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Buy Digital Media through the iTunes Store

The hottest spot on the Internet for buying music and video is the iTunes Store, which you can reach from the cozy confines of iTunes, right from your MacBook. [more…]

Mark Your MacBook as a Security Measure

Put your brand on your laptop. Your MacBook deserves some sort of identifying information! Sure, this can be as simple as a fine-point Magic Marker on the bottom of the laptop — or an engraving tool for [more…]

Basic MacBook Security Measures

Of course, your MacBook is a high-dollar (and highly portable) electronic device, making it a prime target for theft. Don’t forget, however, that with a few simple steps, you can also secure the data on [more…]

Encryption and Your MacBook

The Security & Privacy pane of your MacBook's System Preferences is particularly important to laptop users because it allows you to encrypt your hard drive. Encryption prevents just about anyone from accessing [more…]

Unsecured Wireless on Your MacBook

Free Internet access is cool, it’s convenient, and public access wireless networks keep popping up more and more all over the world. New Orleans has upgraded to citywide free wireless Internet access, [more…]

Security Applications on Your MacBook

Security applications are available to track a stolen MacBook if the unthinkable happens: Your MacBook is stolen while you’re on vacation or on a business trip, and you know that the chances that it will [more…]

Your MacBook as the Digital Hub

Apple came up with the idea of a digital hub, whereby your MacBook acts as the center of an array of electronic devices. By using standardized cables, power requirements, built-in software, and even wireless [more…]

What Does Digital Mean?

Computers, including MacBooks, are handy machines. They can process information very quickly and never get bored when asked to do the same task millions of times. The problem is that despite their propensity [more…]

The Software That Drives Your MacBook's Digital Hub

At the heart of your digital hub is your MacBook. To use and manipulate all the data that arrives at your laptop, your computer needs software, which provides instructions on what to do with the information [more…]

iPhoto and Your MacBook

What good is a camera without a photo album? iPhoto,Apple’s photography software, serves as a digital photo album. Use it on your MacBook to help you arrange and manage your digital photos with advanced [more…]

iTunes and Your MacBook

To help you wrangle your enormous digital music and movie collection on your MacBook, Apple offers iTunes. For starters, iTunes is a sophisticated audio player for all your digital audio files. But iTunes [more…]

What You Can Play on iTunes on Your MacBook

Every installation of Mac OS X, including the one on your MacBook, comes with the finest stereophonic gadget in town: a great audio application called [more…]

Play an Audio CD with iTunes on Your MacBook

Playing an audio CD in iTunes on your MacBook is simple. Just insert the CD in your MacBook Pro’s disc slot, start iTunes by clicking its icon in the Dock, and click the Play button. [more…]

Play Digital Audio and Video with iTunes on Your MacBook

In addition to playing audio CDs, iTunes on your MacBook can play the digital audio files that you download from the Internet or obtain from other sources in the WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, MP2 and [more…]

The iTunes Library on Your MacBook

After you add a few dozen songs to iTunes on your MacBook, viewing the Library can become a task. Although a master list is nice for some purposes, it becomes as cumbersome as an elephant in a subway tunnel [more…]

Organize iTunes Playlists on Your MacBook

The iTunes Music Library on your MacBook can quickly become huge. Each Library can contain thousands upon thousands of songs: If your Library grows anywhere near that large, finding all the songs in your [more…]

Track Songs in iTunes on Your MacBook

Besides organizing your music into Elvis and non-Elvis playlists, iTunes gives you the option to track your music at the song level. Each song that you add to the Music Library has a complete set of information [more…]

How to Set Song Information in iTunes on Your MacBook

Each song that you add to the iTunes Music Library might have song information included with it. If you add music from a commercial audio CD, iTunes connects to a server on the Internet and attempts to [more…]

Rip Audio Files with iTunes from Your MacBook

You don’t have to rely on Internet downloads to get audio files: You can create your own MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV files from your audio CDs with iTunes. The process of converting audio files [more…]

Use the Equalizer to Tweak Audio in iTunes

Besides the standard volume controls, iTunes offers a full equalizer. An equalizer permits you to alter the volume of various frequencies in your music, allowing you to boost low sounds, lower high sounds [more…]

iTunes Radio

Besides playing back your favorite audio files, iTunes can also tune in Internet radio stations from around the globe. You can listen to any of a large number of preset stations, seek out lesser-known [more…]

Radio Stations in Your iTunes Playlists

If you find yourself visiting an online radio station more than once, you’ll be glad to know that iTunes supports radio stations in its playlists. To add a radio station to a playlist from the Radio list [more…]

Add Titles to Your Movies in iMovie on Your MacBook

You’ll find the Titles Browser in iMovie by clicking the Title button on the Browser toolbar (which bears a big capital T), or by pressing Command+3. You can add a title with a still image, but iMovie [more…]

Transitions in iMovie on Your MacBook

Many iMovie owners approach transitions as visual bookends: They merely act as placeholders that appear between video clips. Nothing could be farther from the truth, because judicious use of transitions [more…]

How to Edit Clips in iMovie on Your MacBook

If a video clip has extra seconds of footage at the beginning or end, you don’t want that superfluous stuff in your iMovie masterpiece. Your favorite video editor on your MacBook gives you the following [more…]

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