There’s plenty to like about the iTunes Store--it’s a one-stop shop for DRM-free music, loads of TV shows and movies, and more apps than we could ever want to use. There’s even tons of free stuff. But the thing that really irks us is the store itself, which you have to search using iTunes, a process that’s cumbersome, sluggish, and often downright infuriating. The idea behind Tunesque is to search the iTunes Store outside of iTunes, making the process far more efficient.
An ideal world would be one in which you hit publish and the readers come flocking. However as Mark Edwards recalls, getting from five copies a day to topping the Amazon charts takes a great deal of work. “We blogged, used Facebook and Twitter, posted on forums and networked like crazy with other writers and readers,” he says. “We submitted the book for reviews on sites and did everything we could to let people know it existed. It took a long time -- four months from publication to the top 10, spending two or three hours on it every evening. It was exhausting, but worth it in the end.”
Sure, you started out with good intentions for iTunes, meticulously editing metadata and building perfect playlists. But gradually things got out of hand. BeaTunes is like a Swiss Army knife for your music library. The software fixes all sorts of problems, from metadata errors to spelling mistakes. It also features a couple of neat tricks that will be useful for DJs, including automatic beat detection, and the ability to identify the key of each of your tracks for more seamless mixing.
Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
Just like Rules and Smart Mailboxes in Mac OS X Mail, you can sort your iTunes media using rule-based criteria. There's a couple of ways to sort your iTunes music so that it's always playing at least five interesting playlists, so follow along as we whil your iTunes library into shape in just a few clicks.
There’s a lot of pocket-themed news today as “read later” service Read It Later rebrands itself as simply Pocket, and Pedia software developer Bruji finally makes a long-awaited return to the App Store with Pocketpedia 3. No, these two “pockets” don’t have anything to do with each other, but they’re cool apps that we love, so suck it up and read on for the details in our Tuesday, April 17, 2012 edition.
With MobileMe’s date with death drawing closer near, we've been getting a lot of questions about whether or not your iWeb podcasts and websites hosted on MobileMe will disappear into thin air on June 30. Since it's better to be safe than sorry, we'll show you how to move over all of your data to a dedicated hosting site.
The new Apple TV looks exactly like the previous version: same small black box. It’s got the same inputs and outputs on the back: AC power, HDMI output, micro-USB for service only, optical audio output, 10/100 Ethernet. It’s just as easy to set up: simply sign in to your Wi-Fi account and use the remote (or better yet, the free Remote app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to navigate around.
iTunes in the Cloud got way cooler with the launch of the new iPad last month, when Apple announced that movies could now be re-downloaded from any device using your iCloud account. Unfortunately, HBO restrictions held Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox back from joining the party -- but progress is finally being made.