How to use iTunes on Mac and PC

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Are you a novice user with the Apple world and would you like to know more about how iTunes works? If the answer is yes and if you were looking for more explanations regarding the use of this famous program you don’t have to worry. In fact, I can explain to you, word for word, how to use itunes.

Before explaining in detail how to use iTunes, however, it is good that you understand specifically what it is. iTunes is the default multimedia player for Apple products as well as the store through which multimedia content can be purchased for Apple devices. It is also the software that allows you to manage all your iPhones, iPads and iPods. iTunes is pre-installed on Mac systems, but not on Windows. On iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, iTunes is included as standard.

Having clarified this, if you are really intending to find out how to use iTunes, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, get comfortable and concentrate carefully on reading the following lines. I am sure that in the end you will finally understand how to use iTunes and you will be more than satisfied.

How to use iTunes on Mac and PC

If you’ve recently installed the famous player on your computer or you’ve recently bought a Mac and it’s your intention to try to understand how to use iTunes, the first thing you need to do is start it. If you use Windows, just press the button startto type itunes in the search field and click on the first search result. If you use a Mac instead, access the Launchers and then click on the iTunes icon.

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Once you start the program you can finally begin to understand how to use iTunes. The first thing I invite you to focus on is the aspect that has made this player famous in the world, ie the possibility of purchasing music and other multimedia files. To do this you need to register on iTunesStore.

Then click on the item Buy music in the iTunes Store which is located in the center of the iTunes window and, on the page that opens, click on the button Log in located at the top right. In the window that opens, first click on the button Create Apple ID and then up Keep on to start creating your free account on the iTunes Store.

Screenshot of iTunes on Mac

Now accept the terms of use of the service by placing the check mark next to the item I have read and accept these terms and conditions and click on Keep on to access the iTunes Store signup form. Fill out the form with your data and click once again on Keep on to enter the details of the credit card (or debit card) you want to use to purchase songs, albums, videos, etc. on iTunes. Continue by clicking on first Keep on and then up end to complete the iTunes Store registration wizard.

Now access your mailbox corresponding to the email address specified during registration and click on the confirmation link contained in the message received from Apple. Then log in to the site that opens to validate your account permanently and open the iTunes Store directly in iTunes.

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Once the registration procedure has been completed, you can start making purchases from the iTunes Store. To do this, click on the item iTunesStore located at the top right and navigate through the contents of Apple’s digital showcase to choose which song or album to buy.

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Once purchased, the music tracks all end up in the software library which you can access by simply clicking on the item Music located in the upper left side of the iTunes screen.

iTunes screenshots

You can also import all your music already on your hard drive or external devices to your iTunes library. To import music into iTunes, first click on the entry File attached to the program menu bar and then on the item Add to library…. You can also import music CDs. To do this, insert the disk into your computer while iTunes is open and respond Yup when prompted to import the album into your library.

In addition to allowing the import of songs and music albums, iTunes allows you to do the same with video content. To import a movie, film or TV program into iTunes, press the icon located at the top left corresponding to the reference section of the player, then press the item File attached to the menu bar and finally choose the item Add to library….

iTunes screenshots

To browse the various contents of the iTunes Store, you can instead use the bar located at the top of the screen and click on the icon depicting a musical note to access the section of the iTunes Store dedicated to music, on the icon depicting a piece of film to access the section of the iTunes Store dedicated to movies and other video content, on the icon depicting a small monitor to access the section of the iTunes Store dedicated to TV programs on the three dots to display the appropriate menu to access the other available sections, Which Podcasts, iTunes U, Audiobooks, App, ringtones And Internet radio.

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You don’t have to do anything to add covers and other information to your multimedia content added to your iTunes library. In fact, iTunes automatically downloads cover art and information about albums and songs.

To play a piece of music and any other multimedia content added to the iTunes library, just double-click on it. Once playback has started, you will be shown the player controls with which you can forward and/or rewind the player, stop and resume playback and carry out various other operations.

The service, on the other hand, deserves a separate discussion Music which can be accessed by first pressing the icon Music located at the top left of the iTunes window and then clicking on the label For you. Once you sign in to Apple Music, you can get your hands on a catalog of millions of songs and albums. To do this, however, it is necessary to subscribe to a paid subscription (the subscription price is €9.99 for the Standard plan and €14.99 for the Family plan). Once you have subscribed, you can also press on the item Radio located at the top of the iTunes window for access to a variety of exclusive radio stations.

iTunes screenshots

How to use iTunes on iPhone, iPad and iPod

If you have an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch and it is your intention to try to understand how to use iTunes, know that the first thing you need to do is press the app icon iTunesStore which is attached to the home screen of your device.

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Before explaining in detail how to use iTunes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, however, there is one thing you must necessarily take into account. To be able to make purchases on iTunes and to be able to download the contents of interest, you need to have an account. If you already have one, perhaps because you created it using the computer version of the player, you can access the service by opening the main screen of the iTunes Store app, scrolling down and pressing the appropriate button located at the bottom of the screen . If, on the other hand, you don’t have an iTunes account, you can create one immediately by performing all the steps I have just indicated but starting the appropriate wizard rather than the login procedure.

Once you launch iTunes on your device and once you log into your account you will be shown a screen where you can access music, movies, ringtones and much more for your device. In the specific case of music, you can take a look at the available musical content by pressing on the item Music placed below. You can also choose whether to browse the featured content or consult the iTunes charts by selecting the appropriate tabs located at the top of the screen.

Screenshot of iTunes on iPhone

If you want to carry out a targeted search, press the button Near located in the bottom center.

To purchase content from the iTunes Store, select its cover and first press the button with the price and then on Buy. Then enter your Apple ID password and wait for the download procedure to start.

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Once a song has been downloaded, you can access it from within the app Music attached to your device. In the case of video content instead, you can access it by pressing on the app Video accessible from the home screen. Downloaded podcasts are available through the app instead Podcasts.

In the product tabs available on the iTunes Store you can also find the reviews of customers who have already purchased the content and a menu of related items (similar to the one selected and therefore may be of interest to you).

Screenshot of iTunes on iPhone

By clicking on the arrow icon located in the upper right corner, you can share the link of the iTunes Store page you are visiting on social networks and add the selected item to your wish list.

If, on the other hand, you wish to view a list of all the contents you have purchased on the iTunes Store, press the button Other located at the bottom right of the screen and then select the item Purchased on the screen that opens.

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