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Posted: Monday, November 6, 2006 2:24 am | Updated: 3:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

If you own an iPod, you use iTunes to manage your music collection. But iTunes 7 can do more than you realize. Here are five great tricks to get more out of iTunes 7:


You can only play iTunespurchased music on five computers. Each must be authorized with a user name and password. You can move music to another computer. But you can’t authorize it to play. However, you can de-authorize all of your purchases once a year. Then, you can re-authorize your music to play on up to five computers.

Click Store>>View My Account. Enter your user name and password. If you have reached your limit, you’ll see Deauthorize All. Click it.


With iTunes, you can transfer music from your iPod to another computer. But there’s a catch. The computer must be authorized to play your music. And it only works with iTunes purchases.

To sync music from an iPod to a computer, first authorize the computer. Click Store>>Authorize Computer. Enter your user name and password. Then, connect your iPod and click File>>Transfer Purchases from iPod.

You can also sync iTunes to more than one iPod. iPods do not count toward your authorization limit. If you have multiple Windows XP user accounts, store your music in the Shared Music folder.


iTunes lets you share music over your network. Click Edit>>Preferences. Open the Sharing tab. On the computer with the music, select “Share my library on my local network.” Select Share entire library. Or select “Share selected playlists;” select the playlists to share. Enter a Shared name and click OK.

On the second computer, click Edit>>Preferences. On the Sharing tab, select “Look for shared libraries.”


The iPod is G rated. Some iTunes content is not. You must have an administrator account with a password. Click Edit>>Preferences and open the Parental Control tab. Select the options you want to disable. Click the lock and enter your password.


Click File>>New Smart Playlist. Use the dropdown boxes to specify options. Use the “+” to add criteria.

You can limit a playlist by number of songs, time or size in megabytes or gigabytes. Select “Match only checked items” to limit it to selected songs in your library. Select “Live updating” to continue to have the playlist updated. Click OK.

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