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Add Notes to Pre-existing Recordings in Pear Note

While most people think of Pear Note as a tool for recording notes live, it can be used to take notes on pre-existing recordings as well. If you have an audio or video recording that you'd like to take notes on in Pear Note, simply:

  1. Drag the audio/video file to Pear Note and import it into a new document.
  2. Hit play.
  3. Click the lock to unlock the text of the note.

Now you can take notes that will be synced to the recording, just as if you'd recorded them live.

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Airfoil Speakers Touch Back in App Store without AirPlay Support

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Rogue Amoeba has released a downgrade to Airfoil Speakers Touch, the app that enabled an iOS device to act as an AirPlay receiver. The downgrade was necessary because Apple pulled the app a few weeks ago, and the only way Rogue Amoeba could get it back in the App Store was by removing the AirPlay capabilities. Airfoil Speakers Touch can still receive audio from a Mac or a PC (and from an iOS device or iTunes through one of the above), but it can no longer appear as an AirPlay destination for iOS or iTunes directly. In this blog post, it becomes clear that Apple chose to restrict the app purely for unspecified and capricious reasons rather than any rule infractions.favicon follow link

 

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Donald Burr  2012-06-11 23:40
I have no inside knowledge about the matter, however a possible reason why Apple might have pulled this functionality because it could be based on some work done by hackers to reverse engineer the cryptography used in AirPlay:

http://isource.com/2011/04/11/airplay-private-key-reverse-engineered/

(again I don't know anything about how Rogue Amoeba chose to implement this feature, this is merely a possibility)

Such reverse engineering (I believe) is prohibited by Apple's developer policies; plus it is in fact a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), since the private key that was reverse engineered is a form of encryption.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-12 00:00
I'm not sure precisely what they did, and speculation may be futile. Apple didn't cite reverse engineering or breaking encryption either in its replies or in a note Phil Schiller sent (and that was forwarded) via email to a customer who asked him the question.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-06-12 08:47
I hadn't seen the post Glenn referred to, but for those who want to see what Schiller claimed (and Rogue Amoeba refuted), check http://rogueamoeba.com/utm/2012/06/08/in-response-to-mr-schiller/