For several years now, the music industry has had quite a scam going.
No, we’re not talking about the insane price of physical CDs. And no,
we’re not talking about the fact that major label artists--the folks
who actually did the work--make pennies on the dollar for the sale of
those CDs. We’re talking about ringtones. iPhone users are luckier than
most--iTunes will let you buy a ringtone for a mere 99 cents. Other
cell carriers and plans can charge up to several dollars more. If
you’re big into custom tones, that can add up fast. Ringer can help you
quickly create your own iPhone ringtones from your existing media. No
longer are you subject to iTunes’ sometimes spotty ringtone
It's week 4, and we're knocking on the door of $500. So many of our
projects (So!Very!Many!) have been fully funded. I could add some
more, but it's so tempting to just focus on knocking out the ones we
have left. If you've run into a DonorsChoose.org project that you'd
like to see added to our Giving Page, just email me at susie at maclife
dot com and I'll put it on there.
Yesterday many people discovered that the EyeTV application from Elgato
allowed anyone with an EyeTV to stream live television from their Mac to
the iPhone over the AT&T 3G network. Apple later pulled the
application from the App Store, but a new version is already in the
A musician who loves her Mac--what’s so groundbreaking about that?
Nothing, on the surface. But Sandy Cressman, a San Francisco singer and
voice coach who specializes in Brazilian jazz and travels the world to
perform and teach workshops, simply couldn’t ply her art--or her
trade--without her MacBook Air and a slew of other digital tools.
When a friend’s child ran up to us at a dinner party with a shocked
look on her face and proceeded to describe what one of the older boys
had “accidentally” stumbled upon on the Internet, we realized that the
time had come to impose some serious restrictions on Web activity in
our house. Enter Net Nanny, recently available for Macs, which helps
you limit access to the Internet’s darker corners. And while there are
parental controls built into OS X, they may not be strict enough.
To help get free back to its rightful place of, well free, we've
compiled a list of apps and services that are indeed free and won't
require you to sit through a pitch about how great it is to be a foster
parent to a monkey. We do want to note that some of these items are
services ors ystem preferences. But hey, they're free, so stop
complaining and enjoy.
Apple’s newest edition of Final Cut Pro polishes an already mature,
dominant video editor. That’s good news, since every Final Cut user
will find clever, thoughtful refinements in version 7 that make life
easier. But the focus on smaller tweaks has one drawback: it’s kept
Apple from some fundamental infrastructure work that’s also needed.
No matter how big the hard drives in our Macs get, there’s still never enough storage. And while flash drives are handy, there are plenty of occasions when we need way more space for data--whether it’s carting around an entire issue’s worth of InDesign files or transferring our collection of ’90s alt-rock MP3s from home to our office machine.
Like lots of people these days, I get most of my music either from my collection or through on-demand internet radio sources like Pandora and Last.fm. The last time I actively listened to the on-air radio must have been years ago.
Clearly, I am not the target market of this rumored in-house app for the iPhone and iPod touch.