January 29th, 2007

New Tilley Hat

iTunes: A Primer for non-geeks Part I: Terminology. What the heck are we talking about?

Enough people have expressed dismay/fustration with iTunes that a brief primer is in order. I'll try to make this as non-techie as possible. All you geeks, please cut this into some slack, but feel free to add or correct in comments.

I have to be a little technical, but if you can handle LiveJournal, you can handle iTunes.

A few definitions:

File types. The songs on a computer may be stored in many ways. Here are the most common for iTunes.
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Files using these methods will have the extensions ".aiff" or ".aif"; "mp3"; or ".aac" or "m4a" respectively. Capitalization doesn't matter for these purposes.

Importing and Exporting

Getting files into your computer. I will, for the sake of a short article, only deal with getting files off a CD and putting them into iTunes, and then taking the files and burning them onto your own CD.
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Update: Part II: Extracting music from a CD into iTunes --A. Where do the track listings come from?