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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 Create an Internet Radio Station

Have you ever wanted to stream music to all of the computers in your house? Have you ever wanted to be a DJ? Have you ever wanted to create an online radio station full of music licensed under the Creative Commons, or music you create yourself? This tutorial will explain how to create your very own Internet radio station with Rouge Amoeba's Nicecast.

How to Create Custom Disk Image Backgrounds

When you download new Mac applications and open the disk image, you're usually greeted by a fancy-looking disk image background. Did you know you can make one of those yourself? You can with this interactive tutorial. All you need is a graphics editing application, like Gimp or Photoshop, and a little patience.

Just click here to launch the interactive tutorial.

How to Make a Finder Auto Mailer

Wouldn't it be nice to email files directly from your desktop, without having to go to your email client, create a new email message, attach the file, and then send it? With this new interactive tutorial, there's finally a way! We show you how to do it with both AppleScript and Automator.

Just click here to launch the interactive tutorial.

How to Turn Your Mac Into an FTP Server

Several weeks ago, we showed you how to turn your Mac into a web server. That article is useful for individuals needing to host web pages on their Mac in a pinch, but it doesn't really go far enough. After all, any good web server should be remotely accessible - that is, you should be able to add and remove files from your Mac when you're away from home.

How to Clone and Backup Your Hard Drive

When you need to clone your drive, or simply do a full backup, someone usually tells you to use Carbon Copy Cloner (Donation Recommended) or SuperDuper! ($27.95). Sure, both of these applications are great programs, but they aren't necessary. You can use Apple's own software that comes free with your Mac!

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 Mute Your Mac's Startup Sound

If you have a Mac, you're probably tired of hearing the familiar startup chime every time you turn your Mac on. Maybe you have a baby in the house that you don't want to disturb. Or perhaps you just want your MacBook to be quiet when you turn it on in the coffee shop. Unfortunately, not every Mac allows you to turn that stupid startup sound off. It can be the bane of your existence! That is, until you discover the wonderful and free StartupSound.prefPane.

How to Create a Cell Phone Ringtone

So you want a ringtone for your cell phone, huh? You could purchase one from your cell phone provider, of course, but it's also pretty easy to make a ringtone with your Mac. All you need is your favorite song, some free software, and a cellphone capable of connecting to your Mac (via Bluetooth, USB, etc.).

Here's how to do it.

  1. Decide what song you would like to use as a ringtone. For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."

How to Play Windows Media Files

There are lots of proprietary video delivery systems out there. Apple's QuickTime, Adobe's Flash, and Microsoft's Windows Media Player are among the most popular. And guess what? There's no Windows Media Player for Mac. (We know - you're shocked that Microsoft wouldn't make one of their applications for Windows and Mac.) Believe it or not, this is a pretty big deal.

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