Apple’s iTunes program is a music and media library/media (music, movies, videos, podcasts, books, apps) management/organizer program and not only works on the Apple Macintosh computer system but also on Windows computers. iTunes allows you to manage your entire CD and music collection allowing you to import all your CDs or digital music files, create playlists, listen to music and sync your music to your iDevices such as iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or more.
Without a doubt Apple’s iTunes along with the iPod and iPhone, has transformed the way we buy and listen to music today. Most of you are familiar with iTunes but a few of you might not be familiar with iTunes yet or some of you might need a bit more info about what iTunes can do then read on as you will find out how iTunes can change the way you buy and listen to music from now on.
iTunes comes with any Apple Macintosh computer you would have purchased or can also be downloaded or updated on any of your Apple Macintosh Computers from here. iTunes can also be downloaded and installed on any Windows computers from here.
Hands down Apple’s iTunes along with the iPod and iPhone are the best thing to happen to music since the first days of recording and putting music on a physical device to listen to. iTunes allows you do things with your music that you only would have fantasized about doing with them 15 or 20 years ago and we’re not just talking about you popping a CD in and playing it and listening to the songs on the CD. iTunes does a whole lot more than just playing the music off your CDs.
What Can You Do With iTunes?
There are a ton of things you can do with iTunes but we’ll certainly only cover music here but we might mention video or other uses for iTunes here and there but mostly this article is about using iTunes to listen and organize music.
- Listen to CDs while playing in iTunes
- Import CDs as MP3s, AACs, Apple Lossless, AIFs or WAVs (for more info about file formats read this article)
- Store the imported music in iTunes so you don’t have to deal with stacks of CDs ever again
- Backup all the imported CDs and music as DATA DVDs for safekeeping
- Search for your favorite music (artists, albums, compilations, greatest hits, singles) and organize your music so you keep going back to your favorite songs to hear
- Create playlists of your favorite songs/music which include your favorite songs or all songs from your favorite bands or all songs within a theme
- Create custom playlists of your favorite artists, genres, songs released in a specific year or by rating so you can come back to those songs easily and listen to them over and over again
- Sync your favorite songs, playlists, smart playlists, artists, albums or genres to your iPhone, iPod or iPad and take it with you
- Create CD length playlists and burn CDs of those mixes for friends, family or take with you for your car or trip
- Turn on Sharing and share your entire library over a network or share a specific playlist/playlists with folks on the same network
- Crossfade Songs so your iTunes music flows seamlessly from one to another. Like your own personal music DJ (see picture below)
- Use the equalizer in iTunes to boost your audio sound output quality to your liking (see picture below)
- Purchase and download music from the iTunes Music Store
- Download and listen to free Podcasts available at the iTunes Store or elsewhere
- Stream 100s of free Radio Stations playing the coolest new and classic music
- Stream your iTunes music library with Apple TV to enjoy your music
- Create ringtones of your favorite music for your iPhone or other other smartphone or cell phone
So that’s a pretty good start with what you can do with iTunes but there are certainly more things that you can do with iTunes. With so much to do it’s time to import all your music into iTunes if you haven’t yet and finally enjoy all your music digitally anywhere at anytime. Best part about it is when you have all your CDs or any music that was in your music collection imported into iTunes you’ll never have to pull the CDs out again all you do is launch your iTunes, type the name of the band, album or any keyword related to your music and your options will show up and you can be on your way to enjoying your music quickly and efficiently. Put all those CDs in storage and leave them there!!
Also make sure you back up your entire iTunes music library in case you have a computer crash or anything happen to the music on your hard drive and if anything does happen to your music on your computer and you lose your music files then you will have the backup to pull from and you don’t have to reimport all those CDs again one by one. Backup the music on DVD-R’s so you can store 4.2GB of music which usually is approximately 6 CDs.
So that is it. Look for more articles in the future about iTunes and how to best manage your iTunes to enjoy your music as best as possible. Enjoy your iTunes!!