It is now really hard to find someone who has never heard of iTunes. Also thanks to the success of devices such as iPhone and iPad and the birth of services such as Apple Music, Apple's program to manage and play multimedia files (music in the first place) has become very famous, but this does not mean that everyone knows how to use it to the fullest.
If you too are part of that group of users who have always heard of iTunes, perhaps they have just downloaded it on their PC for the first time but do not know how to exploit its full potential, get ready: we are going to deepen the matter with a tutorial - I hope sufficiently clear and linear - in which we will analyze all the main scenarios of use of the software in question.
Whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac, it doesn't matter - if you want to find out how to use iTunes, all you have to do is keep reading. All the information you need is right below. Happy reading and have fun!
How to Download ITunes
The first step you need to take, of course, is to get hold of iTunes.
A PC equipped with Windows 10, you can download the program directly from Microsoft Store (the application and game store included in the Microsoft operating system): just open this link, press the buttons Get e apri (in order to allow the opening of the store) and click on the button Install of the Microsoft Store. If necessary, log into your Microsoft account.
If you use a previous version of Windows or you need to use a program that explicitly requires the "classic" version of iTunes (eg programs to explore iPhone or to jailbreak iPhone), you can get the software by connecting to the Apple website and clicking on the link first Windows placed next to the item Are you looking for other versions? (below) and then on the button Download iTunes for Windows (64-bit) now. If, on the other hand, you have a 32-bit operating system, click on the item below Are you looking for the 32-bit Windows version? Download the app from here.
A download complete, apri il file .exe obtained and wait for the initial loading bar to complete. Then click on the button forwardscegli se add a shortcut to iTunes on the desktop e whether to use iTunes as the default player for audio files (by checking or unchecking the appropriate boxes) and press the buttons Install, Yes, yet Yes e end, but will conclude the setup.
If you use a Poppy updated to macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you should know that iTunes is no longer supported or included in the operating system.
Its functionalities have been divided among various applications: in Music, TV e Podcasts the functions of managing and reproducing multimedia contents have been included, while al Finder was given the task of managing portable devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod) connected to the computer.
On previous versions of macOSinstead, iTunes is included "as standard" and therefore does not need to be installed. In the unlikely event that you have removed it or it doesn't work properly, you can download it from Apple's website and install it again by opening the file .dmg obtained, starting theexecutable contained within it and following the instructions on the screen. More info here.
How to Use ITunes on Computer
At this point, you are ready to find out how to use iTunes. The instructions I will give you will be valid for both Windows and older versions of macOS with iTunes included. There are some small differences only on macOS 10.15 Catalina where, as mentioned, the functionality of iTunes has been divided into other applications. In any case, you will find everything explained in detail below.
How to Use ITunes with IPhone
One of the main usage scenarios for iTunes is the one related to the connection of iPhone (or other Apple portable devices) with your computer.
If you also have an "iPhone by" and want to know how to use iTunes with iPhone, all you have to do is connect the phone to the computer via cable, wait for iTunes to start automatically and click on the icon iPhone, top left. If you are using a Mac with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you have to manually open the Finder (the icon with the smiling face on the Dock bar) and select the icon of theiPhone from the side bar of the sinistra.
If this is the first time you are connecting iPhone and computer, you must answer in the affirmative to warning that appear on both your computer and phone and type the unlock code on your smartphone.
Now you can manage your iPhone from your computer and transfer the files of your interest to it. All you have to do is select one of the items available in the sidebar of iTunes or in the top bar of Finder and proceed as you prefer.
In the Riepilogo find all the information on the device connected to the computer (capacity, serial number, etc.) and all the options related to the iOS update, backup / restore and data management on the device. More precisely, I point out that in the box dedicated to options find functions for sync with iPhone via Wi-Fi (so to let iPhone and computer communicate even wirelessly, if connected to the same Wi-Fi network) and for manually manage music and videos, if you want to be able to copy music, videos and other content to your device without syncing it with your iTunes library.
iTunes and the Finder of macOS 10.15 (or later) allow you to choose whether sync data with iPhone or simply copy them to the memory of the latter. The difference between the two procedures is quite obvious: in the first case, the computer's multimedia library (or part of it) is kept synchronized with the iPhone, so a change made on either device is reflected in the other; in the second case, however, you can freely copy files from the computer to the iPhone without any synchronization of the libraries and without any reciprocity rule.
To synchronize the contents of the iTunes library (or equivalent applications in macOS 10.15 Catalina and later) with iPhone, you must select the items Music (for music), Videos (for videos), TV Programs (for TV programs) e Photos (for photos) from the menu Settings iTunes (on the left) or from the menu at the top of the Finder window.
Next, you have to check the boxes related to the contents to be synchronized with the iPhone (you can choose whether to synchronize the entire library or single items, e.g. single albums or playlists for music) and click on the buttons Apply e end.
Please note that if you have enabled iCloud Music Library and / or iCloud Photos on your iPhone, you will not be able to sync content between your phone and computer, as you will have a single cloud storage synchronized across all devices.
For more information, I refer you to my tutorials on how to copy music to iPhone, how to copy videos to iPhone, how to copy photos to iPhone and how to insert ringtones on iPhone where you will find all the details of the case.
For copy files to iPhone without syncing iTunes library (or the applications that have taken its place in the most recent versions of macOS), first make sure you have enabled the function manually manage music and videos in the section Riepilogo iTunes or Finder, then proceed like this.
- On iTunes - select items Music, Videos, TV Programs o Books in the section On the device on the left sidebar and drag the files you want to copy to iPhone into the iTunes window.
- Su Finder - select the tab Fillet from the Finder menu, click the button Manage space (top right), choose a section from Videos, TV Programs, Tracks, Podcasts, Audio books e Books from the box that appears and drag the files to upload to the iPhone in the latter.
If, on the other hand, you want to copy files to third-party applications that support this feature, select the item File sharing from the side menu of iTunes or the card Fillet from Finder, scegli l 'app of your interest and drag the files to transfer to iPhone in the box next to it. For more details, read my guide on how to transfer files from PC to iPhone.
You can connect as many iPhones as you want to the same PC, as long as you always authorize communication between the devices as seen above. So if you want use iTunes with two iPhones or more, you simply have to repeat all the steps outlined above.
How to Use ITunes for Music
Before the launch of the iPhone and iPad, iTunes was primarily a player and a digital music store: it was, in fact, what revolutionized the music market, starting the boom of digital downloads.
Today that business model has been superseded by the music streaming à la Spotify and, in fact, Apple has decided to transform iTunes into the client that allows access to Apple Music: its music streaming service. But now let's go in order, because the software of the Cupertino giant allows you to really do everything with music, both locally and on the cloud.
If you want to add songs to your iTunes music library, set the option first Music in the drop-down menu located at the top left. At this point, all you have to do is select an item from Add files to the library (to add single tracks) or Add folder to library (to add entire folders) from the menu Fillet placed at the top left and that's it. Alternatively, you can also directly drag and drop the files of your interest into the program window. iTunes will automatically download the information and covers of all the songs.
I advise you to activate the option Copy files to iTunes Media folder while adding to library: in this way, all the files copied to the program library will be stored in the same folder and therefore you will be able to manage and possibly export the iTunes library with greater ease. Find the option in question in the menu Edit> Preferences iTunes, then selecting the tab Advanced in the window that opens.
To buy songs and albums from the Apple store, however, you can select the tab Store, up. To complete a purchase you will need to log in with yours Apple ID (if you don't have it yet, you can create it on the spot) and providing a valid payment method.
Once added to the iTunes library, songs can also be organized in playlist e burned to CD / DVD, in the form of standard audio CDs or MP3 discs. To create a playlist, all you have to do is select the appropriate item from the menu Fillet (top left), then you have to drag the songs of your interest to the title of the same, in the sidebar of iTunes. You can also create playlist smart, which dynamically update their contents based on the parameters you set (e.g. songs you like, recently added, belonging to certain genres / artists, and so on).
If you want to create a disc with your favorite songs, however, you need to add them to one playlist, right click on the name of the same in the left sidebar and select the option of burning give the menu check if you press.
For more information, read my guides on how to add songs to your iTunes library, how to create playlists in iTunes and how to burn audio CDs with iTunes.
Instead of importing songs from your PC or buying them from the iTunes Store, you prefer to subscribe to the music streaming service Apple Music and create your "infinite" music library synchronized on all devices? Nothing easier: select the card Discover iTunes, click on the item to perform theaccess (if you are already subscribed to Apple Music) or the one for try the service for 3 months (if you are a new subscriber), log into your Apple ID and that's it.
Please note that, as with Spotify and the like, Apple Music music is protected by DRM, therefore the reproduction and download of the same are bound to the official software and devices supported by Apple (iTunes / Music on your computer, the application Music on iPhone / iPad and the application Apple Music on Android). It is not possible to burn Apple Music to CD / DVD, while you can create and share playlists.
If you don't see any option to activate Apple Music in iTunes, go to the menu Edit> Preferences> General of the program and check the box Show Apple Music features. To find out more, I invite you to read my guide on how Apple Music works, where you find everything explained.
If you use a Poppy with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you can perform all the operations described above through the application Music, which has practically the same interface as iTunes but does not allow you to manage content other than music.
How to Use ITunes for Photos
You would like to manage yours photo via iTunes? This is not possible. The images, in fact, are among the few multimedia contents that the famous Apple software does not manage directly.
The only thing that can be done is use iTunes to sync photos to iPhone. In this case, just connect the smartphone to the computer (as explained in one of the previous chapters of the tutorial), select the item Photos from the iTunes sidebar, check the box Synchronize photos and choose the folder of photos to copy to the phone, using the drop-down menu Copy photos from.
Next, you have to choose whether to sync to iPhone all folders or just the selected folders (by ticking the appropriate boxes), if include videos in synchronization and start copying the data by pressing the buttons Apply e end located at the bottom right.
I remind you that if you have activated the iCloud Photos service on your iPhone, you will not be able to directly sync photos from iTunes to iPhone (you will have to upload them to your cloud storage). For more information, you can refer to my tutorial on how to copy photos to iPhone or, in case you want to do the opposite, to my guide on how to import photos from iPhone to PC.
If you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you can follow the directions I just gave you through the Finderby selecting your icon iPhone from the side bar of the sinistra.
How to Use ITunes for Other Content
In addition to music, iTunes also allows you to manage Podcast, the film (i.e. videos), i books and other multimedia content. It is no longer possible to manage the apps for iPhone / iPad, which are managed independently by the portable devices of the Cupertino giant.
To access the other contents of iTunes, all you have to do is select the appropriate item from the drop down menu located at the top left and proceed more or less as I explained for the music.
Movies can be uploaded directly from your computer (if in MP4 / M4V format) or purchased / rented from the iTunes Store; the same goes for books. Podcasts are free and can be downloaded from the navigation menu integrated into the program. For more details you can check out my tutorials on how to rent movies on iTunes and how to read eBooks on iPad.
Other data, such as contacts e Calendar, are synchronized to your computer via iCloud (on Windows you have to install the appropriate client, as also explained in my tutorial on how iCloud works).
On macOS 10.15 Catalina and later, applications must be used to manage video content and podcasts TV e Podcasts, while for books and PDFs the application Books.