How to move iTunes library to an external drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

You’d be amazed how much of your Mac’s storage is wasted on the iTunes library. All those apps and media you have purchased and downloaded over the years pile and clog up your Mac’s precious storage.

But with one-terabyte external hard drives retailing for less than $100 on Amazon, there are no excuses not to spring for external storage to move that humongous iTunes library of yours on.

This post takes you step-by-step through the process of consolidating your iTunes library and moving it to an external drive in a way that will preserve your playlists, ratings and other interactions, so you won’t miss a beat. Read More

 

Apple stops signing iOS 9.2, downgrades no longer possible

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2016

Apple stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on Thursday, a move that prevents users from performing downgrades from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 via iTunes.

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Pre-order Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ ahead of tomorrow’s release on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

If the mixed reviews of Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ movie have discouraged you from seeing it in a local theater near you, you’ll soon be able to check out what all the kerfuffle was about as the flick is now available for pre-order in the iTunes Store.

Directed by Danny Boyle and released worldwide by Universal Pictures,’Steve Jobs’ features Michael Fassbender as the iconic co-founder of Apple, Kate Winslet as his girlfriend, Seth Rogen as the other Steve, Steve Wozniak, and other talents such as Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, John Ortiz and Perla Haney-Jardine. Read More

 

iTunes Radio now requires Apple Music subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2016

Keeping true to its promise, ad-supported iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, is no longer available for free and now requires an Apple Music subscription, leaving Beats 1 as the lone free-to-stream radio service on iTunes.

Starting today, non-subscribers who attempt to access iTunes Radio on iOS or via iTunes for Mac or Windows are greeted with a “Get on Our Wavelength” prompts, asking them to subscribe to Apple Music in order to continue enjoying Apple’s selection of streaming radio stations. Read More

 

Tip: turn on half-star ratings in iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

If you like to rate songs on Apple Music, including those you have purchased on the iTunes Store, chances are you will at some point want to submit your star-based ratings. Now, iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs used to support half-star ratings out of the box, but recent updates have changed this behavior to using full stars only.

Fortunately, as noted by The Loop’s Dave Mark, this can be quite easily reverted back to half-star ratings with a quick Terminal command.

In this post, you will learn how to enable half-star ratings in desktop iTunes and rate music more accurately than before. Read More

 

How to download older versions of iOS apps

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 25, 2015

Charles Proxy is a tool for OS X that can be used to facilitate the download of older versions of iOS apps from iTunes. It’s a bit of a drawn-out exercise, but if you’ve ever been in need of an older version of a particular app, then you know how handy such a technique can be. In this video, which was inspired by this Reddit post, I’ll show you how to download older iOS apps directly from iTunes on Mac. Read More

 

Our favorite music and movies to celebrate the holidays

By Lory Gil on Dec 22, 2015

As the holidays approach, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite holiday traditions. In addition to guzzling eggnog and mixing up hot toddies, we like to settle in with our families, watching classic Christmas movies and spinning our top choices for hall-decking tunes.

Hopefully, these recommendations will spark inspiration for you and give you something to fill the cold winter nights with friends and family as you celebrate the holiday season. Feel free to let us know what your favorites are so other iDB readers (and us, too) can add them to our yearly traditions. Read More

 

There are a lot of great movies on sale in iTunes right now

By Cody Lee on Dec 22, 2015

Just a heads up for everyone: there are a lot of great movies on sale in iTunes right now. I’m not talking about 5-10 movies. I’m talking about 50+ movies ranging from blockbuster hits to critically-acclaimed indie films, and everything in between.

Films that typically range in price from $15 – $20 have been knocked down to $5-$10, and several movie bundles have been discounted as well. As usual, we’ve taken the time to round up some of the more notable deals from each category for you. Read More

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack now available in iTunes and on Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2015

The soundtrack for JJ Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming through Apple Music. The full album with 23 songs ‘Mastered for iTunes’ and composed by the legendary John Williams can be downloaded in iTunes for $11.99, or you can buy individual tracks from the album at $1.29 a piece. Read More

 

iTunes 12.3.2 with Apple Music browsing improvements now available

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

A few days following the release of the iOS 9.2 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with Apple Music improvements and other changes, Apple today posted a matching iTunes update for Macs running OS X El Capitan.

iTunes 12.3.2 makes it easier to browse classical songs on Apple Music with support for works, composers and performers. Read More

 

How to control your Apple TV and iTunes content with Remote app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015

As of yesterday, Apple’s Remote app supports the latest, fourth-generation Apple TV. Better yet, Apple has confirmed that an all-new remote software is in the works—the full replacement for the Siri Remote’s functionality. But until it arrives, owners of the new Apple TV will have to make do with the good ol’ Remote app.

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to make Remote work with your Apple TV like a charm. We’ll detail controlling the set-top box—and desktop iTunes— with Remote, explain how to peck with the iPhone’s virtual keyboard instead of Apple TV’s ridiculous two-line keyboard and teach you a few other tricks worth knowing. Read More

 

Apple releases Best of 2015 charts on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015

Apple on Wednesday posted its annual Best of 2015 charts on iTunes. “We debated. We argued. Everyone had favorites, but to make this list of 2015’s finest, there could be no doubts,” wrote the company. “What you see here made the cut—they’re the most visionary, inventive and irresistible apps and games of the year.”

Apple named Twitter-owned Periscope the App of the Year and Square Enix’s excellent Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year.

Workflow, the popular iOS automation app, is listed as the Most Innovative App of 2015 and Dark Echo the Most Innovative Game of 2015. Facebook-owned Instagram is the Best App on iPhone 6s while Pixel Toys’ Warhammer: 40,000 Freeblade took home the Best Game on iPhone 6s award, thanks to immersive 3D Touch controls.

Here’s the full list of titles the topped Apple’s charts in 2015. Read More

 

Apple appears to have upped the iTunes Match track limit

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2015

According to a report by blogger Kirk McElhearn, Apple has increased iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library track limits above the original 25,000 track threshold. This increase, while yet to be officially acknowledged by Apple, has been in the cards since at least summer.

Although Eddy Cue, who serves as Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, said that the limit would rise to 100,000 around the iOS 9 release, the increase hit an apparent delay, and has just now begun to roll out to users. Read More

 

Apple launches carrier billing in Russia with Beeline

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2015

As it turns out, Apple has finally begun rolling out a new carrier billing option in emerging markets, starting with Russia. TechCrunch reported yesterday that Beeline, a mobile carrier in Russia, has now turned on the ability to make payments in iTunes through their billing system.

Carrier billing joins existing payment methods accepted on the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store and was designed to allow customers to have app and media purchases and Apple Music subscriptions charged to their monthly mobile phone bill, or deducted from their prepaid amount. Read More

 

PwnTunes for iOS 9: manually manage music via Windows on a jailbroken device

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

PwnTunes is a jailbreak tweak that’s been around since the every early days of jailbreaking. If memory serves me correctly, I think it’s been available since the iOS 3 days, which seems like an eternity now that we’re only 7 months or so away from iOS 10.

The basic premise behind PwnTunes is that it affords Windows users drag and drop access to import and export music without iTunes. The tweak is able to accomplish this feat by turning an iPhone into a mass storage device that’s accessible via Windows Explorer. Read More

 

An offer you can’t refuse: The Godfather Trilogy is just $10 on iTunes right now

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, and unless you work in retail, chances are you have a long weekend coming up. And what better way to spend your extra free time than by watching one of the most popular film series in cinematic history: The Godfather Trilogy.

For a limited time, iTunes is offering the 3 movies, which follow the fictional Corleone crime family through the course of its history in the US and their homeland in Sicily, for just $9.99. That’s a savings of at least $20 over its Best Buy and Amazon counterparts. Read More

 

How to redeem an Apple TV app promo code

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

While it’s possible to receive promo codes for Apple TV apps, it’s not possible to redeem such codes directly from the Apple TV interface itself. Even though the newly released Apple TV is the first iteration of the device capable of running native apps, Apple is keeping the process of promo code redemption limited to iOS or the Mac.

Have you received a promo code for an Apple TV app or game? In this post, we’ll show you how to redeem it. Read More

 

How to set up carrier billing as payment method for App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

In October 2015, Apple began rolling out support for carrier billing on iTunes in select markets, starting with Germany. This feature joins the existing payment methods accepted on the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store and permits customers to have apps and media bought through these content stores charged to their monthly mobile phone bill or deducted from their prepaid amount.

If your carrier supports it, you too can opt-in to pay for your iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases—and your Apple Music membership—through mobile phone billing.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover setting up mobile phone billing as your payment method in the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store. Read More

 

Apple adds carrier billing to iTunes in some markets

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2015

For the first time since its inception back in 2003, the iTunes Store has added a carrier billing option to allow customers to buy apps and media through Apple’s content stores and have their purchases billed to their mobile phone bill.

As first reported by TechCrunch, the new billing option is live for iTunes customers in Germany, who can link up their phone number with carrier O2, indicating carrier billing will likely roll out to additional markets in the future. Read More

 

iTunes 12.3.1 now available with stability and performance improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

In addition to releasing the iOS 9.1, OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 and watchOS 2.0.1 software updates, Apple today posted a minor update to iTunes for Mac and Windows. The new iTunes 12.3.1 doesn’t introduce any new features and simply “improves overall stability and performance” of your Mac, according to release notes accompanying the download. Read More

 
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