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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Customizing iPhone for iPod

You could use iPhone as an iPod just fine without performing any of the steps in this section. However, because this book is named My iPhone, you should explore these options to make iPhone your own.

>>>step-by-step: Building and Editing an On-The-Go Playlist

You can build a special playlist on iPhone. This is called the On-The-Go playlist because, well, you build it while you are on the go.

Creating and Listening to an On-The-Go Playlist

  1. Move to the Playlists screen.
  2. Press On-The-Go. The Songs screen appears.
  3. Drag your finger up and down the screen to browse all the songs on iPhone.
  4. To add a song to the playlist, press the song or the Add button. After you add a song, it is grayed out to show it’s already part of the playlist. You can add the same song to the playlist only one time.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve added all the songs that you want the playlist to contain.
  6. Press Done. You move to the On-The-Go playlist screen and see the songs it contains.
  7. Play the On-The-Go playlist just like playlists you’ve moved from the iTunes Library.

Changing an On-The-Go Playlist

  1. Move to the Playlists screen as described in the previous task and press the On-The-Go playlist option. You see the On-The-Go playlist screen.
  2. Press Edit. The screen changes to Edit mode.
  3. To add songs, press the Add button; this works just like when you added songs to the playlist originally. (See the previous section for details.)
  4. To change the order in which songs play, press the List button and drag a song to its new position on the playlist.
  5. To remove songs, press the Unlock button. The Delete button appears.
  6. Press Delete. The song is removed from the playlist.
  7. When you’re finished making changes, press Done. You move back to the On-The-Go playlist screen.

Using the iPhone Genius

The Genius features build a playlist based on music you already have. How the Genius selects songs that sound good with other songs is a bit of a secret, but it seems to work pretty well. You can have the Genius build a playlist for you in a couple of ways, and then work with the Genius playlist similar to how you can use the On-the-Go playlist.

>>>step-by-step: Creating a Genius Playlist Based on the Current Song

  1. Play a song.
  2. On the Now Playing screen, press the screen so the Timeline and controls appear.
  3. Press the Genius button. iPhone creates the Genius playlist that’s includes 25 songs that sound good with the current song. The music stops playing and you move to the Genius screen where you see the songs that the Genius thinks will sound good with the song you were playing; that song is at the top of the list and is marked with the Genius icon.
  4. Press any song on the playlist to start playing it.
  5. Press the New button to start a new Genius playlist (see “Creating a Genius Playlist By Selecting a Song”).
  6. To have the Genius change the playlist, press Refresh. Songs may be added and the order in which they are listed may be changed.
  7. To save the playlist, press Save. The name of the playlist changes from Genius to be the name of the song on which the playlist was based. The New and Refresh buttons disappear, and the Save button becomes Edit to show you that the playlist has been saved. The playlist appears on the Playlists screen like other playlists you have created except it is marked with the Genius icon, and Genius playlists appear near the top of the Playlists screen. You can then play the playlist like the others on the Playlists screen or edit it (covered in the “Refreshing a Genius Playlist” section). It is moved into your iTunes Library the next time you sync iPhone, just as the On-the-Go playlist is (except its name isn’t changed).

Creating a Genius Playlist By Selecting a Song

  1. Move to the Playlists screen.
  2. Press Genius. You see the Songs screen.
  3. Browse for the song on which you want the playlist to be based.
  4. Press the song on which you want the playlist to be based. The Genius creates the playlist and it appears briefly on the Genius screen. It starts to play automatically and you move to the Now Playing screen.
  5. Press the Return button. You move back to the Genius screen.
  6. Use steps 5 through 7 in the previous task to work with the playlist.

Refreshing a Genius Playlist

  1. Move to the Playlists screen.
  2. Press the Genius playlist you want to manage. Its screen appears.
  3. Press Edit. The Refresh prompt appears.
  4. Press Refresh. The Genius builds a new playlist based on the same song. The resulting playlist might have the same or different songs and they might be in a different order. The refreshed playlist replaces the previous version.

Configuring iPhone’s iPod Toolbar

The five buttons at the bottom of the iPod screen enable you to get to specific content quickly. You can choose four of the buttons that appear on the screen to make accessing content by type even easier and faster.

  1. Move to the More screen.
  2. Press Edit. The Configure screen appears.
  3. Drag the button you want to add to the toolbar to the location of one of the buttons currently there. As you get over the current button, it lights up to show you that it will be the one replaced when you lift your finger. The button you dragged replaces the button over which you placed it. The original button is moved onto the Configure screen.
  4. Repeat step 3 until the four buttons you want to be on the toolbar are there. (The fifth button is always the More button.)
  5. Press the Done button located in the upper-right corner of the screen. The iPod toolbar contains the buttons you placed on it along with the More button.

Configuring iPhone’s iPod Settings

There are a few iPod settings you use to configure various aspects of iPhone’s iPod functionality.

  1. Press the Home button to move back to iPhone’s Home.
  2. Press Settings. The Settings screen appears.
  3. Scroll down until you see the iPod settings option.
  4. Press iPod. The iPod Settings screen appears.
  5. Press Sound Check if you want iPhone to attempt to even the volume of the music you play so that all the songs play at about the same relative volume level. Sound Check’s status is indicated by OFF or ON. When you press the Sound Check button, its status toggles from one to the other.
  6. To set the speed at which audiobooks play, press Audiobook Speed. The Audiobook Speed screen appears.
  7. Press the speed at which you want audiobooks to play; the current speed is indicated by the check mark.
  8. Press iPod.
  9. To set an equalizer, press EQ. The EQ screen appears.
  10. Scroll the screen to see all the equalizers available to you.
  11. Select the equalizer you want iPhone to use when you play music; the current equalizer is indicated by the check mark. To turn the equalizer off, select Off.
  12. Press iPod.
  13. To set a limit to the volume level on iPhone, press Volume Limit. The Volume Limit screen appears.
  14. Drag the volume slider to the point that you want the maximum volume level to be.
  15. To lock this control so that it can’t be changed without a passcode, press Lock Volume Limit. The Set Code screen appears.
  16. Press a digit, which becomes the first digit in the code.
  17. Press each of the other three digits to create a four-digit code.
  18. Re-enter the code to confirm it. If the code matches, you return to the Volume Limit screen, and the code is set.
  19. To make changes to a locked volume limit, press Unlock Volume Limit.
  20. Enter the code. The volume limit is unlocked, and you can change it again.
  21. Press iPod to move back to the iPod Settings screen.
  22. Scroll down until you see the Video settings. These settings impact how video plays on iPhone.
  23. Press Start Playing.
  24. Press Where Left Off to have iPhone remember where you last were watching in a video so it resumes at the same location when you play it again or From Beginning to have iPhone always start at the beginning.
  25. Press iPod to move back to the iPod Settings screen.
  26. To enable or disable Closed Captioning on video, press the Closed Captioning button. Its status is indicated by ON or OFF. When you press the button, it toggles between the two states.
  27. Scroll down until you see the TV Out settings. These settings impact how video plays on a TV when it is connected to iPhone.
  28. To enable or disable widescreen playback, press the Widescreen button. Its status is indicated by ON or OFF. When you press the button, it toggles between the two states.
  29. To select a specific output format, press TV Signal.
  30. To choose the NTSC format (for U.S. televisions for example), press NTSC or to choose the PAL format (European televisions are some that use this format), press PAL.
  31. Press iPod to return to the iPod Settings screen.
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