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The Source List

This is where you select the media collection that you want to display in the Detail window. Sources are grouped into five categories: Library, Store, Devices, Shared, and Playlists. These items help you navigate all of the multimedia content you have stored in iTunes.


The sources in this category contain your entire collection of iTunes media.

  • Music is your entire collection of iTunes music. Click “Music” in the Source list to view all the songs in iTunes.
  • Movies keeps track of the videos you’ve added from your computer, as well as the movies you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store.
  • Rented Movies collects movies you’ve rented from the iTunes Store. See page 214 for details.
  • TV Shows keeps track of the television shows you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store.
  • Podcasts collects podcasts. Podcasts that you’ve subscribed to through the iTunes Store are automatically downloaded and stored here. The number of new podcasts will appear next to “Podcasts.” See page 213 for details.
  • Audiobooks keeps track of the audiobooks on your Mac.
  • iPod Games stores all of the games you’ve purchased for your iPod from the iTunes Store.
  • Radio lets you listen to streaming Internet radio stations. Learn how on page 209.


The items in this category allow you to interact with the iTunes Store and the content you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store.

  • iTunes Store is where you preview, purchase, rent, and download content. Click “iTunes Store” to connect directly to the online iTunes Store. Learn more starting on page 210.
  • Purchased keeps track of the content you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store. If you have a device capable of purchasing content from the iTunes Store, you’ll also see a “Purchased on...” playlist that displays the content you’ve purchased on that device.


This category lists Apple devices connected to your computer and CDs inserted into your CD drive.

  • CD displays the tracks on the CD in your computer’s CD drive. If your Mac is connected to the Internet, this item will automatically display the actual album and track names.
  • Devices allows you to interact with your other Apple devices. After you connect your iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV to your Mac, select this item to upload media content to your device, configure synchronization options, and download software updates. A click on the disclosure triangle reveals all of the playlists on your device.


If you’ve set iTunes to “Look for shared libraries,” and if it finds a Shared playlist on your local network, a new icon appears in the Shared category—a stack of documents with a music note on top. Click this icon to reveal all the playlists in that Library. Learn how to access shared Libraries on pages 234 and 247.


This category lists all of the playlists you’ve created in iTunes.

  • Party Shuffle is an automated playlist that selects a designated number of songs and plays them for you, constantly refreshing the playlist with selections based on your Party Shuffle settings. See page 232 for details.
  • Smart Playlists have a gear symbol on their icons. Some of these automated playlists were created by Apple for you. You can also create your own automated playlists to collect music that meets your preset conditions. See page 207.
  • Playlists have an icon with a note symbol on them. Learn more about ordinary playlists on pages 205.
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