How To Use iTunes

We’ll be completely frank: there is a reason that almost everybody you know uses iTunes for their media player needs, and that is because it just works so darn well. Beyond the idea of the “Cult of Apple” where people mindlessly buy products just because they’re the new cool thing to have, people don’t quit iTunes because it just works so darn well for everything you could ever want it to do.

One of the reasons for its success is that Apple has spent the last 14 years developing the product to do exactly what they want it to do in the way they want it done. The end result is a speedy, easy-to-navigate interface that really sets the standard for what people expect out of their media players.

iTunes’ ability to do just about everything makes it a daunting task when we have to tell users “how to use iTunes.” So we’ll try to start with the basics:

  • Adding new music: To add music you can either import a CD, assuming your computer still has an optical drive, or you can download music from the iTunes store. You can also manually add audio files you’ve downloaded or created by first adding them to your iTunes destination folder. This is usually located on PCs at C:\Users\[username]\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media, and once you add the files to that folder, don’t forget to also drag the files from their folder to the iTunes interface to add them to your library.
  • Watching Movies: Movies downloaded through the iTunes store will automatically show up in your movies, so should any “Digital Copy” downloads that come with DVDs you’ve purchased. A DVD should play automatically using iTunes as long as you have iTunes set as your default media player.
  • Organizing Music: With music libraries expanding, as you add new music, you may need to alter band names to accurately match themselves, or change a musical genre. To alter any information, select the track or tracks you want by highlighting them and then hit Ctrl+I, which brings up your track info pane. From here you can edit info and album art for any or all tracks.
  • Playing Podcasts: iTunes has a dedicated podcasts section where you can listen to or subscribe to podcasts. You can also download individual episodes to move to your mobile device.
  • Purchase or rent movies and music: To get to the iTunes Store, there is an item in the top bar of iTunes which will direct you to the iTunes store where you can browse and purchase from all their store using your AppleID.