How to use iTunes

iTunes is an application installed on a computer running Windows or macOS operating systems. This program serves as an intermediary between the computer and Apple devices, as it is impossible to directly copy files from the computer to the iPhone (or another gadget of this company). As well as you cannot copy information from the iPhone to your PC without using iTunes. This application allows you to synchronize your PC library and gadgets, make backup copies of iPhone data and much more. In addition, iTunes is an excellent media player that allows you not only to play music or movies, but also to organize a collection of media files in a way that is convenient for the user.
How to register in iTunes with a credit card
How to create iTunes account without credit card
How to change iTunes file storage location
How to move iTunes library
How to add a movie to iTunes
How to make a playlist on iTunes
How to minimize iTunes window
How to add album art to iTunes
How to use song rating in iTunes
How to create a ringtone for iPhone in iTunes

How to register in iTunes with a credit card

With iTunes, you can not only listen to music and watch movies. Using this application, you can download books, music albums, videos and more from the AppStore. Often this content is paid and, in order to buy it, you need to have an Apple ID account and connect a credit card to it. How to do it?

  1. Go to the Apple website and find the “Create Your Apple ID” page.
  2. Enter your details, including your first name, last name, and password, and click “Continue”.
  3. Confirm email address.

After confirming your email address, an Apple ID account will be created. On the page with account data, you can connect all the devices that will use it, as well as specify the method of payment. In the payment method section, you should indicate that the payment will be made using a credit card and enter its details. After that, you can purchase various content from the AppStore or iTunes Store.

You can get an Apple ID in another way. To do this, it is enough in iTunes on your computer to try to download some paid content. In this case, the program will request Apple account information. If not, iTunes will offer to create it, and you will be able to enter credit card information. Registration in iTunes
There is another way to get an Apple ID. It can be used when there is no computer at hand, but there is an iPhone or iPad. To create an Apple ID, you need to go to the AppStore from one of these devices and try to download any paid application. During the download process, the user will be prompted to register with an Apple ID. This procedure is similar to the registration on the computer.

How to create iTunes account without credit card

Having an Apple ID account with a credit card attached to it can sometimes be risky. For example, if children have access to an iPhone with an account linked to a credit card, they can significantly reduce the amount of funds on the card by buying a lot of movies or games. In addition, some users are afraid to attach the card to the Apple ID because of the large number of scammers who in one way or another can withdraw funds from the card. Can I sign up to iTunes without attaching a card? Make it easy.

  1. Install on your computer iTunes.
  2. Try to download some free application.
  3. After iTunes asks you to enter your Apple ID, instead of entering your username and password, click the “Create Your Apple ID” link.
  4. Enter your first name, last name, email, password, answer all security questions.
  5. On the page with your personal data in the block of payment methods, specify “No”.

If you ever need to bind a credit card to your account, you do not need to create a new account. It is enough to change the payment method in the existing account and enter the credit card details.

How to change iTunes file storage location

If you do not specify the location for storing your library files during iTunes installation, all of them will be saved by default in the user’s Music\iTunes\iTunes Media folder. The storage location of the library can be changed in iTunes settings, but at the same time it is important to take into account some features of the storage of the library in this application.

When you add a file from any folder stored on your computer to your iTunes library, the application creates a copy of the file by default. Thus, the added file is stored both in the source folder of the PC and in the iTunes library. In order to save disk space on your computer, it is recommended to store media files in the original location, and in iTunes store only links to them. How to do it?

  1. Open iTunes, go to settings and open the “Advanced” tab.
  2. Uncheck the box next to “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.” Where iTunes files are stored

Now only links to music, video or other content stored on your PC will be added to your iTunes library. Please note that those copies of files that were previously added to the library will remain in it. To keep only links to them in your iTunes library, you should remove these files from your library and then add them again. To delete a file or folder stored in the library, right-click the folder or file in iTunes and select the Delete option in the context menu that appears.

How to change iTunes file storage?

  1. In the iTunes main menu, select “Edit”, and in the menu that opens, select the “Preferences” section. Change iTunes media storage location
  2. Open the “Advanced” tab.
  3. In the “iTunes Media Folder Location” block, click the “Change” button and select the folder where the iTunes library will be stored. Where is the iTunes library stored

Please note that only those files that you will import from the moment you specify a new storage location for the library will be stored in the new folder. Those files that were placed in the library before, will be stored in the folder that was specified earlier in the application settings.

How to move iTunes library

If you decide to change your computer and want your iTunes library to be available on a new PC, you should collect all the library files in one iTunes folder. This should be done because some files in the library can be stored there not in an explicit form, but in the form of links to songs or videos stored in another folder on the computer.

In order to collect copies of all media files in one folder, you must perform the following steps.

  1. Open iTunes and select the “Library” section in the “File” menu.
  2. In the menu that opens, select “Organize library”. Organize iTunes Library
  3. In the “Organize Library” box, check the “Consolidate Files” option.
  4. Click “OK”.

Now in the folder where the iTunes library is stored, copies of all files will be collected, and the source files will remain in place.

How to add a movie to iTunes

When adding iTunes movies, you need to remember that you can only add videos in mp4 format to the library of this application. Files of other formats cannot be added to iTunes. In order to add a movie to the library, in the iTunes main menu, open the “File” item and select “Add File to Library”. Add Movie to iTunes
After completing the process of adding a movie, it will appear in the list of downloaded movies. You can double-click on it and start browsing. Depending on the settings of iTunes, either a copy of the file or a link to it will be added to the library. To see the location of the movie, right-click on it and select “Get Info”. In the window that opens, go to the “File” tab. The location of the film can be viewed in the “Location” field. Add Movie to iTunes

How to make a playlist on iTunes

Listen to music in iTunes player is very convenient, using playlists. In this case, the user himself creates a list of songs that are played one after the other or in a random order. In addition to the usual play lists in iTunes, you can also use smart playlists. A smart playlist differs from the usual one in that it is formed automatically according to specified criteria.

  1. In the iTunes main menu, open the “File” tab, go to the “New” section, and in the menu that opens, select “Smart Playlist”. Itunes smart playlist
  2. In the window that opens, you can set different criteria for the formation of the list of songs: album, genre, artist, tempo, and more. Create iTunes Smart Playlist
  3. After specifying all the criteria for selecting music, click “OK”.

When forming a smart playlist, you can specify several identical criteria. For example, you can add several artists to a playlist.
The “Live Updating” option allows you to quickly update the playlist as new songs are added to the library that meet the criteria specified in the smart playlist.

How to minimize iTunes window

When you open iTunes on your PC, a large application window appears in which you can easily and conveniently browse your entire collection of music or movies, make the necessary settings, create playlists, and so on. But in the mode of listening to music in the background, the cumbersome iTunes window often interferes with work with other applications.

This situation is easy to correct using the mini-player mode. To switch to this mode, click on the album cover in the playback bar. ITunes Mini Player
The mini-player window can also be reduced by clicking on the button in the upper left corner. Zoom out iTunes window
Despite its small size, the compact form of the player has all the functions necessary for convenient listening to music. In order to go to the usual view of iTunes, simply close the mini-player on the cross in the upper left corner.

How to add album art to iTunes

Looking through the music collection in iTunes, you may notice that some albums do not have covers. In order to fill this gap, you can try to download the album cover from the Internet. Right-click on the album icon and select “Get Album Artwork.” Searching for a cover in this way can only be done if you have an account in the iTunes Store that you can log in with using your Apple ID.
If you do not have an Apple ID or you could not find a cover for the selected album in the iTunes Store, you can add a picture yourself.

  1. Draw an album cover in some graphic editor or download a picture from the Internet.
  2. Right-click on the album icon and select “Get Info”.ITunes File Information
  3. In the warning window that appears, click the “Edit Items” button.
  4. Go to the “Artwork” tab and click on the “Add Artwork” button. Add iTunes Cover
  5. Specify the path to the desired image and click “OK”.
  6. Wait until the picture is added to the specified album.

Repeat the specified actions for all albums where there is no cover. As a result, you get a beautiful and convenient media library.

How to use song rating in iTunes

The rating of songs in iTunes is not at all a useless feature, as it may seem. Why is it needed? Using this function, you listen to the songs and, in the process of listening, give them a star rating. This way, you can see which songs you like and which ones you don’t like.

In addition, using the rating you can create playlists according to your preferences. For example, you can create a smart playlist of album songs that you like.

  1. Go to the “File” section of the menu, go to the “New” item and open the “Smart Playlist” item.
  2. In the criteria for selecting songs, select “Rating”, and in the field next to it, select the criterion “is” and specify the maximum number of stars. ITunes song rating
  3. Click “OK”. As a result, you get a playlist with the album compositions that you like the most.

In the same way, you can fix an existing smart playlist, leaving only songs with a certain rating in it. You can also exclude songs with a low rating from the playlist, indicating in the criteria a selection by rating with the condition “is not”.

In the same criteria window of the smart playlist, you can select the option “Match only checked items”. In this case, only those songs whose rating you specified will be included in the playlist.

How to create a ringtone for iPhone in iTunes

ITunes makes it easy to make a ringtone from any song you like and transfer it to iPhone. Moreover, the duration of the ringtone and the place from which it starts and which ends is determined by the user himself in the process of creating a ringtone.

  1. Turn on your favorite track on iTunes and note the time of the beginning and end of the ringtone.
  2. Right-click on the song and select “Get Info” in the context menu.
  3. Open the “Options” tab and enter the start and end time of the ringtone. Make Ringtone for iPhone in iTunes
  4. Click “OK”.
  5. Again, right-click on the song and select “Create AAC version “. A new short file of this format will appear next to the selected song.
  6. Right-click on the short file and select “Show in Windows Explorer”.
  7. In the Explorer window that opens, change the extension of the file from .m4a to .m4r.
  8. Return to iTunes and delete the short file (the ringtone file will not be deleted).
  9. Go back to the Explorer via iTunes and double click on the ringtone. This will add it to your iTunes library.
  10. Connect iPhone to iTunes and sync sounds to copy ringtone to iPhone.
  11. In the iPhone settings, set the received ringtone as a ringtone.

This method of creating ringtones allows you to set any favorite melody from your iTunes library as a call or SMS signal.