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How to Stop iTunes AutoFilling Unwanted Music Onto an iPhone / iPod touch / iPad

May 26, 2014 - 4 Comments
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Have you ever wanted to just copy a song or two over to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad from iTunes, only to have iTunes try to sync a whole barrage of unwanted music to the iOS device? That happens due to iTunes AutoFill, a feature that some users may enjoy as it will fill … Read More

iTunes 11.2.1 Fixes the Missing /Users Directory Issue for Mac OS X

May 16, 2014 - 4 Comments
iTunes 11.2.1 update resolves missing Users folder

Apple has released iTunes 11.2.1, an update that, curiously, resolves the issue where some users encountered their /Users folder gone missing along with changed permissions to the same directory. Initially thought to be a bug with the OS X 10.9.3 update, apparently the problem was actually related to the accompanying update to iTunes.

How to Make a Copy of iPhone & iPad Backup Files

May 7, 2014 - 1 Comment
Copy iOS Backup Files

Duplicating the iPhone backup files may be desirable or necessary for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to make a manual backup of your iOS backups, or even if it’s just to move it onto another drive so that you can clear out some disk space. There are a few ways to go about doing … Read More

Resolving iTunes Error 17 When Upgrading or Restoring iOS Devices

Mar 22, 2014 - 4 Comments
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If you’re attempting to upgrade or restore an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV by way of iTunes and you encounter an Error 17 alert, you’re probably experiencing an issue with the computer connecting to Apple’s servers. This can be caused by a variety of things and users may see it either when trying … Read More

Use Power Search in iTunes 11 with a URL Trick

Mar 21, 2014 - 4 Comments
Power Search in iTunes

Power Search for iTunes is a feature that allows many additional search parameters to be used when looking for all media types offered on iTunes, including music, apps, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and iTunes University. But what was once built directly into iTunes has been removed by Apple for some reason or another from … Read More

How to Remotely Install Apps to iPhone / iPad from iTunes on a Mac or PC

Feb 16, 2014 - 6 Comments
Remotely install apps from a computer to iOS devices

Every modern iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has access to a feature called Automatic Downloads, which can be used a bit differently than intended as a means to remotely install apps onto iOS devices from a computer. All you need is iTunes on OS X or Windows logged into the same Apple ID as what’s … Read More

Customize What Shows in the iTunes Sidebar

Feb 7, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Show the Sidebar in iTunes

The iTunes sidebar is now invisible by default, but if you’re one of us who like to show the sidebar all the time you may also want to customize what’s visible in it. This lets you control whether or not to hide or show any of the iTunes library media types that are visible in … Read More

M3U Files: How to Play or Download the Contents of an M3U Playlist

Feb 6, 2014 - Leave a Comment
M3U file

If you have ever downloaded an M3U file thinking you were going to get a song, audio file, or podcast, you’ve probably noticed the file size is tiny, and the m3u doesn’t really do anything on it’s own. This leads many users to wonder how to play the audio file, or how to convert that … Read More

Send Books & Media as Gifts from iTunes on a Mac or PC

Dec 23, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Send gifted books, apps, music from iTunes

You can send digital books as gifts directly from the iTunes app and it’s included iBook Store on any desktop Mac or PC. Having long been able to send apps and movies, music, and movies as gifts, giving books is a recent addition. Just like the other gifting options, you can even order a book … Read More

How to Give iBooks as Gifts from iBooks & iTunes in iOS

Dec 19, 2013 - 1 Comment
Send Books as a gift from iOS

iTunes and App Store users have long been able to gift apps, movies, and music, and thanks to a recent iBooks Store change, we can all give the gift of literature too, and complete the whole transaction right in our hand from iOS. Perhaps best of all, you can schedule the gift arrival to be … Read More

Share an iTunes Radio Station with Anyone from iOS

Dec 10, 2013 - Leave a Comment
iTunes Radio Music

iTunes Radio is an excellent free streaming music service that arrived to the iOS Music app with the 7.0 update. For those unfamiliar with Radio, you can create a station from any artist or genre, and enjoy an endless stream of great songs, both new and familiar. If you’re a music fan, it’s easily one … Read More

Use “Show All Music” to Toggle iCloud Songs Showing in Music App for iOS

Oct 15, 2013 - 2 Comments
Turn Off "Show All Music" to hide iCloud songs from iTunes

Music bought from iTunes and stored in iCloud are part of the iTunes Match service, which basically lets you store all your songs and music in iCloud, and can then be streamed and downloaded to your iOS devices. By default, those songs are shown in the iOS app Music playlist with a little cloud icon … Read More

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