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How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

Where Did iTunes Match go for non-Apple Music Subscribers?

4:58 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Listener Matt is a long-time iTunes Match subscriber, but not (yet?) signed up for Apple Music. However, now that Apple Music is an option he can no longer find where to enable iTunes Match. No worries, it's not gone, just hidden in the Preferences bundled with a new feature under a new name: iCloud Music Library.

iOS 9 Content Blockers - Bring ‘Em On!

10:00 AM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.

Sponsor: Macphun’s Creative Kit with 5 Essential Photo Editing Apps

4:20 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

We're very pleased to welcome – and thank! – Macphun to TMO as this week's sponsor. Macphun has been creating software for the Mac and iOS for a long time and has earned "best-of App Store" honors for all of the last 3 years. Right now they're featuring their Creative Kit, a suite of 5 apps to help you create stunning monochrome images, reveal hidden details, fix imperfections, add depth, remove digital noise and more with your photos.

Which Data Recovery Software Should I Use on my Mac?

10:35 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Link

Hard Drive Stethoscope

Two years ago, Mac Geek Gab listener John had a hard disk gone bad and needed to recover some files off it before he moved on to a newer, more reliable disk. With that, he has asked for help deciding which data recovery software to use, in part because there are no good reviews of any options out there. Our advice from two years ago stands, and now has been further enhanced by some fantastic discussion in the article comments, as well.

Sonos’s New PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition: None More Black (or White)

9:20 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.

Archive Your iOS Backups to Save Snapshots in Time

10:17 AM, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Link

iTunes Screenshot with Backup Archive

If you've ever looked in iTunes > Preferences > Devices you've probably seen what appear to be duplicate backups of your various iDevices labeled with a date. These are archives that iTunes automatically creates, typically when you updated to new software or otherwise made a change that caused your iPhone to start anew. There are times, however, when it might be handy to create one of these at a point in time of your choosing, and we can show you how.

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

9:38 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

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 that’s only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a service’s 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.

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

12:42 PM, 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.