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Ummm, how do you run out of email delivered iTunes gift cards at an online store? And, if you don’t want to sell them why filter them to the top of your display? If I wasn’t quite speechless, there wouldn’t be more … Read More »

By all accounts, from googling the experiences of others, issues from clock time to full memory can trigger the iPhone and iPad App Store “Error 1004 please try again later”.

I was simply trying to update my installed apps. The problem hit me simultaneously on iPhone and iPad — which is a hint that the problem is server side.

No amount of waiting to try again later made a difference. Not resetting the time. Nor restarting my iPhone/iPad. Nor rebooting my iPhone/iPad. Nor deleting a couple of videos to recover memory (even though I wasn’t short on available RAM to start with). Nor even switching between 3G and WiFi, thereby excluding router issues.

For me the solution was different and simple. Read More »

This article describes a fairly simple method of using iTunes and free software on an Apple Mac to convert DRMed audiobooks into .mp3s that you can either burn to disk or use on players that are not compatible with DRM schemas. A method which does not involve decrypting, removing, reverse engineering or breaking the DRM — a questionable practice fraught with legal complications and consequences. Read More »

itunesA colleague at work today told me her son had noticed that Apple’s iTunes Terms of Service prohibits the use of iTunes to make a nuclear bomb …

”APPLE INC. SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR iTUNES” Read More »

UPDATE: June 21st, 2010. iOS 4 on the iPhone does away with the iPod app’s On The Go Playlist (last item on your playlist) and has replaced it with Add Playlist … (now the first item in your playlist) — which functions similarly.

  • Run the iPod app on your iPhone.
  • Click on Add Playlist … (first item in your playlist).
  • Create a new playlist by giving it a temporary name (e.g. oldName+, to remind yourself what to rename it to, later in iTunes), then Save it.
  • Navigate to your playlists view (top left) if need be — you don’t want o add individual songs but copy whole playlists.
  • Select the playlist you want to copy and then from the top of that playlist you’ll find the magic option Add All Songs — the songs in that list will grey out.
  • Finally follow that by Done (upper right).
  • You’ll now be looking at your new playlist, check to see that it has all your songs listed in it.
  • Your new playlist will appear at the bottom of your old playlists, not in alphabetical order.
  • Rinse and repeat to copy old playlists into new playlists.
  • Sync to iTunes.
  • Rename the new playlists on iTunes, back to their old names.
  • Sync again.

 
Please read through the entire conversation which follows to better understand the process, precautions, limitations and user experiences …


The iTunes application has a gaping UI problem, it’s far too easy to delete a playlist and, once deleted, it can’t be undone! I’m not talking about having deleted the original song files, just the playlists you assemble — which point to songs in your music library. We all invest hours in selecting and sequencing our music into playlists. To lose a playlist can be pretty tough!

While working in a playlist you can have two different things selected — the playlist name and one or more songs in that playlist. So which will it trash when you hit the delete key? The selected songs or the whole playlist? It depends on which of the two was most recently selected and, therefore, the darkest of the two different selections. Madness. So with just a modicum of inattentive clumsiness you can easily kill off a whole playlist when you really mean to remove only a single track from it — and there’s no Edit>Undo safety net behind this function. Read More »

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