Where Are the iTunes Preferences?

Apple’s iTunes is a digital media player and store application developed exclusively by Apple that enables users to manage music, videos, iPod games, television shows, podcasts, audiobooks, feature-length films and ringtones.

iTunes will by default download any prepurchased content to your computer automatically; however, this preference can be changed according to your needs and preferences.

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The iTunes preferences menu allows you to set various aspects of the program, such as its display of information and how it accesses music libraries and parental controls. Your choices in these areas can have an effect on how media plays on iTunes as well as how iTunes interacts with iPod and iPhone devices; at any time you can modify these preferences directly from its toolbar or using menus within it.

First preference to enable is “Automatically Check for Available Downloads.” Once checked (checkbox is checked), this feature causes iTunes to connect automatically with the Internet and check for available downloads; this does not start the downloads themselves but simply checks if there are any available for downloading; once any are identified it may prompt you to initiate their download manually instead of checking automatically every day.

iTunes gives you the option of showing a progress bar at the bottom of the screen when downloading or updating files, making this feature particularly useful when dealing with larger downloads. In addition, you can control how much CPU the program uses when downloading or updating items; this may affect not only how quickly but also how long this process takes.

Finally, iTunes lets you choose which libraries will sync to your iPod or iPhone device when running. By default, the entire iTunes library will synchronize; if you would rather only sync certain sections or tabs of it all at the same time.

Your settings for audio playback on an iPhone or iPod include selecting files to be played as music ringtones and customizing EQ settings for optimal audio playback system sound quality. While no song has the perfect EQ settings, knowing how to adjust these can make music, podcasts and other audio files sound better on speakers connected to your system. In iTunes settings you can also control whether diagnostic and usage data will be transmitted back to Apple without identifying you directly, thus improving both its program as well as your experience using it.


iTunes software program organizes music, video and other media files for use with Apple’s iPod and iPhone portable devices. Additionally, it gives access to Apple iTunes Store where users can buy songs, music videos, feature-length films, TV shows, e-books podcasts audio books ringtones and more. Users may set preferences regarding how your library is organized, played back etc – this can be changed any time by selecting Edit from toolbar and selecting Preferences.

The General tab provides settings that affect how iTunes operates generally, such as naming your library, changing how music fades in and out during playback, setting whether iTunes displays song information when playing back a track and more. You can even configure how iTunes displays album art for songs and movies you own in this tab.

When first using iTunes for the first time, it is wise to set your location and time zone, as well as enter a password to protect your iTunes Library content from unintentional access by others. This step is particularly important if sharing a computer.

Adjust the iTunes Equalization Settings (EQ) to customize how music sounds on your speakers, making songs sound brighter or punchier on your system. Headphone users can take it a step further by using headphone EQ to fine-tune their listening experience in-ear.

Click “Automatically check for downloads” to enable iTunes to automatically connect to iTunes Store and your account, in order to determine if any downloads are waiting on them. Once this option has been checked, iTunes will periodically scan for downloads even when no network connections exist (Wi-Fi or cell data networks).

When selecting “Use Full Window for iTunes Store,” a new button will be visible at the top of iTunes Store page’s navigation bar to allow you to easily close and return to iTunes content. Clicking this button while it is already open simply closes this browser window.


No matter if they use iTunes on Mac or PC or an iOS device, parents can set parental restrictions that help their kids remain safe online and keep inappropriate media out of their collection. You can do this by opening iTunes Preferences > Advanced and clicking Restrictions.

Based on the type of media you wish to limit, there are various restrictions you can choose from. You could for instance prevent downloads with explicit lyrics or scenes; disable iTunes Store previews that let users preview media before buying; disable iTunes Store previews altogether or enable warnings if children attempt to purchase media with explicit lyrics or scenes from iTunes Store – among many other choices.

Once you are finished setting up restrictions, click on the padlock icon in the lower left corner of your screen to lock them. This ensures that only you possess the password needed to make changes; otherwise anyone with access to your computer could change them without your knowledge.

An iOS device provides more granular options than desktop computers do; podcasts are managed through the Podcast app, music is housed within Apple Music and TV shows can be found under its respective app – though restrictions can still be placed upon each. You may also choose to restrict other forms of content like movies and shows as necessary.

Apple allows you to manage what information they share about you, such as your location or installed apps, with others. You also have options regarding synching purchases across devices as well as automatic downloading of podcasts or prepurchased content.

Your iPad allows you to control iTunes & App Store Purchases as well as In-App Purchases, configure Content & Privacy Restrictions that prevent the playback of music videos with explicit content, restrict access to specific ratings and configure Content Restrictions that can prevent specific types of downloads or purchases from happening automatically.


If you own an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod, its device should appear in iTunes when connected to a computer with the most up-to-date iTunes software. iTunes must be able to communicate with your device through USB – this process involves installing drivers which tell your computer how to communicate with Apple mobile devices; if iTunes cannot recognize your device correctly it may have issues with updating this driver; download and update via your iTunes account on iCloud website for assistance.

iTunes can transfer and sync media files between your local library and device. It can also backup the contents of your device in case it gets lost or needs restoring from previous backups. Sync settings for music, movies and TV shows can be customized separately; additionally, podcasts and books may automatically sync to your device as well.

To set your sync preferences, connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes. When iTunes opens, select your device from its drop-down list and click Summary on the left side of its window; iTunes will sync your entire library – including music, apps, TV shows and movies – onto your device automatically. To disable automatic syncing altogether, head into Preferences at the top of iTunes main window and uncheck any items not wanting sync automatically before clicking Apply to confirm your changes.

Once completed, disconnect your device. On a Mac computer, the name of your device appears in any window in Finder while Windows PC users will see its icon appear in iTunes’ upper-left corner.

View all devices authorized to connect with copy-protected content in iTunes on both a Mac and PC in iTunes’ app, by going into your menu bar (Mac) or scrolling to the bottom of the screen (PC) and selecting “View my account info,” followed by “Manage devices,” in order to see all those you have synced.