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Resolving iTunes Error 17 When Upgrading or Restoring iOS Devices

Mar 22, 2014 - 3 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

How to Get an App-Free Blank Home Screen in iOS

Jan 21, 2014 - 14 Comments
How to make a blank / empty iOS Home Screen

The iPhone Home Screen has room for 20 app icons on the front page and four Dock icons across the bottom, with even more app spots available for the iPad. If that seems like 20 icons too many for you, using a little trick lets users create a completely blank home screen page in iOS, … Read More

Change the Subtitle Font Size for iTunes & Video Playback in Mac OS X

Jan 20, 2014 - 2 Comments
Change the font size of subtitles in Mac OS X video

The default subtitle text size for video playback can be fairly small in OS X, and while it may be tolerable on a smaller screened device, once you send the Macs display it to a larger screen like a TV, it can be difficult to read. Fortunately, OS X provides a lot of customization for … 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

iTunes Store Not Updating? How to Reset the iTunes & App Store Cache

Oct 11, 2013 - 1 Comment
Refresh iTunes Store and App Store caches

The iTunes Store updates frequently to display new apps, music, movies, TV shows, and the free app of the week, and typically you can see the new stuff by just clicking around in iTunes to visit the various stores and media content areas. But sometimes the iTunes Store may display stale content, particularly if the … Read More

How to Move an iTunes Library to an External Drive or USB Flash Stick

Oct 9, 2013 - Leave a Comment
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Have you ever wondered if you can keep your entire iTunes Library on an external drive, freeing up disk space and providing for a portable music and media library? The answer is yes, you can, and it’s actually pretty easy to offload an entire iTunes collection to another drive, whether you’re using a Mac or … Read More

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