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Great Barton Computer Club The Ubiquitous iPod and iTunes The iPod and iTunes The question is… are we dealing with a wonderful invention or a marvellous piece of marketing? Having got one, the answer is probably both. So what is an iPod? The iPod The iPod

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Great Barton Computer Club

The Ubiquitous iPod and iTunes


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The iPod and iTunes

  • The question is… are we dealing with a wonderful invention or a marvellous piece of marketing?

  • Having got one, the answer is probably both.

  • So what is an iPod?


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The iPod


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The iPod

  • A tiny computer with a big hard drive.

  • Unique indexing system.

  • Synchronisation with iTunes to purchase and organise its content of music, photos, video and other files.

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) – This means downloaded files can only be played on authorised iPod machines.


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iPod

  • Three basic types iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.


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iPod

  • iPod weighs up to 5.5 ounces and has between 30GB and 80GB hard drive.

  • 2.4 x 4.1 x .43 inches.

  • 2.5 inch colour screen (diagonal).

  • 60GB = 15000 songs, 25000 photos 0r 150 hours of video.

  • Mine is not video!


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iPod Nano

  • Smaller Unit 1.6 x 3.5 x .27 inches.

  • 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB.

  • Colour screen to manage music and photos but no video.

  • 4GB = 1000 songs or 25000 photos


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iPod Shuffle

  • Smallest of the iPod family.

  • 3.3 x .98 x .33 inches.

  • 512kb or 1 MB.

  • 1GB = 240 songs


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iTunes - Software

  • Website and software to manage the content of the library both on the computer and the iPod device.

  • Downloadable from www.itunes.com


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iTunes Software

  • Download new music purchases from iTunes at 79p (typically) per track or price per album.

  • + Audiobooks, Podcasts, Videos, TV programming.

  • Synchronise computer with iPod.

  • Rip CDs in your collection to add to library and thereby add to iPod.


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iTunes Software

  • Subscribe to Podcast downloads.

  • Manage the import of Photos (and video) to the computer and iPod.

  • Music can be purchased by the track or by the album.


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Album data and track names downloaded.

Sleeve notes with titles can be printed for the case with artwork covers.

iTunes Software

  • 30 second samples of any track available for review at download quality.


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iTunes Software

  • When personal CDs are ‘ripped’ to add to the library the software obtains titles and artwork as with new purchases.

  • Simple way to copy your own CD’s. CD ‘Burn’ function incorporated.


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iTunes – Authorised computers

  • Downloaded tracks can be played on (up to) five authorised computers.

  • All music on the main iTunes machine can be shared across a network.

  • My ‘desktop’ machine holds my full CD collection and I can listen to any of them on any of my (wireless) laptop machines without the files actually being transferred.


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iTunes - Main Library


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iTunes – ‘Music Store’ Web Page


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iTunes – Individual Album


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iTunes – Podcast downloads.


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iPods and iTunes

  • As we have no internet connection here I am going to show three short iPod and iTune video tutorials. Apologies for the U.S. accent.

  • We can then look at the version of iTunes on this machine to complete the presentation.


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Using the iPod

  • On a train with earphones, too loud, and annoy all! In reality I use mine regularly and you cannot hear them from outside if played at ‘normal’ volume.

  • In a car using a direct or wireless link. You have your own CD collection available.


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Using the iPod

  • A shuffle function enable you to be surprised when it chooses the next track!

  • It can do this from the whole library or a PLAYLIST (set up on iTunes). For example you can automatically set up a PLAYLIST with only 60’s music.


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Using the iPod

  • Connect to TV or ‘HiFi’ directly or using wireless technology to play back music, photos, video or recorded TV.

  • I could do a talk on the accessories that surround the iPod. There are hundreds of options.


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iPods and iTunes

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