If you own an iPhone or iPad, you must be quite familiar with iTunes. Yes, I am talking about the same app you use to purchase music or stream default media files. However, do you know what the Apple’s default media player is really capable of? Certainly not. That’s why we’ve come with this post where we’ll discuss some of the best iTunes hidden features you must use right now to become a pro user. Let’s get started:
Best iTunes hidden features
Navigate faster with iTunes keyboard shortcuts
Everyone knows that the iTunes app has a simple and user-friendly interface. However, what many people don’t know is that the app also features some keyboard shortcuts that let you do things exceptionally faster. But don’t worry. Here, we’re revealing the keyboard shortcuts for you. Let’s have a look:
- Play/Pause – Space
- Stop – Command + Period (.)
- Next/Previous – Command + Right/Left Arrow
- Volume Up/Down – Command + Up/Down Arrow
- Show Equalizer – Command + Option + E
- Switch to Mini Player – Command + Shift + M
- Go to Music – Command + 1
- Go to TV Shows – Command + 2
- Go to Movies – Command + 3
- Go to Apps – Command + 7
- Get Info – Command + I
- Show in Finder – Command + Shift + R
- Add to Library – Command + O
Automatically add songs from External Source
You can choose to add songs into iTunes from an external source. For this:
- Go to File > Add to Library or use the command Cmd + O
You can also opt for an easy alternate. You just need to:
- go to the iTunes folder (Hard drive name > Users > Your name > Music > iTunes)
Here you’ll see a folder with name Automatically Add to iTunes. Any media file you copy in the folder will be automatically synchronized with the iTunes library and you can access them later from the app.
This is one of the best iTunes hidden features I have ever come across.
Automatically Search and Add lyrics
Lyrics are an integral part of any media as they help to understand that song or video better. No doubt you can choose to add lyrics manually, but we don’t think it will be wise enough to manually add lyrics to each and every song in your library.
Anyways, let us explain the process:
- Search for the lyrics
- copy the text
- Open iTunes
- Find the song
- Open song info
- Select the Lyrics tab
- Paste the text and click OK
Now repeat the process for every song in your iTunes. Feeling dizzy! This is what exactly going to happen.
And yes, you’ve to repeat the same steps for viewing the lyrics. Are you still interested?
Or You can opt for an easy way. There is an app called Song Reader that automatically search, add and display lyrics to the song being played in the iTunes. This will save a lot of time and energy.
Remote control iTunes from iPhone or iPad
There is an app by the name Remote that lets you control iTunes directly from your iPad or iPhone. You can remotely change the song, increase or decrease the volume and much more. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that both the devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
In case, you want to enhance the sound quality, you can download other apps like Boom 2 Remote that also let you control global equalizers and sound effects along with remotely playing audio.
Create a smart playlist
Smart playlists can save a lot of your time and energy. It categorizes all your songs in an organized manner so that you don’t have any problems locating your favorite songs and you can play them anytime.
You can easily create a smart playlist. To do so:
- Click File > New and then Smart Playlist
- A pop-up will appear in front of you asking you to select various song criteria like Album, Artist, Year, Genre, and Size.
- Just fill in the relevant details and click OK
This will create a smart playlist in iTunes. Now, you can easily find and play your favorite songs. Enjoy!
Our list of the best iTunes hidden features ends here. Stay tuned for more updates!