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iTunes tagging basics and tips

Master iTunes tags with our helpful how-to.

Backing up and restoring musical instruments

You know you should back up your Mac. If you're an electronic musician you should additionally back up your instruments. Chris Breen shows you how.

Tagging in iTunes

Dealing with tags in iTunes can be frustrating. Here are some of the basics of tagging, plus some great AppleScripts that can help clean up your library in no time.

Sort artists by last name and find missing digital booklets

In this grab bag, we answer questions about missing digital booklets, how to sort artists by lat name, embedding album art in purchased files, and more.

Solving Apple ID frustrations

Your Apple ID ties you and your iTunes Store content together. Here are ways to fix some common Apple ID problems.

Getting started with QuickTime Player X

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen walks his pupils through QuickTime Player X's media playing, recording, and editing features.

iTunes workarounds

Sometimes iTunes just doesn't work the way you want it to. Here are several workarounds to get CDs to rip properly, audiobooks to upload to iTunes Match, and more.

Of cross-fades and combined tracks

In this week's column, I look at sending iTunes gifts to other countries, joining two music files to make one, how you can cross-fade songs on an iOS device, and more.

How to capture your Mac's audio for free

Is something playing on your Mac that you'd like to record? Chris Breen shows you how to do just that without spending a nickel.

Keep iTunes metadata when you re-rip, and deauthorize missing Macs

In a grab-bag installment of The iTunes Guy, I discuss how to ensure that tags and metadata get retained when you re-rip CDs, how to reauthorize computers for iTunes Store accounts, and how to change the name of your iTunes library for Home Sharing.

How to extract audio from movie files

You have a movie that includes a great soundtrack that you'd like to burn to CD. How to? Chris Breen explains.

Dealing with iTunes font sizes, file types, and missing files

It's time for another grab bag, selected from the many questions I get from readers. In this week's column, I look at some questions about font size in iTunes (spoiler: your options are limited), identifying music file types in iTunes, finding which tracks iTunes has lost track of (spoiler: there's an easy way), and moving podcasts to another Mac.

How to produce better sounding podcasts

You say your podcasts don't sound very good? It could be the equipment you're using and the techniques you've employed. Chris Breen has some advice.

Answers to your questions about iTunes and videos

Many of the iTunes Guy columns focus on music, since the majority of the questions I receive are about that kind of media. But I get a fair number of questions about videos, and in this week's column, I cover four questions dealing with videos: their formats and tags, and how to make smart playlists to group movies by title.