Keeping iTunes free of duplicates and dead links is much less painful with help from tools like MarkelSoft's Cleaner for iTunes. Cleaner's job is to search quickly through your iTunes installation, library, and links and automatically delete duplicate files and dead links. It saves deleted files in a folder for review, too. Cleaner is configured to be the fastest and easiest way to clean up your iTunes library, and its scanning process certainly lives up to the billing. But the free trial version of this shareware that we tried is limited to five file deletions, so we can'… Read more
Control iTunes with Gestures for Mac allows users to change songs playing in iTunes without touching their computer, even when doing other activities. While its lack of instruction means trial and error is required, the program ultimately works as intended.
At around 30MB, Control iTunes with Gestures for Mac takes a few minutes to download. The program opens as a window with the Mac's Webcam enabled and active. The video fills most of the window, while a row of buttons, which are labeled well, sit across the bottom. This allows for manual playback of songs, as well as locking … Read more
Change Hidden iTunes Preferences for Mac is an excellent application for customizing Apple's media software. Despite its utility, novice Mac users may have trouble with its slightly complicated installation process.
After downloading, Change Hidden iTunes Preferences for Mac opens up as a disk image with detailed installation instructions. While comprehensive, it requires users to open hidden folders, create new ones, and drag the application's scripts into them. This could be too complicated for some early Mac users. The instructions did work, though, with the application's scripts becoming visible in the drop-down menus in iTunes. Once clicked, an … Read more
As a Windows-centric user and part-time Apple lover, I really enjoy iTunes, at least on the Mac. But I will always be disdainful of its Windows counterpart. Windows iTunes is sluggish, crashes randomly for no reason, and with the latest update (ver. 11), it's not, overall, the most intuitive experience when there are multiple iDevices synced to one computer.
Leawo iTransfer has always been a popular iTunes (for Windows) replacement in our catalog. Using iTransfer is easy: just connect your device, drag and drop the files you want to transfer -- and you're done! Retrieving files from any … Read more
Apple's iTunes Store went down Tuesday morning for nearly three and a half hours, preventing some users from making purchases.
The outage -- which started at 6:00 a.m. PT and lasted until 9:26 a.m. PT -- affected 20 percent of users, according to Apple's system status page. It is unclear what caused the outage, though such service disruptions plaguing Apple's systems have been on the rise of late.
Apple's new iTunes Radio will launch next month with several advertisers paying for commercial spots, according to the folks at AdAge.
Citing information from "people familiar with the negotiations," AdAge said that Apple has already lined up advertising deals with McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and possibly one or two other companies. Advertisers will pay anywhere from millions to tens of millions of dollars to run ads within the music service over a 12-month period, according to AdAge.
The ads themselves will be interactive and take over the user's screen on both computers and … Read more
iTunes users may one day be able to send apps, music, videos, and books as gifts to other people -- at least, that's what Apple envisioned in a recently published patent filing.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called "Media Gifting Devices and Methods" describes a couple of ways to give your favorite iTunes user a present.
In one method, you'd select a specific item from the iTunes Store, such as a song, movie, or book. Your own account is charged the cost of the content, while your recipient … Read more
Pandora says it isn't sweating the coming of Apple's iTunes Radio later this year. In fact, it's looking forward to it.
"I think there are a lot of benefits" from the introduction of iTunes Radio, Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said Wednesday at the Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference in Boston, Mass. iTunes Radio will bolster the exposure of digital radio and accelerate the move to it from traditional broadcast radio, he said.
Herring also compared the entrance of Apple's long-awaited radio product to the introduction of another behemoth's online music service: iHeartRadio from … Read more
Apple is trying to make you an offer you can't refuse.
Movie buffs now can add such hot film series as "The Godfather," "Star Trek," and "Back to the Future" to their iTunes collections at heavily discounted prices. The bundles run from $9.99 to $59.99, with some available at standard definition and many in high definition.
The first three Spider-Man films are spinning at $19.99. The "Die Hard" collection will make you shout "yippie kay yay" at a price of $39.99. All 10 "Star … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- AOL still makes $600 million a year in Internet subscriptions.
- The creator of the iPhone's text message noise explains its origins.
- JewGlass: Google Glass app gives directions to Kosher restaurants and sets prayer-time reminders.
- Twitter messages can pinpoint restaurants with food safety issues.