While iTunes is already great for organizing and listening to your media collection, you might not know about all of its features. Check out these tips and tricks to get the most out of iTunes:
1. Use Apple Scripts
AppleScripts can be used to extend the functionality of iTunes. A perfect example of this is Quick Convert.
The Quick Convert feature lets you easily rip a CD to various file formats, but it can also create a playlist for your new files. This is not only beneficial for getting the right format, but it also saves time by encoding all of the media information for you in the list. When using Quick Convert, don’t forget to check the box that deletes original files if you don’t want duplicates hanging around taking up space.
2. Choose the Look of iTunes
If you’re not a fan of the latest iTunes, you can revert back to a previous version by going to View and then selecting Show Sidebar. From there, select View and then Show Status Bar. All you have to do from there is sort your media by artist.
3. Redeem Gift Cards Using Your Camera
One feature that can save you time in iTunes is its ability to scan codes. If you don’t want to type in your gift card’s number, you can write it down on a piece of paper. Next, go to the iTunes Store and click on Redeem. Now all you have to do is select Camera and hold your code up in front of your web cam. iTunes will automatically scan the code, verify it, and allow you to use it just as if you had entered it manually.
4. Use the Up Next Feature for On-the-Fly Playlists
When you’re listening to a song and you think of something else you’d like to hear next, you can use the Up Next feature to create an on-the-fly playlist. To do this without stopping the song that is currently playing, just click on the song or album you want to play next and select Add to Up Next. You also have the option to Play Next which adds the song or album to the top of the list to literally play next. To see your current list, click the List button in the middle of iTunes and then click on the clock icon.
Don’t forget to check out the Genius Tool in iTunes! and How to add music to iTunes and the iPhone using iTunes