It's a slow week for news, as most people took off halfway through the week to prepare themselves for an epic feast of gluttony and deliciousness. But the news marches on and Apple stories are no different. So what did happen? What did we talk about? What are the rumors out there? Let's take a peek.
While iTunes 11 is running a little late, it is expected to drop on us this month. When it arrives, it will be the single biggest change to iTunes since the introduction of the iTunes Music Store. To prepare for this large update, you may want to prepare your iTunes library, adding album artwork, correcting album titles, and getting rid of duplicates. By cleaning up, you’ll have a better experience when iTunes 11 is released and installed on your Mac.
Well, if you were eagerly anticipating the redesigned iTunes this month, you're just going to have to wait a little longer. Apple has revealed the next major update to its media player and marketplace won't arrive until sometime before the "end of November."
There are multiple ways to control iTunes on your Mac. From using the remote control on your Apple EarPods, the keyboard function keys, to using numerous apps that place controls in the menu bar on your Mac. Unfortunately, all of these apps require you to take your attention away from the task at hand. Flutter is a new way to control iTunes with the swipe of your hand in front of your Mac. Read on and we'll show you how to set it up.
Sometimes, I wonder if Bruce Springsteen looks back at his song, 57 Channels, and has a laugh at the current state of entertainment. These days, 57 channels of television programming is nothing -- we have hundreds of cable options, not to mention iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon. The NextGuide app tries to make some sanity of the mess, and today's update should help make things even clearer.
The Internet is an endless trove of creative content, but the catch is that it’s only available when you’re connected to the Internet. If you know your way around your browser’s advanced settings, you may be able to download a piece of content for offline viewing, but Jaksta Music Miner makes it incredibly easy to grab both audio and video from the web.
You can really shave time off tasks by using a keyboard-driven utility like LaunchBar ($35, www.obdev.at) or Quicksilver (see sidebar). Everything you can do in the Finder (copying, pasting, moving, QuickLook, launch apps, quit apps, search), you can do by calling up LaunchBar and pressing a few keys. Search the web, look up words, email a photo, run a script—the possibilities are endless. Here are three things to try first.
I have set both my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 to automatically open iTunes when connected to my MacBook Pro, in order to be synced. Neither of them opens iTunes, but they do open iPhoto. How do I get them to open iTunes as they should?
If your digital music and videos just aren't loud enough, Boom is a handy Mac app that can crank up the volume—and even nondestructively alter the files, so they'll play louder on your iOS device and Apple TV, too.