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How would you change about iTunes?

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-change-itunes'title="How would you change about iTunes?"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/07/itunes-nsfw-hero.jpg?itok=rdZSEH6r' /></a></p> <p>iTunes has an impossible job. What started as a music player has grown into stores for entertainment and apps, into a sync solution for iPods, iPhones, and iPads, and now into full blown <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-music">subscription streaming service</a> as well. That means iTunes has to handle everything media and device management not only on the Mac but ported to Windows as well. Given all of that, what could Apple do to make it better for you?</p> <p>Saying "simplify!" is easy, but no one wants to give up the features they use and love best, and a lot of people use a lot of different features. Saying "break it up!" is also easy, but how do you do that without introducing whole new levels of duplication, complexity, and inconvenience?</p> <p>If you make multiple apps on the Mac, what do you do for Windows? If you move to the cloud, how do you keep local sync? If things are glitchy now, how to prevent an even more distributed future from being even more glitchy?</p> <p>Nothing stays the same forever. At some point the iTunes Store and backend will be off WebObjects and flying high on a modern web platform. iPod sync and Windows support will be distant memories. Our content will live in the cloud and our features will be decoupled from apps so playback, management, sync, and other extensions which just be there when and where we want them and be invisible when we don't. Everything truly will be easier and better. Is that a year from now? Two years? Five? Ten? An <a href="http://atp.fm">infinite timeline</a>?</p> <p>In the meantime, what are the most important features of iTunes for you, what could safely be gotten rid of, and how would you like to see it all improved?</p> <p>In other words, if it was up to you—how would you change iTunes?</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/48a04af0/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/oiGgw4de2oY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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iMore show 469: Watches, Music, and... a Bruins hat?!

Today, 04:27 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.c...#38;showinfo=0"width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-h2v0gmjuy3o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p>The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode—We talk Apple Watch three months later and Apple Music one month later. How are they working for us now, and have any of our opinions changed? Serenity Caldwell, Peter Cohen, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Jim Dalrymple.</p> <p><strong>Support the iMore show:</strong> Go to <a href="http://redhat.com">redhat.com</a> to learn about the value of open source software. Sign up for your free Zoom account today at <a href="http://zoom.us/imore">zoom.us/imore</a>, and you can start hosting better video meetings immediately.</p> <script language="JavaScript" src="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/audio-player.js"></script><div class="center"> <audio controls="true" preload="none"><source src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"></source><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/player.swf" id="audioplayer1" height="48" width="450"> <param name="movie" value="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/player.swf" /><param name="FlashVars" value="playerID=audioplayer1&amp;soundFile=http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object> </audio></div> <ul><li>Subscribe in iTunes: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/imore-show/id261058960?mt=2&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Audio</a> </li> <li>Subscribe in RSS: <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/PhoneDifferentPodcast">Audio</a></li> <li>Download directly: <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3">Audio</a></li> </ul><!--break--><h2>Show notes</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.imore.com/we-review-apple-watch-3-months-later">Apple Watch 3 months later</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-watch-going-sale-best-buy-us-starting-august-7">Apple Watch coming to Best Buy</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-watches-are-coming-best-buy-and-good-thing">...And that's a good thing</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2015/07/24/i-got-my-music-back-at-least-most-of-it/">Jim got his music (mostly!) back</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/understanding-apple-music">Understanding Apple Music</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/heres-why-beats-1-cant-post-archives-of-some-shows-and-you-cant-favorite-or-download-certain-songs">Apple Music licensing</a></li> </ul><h2>Hosts</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://twitter.com/settern">Serenity Caldwell</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/flargh">Peter Cohen</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/reneritchie">Rene Ritchie</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jdalrymple">Jim Dalrymple</a></li> </ul></div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/LhnICA6TsXQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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AdwareMedic for Mac becomes Malwarebytes for Mac

Today, 03:46 PM

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New name, same software: Malwarebytes for Mac still protects your Mac from adware and malware.

I've long recommended AdwareMedic to Mac users looking to protect and disinfect their computers from problems associated with adware and malware. It's an effective tool at removing common Mac adware like Genieo, VSearch, and Conduit. AdwareMedic has been purchased by another company and its name has been changed, but it's still safe to use.

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Every Tuesday our Peter Cohen brings you Mac Help — a column where you can get your OS X questions answered and problems solved!

"Is AdwareMedic still safe to use now that it's Malwarebytes for Mac?"

Short answer: Yes.

AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac eradicates common malware and adware infestations. The software works great: I've used it for a while to protect the Macs on my home network from problems.

Up until mid-July, AdwareMedic was "donationware." You were welcome to download and use it, and if you found it useful, you were encouraged (but not required) to send the author what you felt it was worth.

Malwarebytes, a California developer of anti-malware software for the PC, has purchased AdwareMedic and rebranded it as Malwarebytes for Mac.

The good news is that AdwareMedic developer Thomas Reed will head up Malwarebytes' Mac development efforts. The software is now completely free for home use and will hopefully remain so. Malwarebytes says that it will offer small business and enterprise versions coming this fall, which I'm sure will cost money.

Version 2.2.7 is the last release of AdwareMedic, which you're welcome to use for now, but if you'd like to stay on top of the latest developments, get yourself over to Malwarebytes' web site and download the new app. It still looks the same and works the same as before, just with new branding.



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Save 65% today on this hard case and holster for iPhone 6...

Today, 02:33 PM

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Not only does this Amzer Shellster Combo provide plenty of texture to keep your iPhone 6 Plus from falls, its built-in kickstand is great for convenient viewing on the go. The included holster features a swivel clip that works great on most belts or even your pocket. Available today for $6.95!



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Comic: We're happy if you're happy, Windows X user

Today, 01:00 PM

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Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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Read more comics from the Pixel Project on iMore.com.



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Apple Watch launches in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia

Today, 12:37 AM

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The Apple Watch has made its way to three new countries today, officially becoming available for purchase at Apple Stores in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to celebrate, noting that the company saw a great turnout in Istanbul for the launch:

Hello Istanbul! A great turnout for the launch of Apple Watch in Turkey today. pic.twitter.com/8J9fUxaFNi

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 31, 2015

The Apple Watch originally launched on April 24 to a small set of countries. However, as the strain on supply has eased a bit, we've seen the product launch in a number of other countries over the last month or so. Earlier this month, we also learned that the Apple Watch will become available for purchase at Best Buy stores in early August for the U.S., and a week later in Canada.

If you live in one of today's launch countries and just picked up an Apple Watch, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to setting up and using the Apple Watch.



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Apple, BMW, may revive talks for Apple Car partnership at...

Yesterday, 08:18 PM

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Despite a recent report that indicated that the two had entered into a partnership, it seems that Apple and BMW have made no agreements regarding the development of a car. While last week's report suggested that talks were recent, it seems like talks between the companies have actually been on hold for some time now.
During a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory last year, Apple executives reportedly took interest in how the automaker manufactures its i3 electric vehicles. BMW was also apparently willing to talk about licensing parts. But for now, Apple apparently wants to go its own way, according to Reuters:

The dialogue ended without conclusion because Apple appears to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own, one of the sources said.


That said, both companies are said to be open to resuming talks for a potential partnership.
Apple is said to have been working on a major automotive project, dubbed the Apple Car by many, under the Project Titan moniker. The rumored vehicle is said to be electric and self-driving, with Apple targeting a 2020 release.
Source: Reuters


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Your August Smart Lock can now be controlled from your Ap...

Yesterday, 07:06 PM

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August has updated its app for controlling the company's Smart Lock, adding support for the Apple Watch. Using the Apple Watch app, you can operate your lock, receive notifications if your door is unlocked, and view recent activity.
Here's everything you'll get in the August Smart Lock Apple Watch app:

This release of the August iOS app includes support for the Apple Watch. Using the Watch app, you can operate your August Smart Lock and view its logs. In addition, this release includes improvements to connection speed and reliability, and general bug fixes.


You can download the latest update to the August Smart Lock app from the App Store now.

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Audio Hijack 3.2 boosts the power of Time Shift with bett...

Yesterday, 06:24 PM

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Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack has received a new major update with version 3.2, adding several major enhancements to features like Time Shift, session import and export, and more. This release of Audio Hijack also offers general support for OS X El Capitan.

The biggest update in Audio Hijack 3.2 is the update to the Time Shift Block. The interface for Time Shift now has controls for skips of 3, 10, and 30 seconds. Time Shift can also now be triggered from any app thanks to its new global keyboard shortcut, and you can also create hotkeys for pausing, resuming, jumping forward or back 10 seconds, or jumping to the live audio.

Check the list below for some of the other major improvements and additions to Audio Hijack 3.2:

  • Major Enhancement: The Import and Export of Sessions has been greatly improved. Share Sessions with friends via the Session menu. Export your own Sessions to share, or import Sessions from others!
  • Major Enhancement: The new Peak/RMS Meters Block provides precisely calibrated monitoring, with both RMS and Peak meters, a peak hold line, and a clip indicator.
  • Major Enhancement: The new Sync Block lets you add a precise delay to the audio, of up to 1000 ms (1 second), per Block.
  • Major Enhancement: The Instant On component has been updated to version 8.1, with initial support for Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

There are also some more minor enhancements in this release. FLAC files now have full support for tags, popover positions are now remembered and restored on relaunch, and the Block library has added an Advanced section. There are also fixes for several bugs.

Audio Hijack 3.2 is a free update to existing users, while new customers can purchase and download the app from Rogue Amoeba's website right now.



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How to clean up your Mac's desktop

Yesterday, 06:00 PM

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Don't leave your Mac desktop untidy and cluttered—clean it up today!

Most of us have a tendency to use our Mac desktops as a dumping ground, saving files there that we access frequently; unfortunately, those files can pile up, turning your desktop into a hot mess. As such, this is your Friday reminder to do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to clean up your Mac desktop. And use these tips to keep it tidy in the future!

1. Organize desktop items into folders

You can keep your desktop from becoming a mound of files by grouping your documents and images into folders. Folders make it easier to keep track of related items, and they look nicer than random assortments of files over your desktop picture.

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Click on the File menu.
  3. Select New Folder. (Alternately, hold down the command and shift keys and type n.)

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  4. That will create a new folder on your Desktop. Name the folder.
  5. Drag the files you'd like to include in the new folder.
  6. Alternatively, you can select files on the Desktop you'd like to group together, then go to the File menu and choose New folder with selection to create a new folder that includes those items.
2. Align and sort desktop items automatically

You can also have the Finder align and sort items to keep any documents and folders you do have looking nicer and neater. You can do this by going to Finder > View and using the Clean Up and Sort By options.

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Select the View menu.
  3. Click on Clean Up By.

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  4. Options include cleaning up by name, kind, date created, date modified, size and tags. Select the criterion you'd like to clean up the icons by; the Finder will do the rest.

  5. Open the Finder.

  6. Select the View menu.
  7. Select Sort By to automatically sort items on the desktop by the criteria you set. If the icons have gone a bit askew, select Snap to Grid to get them to fall into a geometric pattern.

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You can also adjust the size of the icons, spacing of the grid and other settings.

3. Customize desktop view options in the Finder
  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Select the View menu.
  3. Select Show View Options. (Alternately, hold down the command key and type j.)
  4. You can adjust icon size from small to large, adjust grid spacing, increase or decrease the size of label text and its position on the bottom or the right of the icon, and other criteria.

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Any questions?

Hopefully this helped you clean out those digital desktop cobwebs! If you're having trouble, just drop a note in the comments and we'll look into it.



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