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iTunes - Music Online - iTunes Music Retail store

The iTunes Music Retail store isn't the one alternative for downloading tracks in the Internet. But if you use iTunes and an iPod, it's unquestionably the most convenient, offering you instant, legal, access to hundreds of thousands of tracks for 79p/99c each and every. Unlike some of its competitors, the iTunes Music Retail store isn't a site, so don't expect to reach it with Internet Explorer or Safari. The only way in is via iTunes: basically connect towards the Net, click the Music Retail store icon in the Supply List, and after a few seconds the iTunes window will be taken over by the Store's front page...

Logging in for the first time

Though any iTunes user can browse the Music Retail store, listen to samples and appear at artwork, if you truly would like to invest in anything you need to set up an account. Which is very easily carried out: hit the Sign In button (top appropriate); press Produce New Account (or pick, if you prefer, to use your existing.mac or AOL account details); and follow the prompts to enter your payment and contact details. If somebody else is currently signed in towards the Retail store on the very same personal computer, they'll need to sign out first.

You'll need your ID and password each and every time you want to but something, so keep them safe.

Navigating

You shouldn't struggle to locate your way around the iTunes Music Retail store. Like on the net CD stores such as Amazon, it lets you peruse by genre, appear at "Staff Favourites", "Featured Artists", "Exclusives" and so on. But it also lets you use the various tools familiar from browsing your personal iTunes Library. For example:

Searching

As soon as you're in the Retail store the iTunes Lookup field can be applied to search the Store's catalogue. The homepage also features a link to Power Search" where it is possible to narrow your search criteria.

Browsing

The Browse function works in exactly the very same way as it does for your personal Library: hit the Browse button in the top appropriate corner and then browse genres, artists and albums in the columns that appear.

Quicklinks

Whether you're browsing your personal Library or the Music Store's catalogue, it is possible to use the grey circular Quicklink buttons in Song List to swiftly access all the Music Store's selections for a particular artist. Quicklinks can be turned on and off for your personal Library in iTunes Preferences under General.

Previewing Music

You'll be able to preview thirty seconds' worth of any track within the Music Retail store catalogue basically by double-clicking the song's name in the Song List. You'll be able to also drag any previews into playlists on the Supply List to listen to later. These previews will appear in the Song List all ready for you to click when you want to invest in the whole track.

Purchasing music

As soon as you're ready to buy some tracks, you will discover two ways to go about it. You could use the "1-Click" technique, whereby a single click of a Invest in Song button in the Song List will debit the payment from your card and start off the track downloading for your iTunes Library. Alternatively it is possible to shop utilizing a "Shopping Cart", which appears in the Supply List. As you browse the keep you add songs for your cart utilizing the Add Song buttons; when you're carried out, click the cart's icon in the Supply List, inspect it's contents and then hit the Invest in Now button in the bottom appropriate corner to pay and start off downloading.

You'll be able to set which technique you wish to use in the iTunes Preferences panel under Retail store.

Authorizing your personal computer

Music purchased in the iTunes Music Retail store can only be "authorized" for use on five machines at any a single time. This way Apple hope that they can curb the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music. Your personal computer is authorized to play music you buy if you set up your account, or if you enter your ID and password to play a song that you've downloaded.

If your account is currently authorized with five computers, you will have to deauthorize a single of the machines prior to playing music on a sixth. This is carried out by selecting Deauthorize personal computer... in the Advanced menu in iTunes. Equally, if you ever plan to sell or ditch an old machine which has been applied to play purchased songs, make certain you deauthorize it prior to you say goodbye.


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