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Listening to an Audio CD

What iTunes has in common with its much less sophisticated cousins the boom box and the standard CD player is the ability to play audio CDs. Although the basic function is the same, iTunes has several tricks in its bag to make listening even better. So, grab a CD and give it a try:

Open iTunes.


You might not need to do Step 1 depending on your how computer is configured. If iTunes is set to be the default application for audio CDs, it will open automatically when you insert an audio CD in your computer.

Insert an audio CD into your computer. In a moment, the CD will be mounted on your computer, and it will appear and be selected in the Source List (see Figure 13.1). (If it isn’t selected by default, click on its icon to select it.)

Figure 13.1. When a CD appears on the Source List, it awaits your listening pleasure.

By default, iTunes will automatically connect to the Internet and attempt to identify the CD you have inserted. If it finds it, it will display the CD’s information, including CD name, track names, times, artist, and genre, in the Content pane (in Figure 13.1, you can see the CD’s information has been found). This is really cool because iTunes does most of the labeling work for you; this comes in very handy when you want to search or browse for music to create playlists or just to listen to specific tracks.


If you don’t want iTunes to check for a CD’s information automatically, you can disable this feature as you will learn a little later in this chapter.

If iTunes finds information for a CD, it remembers that information and displays it each time you insert the CD.

At the bottom of the iTunes window is the Source Information display. This will show you the total number of songs on the CD, how long it plays, and the total disc space used.

If the CD’s information isn’t located, you can add it yourself (see Chapter 15, “Labeling, Categorizing, and Configuring Your Music”).

To play the CD, do any of the following: click the Play button in the top-left corner of the window (when a CD is playing, this becomes the Pause button), choose Controls, Play, or press the spacebar.

The CD will begin to play. As a song plays, a speaker icon appears next to it in the Content pane to indicate it is the current song, and information about that song appears in the Information window (see Figure 13.2).

Figure 13.2. You can tell this CD is playing because of the Pause button and the speaker icon next to the song currently being played.

Control the volume of the sound by dragging the Volume slider to the left to turn it down or to the right to turn it up. You can also control the volume by choosing Controls, Volume Up or Controls, Volume Down. For yet another option, use the Ctrl+up arrow and Ctrl+down arrow keys on Windows PCs or the +up arrow and +down arrow keys on Macs to set the volume from the keyboard.

To mute the sound, choose Controls, Mute. On Windows PCs you can press Ctrl+Alt+down arrow, whereas on Macs you can press Option++ down arrow to do the same thing.


When a song is playing, its speaker icon has waves radiating from it to show it is playing. When you pause, the speaker icon remains to show it is the current song, but the waves go away to let you know the song isn’t currently playing.

To pause a song, click the Pause button, choose Controls, Pause, or press the spacebar.



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