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How to Create an iTunes Playlist

If you're like me, you have thousands of songs in iTunes. It's nice to have all of that music available at the click of a button, but different times and situations call for different types of music. For example, you might listen to Metallica and AC/DC during your lunch break and Bach and Brahms in the evening before going to sleep.

How to Hide the Explicit Label in iTunes

If you listen to a lot of loud, trashy music with "explicit" lyrics (ha, ha), you may have noticed that iTunes displays a special label next to many of your song titles, as shown below. This is a parental control designed to help parents quickly identify and quarantine offensive music in iTunes. Unfortunately for those of you who don't have children, the explicit label is displayed by default, cluttering up your music library.

There is a way to turn off and hide the explicit label in iTunes. Here's how to do it:

How to Share Your iTunes Library

Did you know that you can share the music, movies, books, and podcasts on your Mac with the other users connected to your network? You can. All you have to do is enable a couple of settings in iTunes. It's an ideal way to let others access your multimedia content, and it's a solution that works in homes, dormitories, workplaces, and even schools.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the iTunes application.

  2. From the iTunes menu, select Preferences.

How to Gift an iTunes Playlist

iTunes gift cards make great stocking stuffers, but did you know that you can also give one of your iTunes playlists as a gift? Here's how it works: Create a playlist full of the songs you'd like to give and then follow the instructions below to purchase the songs in the iTunes Store. The recipient will be emailed a special iTunes code to download all of the songs in the playlist. And if you really want that stocking stuffer, you can print a gift certificate for the playlist.

Here's how to gift an iTunes Playlist:

How to Burn a Music CD in iTunes

iTunes is one of Apple's most exciting and practical applications. It allows you to collect and catalog thousands of songs, television shows, podcasts, and movies - and its interface is simple enough for everyone to understand. But don't let the sleek and shiny appearance fool you: iTunes is a powerful piece of software that is capable of much more.

How to Use iTunes: Connecting and Syncing Your iPod

If you've just purchased an iPod, you're going to want to put some music on it. But how do you do that? In a previous tutorial, we discussed how to use iTunes. Now you'll need to apply that knowledge in order to transfer music and other content to your iPod. In this interactive tutorial, we'll show you how to connect an iPod to your Mac, tailor iTunes to meet your needs, and then transfer music and other content to your iPod.

How to Use iTunes: Getting Started

If you've just purchased your first Mac or iPod, you're probably hankering for iTunes, Apple's free media software. Like all of Apple's software, iTunes is fun and easy to use. However, beginners still might need a little help. As new features have been added to iTunes over the years, the learning curve has gotten steeper. Even Mac experts can need help with iTunes these days!

In this tutorial, you'll learn two different ways to add music to your iTunes Library:

  • Importing music from an Audio CD

How to Transfer LP Records to Your Mac

We didn't live through the heyday of vinyl, but we do own a few LPs. The recording industry is currently trying to figure out if we have the right to "own" digital copies of our records. While they work on that, we're going to quietly show you how to digitize old LPs and cassette tapes. Just don't put the resulting files on a peer-to-peer network!

Connect Your Turntable to Your Mac

First, you need to connect your turntable to your Mac. Most Macs have an audio input jack, like the one on our eMac:

How to Listen to Internet Radio Stations

What You Need

- Mac OS 10.2 or later
- iTunes (Free, http://www.apple.com/itunes/)
- Links to Internet Radio Broadcasts (Free)

How to iPod Your Ghetto Ride

In the May 2007 issue of Mac|Life, there's a step-by-step article that shows you how to wire an iPod connection into your car stereo. Mac|Life's steps include removing the stereo from your dashboard and hooking up an external connector through the rear stereo port (RCA auxiliary inputs), if your car stereo has one.

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