If your Mac has a DVD drive (or a combo drive or SuperDrive), you’re in for a treat. Your Mac can play rented or purchased movies on DVD as though it were born to do so.
Gem in the Rough: Internet Radio and Podcasts
Audio CDs and MP3 files aren’t the only sources of musical and spoken sound you can listen to as you work. iTunes also lets you tune in to hundreds of Internet-based radio stations, which may turn out to be the most convenient music source of all. They’re free, they play 24 hours a day, and their music collections make yours look like a drop in the bucket. And starting with iTunes 4.9, you can also download and listen to podcasts, which are like homemade (sometimes very homemade), Internet-distributed personal radio shows.
For radio, click Radio in the left-side Source list. In the main list, if you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll see categories like Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, and so on, as shown here. Click the flippy triangle to see a list of Internet radio stations in that category.
When you see one that looks interesting, double-click it. (The higher the number in the Bit Rate column, the better the sound quality. Note, though, that 128 Kbps is generally too rich for dial-up modems, and may sputter or fail to connect.) Wait a moment for your Mac to connect to the appropriate Internet site, and then let the music begin!
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to capture Internet broadcasts or save them onto your hard drive. You can, however, drag the name ...
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