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4-3-12: Syncing Lossless tracks to iPod as AAC files

4-1-11: Displaying unique artwork for compilation albums

3-25-11: Transferring iPod music to iPad 2

2-25-11: Backing up iTunes Playlists

2-25-11: Finding MP3 tracks in iTunes

2-6-11: Removing playlists from iPod

1-14-11: Cover Flow on 30GB iPod

11-19-10: Cleaning up old folders after moving iTunes library

11-19-10: Storing iTunes videos on a different hard drive

11-12-10: Music videos play audio only

11-12-10: Advanced Smart Playlists

11-12-10: Transferring iTunes to another user account

10-29-10: Playing iTunes at a party

10-29-10: Moving an iTunes Library to Windows 7

10-22-10: Restoring iTunes from backup

10-22-10: iTunes Store appears differently on another computer

10-15-10: Reorganizing content into a new iTunes library

10-1-10: Automatically tagging imported movies

10-1-10: Moving iTunes completely to an external hard drive

10-1-10: Transferring data to new iPad

9-24-10: Moving Apps and Artwork folders to external hard drive

9-24-10: Using multiple iPods on one PC

9-24-10: On-The-Go Playlists with iOS 4

9-24-10: Syncing Genius Mixes to iPhone 4

9-10-10: Moving iTunes Library to a new Windows 7 PC

8-27-10: Recovering content from iPod touch

8-20-10: Transferring non-purchasd content to a new computer

8-20-10: Managing multiple iTunes Libraries with different preferences

8-13-10: Not all songs transfer to iPod

8-13-10: Sharing Apps between family iPods

8-13-10: Unknown playlists in iTunes

7-30-10: Transferring playlists from iPod touch to iPhone

7-9-10: Selecting music to sync to iPhone

7-2-10: Compilations and Artist listing on iPod classic

6-11-10: Adding music from iPod nano to iPhone

6-11-10: Converting tracks in iTunes and iPod

6-11-10: 3G iPod and iM600 speakers

6-11-10: Syncing selected music to iPad

6-4-10: Adding music to multiple iTunes libraries

6-4-10: Adding purchased music to iPod from another computer

6-4-10: Problems playing back CDs burned in iTunes

5-14-10: Storing iPhone apps in a different folder

4-30-10: Updated ID3 tags in iTunes

4-30-10: Opening iTunes library from external hard drive

4-23-10: Repairing corrupted iPod filesystem

4-23-10: Converting lossless tracks for iPod

4-16-10: Adding lyrics in iTunes for Mac

4-16-10: Restoring playlists on a new computer

4-16-10: Adding playlists to iPhone

4-9-10: Gifting an iPod touch

4-9-10: Conserving space on iPod

4-9-10: Setting up an iPad as a gift

3-19-10: Syncing Recently Added playlist

3-12-10: Syncing iPod with new iTunes library

3-12-10: Sharing iTunes content on multiple iPhones

3-12-10: Shuffle playlists on iPod classic

3-12-10: Excluding selected playlists from sync

3-5-10: iPod shuffle shows no content

3-5-10: Removing columns in iTunes

2-26-10: Downloading third-party music

2-19-10: Checkmarks in iTunes

2-19-10: Identifying songs not in playlists

2-12-10: iPhone background audio recording

2-5-10: iTunes Media Folder path and network drives

1-22-10: Recovering iTunes onto an external hard drive

1-22-10: Moving iTunes to an external hard drive

1-22-10: Cleaning up after iTunes Consolidation

1-22-10: Burning CDs from an external hard drive

12-18-09: iPod touch audio quality

12-18-09: Adding a second family iPod to iTunes

12-18-09: Track numbers appear in track names

12-11-09: Resuming playlists on iPod touch

12-4-09: Syncing a replacement iPod

11-27-09: Identifying purchased tracks in iTunes

11-27-09: Advanced Smart Playlists in iTunes 9

11-27-09: Restoring iTunes from external hard drive

11-20-09: Transferring purchases from a remote iTunes library

11-13-09: Exclamation marks next to tracks in iTunes

11-13-09: Syncing music and videos in playlists

10-30-09: Reconciling two different iTunes libraries

10-30-09: Authorization problems with iPod touch

10-23-09: Purchased songs fail to download from iTunes Store

10-23-09: Using a laptop with an iTunes library on an external hard drive

10-16-09: Disabling iPhone Backups

10-16-09: Moving iTunes to a new computer

10-9-09: Excluding tracks from Genius Mixes

10-9-09: Refreshing random Smart Playlists

9-18-09: Rebuilding an iTunes library

9-18-09: Customizing iTunes sorting

9-18-09: Recovering unlisted media content from iPod

9-18-09: Repeat and continuous video playback on iPod touch

9-18-09: Removing artwork from iPod in iTunes 9

9-11-09: Sharing home libraries in iTunes 9

9-11-09: Waking to a playlist on iPod touch

8-28-09: iPod holds less than advertised number of songs

8-28-09: Transferring media between iTunes Store accounts

8-21-09: Managing On-The-Go playlists

8-21-09: Sharing an iTunes library between multiple users on the same computer

8-14-09: Automatically adding media files to multiple iTunes libraries from a network share

8-7-09: Reorganizing recovered tracks in iTunes

8-7-09: Clean up album artwork in iTunes

7-31-09: iPod and on-TV menus

7-31-09: Sharing an iTunes library between a Mac and a PC

7-31-09: Using an iPod and a Zune

7-24-09: iPhone and car integration

7-24-09: Displaying recent plays on web site

7-24-09: Sound quality on different iPod models

7-17-09: Recovering Content from Mac iPod on Windows

7-17-09: Track sorting on iPod classic

7-10-09: Tagging tracks imported from CD

6-12-09: Playing multiple albums

5-29-09: Sorting tracks in iTunes

5-29-09: Syncing purchased tracks back to iTunes

5-22-09: Importing music into iTunes

5-22-09: Using multiple iTunes libraries

5-15-09: Optimizing album artwork

5-15-09: Music count vs Playlist count

5-15-09: Syncing playlists manually

5-8-09: iPod shows no content

5-8-09: Problems transferring purchased items back to iTunes

4-24-09: Playing iTunes purchases on a non-networked computer

4-17-09: Using only part of a song

4-17-09: Using iPod with non-iTunes content

4-17-09: Converting tracks to higher bit-rates

3-27-09: Splitting iTunes library across two iPods

3-20-09: Using two iPods on a single computer

3-13-09: iPod lyrics display

3-13-09: Storing music only on your iPod

3-13-09: Managing content manually on iPod shuffle

3-6-09: Group compilations on iPhone

3-6-09: iPhone playback on other computers

3-6-09: Transferring your iTunes library

3-6-09: Transferring iTunes tracks to SD cards

2-27-09: How iTunes organizes music videos

2-27-09: Using an iTunes library database from an external hard drive

2-20-09: Tracking purchases in iTunes

2-13-09: Upgrading to iTunes Plus with a manually managed iPod

2-6-09: Skipping a playlist when shuffling

2-6-09: Adjusting playback speed of music tracks

2-6-09: Checking and unchecking multiple items in iTunes

1-16-09: Using Artist and Sort Artist fields

1-16-09: Creating Smart Playlists based on other playlists

12-19-08: Managing and syncing iPod touch On-The-Go playlists

12-19-08: Converting PC-formatted iPod to Mac

12-12-08: Locating Music Videos

12-12-08: Classifying videos in iTunes 8

12-5-08: Transferring iPod touch from PC to Mac

12-5-08: Managing iPod content manually

11-21-08: Reordering playlists manually

11-21-08: iPod-compatible online music sources

11-14-08: Including Year field on iPod

10-31-08: Adding tracks to multiple albums

10-24-08: Unknown albums after importing music

10-24-08: Importing folders with M3U files

10-17-08: Backup up your iPod

10-17-08: Adding iTunes Shared Music to iPod

10-3-08: Displaying lyrics on iPod touch

10-3-08: Shuffle modes

10-3-08: Transferring tracks to iPod in manual mode

10-3-08: Calculating playlist sizes

9-26-08: Managing multiple iPods on one computer

9-26-08: Managing iTunes media files on an external hard drive

9-26-08: Synchronizing iPod to a new iTunes library

9-19-08: Recovering Mac-formatted iPod on Windows

9-19-08: Removing Genre column in iTunes 8

9-12-08: Automatically retrieving CD information and album artwork

9-12-08: Copying ratings and play counts from iPod to computer

9-5-08: New playlists not appearing on iPod

9-5-08: Editing tag information

8-29-08: Consolidating multiple iTunes libraries

8-22-08: Playing tracks back at a consistent volume level

8-22-08: Excluding podcasts from Smart Playlists

8-22-08: Playing back all songs on iPod

8-15-08: Transferring play counts back to iTunes

8-15-08: iTunes not recognizing new CDs

8-8-08: Resuming interrupted iTunes WiFI Store downloads

8-8-08: Playing iPod touch on secondary computer

7-25-08: Playing AAC files in Windows Media Player

7-25-08: Problems transferring purchased content to iPod

7-25-08: Free Music for iPod

7-4-08: Managing multiple audio formats in iTunes

7-4-08: Reimporting CDs into iTunes

7-4-08: iPod shows only Other content

6-27-08: Editing CD tracks before import

6-27-08: Creating Smart Playlists for Purchased items

6-27-08: Getting Album Artwork automatically

6-20-08: Shuffling On-The-Go Playlists

6-20-08: Continuously playing one track

6-13-08: iTunes shows incorrect CD track information

6-13-08: Artists not appearing on iPod

6-6-08: Problems transferring music from iPod to Mac

5-30-08: Importing existing MP3 and WMA files into iTunes

5-30-08: Burning iTunes purchases to an MP3 CD

5-30-08: Music Video playlists on Apple TV

5-30-08: Playing iPhone via computer

5-23-08: Syncing duplicate tracks to iPod

5-23-08: Finding and backing up purchased music

5-23-08: Storing a large iTunes library in multiple folders

5-16-08: Transferring content to a new iPod

5-16-08: Removing photos and album artwork from iTunes

5-9-08: Importing multiple tracks into iTunes

5-2-08: Correcting tags on CD import

5-2-08: Reordering and shuffling playlists

5-2-08: Burning CDs with longer gaps

4-25-08: Resetting authorizations

4-25-08: Finding Duplicates in iTunes

4-25-08: Setting files to open in iTunes automatically

4-25-08: Grouping multi-disc albums

4-17-08: Zeppelin speakers and USB port

4-17-08: Ripping CDs to external hard drive

4-10-08: Maintaining Playback Position on iPod

4-10-08: Importing CDs on multiple computers

4-10-08: Transferring LPs to iTunes

4-3-08: Purchasing from iTunes while travelling

4-3-08: Burning different CD types

4-3-08: Importing CDs on MacBook Air

4-3-08: Renaming imported CD tracks

3-28-08: iPod capacity and bit-rates

3-28-08: Moving iTunes purchases to another computer

3-14-08: Cleaning up after a library move

3-14-08: Syncing new playlists to iPod nano

3-14-08: Authorization of multiple iTunes Store accounts

3-7-08: Sharing iTunes with multiple users on one PC

3-7-08: iTunes library and Time Capsule

3-7-08: Transferring MP3 files to new iTunes library

2-29-08: iTunes CD burning restrictions

2-22-08: Problems playing purchased TV shows on iPod

2-22-08: Recreating default playlists

2-15-08: Shuffling music

2-7-08: Organizing music transferred from the iPod

1-31-08: Syncing iPod using checked songs

12-21-07: iPod suddenly shows no content

12-21-07: Artists appearing more than once on iPod

12-14-07: Transfer music from an old iPod

12-14-07: Convert MP3 to Lossless

12-7-07: Re-syncing iPod after hard drive replacement

12-7-07: Locating iTunes Plus tracks

11-29-07: Renaming “untitled” tracks in iTunes

11-29-07: Transferring iTunes via external hard drive

11-29-07: Sharing iTunes library on a single computer

11-22-07: Preventing iPod sync when connecting with iTunes

11-22-07: Replacing files in iTunes library

11-22-07: Removing album artwork

11-16-07: Transferring iTunes from PC to Mac

11-9-07: Burning CDs with track names

11-9-07: Multiple iTunes libraries on one computer

11-2-07: TV Docks for new iPod models

11-2-07: Sync selected content with iPhone

11-2-07: Calculate song file sizes

10-26-07: iTunes Plus DRM-free music

10-11-07: Sorting artists by last name

10-5-07: Managing video content manually

10-5-07: Removing multiple artwork images

9-27-07: Transferring music from iPod 5G to classic

9-27-07: Storing multiple bitrates in iTunes

8-30-07: Manually sorting playlists

8-30-07: Fitting content onto audio CDs

8-23-07: Burning Purchased Tracks

8-23-07: Importing CDs for gapless playback

8-16-07: No artwork in Cover Flow

8-16-07: Storing iTunes content on two hard drives

8-9-07: Transferring a Windows iPod to a MacBook

8-9-07: New iPod with songs already on it

8-2-07: Problems editing track info in iTunes

8-2-07: Transferring iTunes music to the Blackberry

7-26-07: Printing track lists from iTunes

7-26-07: Song volume adjustments in iTunes

7-19-07: Keeping content only on the iPod

7-19-07: Transferring between two iTunes libraries

7-19-07: Importing MP3 CDs

7-12-07: Sorting in iTunes 7.3

7-5-07: External hard drives and iTunes

7-5-07: Problems getting CD info from CDDB

7-5-07: Managing your iPod content with Smart Playlists

6-28-07: Transferring iTunes library to a new Mac

6-21-07: Incorrect track info when importing CDs

6-14-07: Problems syncing re-ripped MP3s in iTunes 7.2

6-14-07: Selecting items for synchronization

6-14-07: Grouping albums with multiple artists

6-7-07: Using two iPods with the same library

6-7-07: Converting to AAC to Apple Lossless

5-31-07: Adding music from a second library

5-31-07: iTunes Plus DRM-free music

5-31-07: Viewing iPod menus on a TV screen

5-31-07: Restoring the iPod

5-24-07: Syncing selected items to iPod

5-24-07: Storing artwork on an external hard drive

5-17-07: Normalizing volume between tracks

5-17-07: iTunes truncating long filenames

5-17-07: Sorting tracks properly within albums

5-11-07: Automatically adding music to iTunes

5-11-07: Bluetooth speaker accessories

5-11-07: Organizing tracks on the iPod

5-11-07: Finding iPod-compatible music online

5-3-07: Organizing your Music Videos

4-27-07: Sharing iPods on the same computer

4-27-07: Transferring purchased content between iTunes accounts

4-27-07: Sorting tracks when importing CDs

4-19-07: Assigning artwork to multiple tracks

4-19-07: Transferring iTunes purchases

4-19-07: Transcoding lossy formats

4-19-07: Locating missing music files

4-12-07: Deleting songs manually from an iPod

4-5-07: Finding music by composer tags

4-5-07: Sorting tracks on the iPod Shuffle

3-29-07: Burning MP3 CDs with AAC files

3-29-07: Converting AAC to MP3

3-22-07: Properly Tagging Albums

3-16-07: Moving iTunes content to another hard drive

3-16-07: Recovering Playlists from iPod

3-16-07: Calculating iPod Storage

3-10-07: Artist column on far left of library?

3-10-07: Checkboxes and synchronizing music to small iPods

3-10-07: Smart playlists and rating preference

2-1-07: Music Video organization in iTunes

2-1-07: Windows Vista iTunes issues

2-1-07: Sorting albums by year

1-17-07: Playing podcasts sequentially

1-17-07: Now Playing screen on TV

1-17-07: Locating playlists a song belongs to

1-17-07: Car Stereos with USB ports

12-14-06: Making a recent top 25 playlist

12-14-06: Multiple genres per song

12-9-06: Gifting specific items from the iTunes Store

12-1-06: Converting music en masse

11-23-06: Finding size and playtime of a group of tracks

11-16-06: Extracting audio from videos

11-3-06: All tracks begin where they were last stopped

11-3-06: Greatest Hits album won’t show on iPod

11-3-06: Converting tracks to mono in iTunes

10-26-06: Tagging tracks just added to the library

10-20-06: Disc capacity & song quality tradeoff

10-20-06: Ordering albums by year on iPod

10-20-06: Restoring a deleted playlist in iTunes

10-12-06: Finding songs not in any playlist

10-12-06: Party Shuffle not advancing tracks

10-5-06: Playing interactive booklets

10-5-06: Shuffle anywhere on iPod

10-5-06: Only one song plays at a time in iTunes

9-28-06: Suppressing ‘Explicit’ tags in iTunes Library

9-28-06: Album Artist on iPod

9-28-06: Just for You in iTunes 7

9-21-06: Multiple iTunes libraries

9-21-06: Isolating Music Videos from songs in iTunes

9-21-06: Splitting “hidden” tracks from other songs

9-13-06: Album artwork retrieval problems

9-7-06: Cleaning out one’s iTunes Library safely

8-30-06: Playing only one song in iTunes

8-30-06: Unchecked songs in smart playlist

8-25-06: Quickly erasing duplicate songs

8-25-06: Excluding videos from playlists

8-25-06: Album art missing from iPod

8-25-06: Using albums in smart playlists

8-17-06: Transferring iTunes Music Store tracks

8-17-06: Creating random batches of songs with smart playlists

8-17-06: eAAC and eAAC+ codecs

8-17-06: Tags disappearing on play

8-9-06: iPod shuffling problems

8-9-06: Size of Smart Playlists

8-2-06: Multiple album artwork files per track on iPod

8-2-06: Ordering albums properly

8-2-06: Airport Express not working under “Multiple Speakers”

7-27-06: No options in for iPod slideshow music

7-27-06: Songs in multiple playlists

7-27-06: Exclamation marks near playlists

7-20-06: Speaker icon next to currently-playing song

7-20-06: Finding songs not in any playlist

7-20-06: iPod mini shuffling by album

7-13-06: Trouble with iPod’s volume meter

7-13-06: Smart playlists and sort order

7-6-06: Lossless vs. Lossy audio files

6-28-06: Restoring missing menu items on iPod

6-28-06: Creating a list of albums in iTunes

6-21-06: Tracks missing when browsing via “Artist”

6-21-06: Locating tracks in playlists

6-15-06: Recording direct to iPod from cassette

6-7-06: Browsing albums by Genre

5-31-06: Identifying unknown track information

5-31-06: Burning an MP3 CD from WAV files

5-31-06: Party Shuffle on iPod

5-25-06: Dealing with two-disc albums

5-18-06: Removing extra Album Art images from songs

5-18-06: Resolving discrepancies between iPod and iTunes smart playlists

5-18-06: Organizing Compilations on iPod

5-11-06: Burning multiple playlists at once

5-11-06: Viewing iPod photos on an Xbox 360

5-11-06: Creating a simple kid-friendly iPod interface

5-11-06: Including multiple genres in one smart playlist

5-4-06: Creating a “Most Played this Month” playlist

5-4-06: Editing iTunes-created playlists on the iPod

4-20-06: Extracting files from iTunes

4-20-06: Shuffling podcasts

4-20-06: Battery life and high-bitrate formats

4-20-06: Preventing repeated songs while shuffling

4-13-06: Dealing with the 5 iTunes account per iPod limit

4-6-06: iPod prematurely advances track

4-6-06: Unexpected track transfers on sync

4-6-06: Selling an iPod: with or without music

4-6-06: Converting MIDI files for iPod

3-23-06: Browsing Composer-tagged classical music on the iPod

3-16-06: iTunes Videos on other devices

3-16-06: Half-star ratings in iTunes

3-16-06: Playing a CD while importing

3-9-06: Determining iTunes library statistics

3-2-06: Removing intro/outro material from songs

3-2-06: Printing jewel case inserts from iTunes playlists

3-2-06: Organizing Compilations in iTunes & iPod

3-2-06: Determining what playlists a song belongs to

2-23-06: Album artwork not modifiable

2-23-06: Playlists playing in reverse order on iPod

2-23-06: Automatically sync only certain playlists without losing music

2-16-06: Deleting songs from within a playlist

2-9-06: Entering accented characters in iTunes tags

2-2-06: Reordering songs in a playlist

2-2-06: Using the Educational Discount at Apple

1-25-06: Using different MP3 encoders in iTunes

1-25-06: Moving tracks from iTunes “Compilations” folder to appropriate “artist” folders

1-25-06: Adding album art to multiple tracks

1-19-06: Ratings problems in Smart Playlists

1-19-06: Video converts without audio

1-19-06: Auto-removing duplicates

1-12-06: 5G iPod loading hangs indefinitely

1-4-06: Automatic AAC conversion for non-shuffle iPods

1-4-06: Inserting silence into a playlist

12-14-05: Preventing unchecked songs on iPod

12-14-05: Reducing MP3 file size

12-14-05: Saving On-the-Go playlists

12-14-05: Importing album artwork

12-8-05: Manually syncing small iPods with playcounts and ratings

12-8-05: Importing to WAV

12-1-05: iPod’s free space indicator misbehaving

12-1-05: Maintaining sort order on large playlists

11-24-05: Time-sensitive ‘Most Played’ smart playlist

11-24-05: De-rating songs en masse

11-16-05: Fixing odd album art behavior

11-16-05: Omitting specific playlists from iPod

11-10-05: 5G iPod music navigation bug?

11-10-05: Sound Check while burning audio CDs

11-10-05: Identifying tracks lacking album art

11-10-05: When does a “play count” count?

11-2-05: iPod nano Voice Recording Functionality

10-26-05: Recreating a Lost “Purchased Music” playlist

10-19-05: Equalizing audio volumes in a large library

10-12-05: iPod commercial songs

10-12-05: Purchased music on a second-hand iPod

10-12-05: iTunes 5 shuffling only by album

10-12-05: USB and Firewire capabilities

10-6-05: Automating album art and lyrics fetching on Windows

10-6-05: iPod turns on unexpectedly

9-28-05: Renaming playlists

9-28-05: Conserving space by removing album art

9-21-05: Corrupted album art on the iPod

9-15-05: Managing classical music

9-15-05: Identifying “explicit” songs from the iTunes Music Store

9-15-05: Deleting iPod tracks while away from iTunes

9-15-05: Remembering the “Shuffle Songs” position

9-9-05: Resetting incorrect playcounts

9-9-05: Custom vs. standard iTunes file structure management

9-9-05: Shuffling without Podcasts or long tracks

8-31-05: Removing unused fields from iTunes & iPod

8-25-05: Understanding Burning and Importing Speeds

8-25-05: Deleting On-the-Go Playlists

8-18-05: Moving playlists between iTunes accounts

8-18-05: Songs won’t add to iTunes

8-11-05: Editing Tags

8-6-05: Songs Cut Out on iPod

8-6-05: Export from iTunes to CompactFlash Card

8-6-05: Copying Music from iPod to Computer

8-6-05: iTunes Music Store songs to Phone

7-28-05: Managing over 60GB of music & photos

7-28-05: Eliminating gaps between songs

7-28-05: Merge two computers’ music on one iPod

7-21-05: Only 140 songs fit on 4GB mini

7-21-05: Play only iTunes checked songs on iPod

7-14-05: Auto sync after deleting songs

7-14-05: Copy iTMS downloads to other computers

7-7-05: New iPod and Airport Express

7-7-05: Song hunting in iTunes

7-7-05: Shuffle by genre

7-7-05: AirPort Express volume and iPod compatibility

7-2-05: iTunes library from network hard disk drive

6-23-05: PHP format music files

6-23-05: Variable bit rate (VBR) encoding

6-23-05: Ripping and splitting DVD-A audio tracks

6-23-05: Too many Greatest Hits

6-16-05: Unwanted Compilations album folder

6-16-05: Song in playlist, not library

6-9-05: Preserving play counts and ratings when switching drives

6-9-05: Preserving playlists and music on upgrade from 20GB to 60GB iPod

5-27-05: Changing bitrates

5-27-05: Copy-protected CDs

5-19-05: Problems joining iTunes tracks

5-5-05: Shuffling more than just songs

5-5-05: iTunes CD error message

4-28-05: Alphabetizing Artists’ Names

4-28-05: Sony’s SonicStage and the iPod

4-28-05: Moving Music Without Telling iTunes

4-21-05: Authorizing your computer to use iTunes Music Store

4-21-05: How to name tracks from imported CDs when not connected to the internet

4-21-05: Scaling Album Art to the iPod photo’s screen

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