Get new music alerts of your favorite artists with iTunes

It's not always easy to keep up with new music from your favorite artists. iTunes can help by sending you e-mail alerts based on your download history and music library.

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It's exciting when your favorite musicians release new material. In the past, you may have found out about new releases on the radio or from an ad in a magazine or Web site. With iTunes (Mac and Windows), however, keeping up with the latest releases by your favorite artists is as easy as check marking two boxes. Here's how:

Step 1: In iTunes, go to the Store Menu, then select View My Apple ID.

Step 2: After you log in to your iTunes account, scroll to the Settings section at the bottom of the page.

Step 3: Under Alert Me, click on the Manage link.

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Step 4: Check the boxes next to "Send me e-mail alerts about artists I've previously downloaded" and "Show alerts based on your library content."

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That's it. Keep in mind that alerts based on library content require Genius to be turned on first.

(Via Lifehacker)

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