With iTunes 4.7 or later running, click the Music Store icon in the iTunes Source list on the left pane of the program’s window (Figure 7-1). If you use a dial-up modem, fire it up as you would to check email or surf the Web. If you have a cable modem or DSL, a message about connecting to the store appears in the status display at the top of the iTunes window.
Figure 7-1. In the store, the Browse button and Search box in the iTunes window perform their song-locating duties on the Store’s inventory. Each genre of music listed in the Choose Genre pop-up menu has its own set of pages.Below it, you can see a lot of the latest Music Store bells and whistles: movie trailers, gift certificates, radio charts, and so on.
As you can imagine, the whole Music Store business works much better over high-speed Internet connections.
After you click the Music Store icon in the iTunes Source list and connect to the store, you land on the home page, which works like a Web page. If you’re in the mood to buy, you might as well take care of setting up your Apple Account now. To do so, click the “Account: Sign In” button on the right side of the iTunes window. A box like the one in Figure 7-2 appears.
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