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iTunes and iTunes Store, a How-To Guide

Everything you ever wanted to know about using iTunes -- and more!

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Though it may have started out simply as a way to play CDs and MP3s on the computer, iTunes is now much more than that. From the programs that manages your iOS devices to perhaps the leading store for digital downloads on the entire Internet, iTunes is a complex, powerful tool -- which means there's a lot to know about it. The articles below will help you learn the ins and outs of iTunes.

1. The Basics

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These basic articles will help you get up and running with iTunes, from installing the software to creating an account to help you start downloading from the iTunes Store.

2. AACs, MP3s, and CDs

Burning a CD in iTunes

Besides working with your iPod or iPhone, iTunes has powerful features as a music library. Use these articles to learn how to add songs to it from CDs, how to burn your own CDs, and some of the hot issues in digital music.

4. Backing up and Transferring iTunes

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One area in which iTunes is pretty complicated is transferring one iTunes library to a new computer, or restoring a library from backup after a crash. This gets especially complex when iPods and iPhones are involved. These articles sort out some of the confusion for you and help you figure out what to do.

5. Using iTunes with iPod, iPad, & iPhone

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The basics of using iTunes to manage an iPod, iPhone, or iPad are just that - basic. But there are a number of advanced features and tricks that can make life easier and more fun.

7. iCloud & iTunes Match

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As iTunes has gotten more connected with the Internet, it's become much more powerful and intelligent. Two of the major features that have enabled this are iCloud and iTunes Match. Learn all about these features, and how to use them, in these articles.

8. iTunes Store and Other Digital Music Stores

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While iTunes may be the first name that springs to mind when you think about buying music downloads, it's far from the only online music store that works with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

9. iTunes for Parents

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There are probably no gadgets hotter with today's pre-teens, teens, and young adults than the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Some parents may have concerns about what their kids can access with these devices, but there are tools that can help.

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