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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

So far I hate the updated music player.  Whoever designed this needs to be sacked.  I particularly hate the “Recently Added” banner.  It takes up the top third of the screen to show me three songs that have been on my iPhone for years, not even the most recently added songs.  On top of that it replaced the Shuffle button which is something I did use.

Posted by EricSteel on July 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

Nope, you’re not missing anyway as far as I can tell. You’d expect it to appear in the “Up Next” view but that shows your play history by default, and if you click on the clock to switch back to “Up Next” it just shows “Playing iTunes Radio”
I don’t know if this is a deliberate design decision to make these feel more like “real” radio stations, or if it’s merely an omission. You can still use Up Next normally when working with the playlists that appear in “For You” or the Genius playlists that you generate.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

Odd, still seems to work for me like it did in prior versions, although the design of the download icon and corresponding window in the top right corner has changed slightly.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:49 AM (CDT)

Adding other users to Find My iPhone

That’s pretty much expected behaviour. Find My Friends is designed for sharing locations between separate iCloud accounts, so you’d have to use two different accounts for it to work out that way. Further, you can only report location from one device per account, since the point is to let your friends know where you are.
You’d probably be better off simply using the Find My iPhone app, which will provide location information for all of your devices registered to a given iCloud account.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:48 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

Much like iTunes Match it, and even iCloud Photo Library, turning iTunes Music Library on or off won’t (well, shouldn’t) affect any tracks that are already stored on your device. Playlists seem to be another matter entirely, however, and it seems there are still more than a few bugs with how those are working. This is definitely a “.0” product in terms of the new Music app, and it may take some time before Apple has all of the bugs worked out. iTunes Match was a huge mess for about the first six months after its release.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:46 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

There would be if there was a way to actually do that. Aside from Jailbreaking your iPhone, however, which is a completely separate and much more complicated topic, the Apple apps are immutable and can’t be removed. The best you can do is tuck them away in a folder.
That said, they don’t really waste that much memory if you’re not using them, although admittedly if you’re running a lower capacity device like 16GB, it’s fair to say that every megabyte counts :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:43 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

Yup, similar to the feature in Up Next in iTunes. Good catch, thanks!

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2015 at 7:42 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

Is it in the alt view of the player window - click on that tiny icon in the left side of the track info window?

Posted by jbelkin on July 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

I just installed iTunes 12.2 in Windows, and cannot for the freaking so help life of me figure out how to see what is in the queue when I create a Radio Station from Artist.  It shows the currently playing song, but there is NOTHING I can FIND that shows what it has queued up in the station.  Am I just missing it?

Posted by Ronald Stepp on July 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM (CDT)

Adding other users to Find My iPhone

I have two iphones with different numbers.I installed find friends on the two phones. I wanted to keep one in the car and usinr the other one to find where i parked. when I send a request to add a friend on them I get ” you cant send an invitation to your self. Any help?

Posted by Lotfi on July 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

I noticed that the down load bar is missing when downloading updated apps in this version

Posted by Ian Weir on July 3, 2015 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

No expert advice on how to rid my iPhone of unwanted Apple apps that I don’t use, need and waste memory.

Posted by Ian Weir on July 3, 2015 at 6:30 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

You have to really pay attention to the setup, I setup on my iPhone - added the free trail option but turned automatic renewal OFF - and also turned icloud library option off. Strangely when I updated my iTunes at home icloud somehow turned back on and when I synced my phone it removed all my previously existing custom playlists (smart and static) from my phone. All my music remained (I have my entire ripped and purchased library on my phone) oddly enough. I ad to make sure it was turned off in both itunes and in ios. Otherwise my impression of the new app is pretty positive - I’m going to give the streaming thing a try but it never has appealed to me…

Posted by decafjava on July 3, 2015 at 4:36 AM (CDT)

Can I cancel or 'unsend' sent iMessages?

I use the HP Envy 110 to print my things off my iPad and any other Apple products, it’s great! There are newer models of my printer so consider those.

Posted by Anthony Khawam on July 2, 2015 at 5:36 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

The Music app also has a history of your played tracks if you scroll up from the Up Next list.

Posted by Galley on July 2, 2015 at 3:34 PM (CDT)

Resuming incomplete iCloud backups

I thought i backed up my phone and i reset my iphone back to factory settings and sold it then I got my new iphone 6 and tried to restore my backup but there was no option, when I go on iCloud on my computer it says the backup is incomplete but is 27gb.. Is there a way/ a program where i can install my incomplete backup?

Posted by Laura on June 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

Unfortunately, iCloud only stores your two or three most recent backups, so you won’t be able to get anything older than that. This means that if you’re backing up every night, you’ve only got a couple of days’ worth.
If you’ve been backing up to iTunes, then you may be able to find older backups in your actual PC or Mac backups (assuming you backup your computer with something like Time Machine). iTunes only stores your single most recent backup, but if you backup your computer on a regular basis, older ones might be found in those backups along with the rest of your files.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 23, 2015 at 8:28 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

any suggestions?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

i know how to do restore but my phone is only giving the two most recent backups for icloud, how di i get one from a month or two months ago?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 9:32 AM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Unfortunately, at this point it appears it can’t really handle multiple transportation methods beyond walking routes. Public transit directions will walk you to the nearest public transit access point, but if it considers you to be too far away to walk, it pretty much tells you it can’t find transit directions at all.
It does mix up modes across public transit systems and even agencies, however, so a route through a metropolitan area would switch you across trains, subways, ferries, and buses as required, even those operated by different transit agencies.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 19, 2015 at 1:24 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Question for those who’ve tried it:  Does it do mixed transportation methods.  I don’t live close enough to a rail station to have it come up as an option, but when travelling into NYC, that’s how I usually go, so I’d like something that says “Drive 20 miles to train station, Take train for 65 minutes to NYC” or some such.

Posted by gwhizkids on June 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

...better than nothing I guess, but not great…  hopefully they’ll enhance that before the beta cycle is complete

Posted by benjitek on June 12, 2015 at 6:15 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Actually, while Apple Maps doesn’t provide any manual way to do this, anything you’ve been looking at does get cached for offline use, including any directions that you’ve already plotted before going offline.
I just tested this with getting transit directions and turning on Airplane Mode, and it works about the same as it did before for driving/walking directions—once you’ve plotted the route, even if you haven’t tapped “Start”, it will still be available if you go offline, although of course you’ll have to navigate it step-by-step yourself, since there’s no GPS access either.
Maps also stay cached, albeit it with varying levels of street detail depending on what you’ve been looking at and how far zoomed in you are. You won’t be able to actually look anything up or get any new directions while offline, however.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

All that’s missing is the ability to save area maps to your device for offline access—you’d loose real-time arrival/departure info—but they could let you keep scheduled arrival/departure times.  Or a compromise—like with Citymapper, have a trip’s map save to your device once you plan and and tap ‘start’...

Posted by benjitek on June 11, 2015 at 5:51 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

Really enjoyed the article and I look forward to follow-ups. I too am going all in with this. I’ve backed up to Google+ for years. I have a little over 120,000 photos now stored on Google Photos. I like that it snags movies and screenshots.
I do see the local storage growing a lot. I’m up to 1.8GB on my iPhone used by the Google Photos app. I have a 128GB 6+ so it’s not a concern right now. I assume these are cached images.  I am wondering if it will shrink with time. Thus far it’s only grown.
If it becomes an issue, I have a backup plan. I’ll use Apple’s iPhoto stream and then use the desktop uploader from google to catch them as they come in and back them up to Google and I’ll not need the Google photo app on my phone but all phone photos will still back up very quickly to google.

Posted by MartyEdwards on June 3, 2015 at 11:24 PM (CDT)

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