Net Newbie to Net Savvy

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Class #5 - iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iPods, file sharing

  • history - created by Apple in 2001 as a way to organize and digitize your music library
  • rip a CD - pull tracks from a music CD and have your computer turn them into MP3s or AACs and store them on your hard drive
  • library - holds everything in iTunes – music, podcasts, videos, TV shows
  • playlists - a way to organize your music into groups - could be by genre, could be a special mix for a party, could be a compilation you want to burn to your own CD
  • internet radio stations
  • other buttons in the iTunes window - play, FF, RW, visualizer, loop and shuffle, full screen, add playlist
  • visit this page on for video tutorials and how-tos for iTunes

iTunes Music Store
  • tour the home page
  • features in the middle, top downloads on the right, categories on the left; explore them
  • find music, audio books, music videos, cartoons, TV shows, podcasts, movie trailers
  • browse mode (button in upper right corner) lets you browse categories in lists of text
  • search box - type in what you are looking for and see what matches it
  • iTunes essentials - ready-made sets of various genres and artists (if you want an instant collection)
  • iMixes - playlists set up by celebrities and regular people
  • extensive biographies and reviews
  • visit this page on for video tutorials and how-tos for iTunes Music Store

  • out of the box, attach it to your computer with the USB cable
  • follow instructions for naming and registering it
  • in iTunes, choose Preferences to set up how your files sync to your iPod
  • sync a playlist, a podcast, photo album, address book and calendar
  • tour of the iPod navigation and settings
  • visit this page on for video tutorials and how-tos for iPods

iPod accessories
  • visit iLounge for info on everything to do with iPods
  • headphones, ear buds and etymotic (in-ear) headphones
  • speakers - tiny, portable, and Bose Sound Dock
  • camera connector to download photos to your iPod when you're away from your computer
  • FM transmitter - transmits your iPod's sound over the air to a radio station
  • cables to plug your iPod into stereo or TV

File sharing
  • server client relationship
  • P2P (peer to peer) relationship
  • BitTorrent method of P2P sharing
  • peers have parts of a file
  • seeds have the whole file
  • the more machines sharing, the faster the downloads are for everyone
  • find and download a .torrent file from,,; open it in a BitTorrent program, choose where to save the main file, start download and watch k/second speed, peers and seeds

  • Read chapters 35-37 and Part 8
  • We will have a Q&A session so make a list of any questions you want to ask in our last session


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