ITunes is not a recent creation; it came into being eight years back, when it was nothing but a jukebox. With the passage of time, it incorporated developed features like CD burning, the iPod, Smart Playlists, the iTunes Store, video support and the iPhone. Constantly, support for recent devices like Apple TV is being added, whereas the iTunes has become a centre for managing music and movies on the Mac as well as other devices. An intelligent step was the development of Windows version of iTunes, which broadened the vision of iTunes and spread it in a wider area. Today, I shall describe few tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of your iTunes.
1. Manage music via smart playlists:
An unsorted music library is nothing but a huge mess. Learn to manage your
music. You can do it well through your Smart Playlists. All you have to do is to go to File>Smart Playlists; now you can create various playlists according to any kind of criteria you wish. You can create a playlist by artist’s name, through genre, with the help of rating and so on. With Live Updating checked, your Smart Playlists will automatically be updated with any new track available that comes up to the criterion you have set for a specific playlist.
2. Cleanse your library:
One of the most important things to do with your iTunes library is to cleanse it up; purify it from all the clones and ghosts. Go to Preference>Advanced and check whether “Copy files to iTunes music folders” is turned on. This could be one of the reasons why you have duplicate files on your hard disk. In iTunes’ Music Library, go to File>Show Duplicates. This will show the duplicates and you will be able to remove them manually. For further details about this topic, you can consult my previously written article about purifying the iTunes library.
3. Find new music via Genius:
Enough of random clicking for finding new tracks; use the Genius feature next time. It is an intelligent tool that sends info about users’ listening habits to the iTunes store and related new tracks are recommended to them. If you select a track and from the library and click Genius afterwards, it will create a playlist full of tracks form your library that complement the chosen track. Also, the Genius sidebar displays such new tracks which go well with the “now playing” song. Best part is that Genius is Genius; it knows what do you already have in your library and thus, it won’t suggest the already present music again.
4. Share your library:
In a home or office environment, this feature is going to give you a lot of joy. It allows you to share your whole iTunes library or a certain playlist over a local network. The devices that will be playing the shared music will not have to sacrifice any space as the music will simply be streamed and not copied.
5. Convert your videos:
ITunes need MP4 or M4V files; other formats are simply rejected. Convert your video to these formats using QuickTime Pro. Install Perian to enable Quicktime to open the videos. Drag converted files into iTunes library and choose Advanced>Create iPhone, iPod or Apple TV version. Screen size will be automatically set, and optimum quality will be rendered.
So, this is all for today. Next time, we shall meet with some new tips and tricks to get maximum benefit out of some other useful software or program. Till then, good bye.