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Sams Teach Yourself XML in 24 Hours, Third Edition by Michael Morrison

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Chapter 13. Access Your iTunes Music Library via XML

 

XML is easy. It is the problems people are trying to address with XML that are hard.

 
 --Jonathan Borden

One problem being addressed with XML is not very hard at all, and is actually quite fun. I’m referring to Apple’s iTunes digital music service, which you probably didn’t realize had anything to do with XML. It turns out that Apple chose XML as the storage format for the library of songs in the iTunes desktop application. The songs themselves are still stored in Apple’s proprietary AAC media format but iTunes keeps track of the songs and pertinent information about them through an XML file. It is this XML file that you focus on in this lesson. More specifically, you learn how to transform your ...

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