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The More Tab in Music on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPad is perhaps the best iPod ever — especially for working with music. When browsing music on your iPad, tap More to see

  • Genres: When you tap Genres, a grid of genres — Comedy, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, and so on — appears. Tap a genre, and a list of the songs in that genre appears.

    If the list of songs in an overlay is long enough, you may have to flick upward to see the rest of the songs.

  • Composers: A list of composers appears. Tap a composer, and all the albums and songs by that composer appear. Tap a song, and it plays; tap an album cover, and all the songs from that album play; or tap the Play All Songs button just below the Search field to play all songs from all the albums by that composer.

    Tap the Composers button near the top of the screen and just to the right of the word Library, or tap the Composers tab at the bottom of the screen to return to the list of composers.

  • Podcasts: Tap Podcasts and a grid of all the podcasts on this iPad appears. Tap a podcast to see its individual episodes; tap an episode to play it. To return to the grid of podcasts, tap anywhere outside the overlay.

If you’re wondering about the difference between an artist and a composer, imagine this if you will: You have a recording in your iTunes Library of a track entitled “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.” The composer will always be Ludwig van Beethoven, but the artist could be the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Austin Klezmer Ensemble, or many other performers.

Here’s another example: The ballad “Yesterday” was composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney but has been performed by artists that include The Beatles, Ray Charles, Boyz II Men, Dave Grusin, Marianne Faithful, and many others.

Check this out: Click a track in iTunes on your computer, choose File→Get Info, and then click the Info tab at the top of the window.

That’s just some of the information that can be “embedded” in an audio track. This embedded information, sometimes referred to as the track’s tags, is what your iPad uses to distinguish between artists and composers. If a track doesn’t have a composer tag, you won’t find it on the Composers tab on your iPad.