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iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

Fri, 2015-07-03 16:36

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.


Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

Fri, 2015-07-03 07:38

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think thatâs only half of it. To truly unlock discovery a serviceâs users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.


Happy U.S. Independence Day

Fri, 2015-07-03 06:00

In honor of Independence Day-a U.S. holiday-The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!


Apple Posts San Francisco Pride 2015 Video

Thu, 2015-07-02 23:38

Apple posted a video celebrating the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride 2015 parade on June 28th. The video features scenes from around the city, Apple setting up for the event, and many of its employees and their families taking part. Apple CEO Tim Cook also makes a very brief appearance. It closes with the tagline "Inclusion inspires innovation."


Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

Thu, 2015-07-02 18:51

Youhave just a couple of more days to get our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum charging. It retails for $70, but through our deal it's yours for $13.99.


Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

Thu, 2015-07-02 18:44

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday upheld Apple's conviction as an antitrust violator. In a 2-1 split decision, the court ruled that Apple was liable for orchestrating a conspiracy with book publishers to raise retail prices for books, a violation of the Sherman Act.


Apple Earns a Black Eye for Apple Music

Thu, 2015-07-02 15:00

Any sufficiently large software project will have significant failure points. This is a lesson Apple has steadfastly refused to learn. It's not as if there weren't any warning signs.


Apple Music: Three Quick Tips!

Thu, 2015-07-02 14:01

Three tips and tricks for using the new Apple Music service, coming right up! We'll talk about redoing the genre selections you made when you originally configured the service, moving tracks to your Apple Watch, and using Siri to listen to albums and artists that you don't even own.


Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not Jony Ive

Thu, 2015-07-02 13:04

Apple's new executive bio webpage is up, and it shows Jony Ive's new role as Chief Design Officer, along with the two new VPs taking over user interface and industrial design. Here's the twist: Neither report to Mr. Ive but instead report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

The Mac Observer Spin: Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.


3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

Thu, 2015-07-02 12:01

As the (US) holiday weekend kicks off, lots of people are going on trips and taking their devices and might need a better cable than the one that came with their iPhone or iPad. Kelly has a roundup of tips for cable upgrades for summer.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-02: Coping with iCloud Music Library’s Problems

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:39

iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music's iCloud Music Library have some pretty serious issues. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into the issues, share their thoughts on why Apple is having big problems with iCloud Music Library, and share a tip on how to see if you're using Apple's new online music storage system.


iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library: A Disaster for Your Music Collection

Thu, 2015-07-02 08:58

iCloud Music Library was introduced with this week's iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music release, and it's turning out to be a big bag of hurt. Instead of giving us a unified music library across all our devices, it's scrambling albums and tracks, and even adds DRM to songs you already own which will lock you out of albums you ripped from CD if you ever drop your Apple Music subscription.


How To Add Nickname, Photo to Apple Music Profile

Thu, 2015-07-02 06:59

Apple's new streaming Apple Music service has the option to include your nickname and even a user image as part of your profile. Kelly has the scoop on how to update that information and personalize your profile.


ACM 313: Apple Music First Impressions, Steve Jobs Movie Trailer

Wed, 2015-07-01 19:40

After getting to play with Apple Music for a day Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on the latest entry into the streaming music market. They share what they like, what's working well, what isn't, and more. They also have plenty to say about the just released trailer for this fall's Steve Jobs movie.


OS X: How to Create Custom Radio Stations in iTunes 12.2

Wed, 2015-07-01 15:15

In iTunes 12.2, which supports Apple Music, you can still create your own custom radio station. There are several ways to do it, and you can create a station from the song or the artist. John shows you how.


Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming Box Win

Wed, 2015-07-01 14:00

Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasnât seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes...


$20 Off a Casetify Apple Watch Strap

Wed, 2015-07-01 13:47

We have a deal for you today for a Casetify Apple Watch strap. The way the deal works is that you're buying a $70 credit from us for $50, which lets you get just about any strap they have-and they have a lot of straps. If you're looking to personalize your Apple Watch, definitely check out this deal.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-01: Apple Music Day 1, Loving the MacBook

Wed, 2015-07-01 11:44

With a full day of Apple Music behind us Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how the new streaming music service and Internet radio station are working out so far. John also explains how the MacBook can grow on you even if you didn't like it at first.


First ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Trailer Looks Amazing

Wed, 2015-07-01 10:31

Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Steve Jobs Wednesday, and it looks amazing. Michael Fastbender doesn't look or sound like Steve Jobs, but he sure conveys "Steve Jobs" with his acting. Steve Jobs is a biopic written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. It's taken a circuitous route to get this far and seemed perilously close to getting canned along the way, but this first look teases a movie that looks very interesting. What do you think?


How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

Wed, 2015-07-01 09:07

Apple Music comes with a three month free trial, and after that a US$9.99 a month fee kicks in. If you aren't sure Apple's new streaming music service is for you and don't want to forget to disable automatic payments, read on to find out what to do.