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Get iTuned Into Audio!

Using iTunes and JAWS for Windows to manage your music, hear the radio, and enjoy movies, TV and podcasts.

Introduction.

"It's a resource hog". "It's slow to load". "It gets updated frequently and I don't know if I'll still be able to access it with JAWS". "I cannot find the content I want to hear".

Those are just some of the feelings people express about iTunes for Windows from Apple. But nevertheless, it's been around for 16 years, and it is the world leader if you want to purchase the latest song or album quickly, even if you don't intend to use iTunes itself to play it. No wonder, as there are over 30 million songs available to buy through the iTunes Store, and not all of them are by the band U2 or about Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends! Apple have made iTunes the largest music retailer on the planet and designed a concept which is perfect for our "Instant Gratification" culture.

But in adddition, there's no denying that iTunes is a complete music management system. Not only can you find the items you want, but you can also have songs uploaded to listen to on other devices, import CD's into the program, create playlists for that party you're hosting, and even play music from Apple's extensive catalogue for free if you have an Apple Music subscription.

Our new training course, "Get iTuned Into Audio", will not only show you how to use all of the features of iTunes just described, but it will also spend time teaching you how to customise the product for optimum accessibility. That is the key to resolving many of the difficulties people have. If you spend time customising the way iTunes presents information, this not only improves speed and navigation but it also ensures the level of accessibility is considerably enhanced.

What Will I Learn?

The course is divided into five sessions, each of which will last 90 minutes. Many of the topics are extremely in depth, but broadly speaking they will include:

  • Customising iTunes for keyboard navigation and optimum accessibility.
  • Understanding the terminology.
  • Navigating the iTunes screen and an explanation of each item to be found.
  • Importing existing audio files into your iTunes library.
  • Importing CD's into your iTunes library.
  • Viewing and changing the song and album information for each item.
  • Finding content by searching for it. This includes customising searches.
  • Customising the iTunes views and the information JAWS speaks or outputs to Braille.
  • browsing items by artist, title, album, recently added or other categories.
  • Playing the audio content. Volume adjustment, move by track or album, telling iTunes about your listening preferences.
  • The Menu Bar, the Context Menu and the Actions Menu.
  • Checking and unchecking items.
  • Verifying the spelling of existing items.
  • Sharing your listening preferences via social media.
  • Creating and managing playlists.
  • iTunes Match. What it is and how to use it on your computer and other devices.
  • Apple Music. How it works, searching for content and listening to it when you have an Apple Music subscription.
  • Working with the iTunes Store. This includes finding content by searching or browsing for it, previewing items, purchasing, navigation tips to find what you want quickly, screen-reading strategies to manage your account, downloading items you have previously purchased, and more.
  • Playing your purchased content using a media player other than iTunes.
  • Learning about new releases and iTunes recommendations based upon your listening preferences.
  • Purchasing, renting and listening to movies and TV shows. This includes selecting a specific TV series and purchasing audio described items.
  • Hearing radio stations in iTunes.
  • Listening to, subscribing to, and managing podcasts.
  • Working with your audio content on other devices. This includes interaction with Apple Music, managing playlists, and iTunes Match.
  • Working with the Sonos interface for iTunes.

Points to Note.

This training course is concerned with audio content and does not relate to interacting with apps designed for other purposes. However, there is plenty of scope for a later training course on this subject.

Users of our Leasey product do have many advantages when navigating iTunes. For those who do not have Leasey, course students will be able to download a small subset of JAWS scripts which will make it possible to access some tasks much easier and will refine the speech output.

While the course does contain details of purchasing content, iTunes Match and Apple Music, there is no compulsion to purchase anything additional to participate. You can learn about these services which may inspire you to take advantage of them at a later date.

Who is the Course For?

Even if you do not intend to use iTunes as your primary music source for listening to audio, the training course still provides immense value. Once you know how to work with it, iTunes is by far the quickest and easiest way of previewing and purchasing music, movies and TV shows. The course will give you the skills you need to get the most from it.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught. There is a breakout session after approximately 15 minutes of instruction so that you do not forget the question you wish to know the answer to.

If I Purchase the Course, What Will I Receive?

The course will be delivered online via our accessible Zoom Confrencing platform. If you have not used this conferencing software before, you will receive instructions prior to the commencement of the course. This software allows for the delivery of the presentation, including the output from the screen-reading software. The audio is of a high quality.

You can also participate by telephone in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Finally, there is a very accessible I O S app for Zoom.

The course will give to you:

  • Five lessons starting 27 September 2017. Each lesson will begin at 7 PM UK time, (2 PM Eastern), each Wednesday.
  • An audio recording of each lesson in MP3 format.
  • Text documentation comprising a list of keystrokes to reinforce topics covered in the lessons.
  • An email list active prior to (and during) the course so you can ask questions outside tuition time.
  • If necessary, a small set of JAWS scripts to improve the accessibility of iTunes.
  • Links to resources of interest to iTunes users.

The proposed dates for the course sessions are as follows:

  • 27 September;
  • 4 October;
  • 11 October;
  • 18 October;
  • 25 October.

All recordings, documentation and the conference area are accessed through a secure area of our website which is only available to course participants. If you cannot make those dates, please don't worry. You can still take advantage of the Email list and the archives of the webinars, which are usually uploaded the following day after editing.

Costing.

The cost of the course is £60 which is currently 77 US dollars.
The course fee can be ppaid at any time between now and 20 September 2017.

Purchase Get iTuned Into Audio Online.

Alternatively, anyone can purchase the course by sending an Email to jaws@hartgen.org, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card. Orders can also be placed by telephone:

  • Call us (from within the UK): 02920-850298.
  • Call us (from the United States): 415-871-0626.
  • Call us (from any other country): (+44)2920-850298.

If you would like to read the views from participants of our previous courses, please Visit our Training area.

Course Prerequisites.

It is important that you have:

  • Good keyboarding skills;
  • A computer with an internet connection, iDevice or a telephone;
  • A microphone so as to ask questions within the course;
  • JAWS for Windows screen-reader;
  • Access to the latest release of iTunes. If you have not downloaded it prior to the course, details will be provided to you.

Summary.

If the Internet has made the world's knowledge accessible to almost anybody with a computer, iTunes has done the same with music. Find out how it all works from an accessibility perspective!

Don’t delay, book your place and get iTuned in to Audio today!

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