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iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Choosing Menu Audio

Some of Apple’s canned themes come with a preinstalled musical soundtrack, and some don’t. If you’d like some music to play during, for example, the Wedding Bronze theme, you’ll have to install it yourself.

You can also replace the music that comes with any of Apple’s themes with a song you like better. In the case of musically challenged themes like Kids Theater One, this ability is a true blessing, possibly saving lives and sanity.

  • iTunes Method. If you’ve got a decent music collection already in Apple’s free iTunes jukebox software, adding background music is really easy. In the Customize drawer, click the Audio button. You’ll see a complete list of all your iTunes songs and playlists. Proceed as shown in Figure 22-3.

    Here’s your mini iTunes, right in the Customize drawer. Use the playlists list at the top, or the Search box at the bottom, to find an appropriate song for your menu screen. Use the Play button (or double-click a song name) to listen to a song before placing it. Finally, drag the song you want directly onto the menu screen to install it there.

    Figure 22-3. Here’s your mini iTunes, right in the Customize drawer. Use the playlists list at the top, or the Search box at the bottom, to find an appropriate song for your menu screen. Use the Play button (or double-click a song name) to listen to a song before placing it. Finally, drag the song you want directly onto the menu screen to install it there.

    Tip

    Keep in mind that some of the most satisfying and appropriate soundtracks of all are the ones that you create yourself, using GarageBand. Any finished compositions that you’ve exported from GarageBand show up in this iTunes list, too.

  • Drag-from-the-Finder Method. If you’re not a big iTunes user, ...

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