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itunes storeSince the introduction of the Store, individual songs were all sold for the same price with no subscription fee (in contrast to most existing online music stores at the time of introduction, which charged a monthly fee for access to their catalog). Music in the store is in the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format, which is the MPEG-4-specified successor to MP3. Songs with DRM are encoded at 128 kbit/s. As of the January 2009 Macworld Expo, Apple has announced that all music in will be available without DRM, and encoded at the higher-quality rate of 256 kbit/s. Previously, this model, known as “ Plus”, had been available only for music from EMI and some independent labels. Previews, ninety seconds in length, are available free, prior to buying a song. had the option between fully loading previews before playing, or simply streaming the preview; the former feature was removed with the release of 8.

Feature length movies and television episodes are available for purchase. Movies tend to be priced below a DVD of the same film while television episodes are approximately double the cost of a song.

Finally, some games are available for some models of iPods for various prices, but none as expensive as a feature length film. In addition, the now offers Apps, which are applications used for various purposes (games, maps, movie showtimes, etc.) that are compatible with the iPod Touch and iPhone, although some Apps are specifically for the iPhone only. Some Apps cost money (called “Paid Apps”) and some are free (called “Free Apps”). Developers can decide which price they want for apps. When someone downloads an App, 70 percent of the purchase goes to the developer(s), and 30 percent goes to Apple.

At the Macworld 2008 keynote, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced iTunes movie rentals.Movies are available for rent in the iTunes Store on the same day they are released on DVD.They are only viewable for 24 hours after users begin viewing them. This feature is not yet available in all countries but it is available in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.



How to convert video for the iPod,iPhone and Mac

A key draw of the iPod as a portable video player (PVP) is the fact that its complementing software, iTunes, offers a cheap, easy, and legal way to get content that will play on the device. But what if you already own the video files you’d like to watch, but they’re in any variety of formats that aren’t natively supported by the iPod? iTunes has a built-in converter, but then you’d be limited to the file types that QuickTime supports. If you want the capability to convert from the full gamut of video file types, check out the tip below.

A note before starting: There’s quite a selection of free software programs available that convert from nearly every file type to an iPod-friendly format, but many of the ones I tried in the service of this tutorial had drawbacks, such as processor hang ups and unclear conversion progress monitoring. In testing, I found that Videora didn’t choke up my system, and it’s so clear on its own that you’ll scarcely need to follow this tutorial. If nothing else, the walkthrough below will at least give you a feel for the interface–including the extensive ad placement that lets you enjoy the software.

  • Download and install iPod Converter Open and select your iPod type. If you have more than one iPod, start with the one you use most for video. You can adjust settings later for different players.
  • Add videos Click the Convert button at the top of the window, then select the Video File tab.
  • Select user profile Click Normal Mode for the least amount of tweaking on your part. You can always go under the settings tab to adjust video output type, should you choose. For the iPod Touch (or iPhone), videos are automatically converted to H.264 at 480×320. For the iPod Classic or Nano, videos will be H.264 QVGA.
  • Add video Click Select File, then navigate to the window that contains the video that you want to convert.
  • Select output directory Click Browse, then navigate to the folder where you want your output file saved. I have a specific folder named iPod Videos for such purposes. Click Next.
  • Name the video Type in a name for the video. This is how the title will be displayed on your iPod. Click Next.
  • Adjust video settings The better the video quality you select, the larger the output file will be. I left the settings as is and the result was passable when played back on the iPod. Click Next.
  • Convert video Click Start Converting.
  • Monitor progress You’ll be taken to a screen with two options. Click View Conversion in Process. You can also get to the monitoring screen by clicking the Convert button at the top of the screen, and then the Progress tab.
  • Add files to the queue Repeat steps 2 through 9, adding as many videos as you wish to convert. I recommend doing this at night before you go to bed, as the process is time consuming and slows your machine somewhat. You can check the box labeled Shutdown When Complete if you want your computer to be automatically shut down at the end of the process.Videora should automatically add the completed files to iTunes–it did for me most of the time. In the event that it fails to add a file, simply navigate to the output folder you selected and drag the file directly into the iTunes interface. Videos automatically show up under Movies unless you edit each one’s information in iTunes. To do so, right click the file, select Get Info, then click the Video tab. Under the Video Kind drop-down, select the appropriate category. If it’s a TV Show, you can add the show name, season number, and episode number.

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How Do I Get Start With an IPOD?

Getting Started with your iPod

The basics of setting up and using your iPod. If you want to use an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, also using iTunes is practically (though not technically) a requirement. Learn where to download and install iTunes on Windows.

How to Install iTunes on Windows

itunes storeThanks to our Internet-enabled age, many essential software packages are no longer supplied on CD or DVD by their makers, who instead offer them as downloads. That’s the case with iTunes, which Apple no longer includes on a CD when you buy an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Instead, you have to download it for free from the Apple website.

Read on to learn how to download and install iTunes on Windows, and how to take the first few steps in setting it up for use with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Begin by going to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ to download the correct version of iTunes for your computer. The website should automatically detect that you’re using a PC and offer you a Windows version of iTunes (if you’re using a 64-bit version of Windows, you’ll need to check the box for that version).

Enter your email address and decide if you want to receive email newsletters from Apple, then click the “Download Now” button.

When you do this, Windows will ask you if you want to run or save the file. Either works for installing iTunes: running will install it right away, saving will allow you to install it later. If you choose to save, the installer program will be saved to your default downloads folder (usually “Downloads” on recent versions of Windows).



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The music you love is just a click away.

You’ll find millions of high-quality, DRM-free songs on the iTunes Store all for just 69¢, 99¢, or $1.29. Browse around. Have a listen. See what’s new, what’s hot, and what other fans are listening to. iTunes recommends music based on what you already like, so you can always find something new to enjoy. When you download select albums, you’ll experience iTunes LP — a beautifully designed, interactive world right in your iTunes library. Many are created by the artists. While you listen to your favorite songs on your Mac or PC, dive into the lyrics and liner notes, view photos, watch videos, and enjoy other bonus materials.

Buy or rent movies and start watching them in minutes.

From comedy to drama, romance to classic, independent to thriller — movies, movies, and more movies await you on the iTunes Store. Browse thousands of releases from every major Hollywood studio. Buy or rent them in standard or high definition and watch on your computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or television via Apple TV. When you buy select movies, you’ll discover a world of special features called iTunes Extras including interviews, trailers, and photos you can watch in iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Keep up with your TV shows.

And you thought you loved TV before. iTunes brings you your favorite TV shows, uninterrupted, whenever you want, however you want. Even in HD. You can rent or own the latest episode as early as one day after it airs — or rent or purchase past episodes you missed. Choose from thousands of commercial-free episodes. For shows that air daily, a Multi-Pass lets you enjoy a month’s worth of episodes. Just download and watch on your computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or television via Apple TV.

Find free podcasts.

The iTunes Store is your source for hundreds of thousands of podcasts. What’s a podcast? Much like a radio or TV show, it’s a video or audio series about anything and everything. You’ll find podcasts from independent creators, as well as big names such as HBO, NPR, ESPN, The Onion, CBS Sports, and The New York Times. Check out the categories — you’re bound to find a podcast you’ll like. You can listen, then click to subscribe. Podcasts download to your iTunes library automatically, so you’ll never miss an episode. You can listen to them on your computer, iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. And best of all, they’re free.