iTunes Class Outline & Links; August 28th, 2008

[How far we get depends on time and student’s level of expertise.]

Introduction

General concept of iTunes
Digital audio formats: compressed (“lossy”) vs. uncompressed (“lossless”)

  • Lossy: MP3, AAC, WMA(Microsoft Windows format)
  • Lossless: AIFF, WAV, “Ogg Vorbis”, etc.

The iTunes interface

Preferences
Interface components

  • Source list
  • Main window
  • – Progress bar features, “Quick links”
  • View Options, etc.

Workflow

Importing

  • Encoding options
  • CDDB (to get Album/Track info automatically)

Viewing/organizing

  • Playlists/Smart Playlists
  • Folders

Genres/ratings/comments
Sharing(?)

iTunes Store

  • Buying/downloading music
  • “ / “ TV shows & Movies
  • Podcasts!

iPods

Setup
Syncing

  • Music (& Video for some iPods)
  • Photos/contacts/calendars

Links

Video/audio tutorials on iTunes (and Garageband) at Apple’s site:

Alternative online music sites:

[if you end up signing up for an account with eMusic, would you mind giving me credit as a referral? I think you might need me to send you an invite to do that, so just let me know. Thanks!]

Great site for all music-related information:

Have fun!

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