iPod Week – Day 5

I’m a little sad to say this is the last day of iPod Week. We’ve had a very fun week together and I hope you learned a lot about the different features and applications you can use with your iPod and iTunes. So, let’s stop wasting time and finish this week with a bang!

Deleting Duplicates

Okay, so many of you may be running out of space on your computer or iPod, so you think you can’t add any new songs. That means you have to delete songs you enjoy, just to make room for the new ones. Well, you don’t have to do that anymore, because I’m going to show you a neat little trick for deleting duplicates!

1.) Open up iTunes 7.

2.) At the top of the window, select View.

3.) Scroll down and select Show Duplicates.

If you have a lot of songs that are duplicates, you can see them all right here! Many of them are just the same song featured on multiple albums.

4.) Hold down the Ctrl key and select the different copies of the songs you want to remove.

5.) After you’ve selected them, hit the Delete key on your keyboard.

6.) You just freed up a lot of space for some brand new songs. Pretty cool, huh?!

Using Checkboxes

How many of you think that if a song is in your iTunes library, it has to be synched to your iPod? Well, guess again! I’m sure you’ve noticed the checkboxes next to each song, but have you ever wondered what they’re for?

If you want, you can enable a feature that makes it so that only the checkboxes that are checked will be synched. It’s perfect if you import a whole CD, but only want two or three songs on your iPod. It’s also useful if you don’t want to delete duplicate songs, but you want to remove them from your iPod. Here’s how you can activate this feature:

1.) Plug in your iPod using the USB cable.

2.) Open iTunes, which will automatically detect your iPod.

3.) On the iPod Summary page, check the box that says “Only sync checked items.”

Multiple Libraries

At my house, I have a lot of CDs, many of which I have not listened to in a very long time. I came up with the idea to remove some of the clutter in my house, so I thought I would import about 50 CDs onto my computer. That way, I would still have the songs, but I could get rid of the actual CD. On the other hand, I didn’t want 600 songs to clutter up my iTunes library either. So, here’s what I did: I created a second library of just those CDs! Now, I can listen to the songs at my leisure and if I like one, I can drag it back over to my main library. If you’d like to do that too, here’s how you can create a secondary library:

1.) If iTunes is open, close it out.

2.) Now, hold down the Shift key and click on the Start button, followed by All Programs, iTunes, iTunes.

3.) A window will then appear. Select Create Library.

4.) Choose a name for your new library.

5.) Click Save and presto! You have a brand new library.

6.) To select which library you would like to open, just repeat step one, but press Choose Library instead of Create Library. It’s so easy and so much fun!

Visualizer Tricks

This is my last trick for you today! I often leave music playing on my computer so that my family and I can enjoy it while we do different chores and activities around the house. One thing I always do is select the visualizer. The visualizer plays different visual effects based on the type of music you’re listening to. For example, upbeat, loud music would show a faster visualizer than a slow, relaxing song. The visualizer looks something like this:

I think it’s so cool! It really adds to the music. To activate the visualizer while your music is playing, go up to View and select Show Visualizer. Or, you can just press Ctrl + T.

By the way, did you know you can control your music while the visualizer is on? Yep! To do so, check out this list of handy keyboard shortcuts:

Right Arrow Next Song in Playlist
Left Arrow Previous Song in Playlist
Ctrl + Alt + Right Fast Forward
Ctrl + Alt + Left Rewind
I Shows Song Information

I also have a few other options that control the actual animations iTunes shows:

Q, W Cycles through the available configurations.
A, S Changes the waveform that’s displayed.
Z, X Changes the color.

Here’s an example of some of the settings you can have:

Also, you can access even more shortcuts by simply pressing H for Help.

Well, that’s it. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the tips I’ve shown you this week!

~ Neil Patel