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  • iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

    Fri 6:36pm By Jeff Gamet
    Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't…
  • Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

    Fri 9:38am By Dave Hamilton
    The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I…
  • Happy U.S. Independence Day

    Fri 8:00am By Jeff Gamet
    In honor of Independence Day-a U.S. holiday-The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!
  • Apple Posts San Francisco Pride 2015 Video

    Fri 1:38am By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple posted a video celebrating the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride 2015 parade on June 28th. The video features scenes from around the city, Apple setting up for the event, and many of its employees and their families taking part. Apple…
  • Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

    Thu 8:51pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Youhave just a couple of more days to get our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum…
  • Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

    Thu 8:44pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday upheld Apple's conviction as an antitrust violator. In a 2-1 split decision, the court ruled that Apple was liable for orchestrating a conspiracy with book publishers to raise retail prices for…
  • Apple Earns a Black Eye for Apple Music

    Thu 5:00pm By John Martellaro
    Any sufficiently large software project will have significant failure points. This is a lesson Apple has steadfastly refused to learn. It's not as if there weren't any warning signs.
  • Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not Jony Ive

    Thu 3:04pm By Jeff Gamet
    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…
  • 3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

    Thu 2:01pm By Kelly Guimont
    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.
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-02: Coping with iCloud Music Library’s Problems

    Thu 1:39pm By Jeff Gamet
    iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music's iCloud Music Library have some pretty serious issues. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into the issues, share their thoughts on why Apple is having big problems with iCloud Music Library, and share a tip…
  • iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library: A Disaster for Your Music Collection

    Thu 10:58am By Jeff Gamet
    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…
  • How To Add Nickname, Photo to Apple Music Profile

    Thu 8:59am By Kelly Guimont
    Apple's new streaming Apple Music service has the option to include your nickname and even a user image as part of your profile. Kelly has the scoop on how to update that information and personalize your profile.
  • ACM 313: Apple Music First Impressions, Steve Jobs Movie Trailer

    Wed 9:40pm By Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin
    After getting to play with Apple Music for a day Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on the latest entry into the streaming music market. They share what they like, what's working well, what isn't, and more. They also have plenty to say about the just released…
  • OS X: How to Create Custom Radio Stations in iTunes 12.2

    Wed 5:15pm By John Martellaro
    In iTunes 12.2, which supports Apple Music, you can still create your own custom radio station. There are several ways to do it, and you can create a station from the song or the artist. John shows you how.
  • Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming Box Win

    Wed 4:00pm By Bob LeVitus
    Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasnât seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes...
  • $20 Off a Casetify Apple Watch Strap

    Wed 3:47pm By Bryan Chaffin
    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…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-01: Apple Music Day 1, Loving the MacBook

    Wed 1:44pm By Jeff Gamet
    With a full day of Apple Music behind us Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how the new streaming music service and Internet radio station are working out so far. John also explains how the MacBook can grow on you…
  • First ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Trailer Looks Amazing

    Wed 12:31pm By Bryan Chaffin
    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…
  • How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

    Wed 11:07am By Jeff Gamet
    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

    Wed 9:49am By Jeff Gamet
    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…
  • Apple Watch: Resuming to Your Last-Used App

    Wed 8:55am By Melissa Holt
    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…
  • Apple Lets iPhone Read Books Made with iBooks Author

    Tue 9:57pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple released iBooks Author 2.3 Tuesday, an update that allows the software to make ebooks that can be read on an iPhone. The company did so by adding two new ePub templates that work with iPhone.
  • Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

    Tue 7:15pm By John Martellaro
    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…
  • Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone: New Drummers, Apple Music Connect, Force Touch

    Tue 6:42pm By Bryan Chaffin
    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…
  • Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update with Apple Music Support

    Tue 6:25pm By Jeff Gamet
    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…
  • How to Request Songs on Beats 1 Radio

    Tue 6:16pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple's Beats 1 Internet radio is offering another feature familiar to traditional radio station listeners: call-in requests. Apple has phone numbers available in several countries, and Beats 1 DJ Travis Mills will host a requests show at 5PM pacific time.
  • Apple Music Turns to Tumblr for Beats 1 Show Schedule

    Tue 5:22pm By Jeff Gamet
    If you want to stay on top of Beats 1 programming for Apple Music, you can point your Web browser to Tumblr because that's where Apple has their Internet radio station schedule listed. And showing Apple's new found love of social networks, you can find Apple…
  • Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

    Tue 5:21pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the iOS Designer Bundle, a collection of five training courses that will train you to design for iOS. Better yet, you can pay what you want. It works like this: pay the minimum-even a penny-and you get the first training course. Beat the average…
  • Apple Says iTunes 12.2 ‘Coming Soon’ for Mac and Windows

    Tue 4:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence…
  • Apple Patches 45 Security Flaws in OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion

    Tue 4:19pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple patched some 45 security OS X Yosemite v10.10.4, which was released earlier on Tuesday. The company also released Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. The security holes and bugs fixed services and technologies…
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