Remember when Microsoft was the bad guy and Apple was the underdog? Funny how a brilliant idea can change everything. With the raging success of the iPhone , the iPod line of products and iTunes, you'll now find almost as many people ranting about Apple as about Microsoft. Where one person sees the coolest combination to hit electronics since TiVo met the TV , another sees plans for world domination. And it's all about one word: control. In this article, we'll see what makes iTunes the most popular jukebox software in the world, review some of its more advanced functions, explore the integrated iTunes Store and find out why the whole setup has inspired some lawsuits and epic hacking wars. First, let's cover the basics. It's a jukebox player along the lines of Songbird and Windows Media Player, and you can use it on a Mac or Windows machine. The most significant difference between iTunes and some other media players is the built-in iTunes Store where you can get podcasts ; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps; music videos; movies; audiobooks and TV shows, too and its multi-level integration with Apple's iPhone and its iPod portable media player. But a portable media player isn't the only way to enjoy iTunes content.
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By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus. These are all optional settings that you can access from the iTunes Summary pane. If you intend to connect your iPad to your computer to charge it, you might not want iTunes to launch every time you connect it. If you do choose to enable it, iTunes launches and synchronizes automatically every time you connect your iPad. Standard-definition video files are significantly smaller than high-definition video files. The conversion from HD to standard definition takes a long time, so be prepared for very long sync times when you sync new HD video and have this option enabled. A higher bit rate means that the song will have better sound quality but use a lot of storage space.
One of the most popular posts I wrote in was a set of step-by-step instructions to help you do what Apple doesn't want you to do with iTunes for Windows see Slimming down the bloated iTunes installer. Now that iTunes 10 has been released, it's apparent that nothing has changed in Cupertino. Why is that important? It configures two "helper" programs to start automatically every time you start your PC, giving you no easy way to disable them. It installs a network service that many iTunes users don't need and that has been associated with security and reliability issues. That's where this post comes in. It contains detailed, up-to-date instructions for cracking open that gigantic iTunes installer and installing just the pieces you want and need.
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