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For Dummies Windows XP Digital Music For Dummies Nov 2004

by Ryan Williams

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Now you can give new meaning to the description “High-performance computer!” And you can even choose the performers—Elvis or Elton, the Beatles or Beethoven, Eminem or Englebert, Pfish or Pavarotti. Your Windows XP is like a concert hall, and Windows XP Digital Music For Dummies is just the ticket to get you in and get you enjoying digital music. It will help you get in tune with the times with note-by-note information on:
  • Setting up your computer to handle music
  • Using Windows Media Player that’s part of the XP package
  • Making your computer the centerpiece of your music collection
  • Shopping for and downloading music from Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody, and more internet sites
  • Selecting the hardware, software, and audio tools you need

Written by Ryan Williams, an accomplished musician with an MS in Music Technology who develops digital multimedia tools, this guide helps you explore:

  • Transferring your CDs or even vinyl records (if you have them, you know what they are) to the realm of your computer
  • Choosing and using portable audio players
  • Upgrading your PC and turning it into a jukebox with your all-time favorite hits
  • Organizing and burning your music to disc for use in other types of devices, like traditional CD or DVD players
  • Souping up your computer and making it a virtual studio
  • Laying down basic tracks and mixing them
  • Taking the finished product to disk, the Internet, and elsewhere

Hear what you’ve been missing. With Windows XP Digital Music For Dummies, you and your Windows XP can make beautiful (or raucous, harmonious, hip-hop, rousing, jazzy, inspiring—whatever your taste) digital music together!

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* Explains in plain English how to evaluate online music services, download music, select a portable player, turn a PC into an audio jukebox, burn custom CDs, and create and edit music files from commercial CDs * Apple iTunes reported 50 million music downloads as of March 2004, and the new Napster had 5 million downloads after just 4 months of operation * Covers the leading online pay music sites (iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody) as well as free alternatives (with advice on what's legal and what's not) and profiles Apple's iPod and other top portable players

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Find out where music is available online, what's legal, and what's free

Unlock the sound in your PC with the right software, hardware, and know-how

Beneath your Windows XP PC's staid image as a word processor and number cruncher, there's a music machine longing to get out and play! Set the music free with this friendly guide. Discover the best places to buy music and how to download songs, organize your tunes, take them with you, and even record your own!

Discover how to

  • Set up your computer to play music
  • Make electronic files of your old vinyl records
  • Use an iPod® with your Windows PC
  • Organize your collection
  • Turn your PC into a recording studio

About the Author
Ryan Williams is the Digital Multimedia Development Specialist for the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Music with a master’s degree in music technology, along with a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePauw University. In addition, he writes for indianapolismusic.net, a Web site focused on the musical happenings in and around the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.
As a bassist, Ryan has played in most known genres of music and some additional ones that seemed invented on the spot. While he was named “Best Bassist In Indianapolis” by shotgunreviews.com in 2002, he will happily provide you with the names of several local musicians who both inspire and embarrass him on a regular basis. He currently shares stages and studios with the members of Mother Grove, a Celtic rock band featured in shows and festivals from Ohio to Colorado.



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