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Breakout Books Offered by Apple

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Breakout Books

Apple has begun a new section of its US iTunes bookstore called Breakout Books.

Apple invites readers to “Find the next reading sensation with this hand-picked collection of books from emerging talents. All are independently published and have earned high ratings from customers like you. Check back regularly – new titles are added as they begin taking off.”

The book categories range from Romance to Sci-Fi Fantasy to Mysteries and Thrillers.

Check out the selection of books with various price points varying from Free to about $9.99.

iTunes Update

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Apple has again updated iTunes.

The 11.0.1 download is available via the software update or here.

The improvements or fixes include:

  • Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.
  • Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library.
  • Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected.
  • Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.

How to Use iTunes 11 to Arrange Apps

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With the introduction of iTunes 11, the way to accomplish some tasks, like arranging apps on your iOS device, has changed although the function remains. To access the various services, including rearranging your apps via iTunes, read on.

1. Open iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer via wi-fi or USB cable. To connect via Wi-Fi, you first have to connect your device to iTunes on your computer via the USB cable. Then, you can turn on the feature Sync with this device over Wi-Fi (shown below in Step 5).

3. Once iTunes is on, look for your iOS device(s) in iTunes below “Search Library”. If  you have more than 1 iOS device connected, you may see the number of devices connected listed. Click this tab.

iTunes iOS Device Selection

4. Choose the device you wish to access by clicking on the devices tab and then selecting your device. If you have only one device, you will see it instead of x devices.

Access Device Tab

5. Choose the tabs (Summary, Info, Apps, Tones, Music, TV Shows, Podcasts) along the top of iTunes to make changes to your device. To sync via Wi-Fi, check the tab as shown below. You must then click apply (bottom right) to make changes.iTunes Sync Tabs

6. To arrange apps on your iPad via iTunes, select the Apps tab and move the apps around to the screen location you want. This was explained on an older post.

iTunes Arrange Apps

In sum, although the way in which you initially access the tabs to make changes to your iOS device via iTunes has changed, the method of implementing the changes once you access the tabs has not.

What is iTunes Match?

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Apple has now posted a video to help explain what iTunes Match is and does. The explanation provided is as follows:

iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes uploads what it can’t match (which is much faster than uploading your entire music library).

Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream it to any of your devices. Just browse the complete list of all your music stored in the cloud.

To listen to a song, tap the iCloud icon next to it and your song starts playing. You can store up to 25,000 songs in iCloud (more if songs are purchased from the iTunes Store), but only what you want to play is stored on your device. So you have immediate access to a huge music library without taking up storage space.

Fee

You subscribe to the service for $24.99 a year. This will allow you to keep not only songs you have purchased from iTunes but also to store songs you have imported from your CDs.

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If you want to be able to access your music anywhere without having to manually sync the music between devices, this service may be for you.

iTunes in the Cloud Now Available

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Apple has announced iTunes in the Cloud is now available. This feature allows you to download music to one device and have the music automatically appear on all of your devices. If you buy a song on your Mac, it will be on your iPad or iPhone. This feature will work over Wi-Fi of 3G. You will need to install the latest version of iTunes and iOS5 on your devices.

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You can also download past purchases made from iTunes. iCloud stores your purchase history so you can download what you want from any of your devices or choose not to download certain items.

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iTunes match is still “coming soon.” This feature, for a fee, will allow you to replace music you have imported into iTunes with items available in the iTunes store (if the items is there.)

Right now, Apple iTunes will allow you to stream, for free, on your computer, one new song every day until Coldplay’s newest album is released October 24.

iTunes Festival London 2011 App

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This July, in London, England, there will be 31 consecutive nights of live music. Apple has released a new iOS app, iTunes Festival London 2011, that will allow you to explore the performers and watch the shows live or on demand for a limited period of time.

The performers include: Coldplay, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Adele, My Chemical Romance, Duran Duran, Lang Lang and Moby.

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If you are into streaming live music, this summer festival app is worth checking out.

Automatic Downloads and Syncing for iPad – How To

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Apple has updated iTunes again. This iTunes update is designed to help sync your music in all of your iOS devices, automatically. You will need to have an iTunes account and need to turn this feature on in both iTunes and your iOS devices.  Here’s how.

First, download the latest version of iTunes (currently 10.3.1 you may need to use the Software Update). Next, open iTunes. In iTunes preferences, go to the store and turn on the things (Music, Apps, Books) you want to sync.

Next, on your iOS device, go to Settings and tap Store.

You will see Automatic Downloads. Switch the settings to on to initiate the automatic downloads. Note that you can turn on Cellular to use the cell system if Wi-Fi is not available. However, unless you have an unlimited plan, you may incur additional costs.

iTunes 10.3.1 Beta Released

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Apple has released a beta of iTunes. You can download the beta here. After that, you will need to run Software update (on Mac) to get the 10.3.1 version.

What’s new in iTunes 10.3…

Introducing iTunes in the Cloud beta. The music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

• Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

• Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music purchases again at no additional cost. Your purchases are available in the iTunes Store on your Mac or in the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

iTunes 10.3 also adds Books to the iTunes Store, where you can discover and buy your favorite books on your computer and automatically download them to iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This version also allows you to use Automatic Downloads with apps and books or download previously purchased apps and books from your computer or iOS device.

It will be interesting to see how nice this version plays with your various iOS devices.

Stream Music to Your iPad from a Mac

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If you have a large iTunes library on your Mac and don’t want to load your iPad (or iPhone, iPad2) up with all the music, you can use Apple’s Home Sharing to stream the files from your Mac to your iOS device.  (You need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.) Here’s how…
First, you need to turn “Home Sharing” on your Mac in iTunes.  Open iTunes and under the file menu Advanced > Turn on Home Sharing.  Enter your information (iTunes Account name (Apple ID) and password).
After you enter the information correctly in iTunes, you will receive a message that Home Sharing is now on. You will need to use the same Apple ID or account when turning on Home Sharing on the other devices.
Next, you will need to turn on the sharing feature on your iOS device. The place to do that is on your iOS device. Choose Settings > iPod.  You will need to enter the Apple ID and Password.
[ NOTE: iOS5 has modified the settings. You now need to select Music instead of iPod. ]
Last, you need to open the iPod App on your iOS device with iTunes open on your Mac.
When you do this, you should see “Library” on the top left. Tap once to pull up the “Home Sharing” libraries available.
Tap the library you want to stream to your iOS device. Then select and play the music. It will play on your iOS device as if you were in front of your Mac.
If you need to review the Apple Knowledge Base Article on this, you can do so here.
Right now, it does not appear that you can stream videos from your Mac to your iOS device.

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