Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Single Time Machine Backups

Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.

Submitted by
Richard Kane

 
 

"Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" Answers 100 iTunes Questions

Send Article to a Friend

We're excited to announce a completely new Take Control ebook - "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ." Written by iTunes expert and music enthusiast Kirk McElhearn, the 146-page, $10 ebook is up-to-date and bursting with answers to all your iTunes questions. Along with authoring a number of Take Control titles and other books, Kirk has written for TidBITS and is a Senior Contributor to Macworld, with numerous submissions to their Playlist column.

Beyond the broad goal of transforming you into an iTunes power user, Kirk's intent with this ebook is to help you appreciate and understand the process of adding media to iTunes, tagging it, adding album artwork, and organizing it into playlists. With that setup completed, you can enjoy your music, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, and more without hassles when it's time to find a particular item or you want to do something special like sync a select subset of music to your iPod, create a party playlist, identify music you haven't heard in a while, or listen to the chapters in an audiobook in the proper order. If your iTunes library is anything like mine, it's a mess, which makes using iTunes all the harder. But it doesn't have to be that way, and with Kirk's advice, you can regain control over your media in iTunes.

Speaking of media, if you're a current or future iPad owner, you can also buy Kirk's ebook in a 25-percent-off bundle with Jeff Carlson's "Take Control of Media on Your iPad." The two ebooks would normally cost $20, but bundled together, they're only $15.

To sweeten the deal, the ebook ends with a pair of coupons. You'll save $5 on Equinux's SongGenie tool for automatically filling in missing album artwork, fixing incorrect song titles, adding lyrics, and identifying unknown songs. And if you have an AirPort Express base station, you can save $3 on Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil software for playing audio wirelessly from any source, such as the Pandora Web site running in Safari.


 

Updated! PDFpen for iPad 1.7: Designed for iOS 7, faster, and
better-looking. Edit your PDFs anywhere. Sign contracts, make
changes, fill forms, and more. All while you’re on the move.
Syncs via iCloud and Dropbox. <http://smle.us/tbpdfpen-ipad>
 

Comments about "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" Answers 100 iTunes Questions
(Comments are closed.)

Chris Carl  2010-09-20 15:55
Does it address how to sync iTunes 10 to the "old" Apple TV for photos?
Kirk McElhearn  2010-09-21 00:19
I don't cover syncing that much. I discuss the different ways of syncing media, but I don't look at photos at all. In any case, syncing photos to an Apple TV is just like syncing them to an iPod: choose the albums or rolls in the Photos pane that you want copied
Chris Carl  2010-09-23 11:07
It turns out not to be the case. iTunes 10 finds the ATV; clicking on it gets you to Photos; choosing albums and clicking Apply gets you no response. The albums do NOT transfer. iTunes needs to be upgraded to provide syncing to the old ATV. (The ATV forum is quite active on this point!)
xandra  2010-09-21 10:05
Uh, oh... Chris, does that mean that syncing photos to Apple TV is now Broken??

Kirk, egads!! How can a thorough treatise on iTunes avoid syncing concerns - The 2 are intertwined: For example there is a bug in iTunes 9 which causes Smart playlists to mis-sort, unless you add specific criteria (or jump thru other hoops). Over time my iTunes management has become complex primarily due to the complex and ever-changing interaction between iTunes and my devices.
Perhaps an Addendum:
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-21 11:06
This is probably more appropriately covered in "Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard" so I'll ask Michael Cohen if he knows anything about iTunes 10 and the old Apple TV.