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iTunes Overview

  1. 1. iTunes Bryan Sippel Friday, June 4, 2010
  2. 2. iTunes <ul><li>Learn how to use iTunes , a free application, on your computer. See how iTunes can be used to organize and play your digital music, video and more. The session will include demonstrations on how you can purchase content from iTunes, download free content including Podcasts, as well as use iTunes to manage your iPod . Bring your questions to this interactive session. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>What is iTunes? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a mp3? </li></ul><ul><li>How to use iTunes? How to download and install the program? </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>How to sync to an iPod? How to download a free Podcast? </li></ul><ul><li>Why (why not) to use iTunes? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the alternatives? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Prerequisites <ul><li>Basic knowledge of how to use a computer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet, keyboard, and mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home high speed Internet is ideal but not necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort with accessing and sending email </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Goals <ul><li>Be able to explain what iTunes is and is not </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to navigate and download content in iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge to decide if iTunes is the right fit for you </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who am I?
  7. 7. What is iTunes?
  8. 8. iTunes
  9. 9. Formats <ul><li>.mp3 MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 </li></ul><ul><li>a standard method of compressing digital audio </li></ul><ul><li>.m4a AAC Advanced Audio Coding </li></ul><ul><li>higher quality </li></ul><ul><li>.WMA Windows Media Audio (Windows Media Video) </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft proprietary technology </li></ul><ul><li>.mpg MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group) </li></ul><ul><li>a standard video compression format </li></ul><ul><li>.avi Audio Video Interleave </li></ul><ul><li>a video format originally created by Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>.mov </li></ul><ul><li>Apple Quicktime multimedia format </li></ul>
  10. 10. Compression <ul><li>Requires an encoding scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Quality typically decreases as compression increases </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. DVD video vs. YouTube video </li></ul>
  11. 11. * Operating system Compression allows… Capacity Songs CDs (12 songs/CD) 2 GB 500 songs 41 4 GB 1000 songs 83 8 GB 1750 songs* 145 16 GB 4000 songs 333 128 GB 40000 songs 3333
  12. 12. Ripping a CD or DVD… <ul><li>Process of copying audio or video to a hard disk </li></ul>
  13. 13. … other methods
  14. 14. <ul><li>Private use of the person who makes the copy </li></ul><ul><li>Music industry and levy on blank audio media </li></ul>The Law says… Recent Michael Giest
  15. 15. How to use iTunes?
  16. 16. Step by Step Install of iTunes 9 PC running Windows XP Please note screenshots may be slightly different for other Windows versions (e.g. Vista or Windows 7) or operating systems (e.g. Mac OS X)
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  29. 29. But where does it actually go? <ul><li>Digital media files will be stored in a folder on your computer </li></ul>
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  31. 31. <ul><li>An iTunes Store Account is “ required” to download content (both free and fee) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A payment method is required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Credit card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes Card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An email address is required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iTunes Store Account without a payment method </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download free app and create account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to create an account with an iTunes Card </li></ul></ul>iTunes Store Account
  32. 32. Audiobook FREE: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson Click the link above to download the audiobook for free
  33. 33. DRM <ul><li>Digital Rights Management </li></ul><ul><li>access control </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits sharing of digital content that was not desired or foreseen by the content provider </li></ul>
  34. 34. Podcasts <ul><li>Digital media files released episodically </li></ul><ul><li>Both video and audio formats </li></ul><ul><li>Huge range of topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TEDTalks, Laugh Out Loud from CBC Radio, New Yorker: Fiction, The Moth Podcast </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Why (why not) to use iTunes
  36. 36. Best iPod-compatible iTunes alternatives <ul><li>Media Monkey ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to navigate for non-tech users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for large, scattered collections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SharePod ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drag-and-drop operatoin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Winamp ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Mac version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to stream music collection remotely </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Songbird ( ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mac and PC compatible </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  37. 37. Apple iPod and iTunes Talks to you Video camera Surf the web Send/receive email View your media on your TV
  38. 38. … lots of others Microsoft Zune Sansa Media Players
  39. 39. Storage Types CD or DVD Hard Drive Flash Memory
  40. 40. 3-2-1 Backup Strategy <ul><li>Three copies </li></ul><ul><li>Two different media (e.g. flash drive and hard disk) </li></ul><ul><li>One copy offsite </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes Backup </li></ul><ul><li>File > Library > Back Up To Disc </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>What is iTunes? Free application to organize and play digital content (e.g. music and movies) </li></ul><ul><li>How to use iTunes? Download from Install and create an iTunes Store Account to download content </li></ul><ul><li>Why to use iTunes? iTunes is the standard choice for managing iPods </li></ul><ul><li>Bryan Sippel [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Slides </li></ul>Summary
  42. 42. Questions? www. slideshare . com/bsippel [email_address]