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iPod & iTunes For Dummies

Users love their iPods, iPhones, and iPads because Apple's digital devices do what they do so well, whether that involves playing music, surfing the web, sending and receiving e-mail, watching YouTube videos, or playing games.

18 iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are great ways to get your computer to do what you want to do fast. The following table gives you both Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts for making your way through iTunes at blazing speeds.

Function Mac Shortcut Windows Shortcut
Play selected song or video from beginning. Return Enter
Play song or video after pausing. Spacebar Spacebar
Pause playing the song or video. Spacebar Spacebar
Play next song or video. Right arrow right arrow
Play previous song or video. Left arrow Left arrow
Increase volume. Command-up arrow Ctrl-up arrow or Ctrl++
Decrease volume. Command-down arrow Ctrl-down arrow or Ctrl+-
Mute volume. Command-Option-down arrow or Command-Option-up arrow Ctrl-Alt-down arrow or Ctrl-Alt-up arrow
Eject CD. Command-E Ctrl-E
Open Info window. Command-I Ctrl-I
Show currently playing song or video. Command-L Ctrl-L
Create a playlist. Command-N Ctrl-N
Shrink to mini-player (Windows). Command-Shift-M Ctrl-M
Minimize to Dock (Mac). Command-M Not applicable
Display visuals full-screen. Command-F Ctrl-F
Go to next page in iTunes Store. Command-] Ctrl-]
Go to previous page in iTunes Store. Command-[ Ctrl-[
Temporarily stop an iPod from automatically synchronizing Command-Option Shift-Ctrl

Five Easy Pieces for iPod touch Commands

Using your iPod touch should be easy, but if you don't know what you're doing, it won't. To become an iPod touch power user, master the following tricks and techniques for viewing, listening, and searching.

  • "Hey! Ba-Ba-Reset!": To reset the iPod touch, press and hold the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, ignoring the "Slide to Power Off" message, until the Apple logo appears.

  • "Room to Zoom": To zoom into a Web page, photo, or map, spread two fingers apart on the screen (unpinch). To zoom into a column of text, double-tap. To zoom out, bring your fingers together on the screen (pinch), or double-tap.

  • "(I Been) Searchin'": To show the Spotlight Search screen, press the home button on the first Home screen, or tap the search icon, or flick the first Home screen with your finger to the right.

  • "Copying, Pasting, Hoping": To copy a section of text (such as from a web page), touch and hold inside the section so that it is highlighted with handles on either end and the Copy bubble appears, and then tap Copy. To paste, touch and hold the insertion point to magnify the view so that the Paste bubble appears, and then tap Paste.

  • "It's Only Flick and Scroll (But I Like It)": To scroll a list or screen, drag the screen with your finger or, for faster scrolling, flick the screen up or down. To switch from one screen to another, swipe the screen with your finger from left or right.

Six Tips for iPod Mastery

Make sure that using your iPod remains just this side of divine by mastering the following tricks and techniques for the iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch, and iPod Shuffle:

  • Reset an iPod: Toggle the iPod classic hold switch on and off, and then press the Menu and select buttons simultaneously for six seconds. For the iPod nano, press the sleep/wake button and the home button for six seconds. For the iPod touch, press the sleep/wake button and home button for fifteen seconds. For the iPod shuffle, slide the three-way position switch to the Off position.

  • Increase or decrease the volume on an iPod classic: Scroll the click wheel clockwise to increase the volume or counterclockwise to decrease it (while the song is playing).

  • Pause audio playback in an iPod classic or iPod nano: Disconnect your headphones or EarPods, or press the play/pause button on an iPod classic, or tap the play/pause button on an iPod nano.

  • Turn off an iPod classic: Press and hold the play/pause button. To turn it on, press any button (as long as the hold switch is set off-hold).

  • Play songs in an iPod randomly: On an iPod shuffle, slide the three-position switch to the crossing arrows icon. On an iPod touch or iPod nano, if you turn on Shake to Shuffle in Settings→Music, you can shake the iPod to shuffle songs. On an iPod classic, choose Shuffle Songs from the main menu.

  • Play songs in an iPod shuffle sequentially: Slide the three-position switch to the arrows-in-a-loop icon.

12 iPod Soundtracks for Travel Experiences

Half the fun of listening to your iPod comes from being able to do it on the road. While everyone has differing musical tastes, you might consider some of the following list while enjoying the wide open spaces:

  • The Joshua Tree, by U2: Cruising Death Valley. (If you start the album at the entrance, you hear “In God’s Country” at an appropriate spot, no matter how fast or slowly you drive.)

  • Anthem of the Sun, by the Grateful Dead: While you’re driving over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco at sunset.

  • “Across the Great Divide” on The Band, by The Band: When you reach the crest of Donner Pass in the California Sierras on I-80, or the crest of Monarch Pass on the Continental Divide on U.S. 50 in Colorado. “Just grab your hat / And take that ride.”

  • Magical Mystery Tour, by the Beatles: Taking the Number 77 double-decker out of Liverpool to Grove Street, Dale Street, Smithdown Road, and yes, Penny Lane (where you can walk to Strawberry Fields, if you get directions from the Maps app on your iPod touch).

  • “All Aboard” on Fathers and Sons, by Muddy Waters: Taking a train heading north from Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Chicago, and then following this tune with Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train” and John Lee Hooker’s “Peavine.”

  • “East-West” on East-West, by the Butterfield Blues Band, or “Eight Miles High” on Fifth Dimension, by the Byrds: Flying east or west across the country.

  • The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, or Jan and Dean: Roller-skating on the Venice, California, boardwalk.

  • “Walk on the Wild Side” on Transformer, by Lou Reed, and Paul’s Boutique, by the Beastie Boys: Jogging in Central Park.

  • “Wooden Ships” on Crosby, Stills & Nash, by Crosby, Stills, and Nash; anything by Jimmy Buffett; and “Sail Away” on Sail Away, by Randy Newman: Sailing around the Florida Keys and up the east coast into Charleston Bay.

  • “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” on Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, by Little Feat, and “I’ve Been Everywhere” on Unchained, by Johnny Cash: Driving an 18-wheeler, rolling through northern New Jersey into New York City.

  • Miles Davis, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, or Sonny Rollins: Touring the bridges to and from Manhattan.

  • Pink Floyd: Hopping around in an astronaut suit on the dark side of the moon.

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