It’s the bane of every serious music fan: the iTunes library. Even with Home Sharing, keeping your jams flowing smoothly between different computers with different iTunes accounts requires a lot of fiddling. So the easiest solution is to purchase an AirPort Extreme and a NAS (short for “network attached storage”) drive, keep your library on the NAS, and use MediaRover to make sure all your computers use that one central library. Here’s how…
There’s another way to make sure your music’s wherever you are in your house: go wireless with AirPlay. Formerly known as AirTunes, AirPlay lets you set up iTunes to stream your music library throughout a home network using a $99 AirPort Express.
iTunes, iPods, and iPhones make it easy to carry tons of music around at all times. But that just means it’s even easier to get stuck in a rut listening to your current ear candy of choice. So set up some Smart Playlists to cherry-pick your favorite jams and forgotten gems, and you’ll quickly start enjoying every part of your ever-expanding collection in ways you hadn’t imagined. To get started, launch iTunes and go to File > New Smart Playlist, then set up your playlist as indicated in the screenshots below.
While today's headliners may have been the release of the Mac App Store or the potential thud of the Verizon CES keynote (well, thud if you were hoping for a new iPhone), a tidbit about another recent Apple headliner came out. Apparently the EMI/Beatles agreement that finally allowed for the Beatle catalogue to appear on iTunes may have been a little bit more unique than originally thought.
Hey readers: Did anyone notice something different while tinkering with their iTunes Account today? Why do we ask? Well, we were puttering around with the credit card information associated with an iTunes account here at the office today. Upon saving those updated credentials, we noticed that Apple had sent us an email informing us that our account information had changed.
In iTunes, I have spent a considerable amount of time changing songs’ lengths in the Options pane of the Info window (Command-I) of each song. I now want to move my iTunes library to a new Mac. What do I have to do to transfer those preferences so that I don’t have to spend weeks adjusting the start and stop times again?
A meticulously maintained iTunes library with ratings for each track lets you easily create best-of playlists to keep lame songs off your iPod. That’s great if you consistently rate music as your collection grows, but what if you’ve got a giant unrated library and no time to add stars to all those tracks? Enter AutoRate, a free application that—ahem!—automatically rates music based on current play count and frequency. Despite some limitations, it’s an easy way to start getting more from your music.
Well, by now all our regular readers should have nursed their hangovers into sweet regular living, cleaned up their homes, made bail, and managed to find their ways home from three states over where they awoke the next morning. We don't blame you. Most everyone we know was all too ready to say sayonara to 2010, and no matter what the Mayans say, it's full speed ahead 2011. So pour yourself some coffee and let us take you back in time to the last week of the year, the one you've oh so blessedly blotted from your memories, because after this New Year's Eve, this really was a true case of In Case You Missed It.
It used to be that being asked to bring some tunes to your buddy's New Years Eve party meant sticking a few CDs and cassettes into a bag before heading out the door. Nowadays, with so many people turning to the internet to download their music, you might consider burning a few discs to take to the party with you (lame), or even bringing along an iPod or iPad loaded up with your whole collection. While both will get the job done, neither are perfect solutions. For starters, Burning CDs means having to keep blank physical discs on hand, and unless you plan on bringing a car load of discs, the selection of music you'll be able to bring with you is going to be pretty limited. As for bringing an iOS device to a party? Well, we'd like to take this time to remind you that Apple's warranty programs don't cover liquid damages. Fortunately, there's a quick, easy--and most importantly, free--method for bringing a good chunk of your iTunes library with you. It involves our good friends at Dropbox, and just a few minutes of your time.