I just started using Google Chrome as my main browser, and I love it. But the first time I clicked a link to an iTunes Store page, I saw a dialog asking if Chrome could open the link in another application (iTunes). I clicked “Do Nothing,” and checked the box for “Don’t ask me about this again,” but now I wish I hadn’t. Even if I click the “Open in iTunes” button on one of those preview pages, nothing happens, and I have to manually open iTunes and search the store for the thing I’m looking for. I can’t find an option to reset that setting in Chrome. Any help?
Nobody likes to rock their rock-n-roll on without an audience. When it comes to making original music, sharing your creations with others and getting feedback is a huge part of the fun. Prior to GarageBand's 1.2 update, your options for exporting songs were painfully limited to dumping them on iTunes and sending them via email, but now you can post your tunes on several popular social networking sites with ease. Here's how to take your painstakingly crafted songs and get them in front of some eager ears with just a handful of quick button taps.
Matching your music library can leave a bit of a mess in the aftermath. In iTunes, select File > Duplicates and you’ll see quite a few tracks appear again and again. In some cases it’s because you already have music ripped at higher bitrates, so, for example, if you’ve been ripping MP3s at 320Kbps iTunes Match will give you 256Kbps AAC files instead. Click View > View Options and check the Bit Rate box to see which is which.
As new iPad owners anxiously await the calendar turning over to Friday, March 16, this “hump day” is looking more agonizing than most. After all, who likes waiting, especially in this era of digital instant gratification? Unfortunately, we can’t help bend space and time or whisk you into the future, but we can try to distract you with some tech news to take your mind off that impatient waiting, courtesy of today’s recap for Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
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.