If you frequently use iTunes or even an Apple TV, you’re probably familiar with Apple’s free Remote app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which lets you control those devices. If you’re wondering why the App Store favorite hasn’t been updated in eight months, it turns out the reason is that it’s developed by one lone dude -- and he’s busy with another project for the company.
When Apple consumed the popular Lala music service last December, many expected a swift transition that would finally bring iTunes into the cloud. With the Lala service shut down back in May, the service seemed more imminent than ever, and yet still we have nothing. So what’s going on?
iTunes started out as a smart, simple music player, but over the years, it’s evolved into one of Apple’s most important applications. Although it’s still used for managing and playing your music collection, iTunes now also stores apps, films, TV shows, podcasts, ringtones, and books--maybe “iStuff” would be a better name?--and of course, it’s the sole Apple-approved method for syncing content with iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.
But that doesn’t mean you should take it at face value. Like many of Apple’s applications, iTunes is multilayered. Underneath its simple, straightforward hood, it’s surprisingly feature-rich, offering many powerful configuration options. And it’s time to make that power work for you with our guide to tapping into iTunes’ lesser-known but highly useful features. We also delve into the add-ons that expand the iTunes experience, including the very best third-party applications and highly useful scripts. So fire up iTunes 9.1 or later (it’s currently at 9.2), and get ready to rock!
When is a flashlight app not a flashlight app? When it's just a clever disguise for another kind of app all together. In a move making him both a credible developer and a geek outlaw simultaneously, fifteen-year-old app developer Nick Lee submitted a humble Flashlight application for inclusion in the iTunes App Store that was actually a deviously hidden tethering application.
This week's podcast follows the adventures of Florence, Susie and Nic as they decipher the true meaning behind Apple's free Bumper program. Also, iBooks got an update to look even sexier on the iPhone 4's retina display and the Mac Paint source code is donated to the the Computer History Museum.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
Oh boy, isn't today just filled with updating goodness? Grab yourselves a cuppa very chilly iced tea and sit back and relax as iTunes basically upgrades your whole life. In addition to iTunes 9.2.1, iBooks is also announcing an update [iTunes link]. This version will enable you to open and read PDF documents from Mail and the ability to search for them. In addition, you'll be able to take advantage of the new bookmarking systems with the new page ribbon, and keep them synced wirelessly between your mobile iDevices.
It's ready and waiting. iTunes 9.2.1 has been released and it will fix your bugs, including disabling older versions of incompatible third-party plug-ins and addressing issues with the following:
- dragging and dropping items within the software - performance issues when first syncing to devices with iTunes 9.2 - upgrading to iOS 4 on an iPhone or or iPod touch with encrypted back-ups - other issues that have been quelled
This week's Mac|Life podcast follows Robbie and Flo as they ponder the increasing price of electronics, the high demand of iPhone 4s, and the burning question of whether or not they could ever live without their precious gadgets. Robbie also conjures up his favorite Prince song.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook questions!