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iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Searching for Songs

You can call up a list of all the songs that have a specific word in their title, album name, or artist attribution, just by typing a few letters into the Search box at the top of the window. With each letter you type, iTunes shortens the list of songs that are visible, confining it to tracks that match what you’ve typed.

For example, in Figure 3-1, typing train brings up a list of songs by different performers that all have the word “train” somewhere in the song’s information—maybe the title of the song, maybe the band name. This sort of thing could be useful for creating themed playlists, like a mix for a Memorial Day barbecue made from songs that all have the word “sun” or “summer” in the title.

The Search box in the iTunes window can quickly find all the songs in the library that match the keyword you enter. To erase the Search box so that you see all of your songs again, click the little circled X button at the right side of the box.

Figure 3-1. The Search box in the iTunes window can quickly find all the songs in the library that match the keyword you enter. To erase the Search box so that you see all of your songs again, click the little circled X button at the right side of the box.

When you click an Artist name in the left column, you get a list of all attributed albums on the right side. To see the songs you’ve imported from each listed album, click the album name. The songs on it appear in the main list area of the iTunes window, beneath the Browser panes.

Figure 3-2. When you click an Artist name in the left column, you get a list of all attributed albums on the right side. To see the songs you’ve imported from each listed album, click the album name. The songs on it appear in the main list area of the iTunes window, beneath the Browser panes.

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