Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · iTunes

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.

Apple Music Adds Beats 1 Schedule in iTunes 12.2.2

5:13 PM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · · iTunes

iTunes 12.2.2 Screenshot

Apple released iTunes 12.2.2 on Thursday. Like iOS 8.4.1, this update focuses almost exclusively on Apple Music, and the top new feature is the ability to view a schedule in Beats 1 radio, as shown in the screenshot in the full story.

iTunes: How to tell if Your Songs are Matched or Apple Music Downloads

2:20 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · · iTunes

iTunes Match icons

If you've finally sorted out what happens to your music when you cancel your iTunes Match or Apple Music subscription—like maybe from TMO's infographic explaining it all—but have no idea which songs in your iTunes library are yours and which come from Apple Music, we've got you covered. Read on to learn how to see which songs in your iTunes library are streaming, stored locally, or downloaded from Apple Music.

How to Tell the Difference Between Apple Music and iTunes Match Songs

6:06 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · iTunes

Apple Music and iTunes Match infographic

When Apple Music came on the scene we suddenly had two ways to play music online, and that made it a little confusing to try to figure out where our music is and what really belongs to us. The Mac Observer sorted out just what happens to our music, and what to expect if you decide to cancel either service. We put all that info into a handy infographic so you don't have to worry about accidentally deleting your music, or wonder why songs you played before ditching Apple Music don't play any more.

iTunes Needs To Break Up…With Itself

4:54 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · · iTunes

iTunes House with Cobbled On Parts

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. It's been made even worse with the advent of Apple Music. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. 

Archive Your iOS Backups to Save Snapshots in Time

10:17 AM, Jul. 16th, 2015 · · iTunes

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 Fixes Music Library DRM Issue in iTunes 12.2.1 Update

3:37 PM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · · iTunes

Apple fixes Apple Music DRM issue, iTunes munged library meta data still a problem

iTunes users who were surprised to find some of their personal music incorrectly tagged with DRM copy protection can breathe a sigh of relief because iTunes 12.2.1 is out, and it fixes the problem. The issue cropped up for some iTunes Match users after signing up for Apple Music and helped feed into the confusion over whether or not Apple was adding copy protection to all of the music in our personal libraries.

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

10:58 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · iTunes

Thinking about trying iCloud Music Library? Don't. It's a bag of hurt.

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.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update with Apple Music Support

6:25 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · · iTunes

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.