The App Store is sure to have its share of bugs, in fact, here’s one time-consuming App Store-update bug that could lead to severe frustration. Some users are logging into the iTunes Store to download app updates to find that they have an "outstanding balance." This predicament could leave users with buggy, partially downloaded software or just won't allow you to download the updates at all.
Fear not, it is probable that there is no outstanding balance (unless you're purposely trying to cheat the system). It seems the iTunes App Store belives you're trying to download applications without adequate credit available on your credit card when you select "Download All Free Updates." Downloading each App update, one at a time, should remedy the situation.
The idea behind the iTunes credit hold is tp keep users from downloading beyond their credit’s spending limit, but the bug can be annoying for users who just need their App updates.
When people reminisce about their college days, they look back with misty-eyed fondness on the flowing beer and promiscuity. But few get nostalgic for the lectures. So when iTunes U first opened its virtual doors on May 30, 2007, and presented the public with lectures and class notes, we marveled at the range of knowledge presented by some of the world’s finest minds, free of charge--and promptly ignored it.
But in the thirteen months since iTunes U has been available, the content has expanded considerably. (Over 60 accredited universities and colleges, 25 institutions, and several public radio channels have put content online.) Initially, iTunes U only provided the public with lectures, language lessons, and campus tours. Now, if offers music and dance performances, poetry readings, and a wealth of audio and video content that is as entertaining as it is informative.
In Little Snitch’s configuration screen, we set iTunes to deny connections to the Internet radio while still allowing access to the iTunes Store. In Safari, all websites are allowed except for www.pandora.com.
The Internet speed at my office slows down tremendously when my employees are streaming music through iTunes Radio and pandora.com. Is there any way to block my employees from streaming music on their Macs?
You could invest in a hardware-based content filtering firewall such as the Barracuda Web Filter (starting at $1,499, www.barracudanetworks.com), which blocks the users on your network from accessing websites that you specify based on domain name or category. It can also prevent applications, such as iTunes, from accessing the Internet.
For a software-based solution, there’s Little Snitch ($29.95, www.obdev.com), which informs you whenever a program attempts to establish an outgoing Internet connection (letting you know the specific port and IP address that your application is trying to access) and lets you block those attempts. You can prevent apps from accessing the entire Internet or just certain websites. Best of all, you can lock Little Snitch to prevent users from making changes to the settings that you’ve customized.
Selecting this option in iTunes ensures that your friends will see the track names when they insert your custom CD into their computers.
I used iTunes to burn a few awesome mix CDs for my girlfriend, but when she puts the CDs in her Mac, the track names either show up blank or with completely wrong track information. We had to manually type in all the information about each track. What’s going on here?
This is a topic that provides a great deal of confusion for many.
The quick answer is that if she’s going to be importing the tracks into her computer (instead of playing the CD in a normal audio CD player), you should burn your CD as a data CD. To do this, go to iTunes > Preferences, click the Advanced button, choose the Burning tab, and then select Data CD Or DVD. This is the equivalent of making a backup copy of your songs, which keeps the song title, artist, and album information intact for each song. Note that your girlfriend won’t be able to play a data CD in a normal audio CD player, nor will she be able to play any protected songs that you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store unless you authorize her computer with your iTunes username and password.
The explanation behind this answer is more complex. iTunes uses an audio CD standard created back in the 1980s that doesn’t allow for any text information about the tracks, such as artist name or song title. Yet whenever you insert a commercially released CD into your computer, iTunes goes online to a massive music database called Gracenote and looks up the track information based on the length of each track. iTunes then saves this information for future use into the CDInfo.cidb file located in ~/Library/Preferences. When you burn a custom audio CD, iTunes saves your track info into the CDInfo.cidb file as well. This is why you can reinsert a custom audio CD into your computer and iTunes will still recognize the song titles…but only on your own computer.
You could conceivably carry over your CDInfo.cidb file to your girlfriend’s computer (by putting it in her ~/Library/Preferences folder), and she would get all the track information about the custom audio CD that you burned for her. Many people have submitted custom CD track names to Gracenote by choosing Advanced > Submit Track Names in iTunes, but Gracenote was only supposed to be used for commercially released CDs and it should never be used for personal CDs. This misuse of the Gracenote service is the reason why you often get incorrect track names in iTunes when inserting a custom audio CD.
One final note: You may have noticed the CD Text option within the Advanced preferences of iTunes for burning audio CDs. This option actually does write song name and artist information onto a normal audio CD, but this information can only be read by certain audio CD drives. The CD drives that ship with Macs are unable to read this CD Text information.
Yesterday was the first day of E3 in Los Angeles and the annual convention has already generated plenty of buzz within the gaming community (Final Fantasy 13… anybody?). But there’s some news that may affect Apple’s current hold on the digital media market: Microsoft announced that Netflix will offer online streaming for the Xbox 360, available this Fall. What does this mean for Apple? Find out after the jump.
The wait is "officially" over. Apple released the iPhone/iPod touch Software 2.0 update. For iPhone users, go ahead, plug your device into iTunes and hit "Check for Update." The update is free. iPod touch users can get the update here, unfortunately it's going to set you back $9.95.
Don't be surprised if it takes a while for the download. Apple's servers are getting hammered.
iPhone software 2.0 is available now for the iPhone, sort of.
The unofficial release is the result of a MacRumors reader combing through the XML of Apple's site. You can download the file directly here. Please use caution with this file, it is not intended for the iPod touch. You have to manually search for the firmware from iTunes by holding down the "option" key while pressing "restore."
For the cautious, we recommend waiting until the software shows up within iTunes. But or the bold, enjoy!
Apple released iTunes 7.7 late last night and has finally followed it up with the Holy Grail of iPhone software. The fabled iPhone 2.0 software will give the iPhone and iPod touch access to the, still waiting to be launched, iTunes App Store, which will boast over 500 apps when it goes live. Also, business users will be excited to hear that the IT department can no ignore their pleas for iPhone support if they run a Microsoft Exchange service.
Be patient, there is a good chance Apple's servers are being hit pretty hard right now.
Turns out Maxime Veron was correct. iTunes 7.7, is ready for download.
The latest iTunes software sets the stage for the release of iPhone software 2.0.
Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.
So close to apps, you can taste 'em.
Let's get downloading people! Check Software Update if Apple hasn't updated their iTunes page.
Earlier today, during a webcast, an Apple employee Maxime Veron said that iTunes 7.7 would be available “in a few hours.” We are on our way to the App Store and iPhone 3G! Get ready and keep checking Software update to be one of the first to get it!