iTunes has always been that featured-filled music-management software that has left us wanting just a bit more. It can be a little finnicky at times, and with iOS 6 creeping up on the horizon, it may be high time to get your bearings with iTunes before it's too late. If you managed to get stumped by iTunes sometimes, or just need a helpful push in the right direction, here are ten quick tips for getting more out of iTunes.
Mac and iOS developers who attended this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week can now relive more than 100 sessions, thanks to Apple posting videos of the event on Tuesday.
Setting up a network attached storage (NAS) drive used to require the skills of a network administrator. Thankfully, those dark days are behind us. NAS drives such as Western Digital’s My Book Live Duo still take a little getting used to, but you can get one up and running with no advanced networking knowledge required.
For those about to rock, Altec Lansing’s inAir 5000 is a glorious set of AirPlay speakers. Setup is easy. Download a free app for your iOS device, plug that in to the speaker, and walk through the couple of steps it takes to name the device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You can also configure it by connecting to a network it creates temporarily through a browser on your computer, or using WPS on supported routers. You can then send music wirelessly straight from an iOS device running iOS 4.2—which can only stream to one speaker at a time—or by streaming music to one or more speakers from iTunes on your Mac or PC.
The tenth annual D: All Things Digital conference wraps up Thursday in California, but if Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opening night interview has you fondly reminiscing about Steve Jobs’ six appearances at the event, you can now downloaded them absolutely free from iTunes.
Long referred to as a hobby during Apple keynotes, Apple TV has evolved into one of the star peripherals of the iOS ecosystem. And no wonder--this slim 4-inch box turns your humble HDTV into a networked entertainment powerhouse. Apple TV’s HDMI and optical audio ports connect to your home theater, and it connects to your network via 802.11n Wi-Fi or 100Base-T Ethernet. Once you’re plugged in, you can buy or rent movies at up to 1080p, or buy TV shows at the same resolution, from iTunes.
With AirPlay, Apple allowed iOS devices and iTunes on the Mac and Windows PCs to stream audio (and video) to AirPlay-enabled devices.. However, Apple has yet to include a feature in OS X that would allow you to stream all system audio to an AirPlay-compatible device. Luckily, the folks at Rogue Amoeba have stepped up to the plate with the Airfoil application. Read on to learn how to use it!
Every time I open iTunes, a dialog asks, “Do you want the application iTunes.app to accept incoming network conections?” It has a Deny and Allow button. I have checked to make sure that iTunes is able to allow connections from within the firewall, but it still does this every time I open the app. I don’t want to be bugged by this dialog any longer!
Monday’s iOS 5.1.1 update may not have been the most exciting thing to come out of Cupertino, but it turns out the patch also includes some very welcome security updates for Mobile Safari and Webkit which didn’t get outlined in the release notes.