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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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What's in the Music Menu

Tap the Music icon on the iPod Touch and you're instantly transported into a land of lists—lots of lists. The first four icons at the bottom of the screen represent your starter lists, as follows:

  • Playlists. A playlist is a group of songs that you've placed together, in a sequence that makes sense to you. One might consist of party tunes; another might hold romantic dinner music; a third might be drum-heavy workout cuts. Chapter 6 tells you how to make them.

    Scroll the list by dragging your finger or by flicking. To see what songs are in a playlist, tap its name. (The > symbol in an iPod menu always means, "Tap to see what's in this list.")

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  • Artists. This list identifies all the bands, orchestras, or singers in your collection. Even if you have only one song from a certain performer, it shows up here. Once again, you drill down to the list of individual songs by tapping an artist's name. At that point, tap any song to play it.

  • Songs. Here's an alphabetical list of every song on your iPod. Scroll or flick through it, or use the index at the right side of the screen to jump to a letter of the alphabet. Tap anything to begin playing it.

  • Albums. That's right, it's a list of all the CDs from which your music collection is derived, complete with miniature pictures of the album art. Tap an album's name to see a list of songs that came from it.

Those four lists—Playlists, ...

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