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Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Choose which columns to show in iTunes

When using the column browser in iTunes, to choose which columns to show, choose View>Column Browser, then select the columns

Automatically delete watched movies and TV shows in iTunes

In iTunes, to store watched movies and TV shows in iCloud, choose iTunes> Preferences, click Advanced, then select the “Automatically delete watched movies and TV shows” option.

Access the User Guide for iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV from iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly access a link to the User Guide for iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, choose Help, then select an option.

Crossfade songs in iTunes

In iTunes, to fade songs in and out, with no silence between them, choose iTunes> Preferences, click Playback, then select Crossfade Songs.

Change text size when viewing items in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, to change the text size when viewing items in your library in a list, choose iTunes> Preferences, click General, then select an option for List Size.

Show a song, artist, or album in the iTunes Store in iTunes

In iTunes, to show a song, artist, or album in the iTunes Store, Control-click it in a list, then choose Go To> Show in iTunes Store.

Play the next song in a list in iTunes

When a song is playing in iTunes, press Right Arrow to play the next song in a list.

See when an app in iTunes was purchased

In iTunes, to see when an app in My Apps was purchased, and by whom, select the app, choose Edit> Get Info, then click File.

Play the previous song in a list in iTunes

When a song is playing in iTunes, press Left Arrow to play the previous song in a list.

Delete a song from all playlists and your iTunes library in iTunes

In iTunes, to delete a song from all playlists and from your iTunes library, select the song, then press Option-Delete.

Shuffle songs within the group they are in iTunes

In iTunes, when shuffle is on, to shuffle songs within the group they are in, choose Controls> Shuffle> Groupings.

Change a song information column in iTunes

In iTunes, when browsing your music using the column browser, to change a song information column, Control-click the column's heading.

Remove an item from the Library section of the sidebar in iTunes

In iTunes, to remove an item from the Library section of the sidebar, Control-click the item, then choose "Remove from Sidebar" from the pop-up menu.

Turn shuffle on or off from the Dock in iTunes

In iTunes, to turn shuffle on or off from the Dock, click and hold the iTunes icon in your Dock, then select Shuffle.

Hide purchased items in iTunes

In iTunes, to hide purchased items, choose Account> Purchased, then hold your pointer over an item and click the (X) icon in the upper-left corner.

Create your own Equalizer presets in iTunes

In iTunes, to create your own Equalizer presets, drag the sliders the way you want, then choose Make Preset from the pop-up menu.

Mute the sound in iTunes

When playing a song in iTunes, press Option-Command-Down Arrow to mute the sound.

Be notified when a new song begins to play in iTunes

In iTunes, to display a notification from Notification Center when a new song begins to play, choose iTunes> Preferences, then click General and select "When song changes" for Notifications.

Keep the movie window on top of all other windows in iTunes

In iTunes, when playing video in a separate window, to keep the movie window in front of all open windows, choose iTunes> Preferences, then click Advanced and select "Keep movie window on top of all other windows".

Pause a song in iTunes

In iTunes, to pause a song that is playing, press the Space bar.

Show where a song file is located on your Mac in iTunes

In iTunes, to show where a selected song file is located on your Mac, choose File> Show in Finder, or press Shift-Command-R.

Show the visualizer in iTunes

In iTunes, to show the visualizer, choose View> Show Visualizer, or press Command-T

Open the equalizer in iTunes

In iTunes, to open the equalizer, choose Window> Equalizer, or press Option-Command-E.

Show the Up Next list in iTunes

In iTunes, to show the Up Next list, choose View> Show Up Next, or press Option-Command-U.

Play a video in a separate window in iTunes

In iTunes, to play a video in a separate window, start playing the video, then choose View> Video Playback> in Separate Window.

Mark a movie as unwatched in iTunes

In iTunes, to mark a movie as unwatched, Control-click the movie, then choose "Mark as Unwatched" from the pop-up menu.

Add a song to your Up Next list in iTunes

In iTunes, to add a song to your Up Next list, drag the song to the top-center of the iTunes window.

Enter song lyrics in iTunes

In iTunes, to enter song lyrics, select a song, then choose File> Get Info, then click Lyrics and enter the words to the song.

Close the equalizer in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly close the equalizer if it is open, press Option-Command-E.

Show the Column Browser in iTunes

In iTunes, to show the Column Browser, choose View> Column Browser> Show Column Browser, or press Command-B.

Change the buttons that appear at the top of the window in iTunes

In iTunes, to change the buttons that appear at the top of the window, click the More (∙∙∙) button, then choose Edit from the pop-up menu.

Disallow explicit content in iTunes Radio

In iTunes, in iTunes Radio, to disallow explicit content on all stations, click Off next to Allow Explicit (above My Stations).

Get album artwork in iTunes

In iTunes, to retrieve album artwork from the iTunes Store for songs in your library, Control-click the songs, then choose Get Album Artwork from the shortcut menu.

Delete a station from My Stations in iTunes Radio

In iTunes, to delete a station from My Stations in iTunes Radio, Control-click the station, then choose Delete from the shortcut menu.

Allow explicit content in iTunes Radio

In iTunes, in iTunes Radio, to allow explicit content on all stations, click On next to Allow Explicit (above My Stations).

View all types of media in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, to view all types of media in a list, choose iTunes> Preferences, then click General and select "Show list views for all media".

Hide the sidebar in iTunes

In iTunes, to hide the sidebar if it is showing, choose View> Hide Sidebar, or press Option-Command-S.

Mark a TV show as unwatched in iTunes

In iTunes, to mark a TV show as unwatched, Control-click the TV show, then choose "Mark as Unwatched" from the pop-up menu.

Play a video in a separate window in iTunes

In iTunes, to play a video in a separate window, start playing the video, then click the thumbnail to the left of the progress bar.

Quickly select all of the songs in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly select all of the songs in a list, Command-click the checkbox next to any unchecked song.

Show duplicate items in iTunes

In iTunes, to find every instance of a song by the same artist from any album in your library, choose View> Show Duplicate Items.

Hide the status bar in iTunes

In iTunes, to hide the status bar if it is showing, choose View> Hide Status Bar, or press Command-/.

Create a new station in iTunes Radio in iTunes

In iTunes, to create a new station in iTunes Radio, click the plus (+) button next to My Stations, then enter an artist, genre, or song.

Set equalizer presets for a specific song in iTunes

In iTunes, to set equalizer presets for a specific song, select it, then choose File> Get Info, then click Options and choose a setting from the Equalizer Preset pop-up menu.

Go to the next Get Info pane in iTunes

In the Get Info window in iTunes, press Shift-Command-Right Bracket to go to the next info pane.

Copy the serial number of a connected iOS device in iTunes

In iTunes, to copy the serial number of a connected iOS device, select the device, then choose Edit> Copy Serial Number.

Go to the next song in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, press the Down Arrow key to go to the next song in a list.

Shuffle by songs in iTunes

In iTunes, to shuffle by songs when shuffle is on, choose Controls> Shuffle> By Songs.

Go to the next preference pane in iTunes

In iTunes, in the Preferences window, press Shift-Command-Right Bracket to go to the next preference pane.

Customize the names of your stations in iTunes Radio

In iTunes, to customize the names of your stations in iTunes Radio, click a station's name, then type a new one.

Listen to audio through more than one set of speakers in iTunes

In iTunes, listen to audio through more than one set of speakers, click Multiple in the AirPlay menu, then select which speakers to use.

Adjust the volume of a particular song or video in iTunes

In iTunes, to adjust the volume of a particular song or video, select it, choose File> Get Info, click Options, then drag the volume slider.

Open the View Options window in iTunes

In iTunes, to open the View Options window for the selected source, choose View> Show View Options, or press Command-J.

Add a song to Up Next in iTunes

In iTunes, to add a song to Up Next, hold the Option key while moving the pointer over the song, then click the plus (+) button next to its name.

Increase the text size in list views in iTunes

In iTunes, to increase the text size in list views, choose iTunes> Preferences, then click General and select "Use large text for list views".

Create a playlist from selected songs in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly create a playlist from selected songs, select the songs, then choose File> New> Playlist from Selection.

Add a album to your Up Next list in iTunes

In iTunes, to add an album to your Up Next list, drag the album to the top-center of the iTunes window.

Quickly fast forward in iTunes

When playing items in iTunes on a Mac with a multi-touch trackpad, scroll up with two fingers over the progress bar to fast forward.

Go to the previous Get Info pane in iTunes

In the Get Info window in iTunes, press Shift-Command-Left Bracket to go to the previous info pane.

Keep MiniPlayer in the foreground in iTunes

In iTunes, to keep MiniPlayer in the foreground, choose iTunes> Preferences, then click Advanced and select "Keep MiniPlayer on top of all other windows".

Quickly jump to a category in your iTunes library

In iTunes, press Command-1 through Command-7 to quickly jump to the Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Books, or Apps category in your library.

Show the status bar in iTunes

In iTunes, to show the status bar at the bottom of the window, choose View> Show Status Bar, or press Command-/.

Show the sidebar in iTunes

In iTunes, to show the sidebar, choose View> Show Sidebar, or press Option-Command-S.

Start playing a song in iTunes

In iTunes, press the Space bar to start playing the selected song.

Change the Cover Flow font size in iTunes

In iTunes, when viewing items with Cover Flow, to change the font size, Control-click an item's artwork, then select a text option from the pop-up menu.

Shuffle by albums in iTunes

In iTunes, to shuffle by albums when shuffle is on, choose Controls> Shuffle> By Albums.

Reverse the Cover Flow sort order in iTunes

In iTunes, when viewing items with Cover Flow, to reverse the sort order, Control-click an item's artwork, then select "Reverse Sort" from the pop-up menu.

Hide the visualizer in iTunes

In iTunes, to hide the visualizer if it is showing, choose View> Hide Visualizer, or press Command-T.

Skip to the next album in an iTunes list

While playing a song in iTunes, press Option-Right Arrow to skip to the next album in the list.

Use a different library in iTunes

In iTunes, to use a different library, hold down the Option key while opening iTunes then click the "Choose Library" button.

Hide the Column Browser in iTunes

In iTunes, to hide the Column Browser, choose View> Column Browser> Hide Column Browser, or press Command-B.

Increase the volume in iTunes

When playing an item in iTunes, press Command-Up Arrow to increase the volume.

Find the current-playing item in iTunes on the iTunes Store

In iTunes, to find the current-playing item on the iTunes Store, Control-click the iTunes icon in your dock, then choose "Find in iTunes Store" from the pop-up menu.

Refresh a Genius Playlist in iTunes

In iTunes, to refresh a Genius Playlist, select it in your iTunes Library then press Command-R.

Set the playback stop time for an item in iTunes

In iTunes, to set the playback stop time for a selected item, choose File> Get Info, then click Options and enter a value for Stop Time.

Get info for the next item in a list in iTunes

When viewing the "Get Info" window for an item in iTunes, press Command-N to view info for the next item in the list.

Quickly deselect all of the songs in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly deselect all of the songs in a list, Command-click the checkbox next to any checked song.

Go to the previous preference pane in iTunes

In iTunes, in the Preferences window, press Shift-Command-Left Bracket to go to the previous preference pane.

Change the location where video appears in iTunes

When watching a video in iTunes, to change the location where the video appears, choose View> Video Playback, then choose an option.

Fast forward a song by five seconds in iTunes

When playing a song in iTunes, press Command-Option-Right Arrow to fast-forward five seconds.

Go to the previous song in a list in iTunes

In iTunes, press the Up Arrow key to go to the previous song in a list.

Play the currently selected song from the beginning in iTunes

In iTunes, to play the currently selected song from the beginning, press Return.

Change the Cover Flow sort order in iTunes

In iTunes, when viewing items with Cover Flow, to change the sort order, Control-click an item's artwork then select an option for "Change Sort" from the pop-up menu.

Show the precise total playback time for a playlist in iTunes

In iTunes, click the time displayed at the bottom of a playlist window to show the precise total playback time for all of the media contained in it.

Duplicate a playlist in iTunes

In iTunes, to duplicate a playlist, Control-click it in your iTunes sidebar and choose Duplicate from the pop-up menu.

Create a new library in iTunes

In iTunes, to create a new library, hold down the Option key while opening iTunes, then click the "Create Library" button.

Tweet about an item found in the iTunes Store

In iTunes, to post on Twitter a tweet about an item in the iTunes Store, click the down arrow next to its Buy button and choose "Share On Twitter".

Quickly add a song to a playlist in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly add a song to a playlist without dragging it, press Control then click the song and select "Add to Playlist" from the menu.

Automatically download purchases from iTunes to other devices

In iTunes, to enable the automatic download of purchases to other supported devices, choose iTunes> Preferences> Store> Automatic Downloads.

Quickly assign a rating to an item in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly assign a rating to an item in your iTunes library, press Control then click the item and choose "Rating" from the pop-up menu.

Reset the play count for an item in iTunes

In iTunes, to reset the play count for a song, podcast, etc. in your library, press Control and click the item, then select "Reset Plays" from the pop-up menu.

Play recently-played items again in iTunes

In iTunes, to see a list of the last ten items you played, and to replay any one of them, choose Controls> Play Recent.

Have all songs and videos play at the same volume level in iTunes

In iTunes, to have all songs and videos always play at the same relative volume level, choose iTunes> Preferences> Playback and select Sound Check.

Quickly delete a playlist in iTunes

In iTunes, to quickly delete a playlist, bypassing the "Are you sure?" confirmation warning, select it and press Command-Delete.

Show track info in the Visualizer in iTunes

In iTunes, when a Visualizer is running (via View> Show Visualizer) press "I" on your keyboard to show info for the current track.

Reset equalizer sliders in iTunes

In iTunes, when manually adjusting the Equalizer settings, click the number at the bottom of any slider to reset its value back to zero.

Quickly jump between panes in the Get Info window in iTunes

In the "Get Info" window for an item in iTunes, press Command 1-7 to jump between Summary, Info, Video, Sorting, Options, Lyrics and Artwork.

Refresh your Radio list or iTunes DJ list in iTunes

In iTunes, to refresh your Radio list or iTunes DJ list, select it in your iTunes Library then press Command-R.

Expand or collapse all Radio streams in iTunes

In the Radio section of your iTunes library, Command-click any triangle in the streams list to expand or collapse all triangles at once.

Set the playback start time for an item in iTunes

In iTunes, to set the playback start time for a selected item, choose File> Get Info, then click Options and enter a value for Start Time.

Get album artwork for songs and albums in iTunes

In iTunes, to retrieve album artwork for songs and albums in your library, select the items then choose Advanced> Get Album Artwork.

Change the size of Album List artwork in iTunes

In iTunes 10, when viewing as an Album List, Control-click the album's artwork to change its size to small, medium, or large.

Hide the checkboxes next to track names in iTunes

In iTunes 10, to hide the checkboxes seen to the left of each track name, choose iTunes> Preferences> General and deselect the "Show list checkboxes" option.

Quickly create a Smart Playlist in iTunes

To create a Smart Playlist in iTunes, Option-click the Add (+) button in the lower left corner of the iTunes window.

Always show closed captioning when available in iTunes

In iTunes, to always show closed captioning when available, choose iTunes> Preferences> Playback and select "Show closed captioning when available”.

Quickly search for items in the iTunes Stores from within iTunes

In iTunes, type something in the Search box then press Option-Return to search for that item in the iTunes Store, instead of in your iTunes library.

Set iTunes to always play movies and TV shows in full screen

To set iTunes to always play movies and TV shows in full screen, choose iTunes> Preferences> Playback> Play Movies and TV Shows: full screen.

See detailed capacity info for attached devices in iTunes

In iTunes, when viewing info for an attached iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, click the capacity bar at the bottom to see the exact quantity for each item's category.

Show the location in the iTunes Library of the song currently playing

In iTunes, to show the location in your iTunes Library of the song that is currently playing, choose View> Go to Current Song.

Decrease the volume in iTunes

When playing an item in iTunes, press Command-Down Arrow to decrease the volume.

Set a poster frame for a QuickTime movie in iTunes

While playing a QuickTime movie in iTunes, Control-click it and select "Set Poster Frame" from the pop-up menu to set its poster frame.

Hide certain categories in the iTunes sidebar

In iTunes, to hide the contents of the Devices, Genius, Playlists or Shared categories in the sidebar, move your pointer over them and click "Hide".

Prevent iPods, iPhones or iPads from auto-syncing in iTunes

In iTunes, to prevent iPods, iPhones or iPads from auto-syncing, choose iTunes> Preferences> Devices, then select “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”.

Get info for the previous item in a list in iTunes

When viewing the "Get Info" window for an item in iTunes, press Command-P to view info for the previous item in the list.

Show floating controls over the album artwork in iTunes

When viewing album artwork in its own window in iTunes 10, move your cursor over the artwork window to show floating iTunes controls.

Reshuffle a playlist in iTunes

To reshuffle a playlist that is already shuffled in iTunes, Option-click the Shuffle button located at the bottom-left of the iTunes window.

Skip to the previous album in an iTunes list

While playing a song in iTunes, press Option-Left Arrow to skip to the previous album in the list.

View the iTunes Store as a full window

To view the iTunes Store as a full window in iTunes 9, choose iTunes> Preferences> Store> Use full window for iTunes Store.

Switch to the Mini Player view in iTunes 9

In iTunes 9, to switch to the Mini Player view, click the green expand window button in the top left corner of iTunes, or choose View> Switch to Mini Player.

Delete songs from within playlists in iTunes

In iTunes, select a playlist and press Option-Delete, to delete the playlist AND all of the songs contained within it from your iTunes library.

Automatically add songs to a playlist created in iTunes

In iTunes, select some songs then Shift-click the "+" button in the lower left corner to create a new playlist with those songs automatically added.

Rewind a song by five seconds in iTunes

When playing a song in iTunes, press Command-Option-Left Arrow to rewind five seconds.

Show or hide columns in the iTunes list view

When viewing your iTunes library in list view, Control-click on any column heading to select which columns will be displayed.

Quickly rewind in iTunes

When playing items in iTunes on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, scroll down with two fingers over the progress bar to rewind.

Unsubscribe from a podcast in iTunes

To unsubscribe from a podcast in iTunes but not actually delete it from your iTunes library, Control-click it and select "Unsubscribe Podcast" from the pop-up.

Show the hard drive location of an item in iTunes

In iTunes, Control-click on an item in your library and choose "Show in Finder" to go to the exact location on your hard drive where the item is located.

Set a song or album to never be played when shuffling in iTunes

In iTunes 9, to set a song or album to never be played when shuffling, select it, then choose File> Get Info> Options> Skip When Shuffling> Yes.

Copy the link to an item in the iTunes Store

In iTunes, to copy the direct URL to any item in the store, Control-click the item in the iTunes Store and choose "Copy Link" from the pop-up menu.

Quickly see what iTunes playlist a song is in

When browsing songs in your main iTunes Library, to see which playlist(s) a song is in, Control-click the song and select "Show in Playlist" from the pop-up.

Find exact duplicates of songs in iTunes

In iTunes, press the Option key while doing View>Show Duplicates, to find songs that are exact duplicates (all song info matching, not just song names).

Open an iTunes playlist in its own window

In iTunes, to open a playlist in its own floating window, double-click its icon.

Change an item's media kind in iTunes

To change an item's media kind (audiobook, podcast, etc.) in iTunes 9, select it, choose File>Get Info then choose Options> Media Kind.

Add iTunes radio station streams to playlists

To save a stream from the list of radio stations in your iTunes Library>Radio simply drag it to your Playlists in the sidebar.

Quickly resize columns in iTunes

In iTunes list view, Control-click on a column heading and choose "Auto Size All Columns" to resize all of the columns to fit.