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Apple Updates tvOS and HomePod Software to 15.5.1 to Address Music Bug

Apple has issued a small update for Apple TVs and HomePods to fix a bug that could make music stop playing.

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Apple Music Now Available on Roku

Apple Music is now available as a channel on Roku, but it doesn’t support the Apple Music Voice Plan.

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Original HomePods Appreciating in Value

Despite being considered by some to be an overpriced flop, the original HomePod is now selling for more than its original retail price on eBay. Could that indicate that Apple priced it too low?

Jeff Carlson 33 comments

Use the Web to Cook Your Books

Are your shelves groaning with cookbooks that you pull down only for a recipe or two? All sorts of culinary riches are tucked between beautifully printed pages in Jeff Carlson’s kitchen, but when he was looking for a recipe, he used to revert to a random Google search. No more, thanks to the Eat Your Books website that helps you find recipes in your cookbook collection.

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A Baseball Fan Explains Apple’s MLB Deal

At the Peek Performance event, Apple announced that Major League Baseball is coming to Apple TV+. Baseball fan Jason Snell of Six Colors explains what it means.

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A Hypercritical Look at Streaming Video Apps

Engineer and Apple pundit John Siracusa aims his critical eye at video streaming services, offering suggestions for how streaming video apps could improve.

Glenn Fleishman 21 comments

Roku Express 4K+ Provides an Affordable Alternative to the Apple TV

The compact, inexpensive Roku Express 4K+ could give you everything you want from a streaming media player for your TV, including AirPlay 2 support. It’s a fraction the cost of an Apple TV 4K and nearly as well designed.

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Apple Music Voice Plan Is a Bargain If You’re OK Using Siri

The new Apple Music Voice Plan is a bargain at $4.99 per month, but it mostly limits you to using Apple’s Siri voice assistant for searches and playback. The Voice Plan has been met with some skepticism, but Julio Ojeda-Zapata thinks it’s a good option for casual music listeners.

David C. 29 comments

iOS Music and iTunes Store Apps Stumble over Deleted Tracks

With the iOS Music app, it’s easy to accidentally delete a purchased song from your library when you merely intend to remove the downloaded audio. You can’t recover from this mistake within the Music app but must work through the iTunes Store using a Mac.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 11 comments

Beats Fit Pro Are Good Alternatives to Third-Generation AirPods

A week after the release of the third-generation AirPods, Apple subsidiary Beats By Dre unveiled Fit Pro earbuds that offer a compelling alternative thanks to a more secure fit, H1 chip, and active noise cancellation.

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First Impressions of the Third-Generation AirPods

Josh Centers and Julio Ojeda-Zapata team up to give you their first impressions of Apple’s third-generation AirPods.

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How to Use FaceTime Screen Sharing and SharePlay

With iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, you can share your screen over FaceTime and even share synchronized music and movies with others during a FaceTime call. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Apple Unveils Third-Generation AirPods, Tweaks HomePod mini and Apple Music

Apple used its “Unleashed” event partly to focus on music. It revealed third-generation AirPods with a host of improvements, unveiled new colors for its HomePod mini speaker, and announced a new Apple Music Voice Plan for access to the music service via Siri voice commands.

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Why Analysts “Believe” in Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has a small library and relatively few paying subscribers compared to competing streaming services, but thanks to a high-quality assortment of programs, analysts believe that Apple will be a major player in streaming.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Improve Your Mac’s Audio by Combining Speakers

After his 15-year-old Altec Lansing FX6201 speakers died, Adam Engst figured out how to bond the speakers in his 27-inch iMac and Thunderbolt Display to tide him over until he can decide on the best external replacement speakers.