Looking after a big iTunes library can be a problem. We started ripping our CDs in the early days of the iPod when disk space was still at a premium, and as a result a good chunk of our library consists of poor quality, low bitrate MP3s. It’s enormous, too, and fear of losing the lot means we’re constantly spending cash on ever larger hard disks. And then there’s syncing.
Google Play is known as Google’s pretty red ribbon; it is the finishing touch that ties together all of Google’s hit services, including music, movies, books, and apps. By all means, the product itself is impressive, and according to Google’s blogspot allows users to store up to 20,000 songs for free, download Android apps and games, get eBooks, and rent new releases and HD titles. And because it’s cloud-based, if your computer crashes or is stolen, all of your data is already backed up. But when it comes to Apple’s thriving ecosystem, Google simply can’t touch this.
iTunes Match won’t look at music with low bitrates, which can include tracks ripped using a variable bit rate setting. What do you do if iTunes says a track is ineligible and you would rather not spend all day trying to find the original CD? The answer’s simple: cheat!
It may not matter much to those of us paying $24.99 per year for iTunes Match, but Apple is still quietly adding new functionality to iTunes for those continuing to sync the old-school way -- such as additional bitrates for converting higher quality songs while syncing.
Now here’s a nifty little side effect of iTunes in the Cloud gaining the power to re-download your iTunes movie purchases: Digital copies included with many DVD releases are also appearing on the Apple TV and iOS devices as well.
’Twas the night before Apple’s March 7 media event and not a creature was stirring -- but the same cannot be said for our daily recap! Yes, we’ve got those last-minute iPad 3/iPad HD rumors everyone wants to read, but also a few patent-related updates and some news on how Google is reworking its Android Market to be more like iTunes. Okay, you can at least feign surprise, can’t you? Without further ado, here’s what’s making news for this Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
In case you didn’t hear, Apple finally hit 25 billion App Store downloads on Friday night while most of us were sleeping, which nets some lucky winner a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. That person has now been named, and ironically the 25th billion app was a freebie.
Fed up with Netflix? Frustrated by Hulu Plus? There may be another option available to you by the time Santa Claus comes down the chimney this year if Apple has anything to say about it -- assuming they can get content providers on board.
Well, well, well… what have we here? An invitation to a special Apple media event in San Francisco next Wednesday, March 7 at 10am PST. Sounds to us like a new iPad is incoming, although there are also plenty of rumors about a third-generation Apple TV (not the kind with a display, mind you). But hey, maybe we’ll get some improvements to iTunes Match as well, judging from this “adaptive streaming” report below. Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s tech news for Tuesday, February 28, 2012.