There isn’t much you can do with your iOS device without iTunes, and you should learn your way around it if you want to get the most out of your device. First, you will need to download it if you’re running a Windows PC, Macs have the app preinstalled. The program is available at the Apple website and the latest version is about 170MB. Once you have it downloaded and installed, here’s what it does:
Any music on your computer needs to go through iTunes if you would like to copy it to your iOS device.
You will need to add your music files to the iTunes library, and the option is usually available immediately after installing the application. The process usually takes a long time because iTunes scans your entire PC for media files, so you can choose to skip the process and add the files manually later. To do so, click on the menu option at the top-left corner and select ‘Add files’, it’s even easier if you press Alt first, clicking on ‘File’ at the top-left and selecting ‘Add Folder’.
Just by doing that, you’re ready to synchronize your music to the iOS device, but other features can improve your music experience. Genius is a feature that analyses your music library and automatically creates playlists. Besides, you can use it to quickly generate short playlists based on a single song. To turn on Genius, do the following:
iTunes will send data about your music files to their servers and receive feedback about their grouping, creating playlists. The process will take time if you have a lot of music, if so, choose a time when you’re not in a hurry. Besides, you can always synchronize Genius data to your iOS device later.
That’s it, you can now begin listening to your music!
PS: If connected to the internet, your iOS device will also update artist pictures, so it’s better to ensure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network to save on extra data charges.
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