Apple opened the virtual doors to its iTunes Store on April 28, 2003, and music — and, indeed, all digital media — has never been the same since.
Suddenly, an industry fearful of internet piracy discovered a legitimate way to profit from digital music sales. Listeners didn’t have to go to their local record store (remember those?) to get the latest Norah Jones or 50 Cent CD. A song was only 99 cents, a steal when compared to an $18 CD. With their iconic white earphones, iTunes-powered iPods become a must-have mobile accessory.
1 What exactly is iTunes?
You may accomplish the following with iTunes: Organize your music and videos and play them. You may listen to or download an unlimited amount of songs with Apple Music (with a paid subscription) Music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, free podcasts, and more may be found at the iTunes Store.
2 What is the significance of iTunes?
iTunes is a piece of software that allows you to manage, play, and add to your digital media library on your computer, as well as sync it to a portable device. It’s a jukebox player for Mac and Windows that operates similarly to Songbird and Windows Media Player.
3 Compatibility with iTunes
The iTunes shop is still centered on music. In the world of portable players, iTunes compatibility is a bit of a quagmire, which is one of the reasons why some people shun it totally. With a Creative Nomad MP3 player, for example, you may utilize the iTunes Mac program (see iTunes for Mac OS X: Compatible Players for a complete list). However, iTunes for Windows only recognizes the iPhone, iPad, and iPod series, therefore connecting a Creative Nomad to a Windows PC running iTunes won’t work.
There isn’t even a version of iTunes for Linux PCs. However, there are workarounds available; simply search for “iPod Linux hacks” on Google. Furthermore, Apple is no longer updating the list of compatible players, implying that iTunes will no longer support new non-Apple devices in the future.
4 Apple’s iTunes
iTunes is a strong piece of software that is extensively interwoven into the Mac interface and has been slightly incorporated into iOS as well.
Originally, iTunes was intended for the purchase and download of music; this is still the case, despite the fact that streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify have eroded their market share. It’s also expanded into movies and television shows, allowing you to buy episodes of a series, box sets, or single movies to download and view on all of your iTunes-connected devices, similar to how the music function works.
On iTunes on PC, you can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish multiple tasks in iTunes. To find the shortcuts for common commands, look in the iTunes menus, or use the table below as a reference. Even you can download the below shortcuts in PDF & Excel format by clicking on the Below Download button.
iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts List
Play music, video, and more
|Start or stop playing the selected song||Space Bar|
|Play the currently selected song||Enter|
|Move forwards or backward within a song||Control-Alt-Right Arrow or Left Arrow|
|Listen to the next or previous album in a list||Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow|
|Show the currently playing song in the list||Control-L|
|When a song is playing, play the next song in a list||Right Arrow|
|When a song is playing, play the previous song in a list||Left Arrow|
|Increase the volume||Control-Up Arrow|
|Decrease the volume||Control-Down Arrow|
|Mute (and unmute) the sound (song keeps playing)||Control-Alt-Down Arrow|
|Go to the next or last chapter (if available)||Control-Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow|
|Stream audio file at a specific URL to iTunes||Control-U|
Create and manage playlists
|Create a new playlist||Control-N|
|Create a playlist from a selection of songs||Control-Shift-N|
|Create a new Smart Playlist||Control-Alt-N|
|Refresh the radio list (when Radio is selected)||F5|
|Refresh a Genius Playlist (when the playlist is selected)||F5|
Manage your iTunes library and media files
|Add a file to your music library||Control-O|
|Show where a song file is located||Control-R|
|Select the search field||Control-F|
|Edit the name of the currently selected item||F2|
|Undo your last typing change while still in edit mode||Control-Z|
|Cut the selected song’s information or artwork||Control-X|
|Copy the selected song’s information or artwork||Control-C|
|Paste the selected song’s information or artwork||Control-V|
|Choose artwork for the selected video||While the video is playing, Control-click the movie, then choose Set Poster Frame|
|Select or deselect all the songs in a list||Control-click the tickbox next to a song|
|Select all the songs in the list||Control-A|
|Deselect all the songs on the list||Control-Shift-A|
Change what you see
|Switch to Mini Player||Control-Shift-M|
|Enter or exit full-screen view||Control-Shift-F|
|Open the song or CD Info window for the selected song or CD||Control-I|
|In the Info window, see the info for the next or previous song in the list||Control-N or Control-P|
|Close the iTunes window||Control-W|
|Show or hide the Column Browser||Control-B|
|Turn the visualizer on or off||Control-T|
|Switch between viewing visual effects using the entire screen or in the iTunes window (when the visualizer is on)||Control-Shift-F|
|Open the View Options window for the selected source||Control-J|
|Refresh source list||F5|
Full keyboard navigation commands
|Select the next control||Tab|
|Click the currently selected control||Enter|
|Open or close the selected item’s arrow||Left Arrow or Right Arrow, or + and – on the numeric keypad|
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