Have you ever explored the various columns you can add to your iTunes Library list? I saw the “Comments” column and went on a quest to find out how to add a comment and found the “Get Info” box. Wow! You can edit a few key fields there. You can even edit the name of the song, artist, genre, and more on the info tab (pictured below). If you’re a runner or like to walk, work out, or ride to upbeat tempos, you can add the beats per minute (BPM). You can make comments that will help trigger your memory or give you a customized field you can sort by in the library list view. For me, my comments will help me remember what songs I want to learn on guitar. My comment there is “repertoire” or “guitar.” It’s YOUR field, do with it what you will.
To go to the dialog box below in iTunes:
1. Click on a song
2. Click on “File”
3. Go about half way down the drop-down list to “Get Info” and this box will pop up:
Maybe you already checked out the tabs available, but I, myself, LOVE the idea that I can have the lyrics available on iTunes, so I don’t have to go look them up on the Internet.
Have fun with this! It’s almost 2 AM and I’ve had a blast with it!!
For those of you who saw yesterday’s tip, you know it was on how to delete apps from your iPhone itself. Today, I’ll help you manage them on your iTunes. Here we go:
1. Plug your iPhone into your computer and open iTunes.
2. Click on your phone under “Devices.”
3. You will see a tab called “Apps,” circle #1. Click on that. Here is what you’ll see (minus the red circles and arrows, of course!)
4. Uncheck the boxes to the left of the list on the left side of the apps window (circle #2) OR tap the black “X” to the left of the app’s icon on the right half of the app window (circle #3). Note: if you accidentally remove the app from the icon side of the screen, it will just uncheck it from the list side. You don’t lose it permanently. Just re-check the checkbox on the list side of the window.
Today’s tip is on one of my favorite techie things EVER! Shazam working with iTunes to help me build my Music Library.
First, you need to be working with these phones (from shazam.com:
Then you need to have an iTunes account with some credit associated with it. I like to buy iTunes cards to keep from going too hog-wild buying tunes, but you can connect your bank card or credit card if you dare.
Now, download the Shazam app to your phone (process varies by phone). Once you’ve done that, Let the fun begin!
Anytime you hear a song you like, navigate to your Shazam icon on your phone, and tap it:
Let it do it’s thing for about 30 seconds. First it “Listens” to the music which, by the way, doesn’t have to be playing very loud. Next it goes and searches the music database for the song. If it finds it, and it usually does, it returns the name of the song AND the Artist. It will also show you all the things Shazam can do for you. This tip only applies to how Shazam can help you build your Music Library, so for now I’ll focus on the iTune option.
If you decide you want to buy that song, you tap the iTunes button:
Shazam then takes you through a verification process to get to your iTunes account and purchase the song. This can happen from Shazam tap to purchase close in about 45-60 seconds! I find that fascinating. I love when I’m traveling by car, hear a song on the radio I’ve never heard and I like it, Shazam it, iTunes it, and my library grows while I’m on the road!
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When you open your music library in iTunes, iTunes has a default table that it shows. It has several columns, all of which are labeled such as Name, Artist, Genre, Album, etc. If you’re like me, you don’t care about most of the other columns I didn’t mention in the previous sentence. iTunes has provided us some control there.
Open your iTunes music library. The figure below shows the link that can be found near the top of the iTunes window, left side.
You’ll notice the columns right away, but look at the names across the top of them. You’ll need to right-click somewhere in that column header row, like this figure below. I placed the arrow there to indicate where I right-clicked. You can click anywhere in that row and it will still work.
Here is the list of possible columns you could add. The ones with check marks are the ones I’m using right now. I can uncheck any of them to remove the column OR I could check some that aren’t checked to add them. Notice that there is a down arrow at the bottom of the list. That’s because there wasn’t enough space on the screen for the whole list. The arrow allows you to scroll for more options.
Once you’ve selected your column headers, you can re-arrange them. Just left-click in that header row. Hold the button and drag the column where you want it. The figure below shows me moving the “Album” column. The dark gray column shows you where your dragged column will land when you let go of your mouse button.
I’d love to know if this was an “Aha” for you! Comment below. While you’re at it let me know what you’d like a tip to be about (tech-y stuff, please?).
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