Five iTunes Tips and Tricks for Music Lovers

There are many tips and tricks that can make your experience with iTunes much faster and easier. Chances are, you’ve got a lot of music in your iTunes and you might have some trouble sorting everything out so you can listen to the music you like. If your music library is so out of control that you avoid it and instead listen to AM/FM on your car stereo, it’s time to try some of these tips. These tips will let you get the most out of your music library and force it to behave and play music the way that you want.

iTunes Columns

First, let’s start by getting rid of extra columns you don’t use. Personally, I get rid of columns such as Last Played, Episode Number, Comments, Album Rating, etc. These are useless to me, and I would rather have my columns occupied by more useful things such as the Date Added or the Bit Rate of each song. Play around with column options and you’ll start feeling more and more comfortable with your iTunes in no time.

Custom Equalizer Presets

When I’m sitting at my computer, I have a few different sets of headphones and speakers I like to use. Every set has its own unique sound, which is why I like to keep custom preset equalization settings for every device I play music through. You don’t have to be tech savvy to understand exactly what you’re doing, just pop open the Equalizer by hitting Ctrl + Shift + 2, and start playing around until you wind up with a sound you like. Test your custom equalizer preset with multiple songs before saving it, as you can’t go back and edit it later.

Smart Playlists

A smart playlist, essentially, is a playlist that updates itself with new songs that fall under guidelines you set. For example, when I’m driving around in my car I hate having to search for the next song I want to play, as it distracts me from the road. For this purpose, I created a new smart playlist. The playlist will hold 300 songs, and will update every time I connect my iPhone or iPod with music that has recently been added and has been rated 4 or 5 stars by me. This will result in a collection of my most popular songs that I can listen to while I’m driving.

iTunes Import Settings

Import settings are important for determining the behavior of iTunes when you connect an iPod or iPhone, or when transferring music from your iTunes to your Apple device. If you have an iPhone with limited space, you may opt to convert songs that take up more space into a low bit rate so you don’t fill up your iPod.

If you like to be in control of what music is transferred to your device, you can select the checkbox to manually manage music and videos. What’s cool about these settings is you can use different options for each device you own.

Individual Song Options

If you find that certain albums or even individual songs play louder than others, you can Right Click and select Get Info. Go to the Options tab and you’ll be able to boost or reduce the volume of individual tracks or entire albums. If you’ve found songs with ridiculous minute long introductions, you can adjust the start or stop time for each of them. These song options give you a lot of control over the way music is played back and sorted into your smart playlists, so don’t forget they’re there!

There you have it, five tips and tricks that I hope will enhance your music listening experience through iTunes. Let us know in the comments below what things you’ve done to improve your iTunes. Happy listening!


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