Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

7:15 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.

Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone: New Drummers, Apple Music Connect, Force Touch

6:42 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

GarageBand Icons

Apple released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8. Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple's new MacBook), and more.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update with Apple Music Support

6:25 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

iTunes gets updated for Apple Music

Apple released an iTunes update on Tuesday afternoon with support for Apple Music, the company's new streaming music service and Internet radio station. The version 12.2 update lets users try out and use Apple Music on their Mac and Windows PC—something we've already been able to do most of today on our iPhones and iPads.

How to Request Songs on Beats 1 Radio

6:16 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Beats 1 has its own request show and you can call in your favorite songs

Apple's Beats 1 Internet radio is offering another feature familiar to traditional radio station listeners: call-in requests. Apple has phone numbers available in several countries, and Beats 1 DJ Travis Mills will host a requests show at 5PM pacific time.

Apple Music Turns to Tumblr for Beats 1 Show Schedule

5:22 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Beats 1 Internet radio schedule gets its own Tumblr page

If you want to stay on top of Beats 1 programming for Apple Music, you can point your Web browser to Tumblr because that's where Apple has their Internet radio station schedule listed. And showing Apple's new found love of social networks, you can find Apple Music on Twitter and Instagram, too.

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Apple really is embracing social platforms, and that's really clear with Apple Music's presence on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

5:21 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

Check out the iOS Designer Bundle, a collection of five training courses that will train you to design for iOS. Better yet, you can pay what you want. It works like this: pay the minimum—even a penny—and you get the first training course. Beat the average price, which is currently $12.31, and you get all five. 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons, and if you make the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll get five entries into a giveaway for an iMac with 5K Retina display. Hit any spot on the leaderboard at any time and you'll get one entry. There are details on the deal page.

Apple Says iTunes 12.2 ‘Coming Soon’ for Mac and Windows

4:39 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iTunes 12.2 Coming Soon

Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.

Apple’s new iTunes Terms & Conditions highlight Apple Music, Expose iCloud Music Library

12:42 PM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

iTunes gets new TOC for Apple Music

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.

The big changes are the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of "iCloud Music Library" that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.

Apple Music Officially Launches with iOS 8.4 Release

11:52 AM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music officially launches with Internet radio, streaming music

Apple officially launched Apple Music Tuesday morning when it released iOS 8.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple Music is Apple's new streaming music service that also includes an Internet radio station and social platform where artists can share with fans.

Early Apple Music Reviews: It’s OK

10:52 AM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ape Music early reviews are mixed

The early Apple Music reviews are out, and while they're positive, they don't call Apple's new streaming music service the be-all-end-all. The few who got early access are all saying Apple Music is OK.

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First impressions don't tell the whole story, but they do mean a lot. In the case of Apple Music, it means the early reviewers weren't blown away by Apple's efforts. If that opinion holds up over time, we'll see if "OK" is good enough to keep Apple's streaming music service alive.

Chill Out with the iPhone Controlled Cool Connect Air Conditioner

9:40 AM EDT, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

When we write about cool stuff it typically isn't literally cool, but Frigidaire is changing that with their new Cool Connect Room Air Conditioner (Amazon - $299.99) This window mounted air conditioner is great for apartments and small spaces that don't have a cooling system, plus it connects to your WiFi network so you can control it from your iPhone locally or over the Internet. You can set schedules, remotely monitor its operation, and more. The Cool Connect can keep a 350 square foot space cool and costs US$349

Apple to Announce Q3 Results July 21st

8:00 PM EDT, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Logo with Stock Graph

Apple on Monday scheduled its fiscal 3rd quarter earnings announcement for July 21st. The company will release its earnings report after the closing bell, and then hold its conference call with analysts at 5:00 PM EDT/2:00 PM PDT.    Apple will stream that call to the public.

Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Will Stream Exclusively on Apple Music

7:14 PM EDT, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Dr. Dre's The Chronic will stream exclusively on Apple Music, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Dr. Dre works for Apple these days, and is a part of the company's Apple Music team. The album was Dr. Dre's first solo effort after leaving N.W.A., and it was released in 1992. The rapper turned media mogul won the digital rights for the album from his former record label, Death Row Records, in 2011. Since then, it has not been available on streaming services since that time. The Chronic joins Taylor Swift's 1989 as exclusive streaming titles for Apple Music.