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Introduction to Music at the iTunes Store
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The homepage of the iTunes Store

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The iTunes Store has a huge selection of music--probably the world's biggest, in fact--that works seamlessly with your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or computer. One of the most fun things about having an iPod or iPhone, in fact, is scouring iTunes for new music (and movies and TV shows and podcasts and apps) and grabbing all your favorites.

This step-by-step guide covers buying music--songs and albums--at iTunes (on your desktop computer only. You can also buy via the iTunes app on any iOS device). To learn how to buy other kinds of content, try these articles:

To get anything from iTunes, the first thing you need is an account. You may have created one when setting up your device, but if not, learn how to set one up here. Once you have an account, you can start buying!

To begin, launch the iTunes program on your computer. Once it's loaded, go to the iTunes Store by clicking the iTunes Store button in the top right corner (in iTunes 11 and up; in earlier versions, it's in tray at the left of the iTunes window).

When you're at the Store, you'll see an array of featured items. Many of them are music, but not all. You'll also see featured apps, TV shows, movies, and more.

To find music, you have a few options:

  • If the item you're looking for is one of the featured items on this page, click it.
  • If you know what you're looking for, enter the name of the artist, album, or song in the search box in the top right corner and click enter.
  • If you want to browse the Store to see what's available, follow these instructions on how to browse the iTunes Store.
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