, audio books, and more. activating any of

these links opens iTunes to the proper page.

Add A widgeT iTunes also lets you show off

your music tastes on your own Web site by creating

widgets, small HTMl snippets that feed live data

from your iTunes account. from the iTunes store,

click on your account name, enter your password,

and then select View account. Then click on Manage

My iTunes (or enable My iTunes if it’s not currently

enabled). from the resulting page, you can choose

from three widgets: one that shows your most recent

purchases; one that lists the artists you purchase

most often (and thus presumably your favorites); and

one that lists movies, music, and TV shows that

you’ve rated four stars or more in the iTunes store.

To add one of these widgets to your Web site,

place a check mark next to its name and click on the

Get HTMl code button. Your Web browser will open

to a Publish to the Web page. Use this page to style

your widget and then click on the copy code button

(see “share Your faves”). switch to your Web site,

blog, or favorite social networking site (assuming it


supports third-party widgets) and paste the code

(1-P) in the appropriate place.

Be critical

If you’re an armchair music critic—and really, who

isn’t?—share your thoughts with the world by clicking

on the Write a Review link that appears on any album

page. add a one- to five-star rating and about 200

words, and your cheers or jeers will show up for all

the world to see. but what happens if your tastes

change? That black eyed Peas track that seemed so

catchy a month ago might drive you crazy now—and

you might even be embarrassed that people know

you liked it at all.

no problem; you can easily delete an old review in

your account settings. click on your account name in

the upper right corner of the store window, enter your

password, and click on View account. click on the

Manage Reviews button, and you can delete (but not

edit) any of your published reviews. click on the

Remove button next to a review, and nobody will ever

have to know.

get inspired

Want to discover something new? Here are some

quick sources within the iTunes store:

iTuNeS eSSeNTiAlS iTunes essentials are

staff-selected top hits and deep cuts. To find them,

enter the Music section of the store and select iTunes

essentials from the More In Music box.

iMix also located in the More In Music section,

these user-submitted playlists can help you discover

new artists and hidden gems. Top Rated iMixes also

appear on artists’ pages.

JuST For You The Just for You section

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Share Your

Faves iTunes

will create

widgets

showing your

recent purchases,

favorite

albums, or top

reviews, which

you can then

place on your

own Web site

for others to

see.

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TiP

Modern Mix Tapes

have you created the perfect mix with

just the right combination of rocking beats

and quiet storm? iTunes lets you give the

songs (or videos) in your perfect playlist to

other iTunes users.

here’s how it works. create a playlist,

and then drag tracks onto it. when you’re done,

click on the arrow to the right of the playlist in the

source list—you’ll have the option of giving the

playlist as a gift in addition to creating an iMix.

when you buy the gift, you jump to a screen

where you enter your name, the e-mail address of

your recipient (you enter this twice), and a message.

You can send the same gift to multiple people—just

type multiple addresses in the recipient field,

separated by commas. (apple bills you by the

number of addresses you enter.)

gift recipients receive an e-mail from the iTunes

store, notifying them that they have a gift waiting;

they redeem it just as they would any other credit.

appears on the front page of the iTunes store. It

offers personalized recommendations based on past

purchases. click on the see all link, and you can

refine the suggestions by clicking on the already own

It or Don’t like It buttons for suggested albums. not

only will this help the iTunes store learn your tastes,

but it will also banish the offending albums so they

won’t show up in your recommendations again. (You

can remove this by scrolling to the bottom of the

page and clicking on the Turn Just for You off link.)

celeBriTY PlAYliSTS Want to find out what

ben folds is into these days? Try looking at his

celebrity Playlist. These star-selected lists (accessed

from the More In Music section) feature music picked

by popular musicians, actors, and writers.


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Getting Video

how to Buy, rent, convert, sync, and stream Video

A

pple’s iTunes store started out modestly enough as a

music-only shop. soon it added video offerings with a

handful of TV shows. Now the store has grown into a

multimedia empire, with a vast catalog of video that includes TV

shows from more than 40 networks (including Bravo, espN, sci

Fi, showtime, and comedy central), as well as films from most

major studios, such as Miramax Films, pixar animation, Touchstone

pictures, and the walt disney company.

in addition to the thousands of videos you can rent and buy

through apple, you can also use your computer, ipods, iphones,

and apple TVs to watch home videos, dVds, free TV, and other

content. in this chapter you’ll learn how to find, download, convert,

share, and play videos of all kinds.

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Table of conTenTs

26 get Video from iTunes

30 apple TV content

33 converting Video

37 Beyond iTunes


Staying Organized in iTunes

easy ways to Take control of Your growing Media collection

B

uilding a digital media library can be addictive. You start

with a few of your favorite cds, add some downloads

from the iTunes store, and the next thing you know, you

have enough material to play music for several weeks without

ever hearing the same song twice. of course, few of us actually

want to listen to our music collections straight through. and while

iTunes’ shuffle feature can add some excitement to your listening

habits you’ll probably want to exert a little more control over what

iTunes plays and when (unless you don’t mind hearing Tchai-

kovsky followed by led Zeppelin).

Thankfully, iTunes not only plays your media, it also manages

it with the help of a powerful database that lets you quickly

search, group, and organize your files.

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Table Of cOnTenTS

40 setting up and Navigating

the iTunes library

44 adding Tags

48 Finding album art

51 singing along with lyrics

53 Taming a large library

with smart playlists

59 working with podcasts


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Managing Devices

Techniques for Juggling Your ipod, iphone, and apple TV content

I

n a perfect world you would have an all-in-one device

that could play all of your music, movies, and TV shows.

This miracle hardware would sync effortlessly with any

computer you told it to. it would never overwrite or lose files, and

its battery wouldn’t have to be recharged but once a year. while

apple is probably hard at work on this very creation, for now

consumers must master coordinating their ipods, iphones, apple

TVs, and computer. This chapter will teach you how to do exactly

that. dig in and learn the basics of syncing devices, extending

their battery life, and managing multiple ipods and iphones.

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Table of conTenTs

62 syncing ipods and iphones

66 syncing the apple TV

67 handling Multiple devices

70 extending Your Battery’s life


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Troubleshooting

Media Problems

smart solutions to common Music and Video woes

A

pple has put a lot of effort into making iTunes as easy to

use as possible—and for the most part, the company has

done a great job. But nothing is perfect. at some point

in the process of building and maintaining your new digital media

library, you’re bound to run into hiccups, slowdowns, and some

downright stupid behavior. and iTunes isn’t alone. The ipod, iphone,

and apple TV also come with their share of quirks—from mysterious

messages to files that refuse to play.

The good news is that most of these troubles have solutions.

whether you’re dealing with missing songs or a fussy ipod, these

tried-and-true fixes should take care of most of the issues you’re

likely to encounter.

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Table of conTenTs

74 Taming iTunes

81 soothing a Troubled ipod,

iphone, or apple TV


Finding the Best Accessories

great gadgets and add-ons That Make the Most of Your Media

T

here’s no denying that the ipod and iphone have revolutionized

how we consume music and video. But for

most people, purchasing the apple product is only the

beginning. whether it’s a case for protection, higher-quality headphones

for better sound, a set of speakers for listening to music

around the house, or a car adapter for hooking up your player

to your car stereo, there are hundreds of add-ons that can take

your experience to the next level. here are some of the most

useful accessories on the market. For more reviews of the latest

gear, go to macworld.com/reviews.

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TABle oF conTenTs

86 cases

88 headphones

90 car accessories

91 speakers


Nobody spends more time with Apple’s revolutionary

products than the writers and editors at Macworld, the

world’s foremost Mac authority.

Now Macworld’s team of experts has used its knowledge

to create this straightforward guide to music and

video, filled with practical advice for handling digital

media on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. It will

lead you through every aspect of building, managing,

and enjoying your digital media library.

Look inside these pages to find detailed instructions

on how to import music from CDs, cassettes, and

LPs without compromising sound quality. Learn how

to bring order to your digital collection with iTunes’

space-saving features, including smart playlists that

sift through your massive library and ferret out the files

you want to carry with you. Make your iTunes experience

more enjoyable by adding artwork, lyrics, and

other custom information to your media. Discover the

best ways to create harmony between your Mac, iPod,

iPhone, and Apple TV with tips on syncing your content.

And convert video on your hard drive or DVDs

into iPod- and iPhone-compatible formats.

Our experts also dispense vital troubleshooting advice

and recommend their favorite accessories to help you

streamline your digital media experience.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned

pro, this book will show you how to get the most out

of your music and video library.

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