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Setting Up iTunes for Windows

Before installing iTunes for Windows, make sure that you're logged on as a Windows Administrator user if you're using Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Quit all other applications before installing and disable any virus protection software.

To install iTunes for Windows, download the ITunesSetup . exe file from the Apple Web site.

If for some reason you can't download this software from the Internet, and you're certain that the CD-ROM includes iTunes for Windows, you can use the CD-ROM to install iTunes. The CD-ROM installation process installs both iTunes for Windows and the iPod Updater for Windows.

To install iTunes for Windows, follow these steps:

1. Double-click the iTunes Setup. exe file, which you can download from the Apple Web site.

The installer comes to life, displaying its opening screen.

2. Click Next to begin installing iTunes for Windows.

After clicking Next, the installer displays a pane in the window with questions about the type of setup.

3. Select the appropriate options for your iTunes setup, and then click Next.

The options are

• Install Desktop Shortcuts: You can install shortcuts for your Windows desktop for iTunes.

• Use iTunes as the Default Player for Audio Files: Turning this on allows iTunes to be the default audio content player. iTunes offers more features than you typically find with players and browser plug-ins from other companies. On the other hand, if you're happy with your audio player, you can deselect this option, leaving your default player setting unaffected.

• Use QuickTime as the Default Player for Media Files: Turning this on allows QuickTime to be the default audio multimedia (including video and audio) player because QuickTime for Windows can play just about any media format and is comparable to players and browser plug-ins from other companies. On the other hand, if you're happy with your media player, you can deselect this option, leaving your default media player setting unaffected.

4. In the Choose Destination Location pane, select a destination folder for iTunes, and then click Next.

By default, the installer assumes that you want to store the program in the Program Files folder of your C: drive (which is an excellent place to store it, unless you have other ideas). If you want to use a different folder, click Browse to use Windows Explorer to locate the desired folder.

After you click Next, the installer proceeds with its task.

5. When the installer finishes, click Done.

iTunes for Windows is now installed on your PC.

To set iTunes up for your Internet connection and start using it, double-click the iTunes program or use your Start menu to locate iTunes and launch it. After that, follow these steps:

1. If this is the first time you've used iTunes, click the Agree button for Apple's License Agreement.

Apple's License Agreement appears only when you start iTunes for the first time.

Optional: Before you click the Agree button, you have a few other options, You can click the Save button to save the license agreement as a document, the Print button to print it, the Decline button to quit iTunes immediately, or simply go with the Agree button. If you don't agree, you can consult a lawyer, but you still won't be able to continue with the setup.

2. Click Next in the iTunes Setup Assistant opening screen.

The iTunes Setup Assistant takes you through the process of setting up the Windows version of iTunes for the Internet. After clicking Next, the Setup Assistant displays a pane that helps you find music files on your PC.

3. Select or deselect the following options for finding music (by default they are selected):

Add MP3 and AAC Files: Select this option if you already have music files in the AAC format that's used by iTunes and the iPod — this option copies those files automatically into iTunes. You might want to turn this off, however, because iTunes might find MP3 files that you don't want to add to your library (such music for games).

Add WMA Files: Select this option if you want to add unprotected Windows Media audio files to your iTunes library. This option automatically converts the WMA files to the AAC format. The original WMA files are left untouched.

4. The assistant asks if you want to keep your iTunes music folder organized. Select Yes or No, and then click Next.

The default is Yes, which tells iTunes to keep your music files organized — iTunes renames and moves files into appropriate folders when you edit the artist name, song title, album name, or track number. If you don't want this type of organization, click No.

5. The assistant asks if you want to go straight to the iTunes Music Store. Select Yes or No, and then click Next.

Select No until you are ready to go to the store.

6. Click Finish.

That's it — the iTunes window appears. You can drag the bottom-right corner or the edges of your iTunes window to make it larger or smaller on your screen.

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