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Following are some tips and tricks for working more efficiently in iTunes. You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks, such as starting and stopping play with the spacebar and adjusting volume level using command-up arrow and command-down arrow.

CD Track Info

If you insert a new CD in your computer and all the song names in iTunes appear as "Track 1," "Track 2," "Track 3" and so on, you'll want to add the real album information before you import the CD. There are two ways to do so.

First, if you're connected to the Internet you can go to Advanced on the menu bar and select Get CD Track Names. Chances are high that your CD will be in Gracenote CDDB, the online CD database used by iTunes, and you'll receive song names in just seconds.
But perhaps your CD is rare and the album information is not in the database online. In that case, you can click the song name twice and then type the title manually. The same applies for the Artist and Album names.

View Options

In iTunes you can customize your view of library and playlist columns however you like. What track information is most important to you - Song Name, Time, Album, Artist, Genre, My Rating, Last Played (date), Date Added, Year, Play Count? In Edit > View Options you can show or hide up to 21 columns in your jukebox. You can even move the columns around by clicking and dragging the column headings. It's your jukebox. You can lay it out anyway you choose.
If you click a column heading, you sort your music library by the information in that column - My Ratings, Genre, Year or alphabetically by song name, album or artist, etc. Another click to the column heading reverses the sort order.
Adding Songs from CDs Top
To quickly add a song from a CD to an existing playlist, insert the CD, then drag the song from the list of CD tracks to the playlist. The song is automatically imported into your library and added to the playlist. To add a song from a CD to a new playlist, drag the song from the CD to the white area below the items in the Source list. The song is imported into your library and added to a new playlist.

Converting WMA Files
In iTunes for Windows, you can convert your unprotected WMA files to AAC files (or whatever file format is chosen in the Importing pane of iTunes Preferences) without changing the original WMA file. Simply drag the WMA files into your library in iTunes and iTunes does the grunt work, converting them for you. Windows Media Player 9 or later must be installed to convert unprotected WMA files. Protected WMA files cannot be converted.
To rename a song, album or CD, select its name in a list, then click the name again.
Changing Track Information
When you change information in the library, the change affects all your playlists, too.
Editing CD Information
To quickly enter CD information for all the songs on a CD, select the CD in the Source list and choose File > Get Info. You can enter basic CD information once for all the songs on the CD.
Playlist Windows Top
To open a playlist in a new window, double-click the playlist icon in the Source list.
Playlists from Albums
To quickly create a playlist from selected songs, select the songs in your library and then choose File > New Playlist From Selection or type shift-command-N.
You can also click Library and choose Edit > Show Browser (if you see only Hide Browser, then the browser is already visible). Drag an album from the Album list in the top-right section of the library to the white area below the items in your Source list. A playlist named after the album is created.
Copying Songs Between Playlists
To copy a song from one playlist to another playlist, drag the song to a playlist in the Source list.
CDs from Albums
To make your own CD from an album in your library, click Library and choose Edit > Show Browser (if you see only Hide Browser, then the Browser is already visible). Drag an album from the Album list in the top-right section of the library to the white area below the items in your Source list. Click the new album playlist icon to select it, then choose File > "Burn Playlist to Disc."*

Print CD Inserts
You can print a list of the songs in your library or a selected playlist to use as a CD jewel case insert, or simply to have a song or album list. Select your library or a playlist and choose File > Print. Choose whether you want to print a CD jewel case insert or song or album list. Select a printing theme from the Theme pop-up menu. Themes allow you to change how the information is printed. When you're done, click Print.
Compilation Albums Top
To see all the songs on a compilation CD grouped together in your library, make sure Group compilations when browsing is selected in iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences). In Mac OS X, you can open Preferences from the iTunes menu, or in Windows, choose Preferences from the Edit menu. If this checkbox is deselected, artists from compilation CDs appear individually in the Artist list in browse view.
Track Times
To switch between total, elapsed and remaining time, click the time display at the top of the iTunes window. (You might need to double-click a song to see the time display.) Click the song title to switch between artist, title and album name.

Total Times
To switch between the approximate and precise time for all the songs in the selected playlist or the library, click the time displayed at the bottom of the iTunes window.

Scratching Tracks
To scan forward or back when a song is playing, drag the diamond in the progress bar.
Avoiding Blank CD Alerts
To avoid the message that appears when you insert a blank CD, click the Burn button before inserting the blank CD.
* iTunes for Windows, "control-click" = "right-click." Menu items may vary.
iTunes Music Store Previews Top
To listen to a preview of a song in the iTunes Music Store, double-click a song. If your network connection is slower than 128 kbps, the preview may sound jittery. Choose iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences), and in the Store pane select the "Load complete preview before playing" checkbox.*
Buffer Sizes
If you have a fast Internet connection (DSL or cable modem), you can have the music that's streamed to your computer (Music Store previews, radio stations, shared music libraries) begin playing more quickly by choosing the Small streaming buffer size in the Advanced pane of iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences). If you have a slower Internet connection (modem), you can choose the Large buffer size for smoother streaming playback.

Quick Links
To quickly find more music in the iTunes Music Store from an artist in your library or perhaps a cover of the same song by a different artist, click the arrow next to the artist or song title in your library. To do so, open iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences) and make sure you check Show Links to Music Store.
Smart Playlists
An easy way to keep track of your music by genre or artist is to create Smart Playlists. A Smart Playlist continuously searches your music library for new tracks meeting the criteria you set. For example, you may want to have all your R&B/Soul music in one playlist. If you set up a Smart Playlist, it will gather every R&B/Soul song in your library and continuously add to the playlist new R&B/Soul songs imported into your library in the future.

You can even set up one Smart Playlist for multiple genres - R&B/Soul, Pop and Hip Hop/Rap. Not only that, you can also include or exclude songs you gave certain ratings or tracks from certain artists or albums. iTunes gives you 21 conditions to set as criteria for Smart Playlists, including Artist, Album, Year, Song Name, (Date) Last Played, Date Added, Genre, Composer, My Rating, Play Count and more.
The following are common Smart Playlist themes: genres, favorite artists or composers, songs played the most or never played at all, highest-rated songs, oldest Last Played songs, songs from a special year and many more options. To make a Smart Playlist in iTunes, go to File on the menu bar, then New Smart Playlist.
Share your Playlists Top
You can share your musical tastes with other people by publishing your best playlists on the iTunes Music Store for anyone to see, listen to and rate from one to five stars. Shared playlists include 30-second previews of any songs in your playlist that are also available on the iTunes Music Store. If a song in your playlist is not available on the Music Store, the song isn't listed in the shared playlist.
To share a playlist, select the one you want to share. Click the Publish arrow to the right of the playlist in the Source list. If you don't see the publish arrow to the right of a playlist in the Source list, make sure the "Show links to Music Store" checkbox is selected in iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences). Then enter the requested information about your playlist and click Publish.
Changes you make to your playlist after it's published are not updated automatically on the iTunes Music Store. You need to click the Publish arrow each time you make a change that you want to share.
Start the Party
Let's get the party started. And just as important - let's keep it going. iTunes Party Shuffle takes over as deejay, so you can relax and enjoy your party. Open iTunes > Preferences (Windows - Edit > Preferences), click Show Party Shuffle and then click OK. Select Party Shuffle from the Source list and iTunes creates a random playlist from music in your library. If you like you can change the Source (at the bottom of Party Shuffle playlist) from Library to select playlist.
More Party Shuffle options let you choose to see the last 5-100 songs played or none at all, as well as the next 5-100 songs that will play. Another nifty option lets you direct Party Shuffle to play higher rated songs more often. Using these options, you can add, remove and rearrange songs in the random playlist on the fly, leaving you with an awesome playlist and more time to party.
Control-click Shortcuts
You can Control-click songs, playlists, column headings and many other items in iTunes to do certain tasks more easily. For example, to see all the playlists that include a particular song, press the Control key and click the song, then scroll down to Playlists.

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