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Disable the iTunes Store to Prevent Unwanted Purchases

Aug 29, 2012 - 3 Comments
Disable iTunes Store access and prevent purchases of apps and content

One of the best ways to kid-proof (and generally fool proof) an iPhone or iPad is to turn off in-app purchases. That’s great for the iOS world, but for the desktop you can do something similar by disabling access to the iTunes Store completely, this will prevent unintended purchases of apps, music, movies, books, or … Read More

Use a Silent Ringtone to Ignore Specific Callers to Your iPhone

Aug 23, 2012 - 8 Comments
Use a Silent Ringtone on iPhone to ignore specific callers

Though you can send calls directly to voicemail and mute incoming calls, you can’t really block a specific caller on the iPhone. Rather than keeping your phone on silent all the time, you can selectively mute only specific callers by using a special silent ringtone and assigning it to a Contact you want to ignore. … Read More

Convert Any Audio or Video File to an iPhone Ringtone Easily with QuickTime

Aug 18, 2012 - 6 Comments
Trim the clip to a ringtone size portion in QuickTime

Most people use QuickTime Player as a way to watch movies, but using it’s Export function you can also turn any audio or video file into an iPhone ringtone very quickly. Here is how to convert just about anything into an m4r ringtone: Launch QuickTime Player and use it to open the desired audio or … Read More

Show a “Now Playing” Song Notification from iTunes in OS X Notification Center

Aug 13, 2012 - 17 Comments
Show a "Now Playing" song alert from iTunes in Notification Center

Previous versions of Mac OS X allowed you to see a “Now Playing” notification pop up over the iTunes Dock icon, the alert showed the song and artist name anytime a track switched and is a really popular tweak. It turns out that hidden feature is missing from OS X Mountain Lion, but with the … Read More

Transfer a Playlist from iPhone, iPod, or iPad to iTunes

Jul 2, 2012 - 29 Comments
Export a playlist from an iPod or iPhone to copy to iTunes

Do you have a music playlist on an iPod, iPhone, or iPad that you want to move to iTunes on your computer? It’s fairly easy: Connect the iPod, iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes Under the “Devices” menu locate the playlist you want to copy to the computer and right-click on the playlist name, … Read More

Change the Font Size of the Track List in iTunes

Jul 1, 2012 - 3 Comments
Change the Font Size in iTunes

The iTunes track list has a fairly small default font size, it works fine on displays with lower resolutions but if you’re using a higher resolution screen the text of song and artist names can be annoyingly small. Fortunately it’s easy to change and make larger: Open Preferences from the iTunes menu Under “General” look … Read More

iTunes 10.6.3 Released

Jun 11, 2012 - Leave a Comment
iTunes 10.6.3

Apple has released iTunes 10.6.3 for all to enjoy. Though it’s a minor point release, it includes a variety of important bug fixes for behavior both within iTunes and for when syncing iOS devices to iTunes. iTunes 10.6.3 is also a necessary update for any developer wanting to install iOS 6 beta 1. You have … Read More

Enable Closed Captioning on iPhone, iPad, and in iTunes

Jun 6, 2012 - 4 Comments
Enable Closed Captioning of videos in iOS

Closed Captioning places written text at the bottom of video content, allowing for anyone to read along with the video rather than listen to the audio. This is an essential feature for certain accessibility purposes and for individuals who are hard of hearing, but it’s also just a useful feature to enable if you want … Read More

Transfer Music from iPhone, iPod, or iPad to a Computer

Jun 4, 2012 - 62 Comments
Move Music from iPod or iPhone to computer

Everyone knows how easy it is to get music onto an iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the help of iTunes, but have you ever tried to get music off an iPod or iPhone and onto a new computer? As it turns out, transferring music from an iOS device and to a new or different computer … Read More

Back Up an iOS Device to a Computer When iCloud Space Runs Out or is Unavailable

May 28, 2012 - 7 Comments
Back up to computer - iOS device setting

You can continue to create local backups of iOS devices even if you rely primarily on iCloud for storing backups. This is a really useful technique if an iPhone, iPad, or iPod ran out of iCloud storage space and don’t want to deal with managing it manually at the moment, or you’re just temporarily without … Read More

Disable Automatic iTunes Backups for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

May 16, 2012 - 3 Comments
Disable Automatic Backups in iTunes for iOS Devices

Having a backup of your iOS device and its settings is important, so rather than completely disabling iOS backups in iTunes, you can choose to selectively disable only the automatic backup process. This is a much better solution because it allows you to create and retain local backups of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod when … Read More

How to Save iPhone & iPad Apps & Downgrade an App to a Previous Version

May 16, 2012 - 7 Comments
Save iOS Apps and Easily Downgrade to Previous Versions

We’ve all had the experience of one of our favorite app getting updated and the new version being worse than the previous version. Maybe it’s more intrusive ads, maybe it’s a terribly annoying feature, whatever it is, a poor app update can easily ruin your app experience. The easiest way to avoid this potential letdown … Read More

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