"Getting beyond the basics of iTunes"
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Getting beyond the basics of iTunes
>> ITunes. Yeah, it's a crazy, popular jukebox program,
and that's probably because of a little thing called
iPod. But iTunes can do a lot more than just auto
syncing. I'm Molly Wood at cnet.com, and on this
edition of Insider Secrets, I'll show you how to
equalize your songs on-the-fly and create cool CD album
covers like this one.
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>> Jason Parker over at download.com is our resident
iTunes expert, and he passed along these tips for us.
For instance, did you know that you can adjust the
levels for a particular song? You know how you've got
certain songs in your library that are either too loud
or too quiet, or lack bass or too much bass? Well, with
iTunes you can adjust the levels for the songs
individually. Here's how to do it. Under the View
menu, choose View Options. Now this brings up several
check boxes here. Check the box that says Equalizer.
Now this will add a column to your library view that
brings up iTunes presets. Okay, this isn't quite as
granular as the actual equalizer, but it's pretty easy
to find a preset that will fit your specific problem.
For example, if there's too much treble, use the base
booster. Now, if you want to make the vocals crisper,
use Vocal Booster. Okay, here's another tip that seems
to float under the radar. ITunes let's you create
simple CD covers. No, they're not graphically intense
works of art, but this well-hidden feature handles all
the basics. Here's what to do. Now, if you want a
quick label for a party mix, first highlight either the
disc in your PC's drive or the play list in question.
Now go under File and choose Print. This pops up a
window that let's you choose from a few display styles
and themes. For example, there's the basic text list ,
or you can choose mosaic effects or just a single cover
for a specific artist. Send it off to a color printer
and viola. Not bad, eh? This actually looks pretty
cool. And that's it for this edition of Insider
Secrets. I'm Molly Wood for cnet.com. Rock on.
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