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What's New in iTunes 12

Why can’t there be just an iTunes Store. There you find what you want to download, podcasts, albums, movies, etc. Then, once the download completes a smart sort of invisible app picks up the new arrival, files it to your own folders, which have a smashing media list view. Once launched another smart app handles each MP3, MP4, podcast download with a simple minimalist interface to play.

iTunes now is a gargantuan and it makes no sense as it ttys to be all things to all users. That’s not necessary, nor is it simple, nor efficient, nor FUN!

Posted by Tom G on July 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM (PDT)

What's New in iTunes 12

Can’t add a year to a file that wasn’t added from the iTunes Store, it seems. I have a video file (.mp4) that I copied into iTunes. Accessing the new Get Info screen, I can edit the title, sorting, etc., but there is no way to add the movie’s release date. Haven’t checked for audio files yet.

They just made organizing your media with iTunes a bit more difficult than it already was. Seems another reason to find another option.

Posted by MJ on July 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM (PDT)

What's New in iTunes 12

Can one still burn to CD and or DVD?
And where is the “Add File/Folder to Library Option,” as well as the Import Compression options?

Posted by Ron C. on July 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

What's New in iTunes 12

1. “Album is a compilation of songs by various artists”.  Now perhaps people will use that properly!
2. The “Add Field” button is interesting.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on July 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM (PDT)

What's New in iTunes 12

iTunes 11 was released Nov 2012, not 2013 as stated in the article.

Posted by Andrew Barry on July 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM (PDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Sadly, virtually everything from any of the channels or services (save YouTube) are not available unless you also have a cable or satellite service subscription. in my opinion this is the height of stupidity by these networks and services. First off, if I already have them on a cable or satellite service, why would I need them on AppleTV? The reason I would want them on AppleTV is because I *don’t* have cable or satellite service. And given that each subscriber nets each of these services less than a dollar or two per month (some, undoubtedly even less) based on the number of these channels that one can get per dollar when boosting a cable or satellite plan from the basic to the more advanced levels, these channels could be making a fortune from AppleTV owners by simply allowing them to subscribe through their iTunes account for a few dollars each month. But apparently the management of these stations are so myopic and tied to the cable and satellite service models that they can’t bother to recognize the possibilities for higher sources of revenue. Would that Apple would put more pressure on them to open up their stations to AppleTV owners via iTunes.

Posted by Leslie D. Martin on July 20, 2014 at 5:46 PM (PDT)

iLounge Picks: Five Great Summer Party Speakers

Thank you for this nice and detailed article on party speakers

Posted by FendaAudio on July 17, 2014 at 3:51 AM (PDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

I agree on the statements above. Also, what about make it possible to ZOOM IN on the map - doing the finger moves keeps the small fonts, ehhh small. Apple, please don’t make the Microsoft error by introducing a lot of new features without Kirsten to the users needs for refining the old ones. What I really miss is password protected mails (as another rouser asked for) but also the possibility for protected pictures and so on fro prying eyes.

Posted by Lars on July 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

iLounge Picks: Five Great Summer Party Speakers

I have charge and really like it!  Use it for almost everything from my deck to when I go biking.  Only thing it is lacking is the ability to pair it with another speaker so you have two going at the same time.

I would like to see some other speaker choices though.

Posted by MSU on July 10, 2014 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

I currently watch a lot of golf both on major networks and golf channel.
Do you have any plans to add golf to your list?
Thanks,
Anne

Posted by Anne Rimer on July 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

iLounge Picks: Five Great Summer Party Speakers

YES! Ive been waiting for this article, THANKS!

Posted by Rob on July 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

Editorial: Endings And Beginnings

Thank you very much, everyone!

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM (PDT)

Editorial: Endings And Beginnings

I may not be the most frequent iLounger, but I definitely appreciate the work you’ve done this past decade, and wish you best of luck on Mercado. grin

Posted by LoopyChew on July 1, 2014 at 4:59 AM (PDT)

Editorial: Endings And Beginnings

Hey Jeremy,

I always loved reading your reviews, editorials and blog entries. Sad to see you leave, but hope you enjoy your passion project.

I hope you do turn up for the occasional guest editorial.

You didn’t mention it, but I assume you even welcomes Sake (?) during your tenure here - didn’t you?

Posted by Triply on June 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM (PDT)

Editorial: Endings And Beginnings

Best wishes for your work with Mercado, and thank you for all your years on iLounge.

Posted by Adele M on June 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM (PDT)

Editorial: Endings And Beginnings

Thanks for all your hard work, Jeremy, and good luck in your new endeavor!

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM (PDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

I don’t really need or want any of this stuff. i just want them to get rid of the crappy icons and make it possible to zoom in on calendar text which is microscopically small.
Simple things please Apple. Not ever expanding features most of which include sharing and social networking. i have enough of that.

Posted by Steve J on June 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM (PDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

Most of these new features are a lot like what I have had on my Nokia phone for the past 2 months with Windows Phone 8.1.  Apple doesn’t seem to be near as innovative as they used to be.

Posted by Aaron on June 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM (PDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

...many of these enhancements appear helpful, but what bugs me the most is that there’s STILL no ability to either password protect the email app or to create multiple logins. (as many parents, especially with iPads, have repeatedly asked for)

I also really wished they beefed up the wishy washy appearance, even a little…

Posted by Paul on June 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM (PDT)

The Complete Guide to FaceTime + iMessage: Setup, Use, and Troubleshooting

Thank you soo much(kinda). My imessage wasn’t logging in, but I found out that my date or time was wrong, and I fixed it. Interestingly, my Apple ID isn’t working for Facetime, it only shows my phone number.

Posted by Temi on June 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM (PDT)

iLounge Multi-Editorial: WWDC 2014's iOS 8, OS X Yosemite + More

From WWDC 2014 we have:

1. (i)OS updates including “Continuity”

2. no new hardware + a statement that the updated (i)OS will run on current hardware

3. the knowledge that Yosemite is that last version of OS X aka Mac OS.

I wonder if all this points to a truly revolutionary overhaul of the Apple ecosystem, currently just over the horizon? Perhaps a complete paradigm shift away from iPhone + iPad + Mac?

Posted by G-Man on June 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

iLounge Multi-Editorial: WWDC 2014's iOS 8, OS X Yosemite + More

@3: So the previously separate iPad (March), iPhone (June), and iPod (September) events with Mac releases throughout the year weren’t a good thing? Apple was playing too many cards throughout the year?

Just checking. It seemed like a really great strategy to keep people continually excited and spread out purchases over 12 months.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 3, 2014 at 3:19 AM (PDT)

iLounge Multi-Editorial: WWDC 2014's iOS 8, OS X Yosemite + More

Really, editor-people, i realize you must all be gadget heads (iLounge is tops for iOS accessories/peripherals info and reviews).

but you really missed it today. went right by you.

us consumers saw several dozen very useful iOS/OS X improvements we will all enjoy a lot. ultimately, the quality of the user experience is what produces satisfied repeat buyers, not simply snazzy new hardware.

and developers saw about a dozen new options for their apps that they really wanted and can take big advantage of. so there will be a fantastic new generation of iOS 8 apps coming out later this year as a result, further delighting consumers.

this is all HUGE news in fact, and sets the stage very well for the hardware launch to come in the Fall.

you’re right that the new hardware is what generates mega media excitement, as exemplified by those long lines outside Apple stores. but really, you can only play that card once a year. as to the pre-launch hype build-up web sites love so much, the already-active rumor mill will generate a classic will they/won’t they suspense meme in the media (about the iWatch i guess) that will have you all in a frenzy by September.

just try to have some patience and not foam at the mouth too soon.

Posted by AlfieJr on June 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM (PDT)

iLounge Multi-Editorial: WWDC 2014's iOS 8, OS X Yosemite + More

I think OSX Yosemite and iOS 8 really are awesome. The features and implementations are simply phenomenal.

Even with no hardware announcement, this was more than enough.

With Family Share, Apple turned the concept of having profiles on iOS devices on its ear.

I have enrolled for the beta testing program and have downloaded OSX and have just installed iOS 8 on my iPad Air.

I have downloaded the Swift guide from iBooks and can’t wait to start working with it.

I am really excited!

Posted by Sreedhar on June 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM (PDT)

The Complete Guide to FaceTime + iMessage: Setup, Use, and Troubleshooting

I have an iPad mini that was sending and receiving iMessages fine, but now will not. I did not change any settings. It is wifi only, and uses the same Apple ID and phone number as my 5c.

Posted by Dianne on June 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM (PDT)

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