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Note: Using iTunes for Windows, you can convert nonprotected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format. This can be useful if you have a library of music encoded in WMA format. For more information, open iTunes and choose Help > “iTunes and Music Store Help.”

Organizing Your Music

Using iTunes, you can organize songs into playlists. A playlist is a list of songs you organize in any way you want. For example, you can make playlists with songs to listen to while exercising or with songs for a particular mood.

You can also make Smart Playlists that update automatically based on rules you define. When you add songs to iTunes that fit the rules, they automatically get added to the Smart Playlist.

You can make as many playlists as you like using any of the songs in your computer’s music library. Putting a song in a playlist doesn’t remove it from the library.

To make a playlist in iTunes: 1 Click the Add button.

Add button

2 Type a name for the playlist in the Source list.

Click Library, and then drag a song (or other audio file) to the playlist in the Source list. To select multiple songs, hold the Command (x) key or Shift key as you click each song.

Note: Keep in mind that if you add mixed audio to a playlist, such as audiobooks or podcasts along with songs, the books and podcasts will play in the order they appear. Pressing Next on iPod nano won’t skip the whole book or podcast but will move you through the chapters first.

To make a Smart Playlist: m Choose File > New Smart Playlist and choose the rules for your playlist.

Note: You can also make playlists on iPod nano, called On-The-Go Playlists, when iPod nano isn’t connected to your computer. See “Making On-The-Go Playlists on iPod nano” on page 26.

Chapter 2

Music Features


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