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This article by Peachpit Press author Maria Langer explains how you can get iTunes for your Mac and use it to record and play MP3 music.
This article is excerpted from Max OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Maria Langer.

From Max OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Maria Langer

iTunes is a computer-based "jukebox" that enables you to do several things:

  • Play MP3 format audio files.

  • Record music from audio CDs on your Mac as MP3 files.

  • Create custom CDs of your favorite music.

  • Listen to Internet-based radio stations.

The next few pages explain how you can get iTunes and use it to record and play MP3 music.

Tips

  • MP3 is a standard format for audio files.

  • The Mac OS X version of iTunes did not support the creation or "burning" of CDs as this book went to press in April 2001. This feature will be added before the end of calendar year 2001.

To download & install iTunes

  1. Launch your Web browser and use it to view www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/ (Figure 1).

    Figure 1 You can download the Mac OS X version of iTunes and other software from Apple - Mac OS X - Downloads page.

  2. Click the Download button in the iTunes for Mac OS X area.

  3. If a Security Notice dialog appears, click Send.

  4. Wait while the software downloads. The Download Manager window shows download progress (Figure 2).

    Figure 2 The Download Manager window shows download progress.

  5. When the download is complete, quit the Web browser software.

  6. Double-click the iTunes for Mac OS X 1.1.smi file icon that appears on the desktop (Figure 3).

    Figure 3 The iTunes for Mac OS X 1.1.smi file icon appears on the desktop when you download iTunes.

  7. If a Software License Agreement window appears, click Agree.

  8. Wait while Disk Copy opens the iTunes for Mac OS X 1.1.smi file and displays the iTunes for Mac OS X window (Figure 4).

    Figure 4 The iTunes for Mac OS X window.

  9. If necessary, open your hard disk window.

  10. Drag the iTunes for Mac OS X folder onto the Applications folder icon (Figure 5) to copy it into the Applications folder.

    Figure 5 Drag the iTunes for Mac OS X folder onto the Applications folder icon in your hard disk window.


Tips

  • When you download iTunes from Apple's Web site, it is downloaded as a disk image file. Double-clicking it launches Disk Copy, which mounts the file as a disk (Figure 6). Disk Copy is covered in detail in the sequel to this book, Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide.

    Figure 6 You'll see at least three icons on the desktop when you install iTunes.

  • You can learn more about iTunes by reading the About iTunes for Mac OS X.rtf file in the iTunes for Mac OS X window (Figure 4).

  • After installing iTunes, you can drag the iTunes for Mac OS X disk on your desktop to the Trash to unmount it and delete the iTunes for Mac OS X 1.1.smi file on your hard disk.
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