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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Simple Trick to Upgrade Low Resolution Music With Music Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"Yesterday we walked you through everything you need to know about using iTunes Match. Today, Macworld highlights a super-fast new trick to help you upgrade all your low-resolution music to the service's excellent 256 kbps AAC files."

So simple but clever. Just have faith that the music will still be there when you delete these old tracks. At least that is what Macworld says will happen.

Just What Do Those Music Match Symbols Mean?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"If you don't know by now, Apple has officially opened up their iTunes Match service to the public, bringing with it 256-kbps AAC DRM-free copies of your non-iTunes purchased music for $25 a year."

And what you also might not know is what all the new symbols mean. Well, ease your fears since this article gives you the run down on what they all mean. You can also find a handy chart at Apple. Apple has also posted several guides about troubleshooting, subscribing, adding computers and deleting songs from iCloud. Now if they would only make deleting pictures from the photostream easier I'd be happy!

iTunes Match, A Review

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Earlier today, Apple finally released iTunes Match, about one month later than the service was originally expected. Now that it is here, consider this our first look at Apple's highly-anticipated new product."

Here is a brief run through of how the service works, the main point being you have to update iTunes to 10.5.1 before you even get started. I don't have a huge amount of music, but for those that do, this might take some time to run before it is complete. I wonder how many will hit their data cap while using this service? Or is that even a concern?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iCloud Appears to be Live

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:59 AM

"It's the 12th of October. Today is definitely iOS 5 day. After iTunes 10.5 was released yesterday, another part of iOS 5 has just gone live: iCloud."

If you want to access via your iPad or iPhone (or iPod Touch for that matter I suppose), you will have to be running iOS 5. And with iCloud you get 5GB of free storage, with options to buy more. If you are a current MobileMe subscriber however you get 20GB free until June of 2012.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

No More Rentals for TV Shows Via iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"Patrons of iTunes will have to look for other venues to watch the latest episode of Glee and other Fox shows. Apple is pulling the plug on the rental model for recent episodes of your favorite shows."

I personally will miss this. I'm not one to really save shows, so the buying option doesn't interest me. Once I watch it, I'm done with it. The only things I might save are movies, but then only rarely especially now that I have other sources (Netflix) to watch movies, why take up my hard drive space. This goes along with my minimalistic tendency now to be minimalistic so I don't even keep DVDs any longer. What are your thoughts on this change at iTunes?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

iTunes Music Match to Allow Streaming

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:10 AM

"When Apple announced iTunes Match at WWDC back in June, it was a little unclear whether the service would allow you to stream your music library to your iOS devices as opposed to storing it locally - allowing you to access your tracks without actually taking up any of your precious storage space."

It wasn't announced but it was always one option we were hoping for, and it appears Apple came through. This was all revealed when Apple released their iTunes 10.5 Beta 6.1 to developers yesterday. You can watch how it all works in this video from Insanely Great Mac. And it appears for your yearly price of $24.99 USD, you get to store approximately 250 GB of music (25,000 songs). That isn't a bad price at all. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stream RHCP in iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Rumors of a "Spotify-like" iTunes in the cloud have been going around for years before Apple finally pre-launched iCloud and the possibility to re-download previously purchased songs. Yet, while the feature is a good start, it still lacks the ability to stream music and because of that, isn't really what we hoped for."

Well now you can stream the latest Red Hot Chili Pepper album from iTunes, free of charge! You can only do it from desktop and its a one time only deal, but it's a start. It will be interesting to see how much of a success this is and what else iTunes and Apple have up their sleeves.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Backup iTunes Library to Disc... Well, Actually No You Can't...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:38 AM

"When Apple finally rolls out the iCloud this fall, you'll be able to backup all of your music on Apple's own iTunes servers through iTunes Match. If iTunes Match recognizes your tracks, it'll automatically mirror them in the cloud; otherwise, you'll be able to manually upload them. If you ever have a devastating system crash, you'll be able to just slurp them all down again."

Ah the good old days, when you could back up your library to CDs or DVDs, at least the good old days if you have upgraded to iTunes 10.4. This feature was dropped, so your only options are to backup to a hard drive or some cloud service. Everything is going to the cloud these days. I never used this feature, but I hate it on principle when things are taken away as an option. What are your thoughts about this being removed?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Apps from Starbucks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Despite Steve Jobs' crank call to one Seattle-based store for 4,000 lattes during the 2007 MacWorld Expo, Starbucks remains an Apple friend - holding a number of promotions that offer free iTunes downloads. The latest will give you a free iPhone app every time you get your caffeine fix."

Along the same lines as their free iTunes download for music, now you can get a free app for your "Pick of the Week" when you go into Starbucks. Look at the counter for the cards listing the app and redeem to get yours. This week is a very handy app called Shazam Encore, which I use pretty much every day. Normally $5.99 USD in the iTunes store, you get it free this week!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Orange UK Customers Get Free iTunes Movie Rental

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

"Orange UK and Apple have teamed up to deliver a free iTunes movie rental every Thursday to certain Orange UK subscribers."

If you have the home broadband service, or use the pay monthly, pay as you go, mobile broadband or a business account, you will be able to get a redemption code for a free movie every Thursday. According to the press release, you can get the code in a variety of ways:

"Orange Home Broadband customers, as well as Orange mobile customers on pay as you go, pay monthly, mobile broadband or business will benefit from the offer every Thursday by simply texting ‘FILMTOGO' to 85060* or via the dedicated ‘Orange Film To Go' mobile app or by logging onto page. From there they will be directed to enter the response code via website to start the iTunes download**, which can then be viewed on a laptop, PC or on an Apple mobile device so that customers have the flexibility to enjoy the film wherever they like."

More details available at the official website.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

iTunes 10.4, Now 64-bit and Made for Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:15 PM

"Apple has released iTunes 10.4, with 64-bit support and Mac OS X Lion compatibility."

I'm sure it was compatible with Lion before, but this version was designed to work with Lion. And, wait for it... it is a 64-bit Cocoa application. You can use the Full-Screen App capability with it now to ease your program use. If you aren't sure what Full-Screen Apps are all about (basically using all of your screen real estate), Apple has a nice informational page set up here. iWork was also included in the updates today so it can also work seamlessly with Lion.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? Read more...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

iTunes Festival July 2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"The iTunes Festival London is a month-long series of concerts featuring more than sixty artists performing in London's Roundhouse. The fun starts on July 1st and Apple's got you covered with an iOS app, steaming shows and exclusive music in iTunes."

This is one festival that sounds like a great time, and you can find out more about it at the Roundhouse site, or just go to iTunes. If you think you might want to go, you need to get the iTunes Festival app so you can win some tickets, which are free and distributed via lottery.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Does Using OpenDNS or Google DNS Slow Down iTunes Downloads?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

When I tweeted the above comment - I was quite appalled at how slow iTunes was at delivering content - someone pointed me to this post on Daring Fireball that says the fix is to not use Google DNS. There are similar complaints in the OpenDNS forums. The tweeter speculated that if I was using OpenDNS - and I was - it would have the same impact. I downloaded Tapper World Tour HD from the iTunes store and it took 3 minutes 36 seconds to grab the 193 MB file. That's 890 KB per second on the download, and my connection is capable of just over 3000 KB/s. If there was one thing I'd expect/hope to deliver bandwidth-saturating results, it would be a content deliver network such as iTunes.

I went into my router, set the DNS back to my ISP (Shaw), and rebooted the router. On my computer with iTunes, I did an ipconfig /flushdns, along with a /release and a /renew just to make sure everything was reset. I verified the computer wasn't using OpenDNS, then I started up iTunes and re-downloaded the same file. It downloaded in 3 minutes 2 seconds. A slight improvement, but not much and frankly within the margin of error for a test like this.

I'd like to ask the Apple Thoughts community if they've seen similar results with OpenDNS or Google DNS, and if stopping using those services resulted in a significant speed boost on downloads. Also, if my methodology was flawed in some way, I'm happy to learn how to better test something like this.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Get a Deal on iTunes Gift Cards at Best Buy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 02:27 PM

"Best Buy takes 15% off all Apple iTunes Gift Cards. With free shipping, that's the best deal we could find on these cards and the first time we've seen them discounted in several months."

This really is a great deal, so head on over to Best Buy [link] and you can get discount on a variety of denominations, from $100 ones discounted to $85.00 USD to the 3 - $10.00 USD gift card packs discounted to $25.50 USD.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

iPad Restore: Someone Please Explain This To Me

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I admit it: when it comes to the world of Apple devices, there's still a lot I don't know. Some things make intuitive sense, while others I find baffling. This is the latter. Read more...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Is This The Beginning of a Price War With iTunes?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

", which is a distant No. 2 to Apple Inc. as a retailer of downloadable music, has upped the ante or, rather, lowered its prices to compete with iTunes."

Dropping $0.20 USD from their normal price of $0.89 USD, this is quite a deal from iTunes has 70% market share and is far back with only 10%, so is this a shot across the bow so to speak to steal some of iTunes customers? I've purchased, and will continue to purchase, music from with deals like this in the mix. makes it pretty easy to add the music to your iTunes library anyway so it isn't that much more difficult than buying directly through iTunes. I guess you could label me one of those "opportunistic" cherry pickers the article talks about. What about you, where do you get your music?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sorry G3 Owners, iTunes No Longer Supports You, Time to Upgrade Your Hardware

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"A 9to5Mac tipster has discovered that Apple is apparently not officially supporting the iTunes Store for older G3 iMacs and any Macs that need to run older versions of iTunes."

This was only a matter of time, as the story goes, why would they keep software compatible with older machines they no longer support? Kind of a no-brainer, so this is a heads up for you G3 owners to either upgrade hardware or keep the status quo.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Apple Snags Agreement With Warner Music

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has reportedly reached an agreement with Warner Music, the third-largest record label, for its anticipated cloud-based music streaming service."

According to reports yesterday, it seems Apple now has two of the biggest music labels. There are four major labels: Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI. This thing is heating up it appears, with Google and also in the hunt and wanting to provide cloud based music services. Personally, I'd like to be able to store all of my music in the cloud, what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Several Updates Available Now if You Haven't Noticed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:30 PM

"Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G..."

The much anticipated update to hopefully fix the Verizon 3G problems on the iPad is now here. You can find out more about this update at the Apple support page located here. And we also have the update from Apple for iTunes, updating it to version 10.2.2, with more info available here. For those of you wondering, it appears this iTunes update is safe for jailbreakers per this story at Appletell, as quoted: "yet again, iOS hacker MuscleNerd has stated via his Twitter that the new version of iTunes is safe for jailbreakers as well as unlockers using their iDevices on unofficial carriers, through the following tweet: 'iTunes 10.2.2 confirmed safe for JBers (DFU, saved SHSHs, syncing). Safe for ultrasn0w and recent IMEI unlockers too.'" Jailbreak away!

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