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While writing info about how Tuner works, comments from around the internet indicate that most people who've seen it aren't actually sure what it does. This document will attempt to clear that up.

We all know the iTunes Music Store. Apple has a wonderful little browser integrated into their iTunes program which allows us to download music easily right into iTunes.

I'm rather fond of the iTMS interface, so I decided that I wanted to make it so that any content could be served up through it. To make that happen, I had to write Tuner, a background service which fakes out iTunes into believing that material from other sources is legitimately from Apple.

The end effect is that anyone can put up a block of XML and a link which can then be displayed in the iTMS browser.

To you, the end user, this means that once you install Tuner, you can simply click on that link and whatever content that a site has put up in iTunes XML.

Here's an example:

Bastion Jazz Band has a number of tracks that they want to make available as demo's through the iTMS browser. They aren't with a big record label, and aren't interested in selling the songs. They just want to give a few away to whet your appetite. So they decide to make them available through Tuner.

They go to tuneDial.org and use it's tools to create an iTMS compatible playlist. Then they put a link to it on their website.

You, the user, after installing Tuner, click on this link. It launches iTunes and displays their tracks for free download.

You're then able to click one button and have it download into your iTunes library if you'd like. Or just double click on the song and have it play.

Do you have any questions or ideas about how this could be made clearer? Email us at [email protected]

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