Apple Music Tips

Use Apple Music in the Music app

With your Apple Music membership, you can access more than 30 million songs, curated radio and playlists, and music recommendations, all in the Music app.

When you join Apple Music, you get access to a whole world of music—any of our 30 million songs and all of your songs—through the Music app.

In the Library tab, you can find all of your music. The For You tab has music that’s handpicked by experts just for you, and exclusive content from your favorite artists. The Browse tab shows you all of the latest hits and curated playlists. From the Radio tab, you can listen to Beats 1, our 24/7 worldwide radio station, and Apple Music’s on-demand stations. And you can use the Search tab to find music that you want to listen to or see what other members are searching for.

If you’re not already a member of Apple Music, join today and get 3 months free.*

Apple Music features vary by country.

Library and Playlists

The Library tab makes it easy to navigate all of your music, wherever it comes from—from the iTunes Store, from a rare import CD, or from your Apple Music membership. Every time that you add a song, album, or playlist, we keep it at the top of Library in Recently Added. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner to change which view options (Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Video, Genres, Compilations, Composers, and Downloaded Music) you see.

Play your music

If you want to listen to an artist’s entire collection of music that you’ve saved to your library, find the artist in Library > Artists. Tap Shuffle All  to play all of their music.

When you play a song, you see a player at the bottom of the screen. You can keep browsing other titles to find the perfect next song.

Tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom to see the Now Playing screen and controls. Tap the  at the top of the screen or swipe down to close Now Playing.

Up Next, Shuffle, and Repeat

Also on the Now Playing screen, you can rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, control the volume, read song lyrics, and more.

Swipe up on Now Playing to show your Up Next queue, which lists all of the songs that you’ve selected for playback.

Drag songs with move icon to rearrange the order, or swipe left to remove a song that you’d like to skip.

Tap shuffle icon Shuffle to shuffle the songs in a playlist or album.

Tap repeat icon Repeat once to play an entire playlist or album on repeat or twice to repeat one song. Tap repeat icon a third time to clear the repeat.

If you have repeat turned on, you might not see move icon .

Show Lyrics

Lyrics aren’t available for all songs. When lyrics are available, tap  then Lyrics to show the lyrics, or tap Show to the right of Lyrics above Up Next.

You can’t use Lyrics in Airplane Mode or when you’re not connected to the Internet. And, if you have explicit content turned off, lyrics might not be visible to you if they contain explicit words.

Learn more about Lyrics in Apple Music.

Create a playlist

You can create playlists to listen to or share with friends. From the Library tab, tap Playlists, then New Playlist. Fill in details for your playlist, such as the title and description, then add music. If you like, you can also add an image. When you’re happy with your playlist, tap Done in the upper-right corner.

If you don’t see Playlists under Library, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then tap Playlists to turn it on. Tap Done to return to Library.

Share your music

To share a song, press and hold the song, then tap Share Song . To share an album or playlist, tap , then Share Album or Playlist . You can share music to Facebook or Twitter, send using Mail or Messages, or copy the link.

With iOS 10 or later, people you share music with in Messages can listen to or preview songs directly in the Messages app. If they have an Apple Music membership, they can play the full song. If they don’t have an Apple Music membership, they can listen to the iTunes Store preview for the item and then go to the iTunes Store to purchase it.

Listen offline

You can download songs, albums, or playlists to your device so that you can listen to them when you’re not connected to the Internet**.

Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to download, then tap Apple Music download icon. You’ll see  when the download is complete. If you don’t see Apple Music download iconadd the music to your Library, then download it to your device.

If you want to automatically download any music that you add to your library, go to Settings > Music, then scroll to the Downloads section and turn on Automatic Downloads. After you turn on Automatic Downloads, when you add music to your library, it downloads automatically to your device or computer. You’ll see  when the download is complete.

If you want to see only music that’s downloaded to your device, tap Library > Downloaded Music. A message that says “Showing only music on this [device]” appears at the top of the screen. Tap Library in the upper-left corner to see all of your music.

For You

In the For You tab, you can discover albums and playlists curated by our team of experts to match your musical tastes, updated daily. The suggestions you see in For You are influenced by:

You can also see what you’ve been playing recently, as well as posts from your favorite artists in Connect.

Connect

You can Like Connect posts, write comments to the artist, and see what other fans have to say. You can also share an artist’s post with your friends through social media. Just tap Share.

To follow an artist in Connect, search for or tap an artist to open their artist page, tap , and then tap Follow on Connect follow on Connect . When you follow an artist, any new posts that they make are automatically added to your Connect Posts feed. You can follow an artist even if you don’t have their music in your library.

To see the artists that you follow, tap your profile icon in the upper-left corner, and then tap “Find More Artists and Curators.” Tap unfollow on Connect to the right of an artist to stop following them. To stop automatically following artists when you add their songs to your music library, turn off Automatically Follow Artists: Tap For You, then tap account icon or your photo. Tap “Find More Artists and Curators,” then turn off Automatically Follow Artists.

Browse

Apple Music is dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest in music. The Browse tab features music that’s new, popular, and up-and-coming each week, and you can browse the Apple Music Catalog by genre.

In the Browse tab you’ll also find playlists curated by Apple Music Editors and industry partners. Tap Curated Playlists to view new and featured playlists, playlists created with specific activities and moods in mind, and playlists curated by industry names you’re sure to recognize. You can also listen to genre-specific playlists.

And you can add any of these songs and playlists to your library, too.

Radio

Beats 1, our 24/7 radio station, features radio shows from legendary artists and DJs that you can listen to live or on-demand. Tune in to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music.

Radio also features curated stations for every genre of music, or you can create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Learn more about Radio.

You can also use Siri to search Apple Music at any time or ask Siri to help you play music using instructions like these:

  • “Play the top songs from 2016.”
  • “Play more songs like this.”
  • “Add the new Taylor Swift album to my library.”
  • “Play an album by Pharrell Williams that you think I will like.”
  • “Play Drake’s top songs.”
  • “Play happy music.”
  • “Play something for working out.”
  • “Play my new releases.”

Listen to Radio in Apple Music

Listen to Beats 1—Apple’s 24/7, free worldwide radio station—and other live stations on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, or Android phone. Apple Music members can also listen to curated on-demand stations or create their own.

About Radio

Radio includes:

  • Beats 1. Beats 1 broadcasts 24/7 to more than 100 countries. Tune in for free to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music. Listen now to Beats 1 and view the full program guide.
  • Other live stations. Apple Music also features live stations such as Bloomberg Radio, ESPN News and Sports, and NPR News and Culture. You don’t need to be a member of Apple Music to listen to Beats 1 or these other live stations.
  • On-demand and custom stations. With an Apple Music membership, you can listen to curated on-demand stations or create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Start listening to Radio

Before you can listen to Radio, make sure that your device meets the requirements and sign in with your Apple ID.

To listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, open the Music app and tap the Radio tab  at the bottom of the screen.

To listen on your Mac or PC, open iTunes. In the upper-left corner, choose  Music. Then, from the navigation bar at the top of iTunes, choose Radio.

To listen on your Apple TV, open the Music app, then select Radio at the top of the screen.

To listen on your Android phone, open the Music app, tap Android menu icon in the upper-left corner, then tap Radio.

Create a custom station from a song, album, or artist

Use Search to find artists, albums, or songs that you want to use to create a custom Radio station. You can search the entire Apple Music catalog for specific artists, albums, or songs, or see trending searches. To search Apple Music:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap the Search tab Android search icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • On your Mac or PC, click in the Search box in the upper-right corner of iTunes, then click All Apple Music.
  • On your Apple TV, select Search from the top of the screen.
  • On your Android phone, tap Android search icon in the upper-right corner of the app.

Then, scroll to the Stations section and choose the station that you want to listen to.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use 3D Touch to create a station. When you find a song or artist that you would like to create a station from, use 3D touch or tap More Options , then tap “Create Station.” You can also ask Siri to “Start a station from …” and then say the name of a song, album, or artist.

Your new station will be added to your list of Recently Played stations. Recently Played stations are in order of most recently played and can’t be deleted.

Fine-tune your custom stations

While listening to your custom station in Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap a song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap . Tap Play More Like This or Play Less Like This to fine-tune your custom station.

While listening on your computer, click  then click Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

While listening on your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select Play More Like This or Play Less Like This.

You can also turn Explicit Content on or off on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touchin iTunes on your Mac or PC, on your Apple TV, or on your Android phone.

Add music from Radio to your library

When you hear music that you like on Radio, you can add it to your Library or just add it to a playlist.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:

  1. Tap the song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap iOS More Options icon to the right of the song.
  2. Tap “Add to Library ” to add the song to your Library or tap “Add to a Playlist   .”

On your Mac or PC:

  1. Hold your pointer over the song’s name at the top of iTunes, then click  .
  2. Choose “Add to Library” or “Add to Playlist.” You can add the song to an existing playlist or create a new one.

On your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select “Add to Library” or “Add to a Playlist.”

On your Android phone:

  1. Tap Android More Options icon to the right of the song, album, or playlist.
  2. Tap  Android add icon to add the song to My Music or tap “Add to a Playlist.”

Share your stations

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, you can share any Radio station through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Tap iOS More Options icon  or click , and then tap or click Share Station .

On your Android phone, tap the Share icon  to see your sharing options.

Radio requirements

To listen to Radio, you need an Apple ID and:

  • iOS 8.4 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • iTunes 12.2 or later on your Mac or PC. Get the latest version.
  • An Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.0 or later.
  • An Android phone with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later and the Apple Music app.

To access the full Radio experience, join Apple Music.

Radio is available only in select countries and features vary by country. Find out what’s available in your country.

Learn how to cancel your membership, change from an Individual to a Family or Student membership type, or join an existing Family Membership.

Cancel your membership

You can cancel your Apple Music membership on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch; your Mac or PC; or your Apple TV (4th generation).

Your membership might renew if you don’t cancel your membership more than 24 hours before your renewal date.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Open the Music app and tap For You. Tap your profile icon  or your photo in the upper-right corner, then tap View Apple ID. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Subscriptions, tap Manage, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Mac or PC: Open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Settings, click Manage to the right of Subscriptions, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Accounts, then select Manage Subscriptions under Subscriptions. (You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.) Then follow these steps to cancel your membership. On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Change your membership

With a Family Membership to Apple Music, families of up to six people can enjoy all of the benefits of Apple Music, each with their own library. If you joined Apple Music as an individual member, you can change to a Family Membership at any time. You can also switch back to an Individual Membership if you choose. You can also join an existing Family Membership.

To use a Family Membership to Apple Music, you must set up Family Sharing on your iOS device or Mac. Learn more about Apple Music and Family Sharing.

With a Student Membership, students attending degree-granting colleges or universities in select countries can use Apple Music at a discounted membership price for up to 48 months (4 years). Learn more about joining as a student member.

Follow the steps to change from an Individual Membership to a Family or Student Membership on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; on your Mac or PC; or on your Apple TV (4th generation).

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. In the Music app, tap For You, then tap Apple Music profile icon or your photo in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to sign in or use Touch ID.
  3. Tap Subscriptions. If you have more than one subscription, then tap Apple Music Membership to see your membership options.
  4. Under Options, choose the type of membership that you want.
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, tap Family. Confirm your selection, then tap Back.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, tap Student. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  5. Tap Back to return to your Account screen, and then tap Done to return to the app.

On your Mac or PC

To automatically open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click this link: View My Account. Or follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.
  4. Enter your password, then press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard, or click View Account.

On the Account Information page:

  1. Scroll to the Settings section.
  2. To the right of Subscriptions, click Manage. If you have more than one subscription, click Edit to the right of Your Membership (Apple Music Membership).
  3. Choose the type of Membership that you want:
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, select Family. Then confirm your selection.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, click Student (1 Month) Verification Required. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  4. Click Done to return to Account Information, and then click Done to return to the iTunes Store.

On your Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Open Settings, then select Accounts. Under Subscriptions, select Manage Subscriptions. You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Select Apple Music membership from your list of active subscriptions, then choose the type of membership that you want.

On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Join an existing Family Membership

If you have an Apple Music Individual Membership and want to join an existing Family Membership, follow these steps:

  1. Cancel your Individual Membership.
  2. Ask the organizer of the Family Membership that you want to join to invite you to join the group.
  3. Accept the invitation to join a family group.
  4. After you accept the invitation, open the Apple Music app and check to make sure that you’re a part of the group.

iTunes Error Tips

If you see Error 3194, Error 17, or ‘This device isn‘t eligible for the requested build‘ in iTunes

If iTunes can’t communicate with Apple’s software update server, you might see one of these messages.

  • Error 17
  • Error 1639
  • Errors 3000-3020
  • Error 3194
  • Errors 3100-3999
  • This device isn’t eligible for the requested build

If you see one of these messages and need help updating or restoring your iOS device, install the latest version of iTunes and try to update or restore again. If you need more help, follow the steps below.

Check your hosts file

After you update iTunes to the latest version, check the hosts file to make sure your computer can contact the update server.

Windows

If you’re using a Windows computer, follow the steps from the Microsoft support site. Resetting the hosts file affects software services that rely on hosts file redirects. If you’re using Windows on a business computer, consult your IT department to be sure applications work correctly after you reset your hosts file.

Mac

If you’re using a Mac, follow these steps:

1. In the Finder, choose Applications > Utilities.

2. Open Terminal.

3. Type this command and press Return:

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

4. Enter the password you use to sign in to your computer and press Return. You won’t see text appear in the Terminal window when you type your password.

5. Terminal displays the hosts file. If you don’t see a window similar to the one below, make sure you’re using a nonblank administrator password.

6. Navigate using the arrow keys and look for an entry containing “gs.apple.com”.

If you don’t see any entry containing gs.apple.com, then the hosts file isn’t related to the issue. Close the Terminal and move on to the next section of this article, “Address TCP/IP filtering, firewall, or security software.”

7. Add the # symbol and a space (“# “) to the beginning of the gs.apple.com entry.

8. Press Control-O to save the file.

9. Press Return when asked for the filename.

10. Press Control-X to exit the editor.

11. Restart your Mac.

After your computer is finished restarting, try to update or restore your iOS device again.

Address TCP/IP filtering, firewall, or security software

If you have TCP/IP filtering, firewall, or security software installed on your computer, try these steps.

  1. Configure or temporarily uninstall your security software.
  2. Be sure you have a working Internet connection. Try visiting www.apple.com or contact your Internet service provider for more help.
  3. Bypass your Internet router. Some routers might block iTunes from accessing the update server. If you’re using a router that isn’t manufactured by Apple, try the following:
  • Disconnect from your wired or wireless router and use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your modem.
  • Restart your computer and modem. Contact your Internet service provider for instructions on using your modem.

After you confirm your Internet connection is working, try to update or restore your iOS device again.

Restore or update from another computer

Try to restore or update on another computer with a different Internet connection. This helps to make sure there aren’t issues with your computer that might stop iTunes from communicating with the update server.

Errors 1639, 3000-3020, and 3100-3999 (with the exception of 3194) are sometimes caused by your network settings. If your computer uses a managed network, refer to your network administrator. Proxies, firewalls, and other network security measures can cause these errors. If necessary, find a different network connection to restore the device. For example, if you’re restoring at work, try to restore at home or on a friend’s computer and network.

Resolve issues between iTunes and third-party security software

If you can’t open iTunes, download content, sync your device, or use Home Sharing, your security software might be the cause.

Security software created by companies other than Apple can prevent iTunes from connecting to Apple servers or to devices. Sometimes, you might see a numeric error message when you sync, update, back up, or restore your device.

The following might happen if your security software is causing an issue with iTunes:

  • Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch aren’t recognized in iTunes, or they won’t back up, restore, update, sync, or activate.
  • You see iTunes Errors 4, 6, 1630–1641, 3000–3999, or 9000–9999.
  • You can’t connect to iTunes Store to buy or download content.
  • iTunes won’t open.

Get started

Before changing your security software’s setup:

  • Make sure that the date, time, and time zone are set correctly on your computer.
  • Log in to an administrative user account, not a guest account.
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
  • Update OS X or Windows.
  • Update your security software.

If your device isn’t recognized, find more information on what to try if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod isn’t recognized in iTunes for Mac or Windows.

If you’re still having trouble, continue to the next section.

Test your connectivity

Check your hosts file to make sure that it’s not blocking iTunes from communicating with Apple’s servers.

If you’re having issues using AirPlay, Home Sharing, iTunes, or Remote, test the connectivity between the computers or devices in your house. They should be connected to the same network and subnet in order to function properly.

If you’re still having trouble, continue to the next section.

Test your security software

If you still have trouble after you test your connectivity, your security software could be interfering with your computer’s connection with iTunes.

In some cases, it might be necessary to temporarily remove your security software to isolate an issue. Some Internet security apps don’t uninstall completely, so you might need to download and run a cleanup utility for your security software for it to be completely removed.

Work with your security software provider to allow the complete list of ports and services that Apple products use or if you need help with uninstalling their software.

Make sure that there isn’t more than one type of security software installed at a time. If you have more than one type of security software installed, you might experience other performance issues.

Test TCP port connectivity for Apple software

If you can’t connect with Home Sharing or AirPlay using iTunes on a Mac or PC, check to make sure that your ports are connecting correctly.

Apple software uses TCP and UDP ports for a variety of features, such as AirPlay and Home Sharing. If your software has a connectivity issue, you might experience issues including:

  • iTunes won’t detect AirPlay.
  • iTunes, Apple TV, iOS, or Remote for iOS won’t detect Home Sharing.

Check to make sure that your TCP ports are open. If they’re not open, work with your security software provider to allow the complete list of ports and services that Apple products use or if you need help with uninstalling their software.

Before you test your ports

Find the IP address of the computer that you want to test.

  • If you want to test the computer that you’re currently using, use IP address 127.0.0.1.
  • If you want to test a different computer on your network, find the IP address for a Mac or PC.

On a Mac

  1. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose the Apple menu () > System Preferences.
  2. In the search box in the upper-right corner, type IPv4, then press Return.
  3. The number to the right of IPv4 Address is the IP address that you need to test.

On a PC

  1. In your PC’s search bar, type cmd, then press Return.
  2. Type ipconfig, then press Return.
  3. Find the IP address on the IPv4 Address line.

Test your ports

Find the TCP port number for the service you’re having trouble with, then check the port’s status on a Macor PC.

On a Mac

If you’re testing for an iTunes issue, make sure that iTunes is open and running in the background.

  1. Open Network Utility.
  2. Click the Port Scan tab.
  3. In the first field, enter your computer’s IP address.
  4. Select “Only test ports between.”
  5. In both port number fields, type the port number for the service you’re using. For example, if you’re testing Home Sharing from iTunes or AirPlay, type 3689 in both fields.
  6. Click Scan.

If you see an open TCP port listing, the port is open.
 Network Utility Port Open

If you don’t see an open TCP port listing, the port might be blocked or unreachable. Check the security software that’s installed on the computer you’re testing.

Network Utility Port Blocked

On your PC

If you’re testing for an iTunes issue, make sure that iTunes is open and running in the background.

  1. In the search bar, type cmd, then press Return.
  2. On a single line, type the following. Enter a space between each item:
    • telnet
    • The computer’s IP address
    • The port number for the service you’re having trouble with

      For example, to test whether port 3689 is open on the computer you’re currently on, type the following:

      telnet 127.0.0.1 3689

  3. Press Return three times.

If you see “Command not found” or “not recognized,” install Telnet Client and try again.

If you see “400 Bad Request,” the port is open.

If you see “Connect failed,” the port might be blocked or unreachable. Check the security software on the computer you’re testing.

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iTunes Store Tips

5661Buy or download items from the iTunes Store

Buy or download an item

  1. To go to the store, click iTunes Store near the top center of the iTunes window.

    iTunes Store selected in the iTunes navigation bar
  2. When you find the item you want, click the button to download it (depending on the item, the button might say Buy, Free, Subscribe, a specific price, or something else).

    A button displaying a price

To preview an item before purchasing, move the pointer over the item and click the Preview button Play icon inside a circle.

Choose the format for movies and TV shows

Some movies and TV shows are available in HD (high definition) format. Of these, some are available in both 1080p and 720p formats. You can choose which format you prefer to download—for example, you might choose 720p if you have limited space or you want items to download faster.

If you want to watch HD movies and TV shows on a computer display doesn’t support HD, you can set iTunes to play them in standard definition.

  • Choose which format is downloaded to your iTunes library: Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Store, then click the “When downloading High Definition videos, prefer” pop-up menu and choose an option.

  • Watch HD movies and TV shows on your computer in standard definition: Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Playback, then click the Preferred Video Version menu and choose Standard Definition.

TV shows

You can buy individual episodes or entire seasons (buying an entire season at once can cost less). If you buy an entire season, you have these options (not all are available for all shows or in all countries):

  • Season Pass: For a season in progress. All available episodes are downloaded to your iTunes library; new episodes are downloaded when they become available.

    Important: When new episodes become available, you’re notified via email. To download a new episode, click the link in the email. If you buy a season pass and then buy an individual episode, you’re charged again for the episode.

  • Buy All Episodes: For a season in progress. Purchases all available episodes for the current season, but not new episodes.

  • Multi-Pass: For shows that don’t have traditional “seasons” (for example, news programs). The latest episode is downloaded; each remaining episode is downloaded when it becomes available.

  • Buy Season: For a completed season. Purchases and downloads all episodes.

Many shows are available for download and purchase the day after they air; some shows may not be available for a few days.

Audiobooks

You can listen to audiobooks on your computer or your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

Many audiobooks provide a sample you can listen to before you buy the book. Samples are downloaded only to your device.

Spoken program files purchased from the iTunes Store end in “.m4b.”

Mobile apps and games

The App Store is a section of the iTunes Store. You can download apps to your computer and sync them to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

You can use apps and play the games only on your device, not on your computer. Some apps might not work on all devices.

 

Rent movies from the iTunes Store

You can rent and play movies from the iTunes Store on your computer, iPod, iPhone, or iPad. If you have an Apple TV, you can use it to rent items and play them on your home theater system.

A rented item expires 30 days after you rent it or 24 hours after you begin playing it, whichever comes first. Expired rentals are deleted automatically.

Note: If you plan to watch a rental using Apple TV, you’ll get the best-quality video by renting it using your Apple TV. HD movies rented using Apple TV can’t be transferred to another computer or device. For more information, see the documentation for your Apple TV.

Rent items from the iTunes Store using your computer

  • When you find a movie you want to rent, click Rent Movie (if you don’t see this button, the item isn’t available for rent).

    Rent button

The rental downloads to your iTunes library.

Note: Prices shown are for illustration purposes only. Actual prices and currencies vary according to item and country.

Transfer rentals from your iTunes library to your iOS device or Apple TV

You can transfer rented movies from your computer to your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, if your device can play the rented item. If you have iPhone 3GS (or earlier) or iPod touch (third generation or earlier), you can also transfer rentals from your device to your computer.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. Click the device button, then click Movies.

    A picture of the device button with Movies selected in the sidebar
  3. Select the rented item.

  4. Click Move.

Note: Some movies in the iTunes Store are available for rent in HD-quality format. You can only transfer HD rentals to iOS devices that can display HD content.

For information about renting movies using your device, see the documentation for the device.

Note: These terms apply to U.S. rentals. Rental terms vary among countries.

 

Download podcasts

Podcasts are free shows that you can download and play just like you would a radio or TV show. You can download individual podcast episodes, or you can subscribe so that new episodes are automatically downloaded as they become available.

You can also create podcast stations with the podcasts you subscribe to—for example, you could group all podcasts about personal finance into a station. You can have the podcasts in your station play in any order you choose, and the stations are automatically updated when new episodes become available.

If you have a free iCloud account, your podcast subscriptions, stations, and current play position sync to the Podcasts app on your iOS devices.

Download or subscribe to a podcast

  • Download a podcast from the iTunes Store: Click the Podcasts button Podcasts icon and click iTunes Store.

    iTunes Store selected in the iTunes navigation bar

    When you find a podcast you want to download, do one of the following:

    • Download a single episode: Click the Free button next to the episode.

    • Subscribe to the podcast: Click Subscribe.

      iTunes downloads the most recent episode.

  • Subscribe to a podcast without using the iTunes Store: Choose File > Subscribe to Podcast, then enter the podcast’s Internet address. You can usually find the address on that podcast’s webpage.

Update or unsubscribe from a podcast

  1. Click the Podcasts button Podcasts icon near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Update your podcast subscriptions: Select a podcast and click Refresh near the bottom left of the window. All currently available episodes of the podcasts you subscribe to are displayed.

    • Stop or resume a podcast subscription: Select the podcast, click Gear icon, then click Off or On next to Subscribed.

If you have a problem subscribing to a podcast

  • If a podcast episode doesn’t download to iTunes, the website that provides that podcast may be offline or busy. To try downloading again, click the Podcasts Podcasts icon button, Control-click a podcast or episode, and choose Refresh Podcast.

  • If you subscribe to a podcast by entering its URL and the podcast doesn’t download, you may have entered an incorrect URL. Check the podcast webpage for the correct URL.

  • Some podcasts on the Internet may use files that are incompatible with iTunes. For more information, contact the podcast producer.

Choose your default podcast settings

You can choose default settings that apply to all podcasts, such as how many episodes of each podcast are saved, and when they’re deleted.

  1. Click the Podcasts button Podcasts icon near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Click My Podcasts, then click Defaults near the bottom left of the window.

  3. Choose the settings you want:

    • Refresh: Choose how often to check for new episodes.

    • Limit Episodes: Choose the maximum number of episodes to keep.

    • Download Episodes: Choose On to automatically download new podcast episodes when they become available.

    • Delete Played Episodes: Choose On to have iTunes delete podcasts after you’ve played them.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Choose settings for individual podcasts

Each podcast you subscribe to can have its own settings. Settings you choose for an individual podcast override your default podcast settings.

  1. Click the Podcasts button Podcasts icon near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Select a podcast, then click Gear icon.

  3. Choose the settings you want:

    • Play: Choose the order in which episodes are played.

    • Sort Order: Choose the order in which episodes are sorted.

    • Subscribed: Click Off to pause your subscription to the podcast; click On to resume.

    • Limit Episodes: Choose the maximum number of episodes to keep.

    • Download Episodes: Choose On to automatically download new podcast episodes when they become available.

    • Delete Played Episodes: Choose On to have iTunes delete podcasts after you’ve played them.

  4. Click Done to save your changes.

Create a podcast station

  1. Click the Podcasts button Podcasts icon near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Click My Stations.

  3. Click New near the bottom left of the iTunes window.

  4. Type a name for the station.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Add podcasts to the station: Click Empty circle next to the podcasts you want to include, so a checkmark Checkmark in blue circle appears next to them.

    • Add all podcasts you subscribe to: Click On next to “Include all podcasts.”

  6. To customize the settings for the station, click the Settings button Gear icon.

    • Play Order: Choose what order the episodes in the station play in.

    • Include: Choose how many episodes to include in the station.

    • Media Type: Choose whether to include audio podcasts, video podcasts, or both.

    • Unplayed only: Select to include only episodes you haven’t played yet.

    • Group by Podcast: Select to organize the station by podcasts.

    Your settings apply to all podcasts included in the station.

  7. Click Done.

To view a station, click My Stations, then click the station in the list on the left. To play the station, click Play button.

 

Download educational media from iTunes U

iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store that features free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, which you can download and enjoy on your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or computer. iTunes U is available to everyone, and offers more than 100,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums, public media organizations, and other cultural institutions from around the world.

If you have a free iCloud account, your iTunes U courses, notes, and current play position sync to the iTunes U app on your iOS devices.

Download courses and lessons from iTunes U

  1. Click the iTunes U button A button that looks like a mortarboard near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Click iTunes Store.

  3. When you find a course or lesson that interests you, do one of the following:

    • Subscribe to a course: Click Subscribe Free. iTunes downloads the most recent lesson.

    • Download a lesson: Click the Free button next to the lesson.

Some iTunes U courses might use materials that need to be purchased, such as books and videos.

Update or unsubscribe from an iTunes U course

  1. Click the iTunes U button A button that looks like a mortarboard near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Update your course materials: Select a course and click the Refresh button Curved arrow next to the course title. All currently available lessons from the courses you subscribe to are displayed.

    • Unsubscribe from a course: Control-click a course and choose Unsubscribe Collection.

Choose your default iTunes U settings

  1. Click the iTunes U button A button that looks like a mortarboard near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Click the Settings button Gear icon, then click Defaults.

  3. Choose the settings you want:

    • Check for new materials: Choose how often to check for new lessons.

    • Materials to Keep: Choose the maximum number of lessons to keep.

    • Automatically Download: Choose whether you want new lessons to be downloaded automatically when they become available. If you don’t want lessons to download automatically, choose Off.

  4. Click OK.

Choose settings for individual iTunes U courses

Each course you subscribe to can have its own settings.

  1. Click the iTunes U button A button that looks like a mortarboard near the top left of the iTunes window (if you don’t see it, click The More button, three dots in a row).

  2. Select a course, click the Settings button Gear icon and choose the settings you want:

    • Keep: Choose the maximum number of lessons to keep.

    • Download: Choose which lessons to download.

    • Sort Order: Choose the order in which lessons are sorted.

    • Play: Choose the order in which lessons are played.

  3. Click Done.

If you don’t choose settings for a course, your default settings will apply.

Give music and video

If you have an Apple ID, you can purchase the following gifts from the iTunes Store:

  • Gift certificate: Recipients can use gift certificates toward the purchase of anything in the iTunes Store (unless you restrict access to items with a Parental Advisory Label).

  • Allowance: Recipients can use allowances toward the purchase of anything in the iTunes Store (unless you restrict access to items with a Parental Advisory Label). You can change the amount of an allowance or cancel it at any time. Just sign in to the iTunes Store and click View Accounts.

  • Specific items: Songs, albums, videos, apps, audiobooks, and more

You can also buy prepaid iTunes Gift Cards from the iTunes Store and select retailers. (For more information, visit the iTunes website.)

You can use a gift certificate, allowance, or gift card only in the iTunes Store for the same country in which the certificate was purchased.

Give music and video

  • Buy a gift certificate or set up an allowance: On the iTunes Store homepage, click Send iTunes Gifts (below Quick Links). To set up an allowance, click Learn More About Gifting, click Set Up an Allowance (you might need to scroll down to see it), and follow the onscreen instructions.

  • Give a specific song or album from the iTunes Store: Click the arrow next to the Buy button, choose Gift This from the pop-up menu, and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

Redeem an iTunes allowance, gift certificate, or Gift Card

If you received an iTunes Store allowance, gift certificate, iTunes Gift Card, or promotional code, you can use it to buy songs, videos, or audiobooks from the iTunes Store.

You need to set up an Apple ID before you can redeem anything in the iTunes Store. You don’t need to enter credit card information to redeem only the amount of a gift certificate or card.

Use an iTunes allowance, gift certificate, or iTunes Gift Card

  1. Click your name to the left of the Search field and choose Redeem. If you don’t see your name, click Sign In.

    The Account menu, with Redeem chosen
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions.

The amount in your account appears in the Account pop-menu, below your account name. When youmake purchases, the amount changes to show how much money remains in your account.

You can use a gift certificate only in the iTunes Store for the same country in which the certificate was purchased.

 

Create an iTunes Store Wish List

You can create a Wish List of items you’d like to purchase from the iTunes Store at a later date. Your account is not charged until you purchase an item.

Only you can see your Wish List.

Create a Wish List or add items to it

  1. When you find an item in the iTunes Store you want to add to your Wish List, click the arrow to the right of the Buy button.

    Arrow next to Buy button
  2. Choose Add to Wish List from the menu that appears.

View, purchase, or remove items from your Wish List

  1. Click your name to the left of the Search field and choose Wish List. If you don’t see your name, click Sign In.

    The Account menu, with Wish List chosen
  2. Do either of the following:

    • Purchase an item on your Wish List: Click the Buy button (or the button showing the price) next to the item.

      To make sure a song is the one you want, you can listen to a preview (a 30- or 90-second portion of the song) by double-clicking the song title or clicking the Preview button Play icon inside a circle for the song.

    • Remove an item from your Wish List: Select the item or move the pointer over it, then click the Delete button Delete icon, an X inside a gray dot.

The Wish List page also includes lists of all items you’ve previewed in the iTunes Store or using Siri on your iOS device.

 

Pre-order items from the iTunes Store

If an item isn’t yet available, you may be able to pre-order and then download it when it becomes available. You’ll receive an email the same day it becomes available to let you know when you can download the item.

Pre-order, download, or cancel an item

  • Pre-order an item: Click the Pre-order button next to the item. When the item is available for download, you receive an email notice. You aren’t charged for the item until you download it.

  • Download a pre-ordered item: Click the link in the email notice or open iTunes and choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.

  • View, cancel, or see the expected release dates for pending pre-orders: Choose Store > View Account, and click Manage Pre-orders.

Some albums or collections you can pre-order include a song that’s available to download immediately. When you pre-order these items, the available song is downloaded and you’re charged only for that song. When you download the rest of the album (after you’re notified it’s available), you’re charged for the rest.

 

Purchase tagged radio songs

iTunes Tagging lets you “tag” songs you hear on the radio, then preview and purchase them later on the iTunes Store. iTunes Tagging is available only on iPod nano (5th generation) and on some third-party FM radios.

If you have an iPod nano, your tagged songs are added to iTunes when you sync your device (see instructions below). To add tagged songs to iTunes from a third-party radio, you first need to sync them from your radio to your iPod. For more information, see the documentation that came with your radio.

To learn how to tag songs, see the documentation for your radio or device.

Transfer tagged song information to iTunes

  1. Connect your device to your computer and click the device button near the top left of the iTunes window.

    The device button selected near the top of the iTunes window.
  2. Click Sync.

    Information about and links to the iTunes Store for your tagged songs are transferred to iTunes on your computer, and appear in Playlists, in a playlist called Tagged.

Preview and purchase tagged songs

Some tagged songs might not be available for purchase, and some songs might be available for purchase only as part of an album.

  1. Click the Music button Button that looks like a musical note near the top left of the iTunes window, and click Playlists.

  2. To see a list of your tagged songs, select the Tagged playlist.

    To hear a 30-second preview of a song before purchasing it, double-click the song’s title or click the Preview button Play icon inside a circle for the song.

  3. Click Buy to purchase the song.

    If no Buy button appears, click View. The song’s album page opens in the iTunes Store.

 

Download previous purchases from the iTunes Store

If you’ve purchased items from the iTunes Store, you can download most of them to your devices andauthorized computers (up to 10 total). This is a great way to add items to your devices without having tosync or copy files, and lets you replace iTunes files you accidentally lose or delete.

You can also check for purchases that haven’t been downloaded to your computer, or have iTunes check for them automatically. This is useful, for example, if a download is interrupted.

To find out how to download previous purchases to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, see the documentation for your device.

Download previous iTunes Store purchases to an authorized computer

  1. Click your name to the left of the Search field and choose Purchased. If you don’t see your name, click Sign In.

    The Account menu, with Purchased chosen
  2. In the page that appears, select a category.

    iTunes shows you which of your purchases are available for download. You can view all of your past purchases, or just the ones not currently in your iTunes library. Items already in your library aren’t available for download.

    If you select Music, you can view your purchases by song, artist, or album. If you’re viewing by album, click an album to see which songs on it are available for downloading.

    To search for an item, type its name or a keyword in the search field, and then press the Return key to view your search results.

  3. To download an item, click its Download button Cloud with an arrow pointing down .

    To download all available items, click Download All.

Make sure all your purchases have been downloaded

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the Internet.

  2. In iTunes, choose Store > Check for Available Downloads.

  3. Enter your Apple ID and password (if requested), and click Check.

    Purchases not yet on your computer are downloaded.

Set iTunes to check for purchases automatically

  1. Choose iTunes > Preferences and click Store.

  2. Select “Always check for available downloads.”

Tip: You can also download previously purchased music, movies, and TV shows by clicking the Download button Cloud with an arrow pointing down next to an item in your iTunes library. If you don’t see the Download button next to previous purchases, choose iTunes > Preferences, click Store, and select “Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases.”

Note: Some types of previously purchased content might not be available in some countries. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

Manage your iTunes Store account

To buy items in the iTunes Store, you need one of the following:

  • An Apple ID. If you’ve purchased items from the Apple Online Store, bought an iPhoto book, or have an iCloud account, then you have an Apple ID. If you don’t have one, you can set one up using iTunes.

  • An AOL account.

    Note: AOL accounts can’t be used in some countries. Check with your country’s iTunes Store for more information.

Set up a new Apple ID

  • Choose Store > Create Apple ID, and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you have a PayPal account, you can use that as your payment method when you enter your credit card information. (PayPal isn’t accepted for payment in some countries.)

Sign in to or out of the iTunes Store

After you set up an Apple ID (or if you’re using an existing AOL account instead), you can sign in to theiTunes Store to buy music and video, view or change your account information, and see your purchase history.

When you finish using the store, you can sign out to prevent anyone else who has access to your computer from making purchases using your account.

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Store > Sign In (or Sign Out).

  • Click Sign In near the top right of the iTunes window (or click your name and choose Sign Out).

    The iTunes Store sign in button

Change your account information

You can change your Apple ID name, password, or billing information at any time.

  1. Choose Store > View Account, and sign in.

  2. Click Edit.

  3. Make your changes, and click Done.

Your changes take effect immediately, and apply to all apps in which you use your Apple ID.

If you have an AOL account, changes you make in iTunes don’t affect your AOL account on the AOL service. For example, if you change your password in iTunes, the password you use to log in to the AOL service doesn’t change.

View your purchase history

Items you purchase from the iTunes Store are added to the Purchased playlist in iTunes. However, because you can add items to or remove items from this list, it might not be accurate. You can see a list of all your iTunes Store purchases.

  1. Choose Store > View Account, and sign in.

  2. In the Account Information window, click See All (below Purchase History).

    The purchase history shows purchases made using this account, with your most recent purchases shown first.

  3. To view details of previous purchases, click the arrow to the left of the order date.

If your purchase history seems incomplete, make sure you’ve clicked the arrow next to each previous purchase to see all your purchase history information.

If your purchase history seems to be incorrect, or you believe you’ve been charged for an item you didn’t buy, visit the iTunes Store Support website.

If you delete the Purchased playlist, iTunes creates a new one when you buy an item from the iTunes Store.

 

Share iTunes Store purchases with Family Sharing

With Family Sharing, up to six family members can download each other’s iTunes Store purchases to their own computers and devices. Family members can also hide their purchases so others can’t download them.

To use Family Sharing, one adult family member (the organizer), sets up the family and agrees to pay for all purchases. To control spending by kids, the organizer can require approval for any purchases or free downloads requested by non-adult family members.

Family Sharing requires iCloud and OS X Yosemite v10.10 or later. Each family member needs a separate Apple ID.

Set up Family Sharing

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  2. Click Set Up Family, then follow the onscreen instructions.

View and download other family members’ iTunes Store purchases

  1. Click your name to the left of the Search field and choose Purchased. If you don’t see your name, click Sign In.

    The Account menu, with Purchased chosen
  2. Click your name near the top-left corner (next to Purchased), then choose a family member to view his or her purchases.

  3. To download an item, click its Download button Cloud with an arrow pointing down .

Hide your iTunes Store purchases

Family members can hide their individual iTunes Store purchases from other family members.

  1. Click your name to the left of the Search field and choose Purchased. If you don’t see your name, click Sign In.

    The Account menu, with Purchased chosen
  2. Click a content type.

    A list of purchases for the selected content type appears.

  3. Move the pointer over the item you want to hide and click Delete icon, an X inside a gray dot, then click Hide.

To see purchases you’ve hidden, choose Store > View Account, sign in, and click Manage to the right of Hidden Purchases (below iTunes in the Cloud). To make a hidden item visible again, click the item’s Unhide button.

Require approval for purchases and downloads

After you set up Family Sharing, you can require parental approval for all purchases and downloads by any family member who isn’t an adult.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  2. Click Manage Family.

  3. Select a family member, then select Ask to Buy.

  4. Click Done.

When the family member tries to make a purchase or requests a download, a notification is sent to the organizer, who can approve or decline the request.

Family Sharing is designed to be used by a single family (adults and children). You can be part of only one family group at a time, and may switch to a different family group only twice per year. Features may vary based on country.

 

Authorize a computer to play iTunes Store purchases

To play many purchases from the iTunes Store, you must authorize your computer using your Apple IDand password. (Authorization helps protect the copyrights of the purchased items.)

You can authorize up to five computers (Mac, Windows, or both) at a time. To play a purchased item on a sixth computer, you need to deauthorize another one. An iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV doesn’t count as a computer.

You can also authorize up to three computers to play items purchased from the Audible website (audible.com). Audible is a third-party company that sells audiobooks and other spoken programs.

You can authorize or deauthorize a computer at any time. Be sure to deauthorize a computer before you sell it or give it away.

Authorize or deauthorize a computer

Do any of the following:

  • Authorize a computer to play iTunes Store purchases: Choose Store > Authorize This Computer.

  • Deauthorize a computer: Choose Store > Deauthorize This Computer.

  • Deauthorize a computer to play spoken programs purchased from the Audible website: Choose Store > Deauthorize Audible Account.

  • If you forgot to deauthorize a computer you no longer own, and you have five authorized computers:You can deauthorize all your authorized computers at once. You can use this method once a year.

    Sign in to the iTunes Store, choose Store > View Account, and click Deauthorize All. If you don’t see this option, it’s because you have fewer than five authorized computers.

 

Usage rights for iTunes Store purchases

Movies, TV shows, and certain other items purchased from the iTunes Store are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). These protected purchases can be:

  • Played on up to five authorized computers

  • Synced with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad

  • Synced with or streamed to your Apple TV

All songs offered by the iTunes Store now come without DRM protection. These DRM-free songs, callediTunes Plus, have no usage restrictions and feature high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding.

If you have older iTunes Store purchases that are now available as iTunes Plus downloads, you may upgrade your existing purchases. To do so, visit the iTunes Store and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

If you have trouble using the iTunes Store

If you’re unable to browse, sign in to, or buy music from the iTunes Store

Try the following:

  • If you see a message that your computer can’t connect to the iTunes Store, click another item (Podcasts, for example) and click iTunes Store again. If it still doesn’t connect, make sure your Internet connection is working—open a web browser and visit a website. If your Internet connection is OK, there may be a problem with the iTunes Store. Try visiting the store again later.

  • Make sure your computer’s date, time, and time zone are set correctly in Date & Time preferences. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and click Date & Time.

  • Make sure your account information is accurate and that you don’t need to correct a problem with a previous purchase. Enter the iTunes Store, click your account name at the top of the iTunes Store window, and sign in to your account. To verify your account information, click Edit Account Info and Edit Payment Information.

  • If you’re having trouble signing in to the store using your AOL account, your AOL account might not work with the iTunes Store in your country. Only U.S. and U.K. customers can sign in using their AOL accounts.

  • Make sure the iTunes Store is available in your country. For more information, visit the iTunes website.

  • If you can’t find the song or album you’re looking for, it may not be available for sale. Visit theRequest Music webpage, and then visit the iTunes Store at a later date to see if the song or album is available.

 

Sync iPod, iPhone, or iPad

To add items on your computer to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you sync them using iTunes. You can have iTunes sync items automatically (which is the quickest option), or drag items to your device manually (which gives you more control)—or you can do both. You can also remove items from your device automatically or manually.

For more information about syncing, see Syncing overview.

Select items to sync automatically

  1. Connect your device to your computer and click the device button near the top left of the iTunes window.

    The device button selected near the top of the iTunes window.
  2. Select the type of content you want to sync (for example, Music or Apps) in the sidebar on the left.

    The device button selected near the top of the iTunes window.
  3. Select the Sync checkbox, then select the items you want to sync automatically each time you connect your device.

    Click a button to select the kind of content you want to sync, then select the sync checkbox and select the items you want to sync automatically
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each type of content you want to include on your device.

    The bar at the bottom of the window shows how much space will remain on your device after you sync.

    Move the pointer over the bar to view details about the content you're syncing, and see how much space is left for more content
  5. By default, iTunes syncs your device whenever you connect it to your computer. If you want to have iTunes ask you before syncing, do one of the following:

    • Require a prompt before syncing this device: Click Summary, then deselect “Open iTunes when this [device] is connected.”

    • Require a prompt before syncing all devices: Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Devices, and select “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.”

  6. When you’re ready to sync, click Apply.

Tip: To automatically sync a connected device at any time, choose File > Devices > Sync [device name].

WARNING: If you delete an automatically synced item from your iTunes library, the deleted item is removed from your device the next time you sync.

Add items to your device manually

You can manually add music, movies, TV shows, apps, podcasts, and iTunes U lessons to your device. You can’t manually add photos, books, contacts, or other info.

  1. Make sure your device is connected.

  2. From anywhere in your iTunes library, begin dragging the items you want to add.

    A pane with a list of connected devices appears on the left.

  3. Drag the items to your device in the list until a blue border appears.

    A screenshot of an album being dragged to a device, the device is highlighted

    The items are added to your device.

Keep items from being automatically synced

If there are some items you never want synced (for example, if they’re too big to fit on your device), you can keep them from being synced.

You can also turn off automatic syncing for music, movies, and TV shows. You must do this if you want to sync iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle with more than one iTunes library, or automatically fill your device with songs using Autofill (see the next task, below).

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. Click the device button, then click Summary.

    A picture of the device button with Summary selected in the sidebar
  3. Do any of the following:

    • Keep individual items from being synced: Select “Sync only checked [items].” Then, deselect the checkbox next to any items in your iTunes library that you don’t want synced.

    • Turn off automatic syncing for music, movies, and TV shows: Select “Manually manage music and videos.”

  4. Click Apply.

WARNING: If you turn off automatic syncing on your device, adding books for the iBooks app on your device erases all your other content. You should add books to your device only when automatic syncing is on.

Fill your device with a random selection of songs using Autofill

If you don’t want to always hear the same music on your device, you can have iTunes fill it with a random selection of songs by using Autofill.

To use Autofill, you must turn off automatic syncing for music and videos (see instructions above).

  1. Connect your device to your computer and click the device button near the top left of the iTunes window.

    The device button selected near the top of the iTunes window.
  2. Click On My Device.

    On My Device selected in the iTunes navigation bar
  3. Select Music in the sidebar on the left.

    Arrow pointing at Music on the left side of the iTunes window
  4. Choose which songs you want to sync from the Autofill pop-up menu at the bottom of the Music pane.

    Menus for Autofill
  5. To adjust Autofill settings, click Settings.

    Autofill Settings window
  6. When you’re done, click OK.

  7. Click Autofill, then click Sync.

Each time you use Autofill, iTunes adds different songs to your device.

Remove items from your device

Make sure your device is connected, then do one of the following:

  • Remove an item that was synced automatically: Do any of the following, then sync your device:

    • Deselect the checkbox for the item in your iTunes library, and select “Sync only checked [items]” in the Summary pane.

    • If the item was added because it’s part of a synced playlist, remove the item from the playlist.

    • Change your sync settings to keep the item from being synced.

  • Remove an item that was added manually or using Autofill: Click On My Device, select an item (or items), press the Delete key, and click Delete.

The types of content you can sync depends on your device. For more information, see the documentation for your device.

You can sync multiple devices with your iTunes library, and use different settings for each device.

Important: Before disconnecting iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle from your computer, click the Eject button The eject button.

 

Sync your device over a Wi-Fi network

If you’re on a Wi-Fi network, and have iOS 5 (or later) installed on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, you can sync your device (add items to it from your computer) without connecting it to your computer (if your computer and device are connected to the same network).

When you sync automatically over Wi-Fi, your device uses the same sync settings you chose for syncing using a cable.

Turn on Wi-Fi syncing

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. Click the device button, then click Summary.

    A picture of the device button with Summary selected in the sidebar
  3. Select the checkbox for “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi.”

  4. Click Apply.

When you disconnect your device from your computer, the icon for your device still appears in iTunes unless you click the Eject button Eject icon.

If you click Eject, the icon for your device is removed, but Wi-Fi syncing remains turned on. The icon for your device reappears the next time you open iTunes (if your computer and device are connected to the same WI-Fi network).

Sync your device over Wi-Fi

Here are ways to sync wirelessly when your device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer (the computer must be turned on):

  • Connect your device to a charger and plug it in to an electrical outlet. Syncing begins automatically.

  • In iTunes, click the icon for your device, and click the Sync button.

  • On your device, choose Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, and tap Sync Now. You can use your device while it’s syncing over Wi-Fi.

Note: To restore your device’s iOS software and revert it to its factory settings, you must connect the device to your computer.

You can sync a device wirelessly with multiple computers, but each type of content can be synced with only one computer.

Syncing over Wi-Fi is slower than syncing over a cable. If you connect a device to your computer while the device is syncing over Wi-Fi, syncing continues over the cable. If you disconnect the device’s cable from the computer while syncing, syncing stops, even if Wi-Fi syncing is on.

 

Sync and organize iOS apps

In addition to downloading apps directly to your iOS device from the App Store, you can download the apps to your computer and use iTunes to sync them to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

If you have an iPod touch or iPhone with iOS 4 or later, or an iPad with iOS 4.2 or later, you can organize your apps by creating folders in iTunes or on your device. The folders are synced when you sync your device with your computer.

Sync downloaded apps to iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. Click the device button, then click Apps.

    A picture of the device button with Apps selected in the sidebar
  3. Click Install next to the apps you want to sync. If you have iOS 3.1 or later, you can also do the following:

    • Drag apps from the list on the left to the Home screen on the right.

    • Arrange your device’s Home screens by double-clicking a screen and dragging app icons to where you want them to appear.

    Picture of interface for syncing apps in iTunes
  4. Click Apply.

Create an apps folder in iTunes

  1. Connect your device to your computer.

  2. Click the device button, then click Apps.

    A picture of the device button with Apps selected in the sidebar
  3. On the Home screen, drag an app on top of another.

    Picture of one app icon being dragged on top of another to create a folder

    A new folder is created, containing both apps. If you want, type a name for the folder.

  4. Do any of the following:

    • Add apps to a folder: Drag them to the folder.

    • Open a folder: Double-click it.

    • Close a folder: Click outside of the folder.

    • Remove an app from a folder: Open the folder, and then drag the app to any Home screen.

    • Rearrange the apps in a folder: Drag the apps to where you want them to appear.

    • Change a folder’s name: Open the folder you want to rename, double-click the folder’s name, and type in a new name.

You can’t put a folder inside another folder.

You can use the apps you download from the App Store only on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (not on your computer). Some apps might not work on all devices.

If you’re connected to a 3G, 4G, LTE, or Wi-Fi network, you can also buy apps directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. For more information, see the documentation that came with your device.

 

AirPort Express

This tip explains how to stream music from iTunes on your Mac or PC, or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 5.1 or later) to your stereo or speakers using AirPort Express as a standalone Wi-Fi base station or as one of several Wi-Fi base stations.

Note: If you would also like to stream movies and photos to your television, consider adding an Apple TV to your existing Wi-Fi network.

Note: Music streaming from iTunes, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is done via AirPlay.

Things to consider before you begin

  • Start with a plan for the physical layout. Depending on whether you have an existing Wi-Fi network, or if you are using your AirPort Express as a standalone Wi-Fi device, there are several options available for you to choose from.
  • When using Ethernet, Cat6 cable is recommended.
  • The layout you choose should take into account environmental factors such as physical access, location, range, radio frequency interference, etc.
  • You will need to consider what AirPort Utility settings to adopt.
  • You will need to know whether you are using an AirPort Express (802.11b/g) or an AirPort Express (802.11a/b/g/n).

Different usage scenarios for the AirPort Express, and how to set them up

The AirPort Express is the only Wi-Fi base station. It provides simultaneous Wi-Fi access and AirPlay streaming.This configuration requires that the AirPort Express is in physical cable range of both the audio device and the DSL/Cable router at the same time.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your DSL or cable modem to your AirPort Express using the WAN Ethernet port.
  2. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  3. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  4. Use AirPort Utility to create a new network. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the Music tab.
  5. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.

 

The AirPort Express is connected to the primary Wi-Fi base station with Ethernet. It extends the range of an existing Roaming Wi-Fi network and provides AirPlay streaming.
How to set it upAirPort Utility 6.1

  1. Ensure that the AirPort base station Ethernet cables are connected as above
  2. Launch AirPort Utility 6.1. The Assistant will automatically configure the Roaming network

AirPort Utility 5.6.1

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  3. Connect an Ethernet cable (Cat6) from a LAN port of the primary Wi-Fi base station to the Ethernet port of the AirPort Express.
  4. Use AirPort Utility to configure the AirPort Express as part of a Roaming network. For steps to configure a Roaming network, read Setting up and configuring a roaming network (802.11 a/b/g/n).
  5. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the AirPort Utility Music tab.
  6. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.

 

AirPort Express used exclusively for AirPlay by setting it up in Client Mode.Choose this configuration if the computer containing your iTunes library may be out of direct range of the AirPort Express, but is within range of the Wi-Fi network.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. From your computer, join the wireless network. Use the AirPort status menu in the menu bar on a Mac. On a Windows-based computer, hold the pointer over the wireless connection icon until you see your AirPort network name (SSID), and choose it from the list if there are multiple networks available. Enter the network password, if necessary.
  3. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

 

AirPort Express extends Wi-Fi network range and streams iTunes music simultaneously using Extended Network for AirPort Express with 802.11n, or legacy WDS with AirPort Express 802.11g from another Wi-Fi base station.Due to the overhead required for this configuration, you may expect AirPlay drop-outs such as intermittent loss of audio.
How to set it up

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. Plug AirPort Express into the power outlet. There is no “on” switch.
  3. If you are setting up an AirPort Express (802.11a/b/g/n) with other 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi base stations, read Setting up and configuring an extended wireless network (802.11n) OR, if you are setting up an AirPort Express (802.11b/g) with other 802.11b/g Wi-Fi base stations, read Setting up and configuring a Wireless Distribution System (802.11b/g).
  4. Ensure that “Enable AirPlay/AirTunes” is checked in the AirPort Utility Music tab.
  5. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window.
    Note: Apple doesn’t recommend combining 802.11 b/g and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi base stations in the same network.

 

Additional Information

Tips for using AirPort Express with AirPlay

  • Use powered speakers with a stereo mini-jack connector.
  • Do not connect USB speakers to AirPort Express.
  • Do not connect AirPort Express to the phono jack on your stereo.
  • You can stream iTunes music to more than one AirPort Express at a time by choosing Multiple Speakers from the speakers pop-up menu.
  • Only one computer at a time can stream music to AirPort Express.
  • You can connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers using a digital fiber optic cable, analog mini-stereo-to-dual-RCA cable, or mini-stereo to mini-stereo cable (depending on what type of connectors your stereo uses) connected to the Line Out port.
  • Wireless computers within range of AirPort Express can wirelessly stream music to it using iTunes 4.6 or later.
  • You may connect an optional power cord if you are setting up your AirPort Express away from a power outlet.

iTunes Support

iTunes Support


Playing music with AirPlay

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How to use AirPlay
Just plug your stereo system or speakers into the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable or have your AirPlay-enabled output devices connect to the same local network as your iTunes library.

When you open iTunes 10 or later on your Mac or PC, you’ll see an AirPlay button at the bottom right-hand corner of the iTunes window.Clicking on the AirPlay button will let you control where you stream your content.

Add AirPlay to your current network
Simply connect your stereo system to the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable and plug it into an electrical outlet. Once this is done, AirPlay wirelessly links to your existing network, letting you play your music in your room of choice with AirPlay-enabled output devices without moving anything or connecting anything else.

AirPlay-enabled output devices other than AirPort Express may connect to the network in other ways. Refer to the instructions from the manufacturer for more details.

Listening through multiple speakers
With AirPlay and iTunes 10 or later, you can listen to music through your computer speakers and multiple AirPlay outputs.

The maximum number of outputs are three to six in typical conditions. The number that works for you will depend on your environmental conditions (such as building composition and local radio interference), distance to the outputs, and available network capacity relative to your other usage.

Controlling multiple speakers
You can use the Multiple Speakers window to control the relative volume of your output devices.

The sound coming out of your AirPlay output device may sound louder or softer because of on the accoustic characteristics of the area in which it is placed. The sound being outputted may sound different even in comparison to the sound output from the same device placed in a different area.

If you set the softest output to most closely match the Master Volume, when you adjust the Master Volume, you have more precise control over that output.

You can adjust Master Volume in the Multiple Speakers window or by using the main volume control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window:
Louder AirPlay outputs can be set to a lower volume to better control the extra power.

Controlling playback on the go
The Remote app allows you to control iTunes or Apple TV from your iOS device. If you are streaming from your iTunes library and step away from the computer, take your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with you to control the iTunes library.

Syncing with iTunes

Setting up syncing
Before setting up syncing you should download and install the latest version of iTunes. Wi-Fi syncing requires iTunes 10.5 or later and iOS 5 or later. You can change your sync options at any time. Each time you sync, content is synced between your iOS device and computer to reflect new, updated, or deleted content.

USB syncing

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Connect the iOS device to your computer using the included USB cable and select it in iTunes under Devices on the left-hand side. Some tabs may not appear if you do not have corresponding content in your library. For example if you do not have any podcasts in your library, the corresponding Podcast tab will not appear.
  3. Click Apply, in the lower-right corner of the screen, to sync.

Wi-Fi syncing

  1. Open iTunes
  2. To set up Wi-Fi syncing, connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable. Select your device under Devices on the left-hand side.
  3. In the Summary tab, select “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi”.
  4. Whenever the computer and the iOS device are on the same network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes, and you can sync it. The iOS device will sync automatically when all of the following are true:
  5. The iOS device is plugged in to power
  6. iTunes is open on the computer
  7. The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network
  8. While the iOS device appears in the left-hand column of iTunes, you can select the content tabs and configure sync options.
  9. Click Apply or Sync to sync the iOS device.

If the iOS device does not appear in the Devices section or you are unable to sync, please see this article for troubleshooting.

What you can sync

  1. Applications
  2. Audio content—music, podcasts, audiobooks, and iTunes U content
  3. Bookmarks
  4. Books
  5. Contacts
  6. Calendars
  7. Movies and TV shows
  8. Photos
  9. Notes
  10. Documents (File Sharing apps only)
  11. Ringtones

Additional Information
The first time you sync the Info tab with your iOS device, you are asked if you want to merge data, replace data on the service, or replace the data on your computer from the following applications:

Mac: Address Book, iCal, Microsoft Entourage, or Microsoft Outlook 2011
PC: Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Addressbook (XP) and Windows Contacts (Vista and Windows 7)

Glossary

AAC > Advanced Audio Coding; a standard way of compressing and encoding digital audio

AIFF > Audio Interchange File Format; an uncompressed and lossless format for digital audio

AirTunes > A way to play music in an iTunes library on multiple speakers over a wireless local network, using AirPort Express with iTunes (a hardware device)

allowance > A set monthly amount purchased with an iTunes Store account and given to another account to purchase items in the iTunes Store

App Store > An online store, accessible via the iTunes Store, where you can download applications for iPhone and iPod touch

Apple Lossless > An Apple-developed method for compressing digital music

Apple TV > A device for playing content downloaded from the iTunes Store or from your iTunes library on a television

audiobook > A recorded spoken program, such as a book being read aloud

authorize > To enable a computer to play iTunes Store purchases. You can authorize up to five computers at a time. See deauthorize.

buffer > A portion of music or video that’s temporarily stored on your computer when you stream media content from the Internet. A buffer compensates for variations in connection speed, resulting in smoother playback.

burn > To record songs onto a CD or DVD

Clean > A label issued to identify an edited version of an “explicit” recording. See Explicit.

Cover Flow > A way to browse your iTunes library as if you were flipping through actual album covers or movie packages

crossfade > To start playing the next song while the previous song is still playing

deauthorize > To prevent an authorized computer from playing iTunes Store purchases. See authorize.

download > To transfer files from one computer or system to another; for example, to download music from the iTunes Store

eject > To remove a disc (CD or DVD) from a disc drive, or to remove an iPod or iPhone from the list of devices in the iTunes window

equalizer > A set of controls for changing sound frequencies (for example, boosting the bass on a rock song) to accommodate speakers, personal taste, and other factors

Explicit > A label—issued by media producers—that alerts consumers to content that might be inappropriate for children. See Clean.

Genius > A feature that enables you to find new music—in your library and in the iTunes Store—related to music already in your library.

Gracenote CDDB > A service that contains information about audio CDs (CDDB stands for “CD database”). iTunes uses this database to display a CD’s name, song titles, and so on.

iMix > A playlist a customer publishes for free in the iTunes Store

import > To add music, video, and other media to your iTunes library

iTunes MiniStore > A part of the iTunes window that displays items in the store related to the selected item; you can click an item in the MiniStore to open it in the iTunes Store.

iTunes library > The collection of music, videos, and other media you have imported into iTunes

iTunes Store > An online store, accessible through iTunes, where you can purchase music and videos, rent movies, download free podcasts, and more

MP3 > An audio format commonly used for digital audio players

Multi-Pass > An option for buying TV shows from the iTunes Store. Designed for shows that don’t have traditional “seasons” (news shows, for example), the Multi-Pass purchases a set number of episodes.

parental controls > Options that enable a computer administrator to limit access to features. In the Parental pane of iTunes preferences, for example, you can prevent a user from accessing the iTunes Store.

Party Shuffle > A continuously updated playlist iTunes creates from random songs in your library or a playlist. You can change the Party Shuffle playlist.

playlist > A collection of songs or other media (video and podcasts) put in a custom order

podcast > A radio- or TV-style show you can download from the Internet for free from the iTunes Store. Some podcasts are individual episodes; some are series.

QuickTime > Multimedia software from Apple that handles video, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of images available for Mac computers and PCs

ringtone > The sound a mobile phone makes when someone calls

rip > To transfer songs from a CD to a hard disk

Season Pass > An option for buying TV shows from the iTunes Store. With a Season Pass, all currently available episodes are downloaded to iTunes on your computer. When a new episode is available, you are notified and the show is put into your iTunes Store download queue.

shared library > An iTunes library (or a part of one) that’s set up so that others on the local network can play the library’s media files on their own computers

shuffle > To play music or video in random order

Smart Playlist > A playlist to which you assign rules (for example, songs by certain artists); when you add a song to your library that matches the criteria, iTunes automatically adds the song to the Smart Playlist

Sound Check > A setting in iTunes preferences that automatically adjusts songs to the same volume level

stream > To play media on one device while the media files are stored on another device. For example, some websites stream movies you can watch on your computer. You can stream items from your iTunes library to your TV, using an Apple TV.

sync > To update an iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV so that it contains some or all of the music, video, and other files in your iTunes library

transfer > In iTunes, to move a rented movie from one location to another, such as from your iTunes library on a computer to an iPod or iPhone

visualizer > A program that displays visual effects in the iTunes window

WAV > Waveform; a digital audio format commonly used with Microsoft Windows

WMA > Windows Media Audio; a digital audio file format created by Microsoft. iTunes can convert WMA files to other formats.

Apple TV

Playing your iTunes library on your TV:

If you have an Apple TV, you can stream items (songs, movies, TV shows, and more) from your iTunes library to your TV.

You can also sync your Apple TV with your iTunes library so that your iTunes content is automatically loaded onto your Apple TV.

Syncing your Apple TV with iTunes:

  • If your Apple TV is synced with an iTunes library, it is already set up for streaming.
  • You can also stream items from an iTunes library that isn’t synced with your Apple TV.
  • You can stream from up to five iTunes libraries, plus the library the Apple TV is synced with.

To set up your Apple TV for streaming:

  • Make sure the computer you want to stream from is turned on, and iTunes is open.
  • Go to iTunes > Preferences, choose Apple TV, and make sure “Look for Apple TVs” is selected.
  • On your Apple TV, choose Settings > Computers > “Add Shared iTunes Library,” and then note the passcode displayed.
  • In iTunes, select the Apple TV with “Click to set up” next to it, and enter the passcode.
  • While content is being streamed, the computer must remain on (not in Sleep mode) and iTunes must remain open.
  • If you stream content while Apple TV is syncing, the sync pauses until streaming stops.

For more information, see the Apple TV user’s guide at the Apple TV Support website.


Removing an Apple TV from your iTunes library:

You can remove an Apple TV that has been added to your iTunes library.

To remove an Apple TV from your iTunes library:

  • Choose iTunes > Preferences, and then click Apple TV.
  • Select the Apple TV, and then click Remove Apple TV.

For more information, see the Apple TV user’s guide at the Apple TV Support website.

Viewing photos on your TV using an Apple TV:

If you have an Apple TV, you can view digital photos on your TV.
You can either sync photos from your computer to your Apple TV (for instructions, see Related Topics below), or you can stream them from a computer.

To stream photos to your TV:

  • Set up your Apple TV to stream content from the iTunes library on the computer with the photos you want to stream.
  • Playing your iTunes library on your TV
  • In iTunes, select the Apple TV icon (beow Devices), and then click the Photos tab.
  • If you don’t see the Apple TV icon or the Photos tab, make sure you’re using Apple TV software version 1.1 or later.
  • Choose the photos you want to stream, and then click Apply.

Playing home movies on your TV using an Apple TV:

If you have an Apple TV, you can watch many videos in your iTunes library on your TV.

Video in your iTunes library must be compatible with Apple TV.
If you drag a video file from the Finder to the iTunes window and the video doesn’t appear in iTunes, it isn’t compatible.
In some cases, you can save video files in a different format so that they work with iTunes.

Any video that plays on an iPod is compatible with Apple TV.

Here are ways to save a version of a video to work with iTunes and Apple TV:

  • Try selecting the movie in iTunes and then choosing Advanced > “Create Apple TV Video.”
  • In iMovie, you can save your movie as a QuickTime movie or export it directly to your iTunes library. Choose Share > iTunes, click Apple TV, and then click Publish. (For more information, see iMovie Help.)
  • If you have QuickTime Pro, open your movie in QuickTime Player and then choose File > Export > “Movie to Apple TV.” For more information, see QuickTime Player Help.

For more information, see the Apple TV user’s guide at the Apple TV Support website.

Preparing movies to work with Apple TV:

If you have an Apple TV, you can use it to watch movies from your computer on your TV.
You might need to convert some movies to work with Apple TV.

To convert a movie:

  • In iTunes, select the movie.
  • If the movie isn’t in your iTunes library yet, drag the movie file to the iTunes window.
  • Choose Advanced > “Create Apple TV Video.”

Converting a movie for Apple TV can take several minutes to several hours, depending on your computer and on the length and content of the movie.

The original movie file remains in your iTunes library
.

If your Apple TV doesn’t appear in iTunes:

If your Apple TV doesn’t appear in the iTunes window (below Devices), note the following:

  • Make sure your Apple TV is turned on and connected to your network. To check your network settings on your Apple TV, choose Settings > General > Network.
  • Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Apple TV, and make sure “Look for Apple TVs” is selected.
  • If the Firewall service is turned on (in the Sharing pane of System Preferences), make sure “iTunes Music Sharing” is selected.

For more information, see the Apple TV user’s guide at the Apple TV Support website.

Syncing

Syncing your Apple TV with iTunes:

You can set up iTunes to automatically sync your Apple TV with your iTunes library. That way, you can play your iTunes library on your TV without having to turn on the computer and open iTunes.

To sync your Apple TV:

Make sure the computer you want to stream from is on, and iTunes is open.

  • Go to iTunes > Preferences, choose Apple TV, and make sure “Look for Apple TVs” is selected.
  • On your Apple TV, choose Settings > Computers > “Connect to iTunes,” and then note the passcode displayed.
  • In iTunes, select the Apple TV (below Devices) and enter the passcode.

Click the Summary tab and select one of the following:

Automatic Sync:

  • iTunes automatically adds items to your Apple TV whenever you add them to your iTunes library.

Custom Sync:

  • You choose the items to sync. After you select this option, click the other tabs to specify your syncing preferences. With this option, you can prevent unsynced items from appearing on your Apple TV (when iTunes is open). To display all items, deselect the checkbox.

NOTE: If you don’t see these options, make sure you have the latest Apple TV software installed.

  • To transfer a rented movie from your computer to your Apple TV, click the Videos tab, select the movie you want to transfer, and then click Move.

IMPORTANT: You must be connected to the Internet to transfer a rented movie.

  • To sync photos, click the Photos tab.

During a sync, items are added to your Apple TV as space allows, in this order: movies, TV shows, music, podcasts. If you also want to sync photos, they are added last, unless you select “Sync photos before other media” in the Photos pane.

Syncing starts automatically whenever you click Apply, Sync, or choose File > Sync.To turn off syncing, on your Apple TV choose Settings > Computers > “Select iTunes Library” > Disconnect > Continue.

You can also use Apple TV to play unsynced items from your library, whether syncing is turned on or off.

For instructions, see the Related Topics below. For more information, see the Apple TV user’s guide at the Apple TV Support website.

NOTE: If you play videos on Apple TV while a sync is in progress, the sync pauses until playback stops.

Syncing media with iPhone:

You can sync music, audiobooks, podcasts, and videos from your iTunes library, as well as photos, with your iPhone. You can sync your iPhone with only one computer and iTunes library at a time.

If you have more media than can fit on your iPhone, iTunes offers to create a special playlist to sync with your iPhone.
iTunes fills the playlist with selections from your library; you can change the contents of the playlist and sync again.

To sync media with your iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer (make sure the iPhone has been activated).
  • When the iPhone appears in the iTunes window, select it.
  • Click the tabs (Music, Photos, and so on) and select the items you want to sync.
  • To sync only certain items, click Summary, select “Sync only checked songs and video” checkbox, and then click the other tabs and select the items you want to sync.
  • Click Apply.

You can sync your iPhone and your computer any time by choosing File > Sync iPhone.

If you don’t want your iPhone and your computer to sync when you connect your iPhone to your computer, deselect “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” in the Summary pane.

If you have problems syncing, try syncing only certain information. For example, deselect the Sync checkboxes on the Info, Photos, Podcasts, and Video panes, and try syncing only Music.

For more information, see the iPhone user’s guide or the Apple support website.

Syncing contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and email account settings with iPhone:

You can sync your iPhone and your computer so that both have your latest contact, calendar, Internet bookmarks, and email account information.
For example, if you add contacts on your iPhone, you can sync to add those contacts to Address Book on your computer.

You can sync iPhone with only one iTunes library at a time.
When you sync, iTunes determines which device (iPhone or the computer) contains the most recent information, and lets you to choose the information you want to sync.

To sync information with iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  • When your iPhone appears in the iTunes window, select it.
  • Click the Info tab and then select the items you want to sync.
  • Click Apply.

If you don’t want your iPhone and your computer to sync when you connect your iPhone to your computer, deselect “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” in the Summary pane.

You can sync your iPhone and your computer any time by choosing File > Sync iPhone or clicking the Sync button in the lower right of the iTunes window.

You can also sync information with your iPhone using MobileMe or Microsoft Exchange.
Any items you choose to sync with these applications will not be synced with iTunes.
See the documentation for MobileMe and Microsoft Exchange for further details.

If you have problems syncing, try syncing only certain information.
For example, deselect the Sync checkboxes on the Music, Photos, Podcasts, and Video panes, and try syncing only Info.

For more information, see the iPhone user’s guide or the Apple support website.

Preventing iPhone from syncing automatically:

By default, contacts, calendars, and other information is automatically synced when you connect your iPhone to your computer.
You can prevent a specific iPhone from syncing automatically by connecting the iPhone, selecting it in iTunes, and deselecting “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” in the Summary pane.

You can also prevent automatic syncing of all iPhones.

To prevent automatic syncing for all iPhones:

  • In iTunes, choose iTunes > Preferences.
  • Click iPhone.
  • Deselect “Disable automatic syncing for all iPhones.”

If this checkbox is selected, the iPhone won’t sync automatically, even if “Automatically sync” is selected in the Summary pane.
To sync your iPhone and your computer, connect the iPhone and choose File > Sync iPhone.
You can sync iPhone with only one iTunes library at a time.

For more information, see the iPhone user’s guide or the Apple support website.