Owners of the iPad have a reason to rejoice today, as they are finally able to join their music-loving brethren on Mac and iPhone in the phenomenon that is Spotify. After a less-than-satisfying release of an iPhone app that wouldn't run natively on iPad, the music streaming giant sat down and built an app from the ground up to give Apple's tablet crowd access to 17 million streaming songs. While the wait was lengthy, the app appears to be worth it.
All the major sports leagues out there have ironclad contracts governing how their content can be streamed online. The result is that you can't stream most sports broadcasts--at least not for free. Luckily, networks have finally made some of the most culturally significant sports events like the Olympics and the most recent Superbowl available online. In addition to these events, we've found a few other ways to get your sports fix for free, legally, without the hefty premium leagues like the MLB and NBA charge.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
Following on the heels of CEO Tim Cook’s updates on Siri, the App Store and iCloud, Apple’s Eddy Cue moves on to discuss the new Apple TV, which brings 1080p video playback from iCloud and a “gorgeous” new interface.
iTunes Match is out! This $25 a year service allows users to store music in the iCloud and stream (or download) it to any iOS or Mac devices. The best part is that Apple matches songs against a user's iTunes library and automatically delivers the best quality to your devices. The music in that library that doesn’t "match" will be uploaded and stored in the cloud for users to retrieve on their devices. Read on to find out how you can set up iTunes Match for your Mac and iOS device.
Wow, it’s hard to believe that another Friday is here and with Halloween behind us, everyone is looking ahead to the holiday season already. Apple is likely done with the exciting releases for the year (aside from iTunes Match and a few software updates), but that hardly means the internet is quiet -- just the opposite, there’s plenty to chatter about for this Friday, November 4, 2011.
Many of us at Mac|Life have cut ties with the cable company, and it feels great. There’s so much content available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and others, that we only miss those 400 channels occasionally—mostly for sports and news. Reclaim live sports and news, and cut streaming service costs with the HD HomeRun. It tunes in over-the-air broadcasts or unencrypted (Clear QAM) cable channels, if you’re not ready to end that service.
Netflix subscribers woke this morning to an email from CEO Reed Hastings which begins as a heartfelt apology and quickly spirals into yet another knife in the back for the company’s beloved DVD by mail service, which is now being spun off onto its own service as -- wait for it -- Qwikster.
There’s no escaping it: fall is just around the corner. As the leaves turn from shades of green to gorgeous ambers and reds, the thoughts of Apple users around the world are turning to the launch of iCloud and all the goodness Apple’s over-the-air content syncing service will bring with it.
If you own a Mac computer or an iOS device, there’s little doubt that you’re already familiar with what iCloud has in store and are chomping at the bit to get at it. But what about the venerable Apple TV? It’s powered by iOS -- doesn’t it deserve a bit of love as well? We like to think so, and while Apple hasn’t announced any iCloud-enabled features for their increasingly popular "hobby", we have a vision of what the company’s upcoming cloud service can do for everyone’s favorite diminutive HDMI connected darling.
Online music storage is an area that has exploded in recent months, with Amazon, Google and Apple all becoming major players in the game. But what if you'd rather not deal with a third-party and instead host your own music? What if you could have all the freedom in the world to listen to music when you please, and whereever? We'll show you how to set up your own dedicated iTunes Server that will let you stream your music around your home network, to your iOS devices, and even when you're halfway across the globe, far away from home.