Apple Music: Three Quick Tips!

1 hour, 31 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music

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

2 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Jony Ive doesn't have design VPs reporting to him

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.

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Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.

3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

3 hours, 31 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Tips

A pile of cables tangled together.

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.

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

6 hours, 34 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

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.

$20 Off a Casetify Apple Watch Strap

3:47 PM EDT, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Casetify Apple Watch Straps

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.

First ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Trailer Looks Amazing

12:31 PM EDT, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

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

11:07 AM EDT, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to disable Apple Music auto renewal on your iPhone

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.

Devs get New iOS 9 Beta Next Week with Apple Music Support

9:49 AM EDT, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9 beta gets Apple Music support next week

Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services took to Twitter Tuesday evening to confirm a new beta of iOS 9 is coming next week. He also said Apple Music would be coming to the next version of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch beta operating system at the same time.

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Seems developers want Apple Music right now in the iOS 9 beta. Looks like they'll have to practice a little patience while they wait for "early next week."

Apple Watch: Resuming to Your Last-Used App

8:55 AM EDT, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

View your last used app on Apple Watch

Today's Quick Tip is truly quick but also truly useful. Do you want your Watch to keep, say, the music app active instead of switching to the clock face when you raise your wrist? Or would you like to make some third-party app stay open so you don't need to switch back to it constantly? We'll tell you how to turn on the setting to do just that!

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.