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Freeing Up Space on The iPod Touch by Making iTunes Songs Smaller

Friday April 18, 2014

iPod Touch

Wouldn't it be nice if you could have all the songs in your iTunes library right there on your iPod Touch? If you've got a small collection of songs then you may be able do this, but how long will it be before you can't squeeze them all on?

Even having a model with the largest available capacity won't give you immunity to the eventual strain on storage space. Unfortunately the design of the iPod Touch means that you can't add extra memory (like a flash card) to boost available storage. Sooner or later you'll find that your iPod's capacity will slowly diminish to the point where you'll have no option but to free-up some space.

One of the ways you can quickly gain back much needed space is to use an option in iTunes that can be easily overlooked. To find out more, read our tutorial on configuring iTunes to convert songs on the iPod Touch to a lower bitrate.

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iPhone FAQ: Do I Need to Use My Computer to Delete Songs on The iPhone?

Wednesday April 16, 2014


If you've been a long-time user of Apple devices then you might still be in the habit of connecting the iPhone to your computer when you want to delete some of its content. In fact, you might not be aware that you can directly delete songs from your device.

However, since the release of iOS 5, users have been able to do precisely this. For digital music, you can easily remove individual songs directly from your iPhone without the hassle of hooking it up to the iTunes software. This is certainly a boon compared to the days before iOS 5 when the only way to manage the contents of your iPhone was was to connect it (via a transfer cable) to a computer.

If you need to free-up space on your iPhone by deleting songs you don't listen to anymore, then read our tutorial on removing music directly on the iPhone.

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Spotify Rolls Out New Darker Interface And A New Home For Your Music

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Spotify Software And Devices

Spotify recently announced via its blog the launch of a radical new look that sports a darker theme and improvements to the icons and text. Spotify's revamp isn't just cosmetic either. One addition worth noting is you no longer have to rely on playlists or stars to add songs to your personal library.

The introduction of the newYour Music option has been designed to give you a more natural (and easier) way to save, manage and browse the songs you want to keep in your personal music library. The company says in its blog, "Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It's that simple."

There's also an improvement to the Browse facility which the popular music service says delivers better content which is more relevant and localized. However all these changes won't be seen straight away by everyone. Spotify say the process will be gradual for its iPhone, desktop, and Web Player users.

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iTunes FAQ: Can I Transfer Songs From The iPod Touch to iTunes?

Thursday April 3, 2014

iPod TouchYou may think that syncing songs between your iTunes library and iPod Touch is only a one-way process. Most of the time you'll probably update your Apple device with new songs and apps from the library on your computer. However, you can also transfer content the other way too.

But why would you want to do this?

It is sometimes useful to be able to transfer content from your iPod Touch -- to a new computer for example when you don't have a local backup at hand, or can't download from iCloud.

If you need to transfer iTunes purchases which may only be on your iOS device, then read our tutorial on transferring songs and apps from the iPod Touch to a new computer.

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Pandora Radio Subscription Increase Fueled By 'Rising Royalty Fees'

Wednesday March 26, 2014

New Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio recently announced via its blog that it will be raising the subscription fee for Pandora One due to increased costs. The Internet radio service has kept its monthly fee at $3.99 for quite some time, but this will now be increased in May to $4.99 for new subscribers.

Commenting about the changes, Pandora said on their blog, "The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably. For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53% in the last five years and will increase another 9% in 2015."

The company also revealed that their yearly subscription option will also be ending. To lessen the blow Pandora say that existing annual subscribers will be migrated at a loyalty price of $3.99 per month -- this works out at $47.88 for twelve months ( a 33% increase). However, monthly subscribers (current and those who sign up before May) won't see any increase.

Even with these changes, the company will be hoping that churn rate will be low seeing that it's still a cheaper streaming option compared to other services such as Spotify, Rdio, etc.

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Report: iTunes Radio Third Most Popular Service For Streaming Music

Friday March 21, 2014
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Launched only last year, Apple's iTunes Radio is now the third most popular streaming music service -- beating Spotify and Google Play All Access into fourth and fifth place respectively. According to a new report by Edison Research (called The Infinite Dial 2014), 8% of Americans aged 12 and over listened to iTunes Radio. Surprisingly, this eclipsed Spotify (6%) and Google Play All Access (3%).

However, it was Pandora Radio which had the lions share with an impressive 31%, followed by iHeartRadio quite a way off at 9%.

Considering iTunes Radio is currently only six months old, it will be interesting to see whether it can build on this promising start with sustained growth.

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Streaming Music Shows Strong Growth in Latest Industry Report

Wednesday March 19, 2014

According to a report recently published by the RIAA, the streaming music market saw strong growth in 2013. The report, News and Notes on 2013 RIAA Music Industry Shipment and Revenue Statistics, highlighted that digital music sales were driven by streaming music services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora Radio and others.

This surge in uptake topped the $1 billion mark which equates to a 39% increase compared to 2012 figures. Even though overall music industry revenues were slightly down (0.3%), the report suggests that streamed audio could be the future platform of choice for consumers of digital music.

This is good news not only for existing streaming music providers, but also new services like Beats Music.

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Downloading From Amazon MP3: Do You Really Need The MP3 Downloader?

Friday March 14, 2014
Amazon MP3 Store

If you are new to the Amazon MP3 Store and want to use your computer to start buying songs then you might think that the first step is to install some kind of software application. After all, other services like the iTunes Store require you to install their own proprietary software first. So this must be the same for Amazon, right?

Well, yes and no.

If just purchasing single tracks, then you don't need to use any software at all. However, if you need to purchase several songs at the same time then Amazon's software is required. That said, if you only purchase the odd track from time to time then this could be a better solution so you don't have to stuff your computer's hard drive with yet more software.

To see how this is done, follow our tutorial on buying music from amazon MP3 using just a browser.

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Apple CarPlay: Will it Revolutionize Music Listening in The Car?

Wednesday March 12, 2014

The problem with wanting to use your iPhone or iPad in the car while driving is that the two simply don't mix where safety is concerned. To use your iOS device, you'll either have to pull over and stop the car or be a passenger. However, with the new CarPlay feature in iOS 7.1 things are set to change.

Commenting about CarPlay (and digital music) in a recent press release Apple said, "CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts and audiobooks with easy navigation through listening choices from the car's built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you'd like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving."

Being able to plug your iPhone, iPad or iPod into your car's stereo system isn't new. There's been several ways to do this for quite a few years, but CarPlay promises to go to the next level. However, can it successfully bring on a digital music revolution that will eventually become standard in all vehicles?

For more information, read our CarPlay Frequently Asked Questions article.

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Listen To Spotify on Any Computer Just by Using a Web Browser

Friday March 7, 2014

Traditionally the main way to access Spotify's music library and stream it on a computer has been via its desktop application. However, downloading Spotify's software may not be the best solution in certain circumstances. If for example you use several computers (some of which might not be yours) then you may want to avoid hogging precious hard drive space on each one just to stream music.

Spotify's Web Player provides a way to stream music, listen to radio stations, discover new music, create playlists, and more without having to download and install the Spotify desktop software.

To see how to access and use this browser-embedded facility, follow the steps in our tutorial on using Spotify's Web Player.

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