iTunes was the original all-access music application, but since the introduction of iOS devices, it's morphed into a hodgepodge of apps, music, movies, application data, and other iOS-device data storage. If this ever-growing mixture of services is a bit too much for you to handle, then why not consider another method to get data onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad?
With iOS 5, Apple finally cut the cord, allowing users to set up their iOS devices without the use of iTunes. We’ll use this functionality, along with some additional apps and services, to finally say, “good riddance” to iTunes.
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.
While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service. Though Apple didn’t go this direction with the official release, there is actually a way to trick iCloud into syncing files and folders between Macs, just like Dropbox. Read on and we’ll show you exactly how to use this hidden functionality of iCloud.
The era of the PC-free is finally here! Syncing over Wi-Fi has to be one of the best new features of iOS 5. You no longer have to connect your iOS device over a cable to your Mac or PC. Like AirDrop, all you need to sync is to have your iOS device and Mac on the same network. Cutting the cord couldn’t be easier, and we’ll show you why (and how!).
In all the early hype about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service, little has yet been said about support for older operating systems, specifically Snow Leopard 10.6 which is still in wide use. As it turns out, Apple may be slipping out at least one more update to the snowy cat to allow basic iCloud sync support.
Dropbox is great for cloud document storage, but what if you want to integrate a few other folders as well? Fortunately, there's a Mac app called DropLink that lets you link your Dropbox folder and an external folder on your Mac. Let's do this.
After months (years?) of rumors and speculation, Apple themselves broke the iCloud story in a rare press release last week, making the cloud service an official part of the WWDC 2011 keynote. So what is iCloud and how will it rock your world? Read on…
Do you plug in your iPhone or iPad to sync with your Mac (or PC, you poor soul), then groan in dismay as the progress bar crawls toward the finish line? You don’t have to grin and bear it—with a few simple tweaks, you can reduce the time it takes to sync your iDevices with your computer. For starters, store as few photos as possible on the iPhone or iPad itself—in addition to freeing up valuable storage space, this speeds up syncing by trimming fat from the backup that iTunes makes before each sync.
Americans have yet to be able to enjoy the spoils of Spotify, a European music streaming service that’s wildly popular across the pond. If the company wasn’t gunning for Apple before, they certainly are now -- with a new music download store, iPod syncing and mobile apps for free users.
So maybe you love Mac OS X, but for whatever reason you can’t bring yourself to buy an iPhone and instead have chosen a Windows Phone 7 device. Now, you can merge those two worlds in one unlikely place: the Mac App Store.