A Guide on How to Use iTunes and The iTunes Store

iTunes! Does one need to introduce it? The name is enough – iTunes and iTunes store is a household name that requires no introduction. But every once in a while you feel the need to know a few things about it. Especially with every new feature, it is a necessity to know what’s new and how to set it up on your iPod or iPhone etc.

This article is about the new features on iTunes and new apps on iTunes Store. Continue reading further to know all about it.

1. iCloud:

It’s quite common for most of us to rely on the cloud for the convenience of it especially, with storage and backup and the ease of sharing files. Similarly, iCloud is a service that keeps all your devices in sync. iTunes to enhance its features has gotten connected with the internet and made it easier and convenient with iCloud.  This is where you can have an account that stores all your songs and it makes it convenient each time you want to share them on the devices authorized to access your account.

2. iTunes Match:

It is a feature offered by Apple. It is a part of iCloud web-based services. This feature assists you to upload your entire music library to your iCloud account where you will be able to share it with other devices authorized to access your account. This feature is also designed to work closely with the PC activation features added back with iOS5. Here, instead of putting in the effort to sync your iOS devices to your iTunes library every time you add music. All you have to do is simply download the music to your iCloud account via iTunes Match. This feature basically enables you to set up and activate your iOS device without having to connect it to your computer.

As this is a new feature it is important to know how to set it up and what are the requirements.

(i) You will need an iTunes account

(ii) You will need an iPhone, 3rd generation iPod touch, iPad.

(iii) You will need iTunes and iOS along with an annual subscription fee.

Now that you know all the requirements for setting up iTunes Match, continue to read on to know how to set it up.

(i)  On your, iTunes click on the Store Menu and then click turn on iTunes Match.

(ii)  The iTunes Match offers a Signup screen where you will have to choose whether or not you want to Subscribe. If you choose to Subscribe then, you will have to sign in to the iTunes account that you want to add your music to.

(iii) iTunes Match runs a scan of your library and sends the information to Apple.

(iv) Once, that is done iTunes begins to match your music i.e if the songs in your iTunes library are also available in iTunes Store then those songs are automatically added to your account so you need not upload them.

(v) The songs that did not match as mentioned in the above step those songs have to be uploaded.

(vi) Now, with all your songs uploaded and the process complete click on Done. Henceforth, you will be able to share your music across all devices that have access to your Apple ID.

3. Configuring iTunes Restrictions:

With this generation, the main attraction is iPod and iPad. These gadgets have become a big hit with the kids and teenagers across the globe. But with the majority of parents and households having iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc. It has become a necessity to keep some areas restricted as iTunes Store are full of books, movies, and music. Not all of these are age appropriate so it is obvious to block access to these contents. But how do you restrict access? The answer is simple to use iTunes restrictions.

Restrictions are a built-in feature that lets you block access from your computer to selected iTunes Store content.

To enable iTunes Store Restriction here’s what you need to do:

(i) You will have to open the iTunes program on your desktop or laptop computer.

(ii) If you are using a PC then click on the Edit menu. If you are using a Mac then click on iTunes menu.

(iii) Click on Preferences and then click on the Restrictions tab.

(iv) In the Restrictions tab is where you will find the options like Podcasts, Internet Radio, iTunes Store, Apple music, iTunes connect, Shared iTunes libraries. You have to Check the boxes to block complete access to them. There is also a Disable box – to disable the blocked access.

Now, that you have come to know about the latest features in iTunes music and how to use it and set it up correctly in a way that suits your home. Let’s get some basic yet important information about iTunes Store.

One of the most basic, commonly used and yet important thing to know about iTunes Store is the combination of purchasing and troubleshooting aspect of it.

1. If the purchase didn’t happen:

Most of the time purchasing from the iTunes store is simple and worry free. But there are times when issues with iTunes store show up. One of the most common is what if the purchase didn’t happen? The answer to that is simple and all you have to do is:

(i) You have to open iTunes and click on the Account menu.

(ii) Now click on View my Account and if you are asked to log into your Apple ID then log in and click View Account.

(iii) Now all you have to do is scroll down to the Purchase History section and click on See All. Here you will be able to see when your most recent purchase was and what it was.

2. Re-download using iCloud:

There are times when your purchase has succeeded and the items you are searching for does not show in the available downloads. What do you do when something like this happens? The solution is simple and you can get your missing item on iCloud. Apple stores all your iTunes and app store purchases in your iCloud account where you can easily re-download them.

But if you come across a situation where you have lost or accidentally deleted iTunes song or two on the mac then do not worry because recovering iTunes songs on Mac is quick and easy, irrespective of the reason for the deletion.

A Guide on How to Use iTunes and The iTunes Store was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by John Harris

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