Using iTunes Genius to Discover New Music

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Introduction to Using iTunes Genius to Discover New Music

Using iTunes Genius to Discover New Music, step 1

In addition to automatically making playlists of songs that will sound good together from the music you already have in your iTunes library, iTunes Genius can help you discover new music at the iTunes Store based on the music you already have and like.

It does this using the collective intelligence gathered by all the iTunes users running Genius, purchases at the iTunes Store, and other factors.

In order to have Genius suggest new music to you, just need to follow these simple steps.

Begin by ensuring that you're running iTunes 8 or higher and have Genius turned on (which means having an iTunes account and being signed into it). While iTunes 8 is the minimum to use Genius, the instructions, and images in this article use iTunes 11 and higher.

Next, click on the Album view across the top of your music library. This will show your iTunes library as a series of album covers, alphabetized based on the name of the album.

Navigate through your iTunes library to the album you want Genius to use as the basis for your discovery of new music. This will open reveal all the songs on the album.

At the right side of the section that just opened, you should see two options: Songs and In the Store. Click in In the Store. This contacts the iTunes Store and downloads the Genius recommendations for this album.

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Anatomy of iTunes Genius Recommendations for New Music

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Next to the album you already own, you'll see three columns of new options: Top Songs, Top Albums, and Recommended Songs.

Top Songs are the most popular songs at the iTunes Store by the artist whose album you clicked to start this process.

Top Albums are the most popular albums by the artist whose album you clicked to start this process. Depending on how many albums the artist has, and how popular the one you clicked, you may see the album you already own as one of your suggestions.

Recommended Songs are songs by other artists that you may like, based on the album you chose. Generally, they include bands that sound similar, or work in similar genres, to the album/artist you chose.

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Using the iTunes Genius to Preview and Buy Music

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You can preview and buy songs and albums directly in your iTunes library using Genius.

To hear 90-second previews of any of the recommended songs, click the small image of the album art to the left of the song name. The song will play and the icon will turn into a blue square. Simply click it again to stop the preview.

To buy the song or album, just click the price button next to the listing. You may be asked to sign into your iTunes account, but once that's done, your purchase will begin to download.

To view the iTunes Store listing for a song, album, or musician, simply click the text for the suggestion.