Dive deep into iTunes

Un­cover the pow­er­ful hid­den fea­tures of your me­dia li­brary

Mac|Life - - NEWS - By Nate Drake

Even if you’ve been us­ing it for years, iTunes prob­a­bly has some fea­tures you’re not aware of, and can make your music experience bet­ter!

Ap­ple’s app for stor­ing your en­ter­tain­ment me­dia doesn’t al­ways re­ceive the recog­ni­tion it de­serves, as many of us tend to use a hand­ful of its fea­tures. Even ar­dent fans are some­times be­wil­dered by nav­i­gat­ing their me­dia in it.

The sit­u­a­tion isn’t helped by the fact that iTunes has un­der­gone many changes over the years, from re­mov­ing DRM (Dig­i­tal Rights Man­age­ment) from pur­chased music to scrap­ping iTunes Radio in fa­vor of a paid ser­vice for Ap­ple Music sub­scribers, along with an in­ter­face re­vamp and sub­se­quent re­fine­ments.

In this guide, we’re fo­cus­ing on some of the hand­i­est yet less well known fea­tures of the app. Firstly, we’ll take a more lit­eral ap­proach to “hid­den” fea­tures by help­ing you to lo­cate lost pur­chases from the iTunes Store, as well as how to move your iTunes li­brary to an ex­ter­nal drive to save space on your Mac.

You’ll also learn how to im­port and man­age con­tent that you rip from CDs or down­load from stores other than Ap­ple’s own. This in­cludes edit­ing de­scrip­tions and adding al­bum art­work. And if you love radio, you’ll dis­cover how to ac­cess on­line sta­tions, in­clud­ing adding your fa­vorites.

Fi­nally, you’ll dis­cover how to get great value from iTunes’ MiniPlayer, which en­ables you to queue music, browse your li­brary, and con­trol play­back in a smaller win­dow while you carry on work­ing, brows­ing, or play­ing in other apps.

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