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  • How-Tos: Dealing with data caps

    Reader Robert Cullers, like many people, faces the bitter realities of streaming media. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Wish lists, upcoming-track alerts, adding comments to multiple tracks, and more

    This week I answer a couple of questions about the iTunes Store, explain how to add comments to multiple tracks at once, and discuss the useful Skip when Shuffling tag. I also reveal a way to have iTunes announce what track is about to be played.

  • How-Tos: Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

    Looking for the way to join tracks when you rip CDs with iTunes 11? Need to know how to get tracks into playlists quickly? What about iTunes Store device limits and gifting apps? All this and more in this week's column.

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting iTunes 11: The sequel

    While iTunes 11.0.1 appears to have fixed most of bugs reported in the application's initial 11.0 release (including those I covered in a previous column), a few lingering issues remain.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer music and files to Android smartphones and tablets

    Our step by step guide on how to transfer music and files to an Android smartphone or tablet from Windows or Mac.

  • How-Tos: Convert vinyl records and to CD, MP3 or FLAC

    We explain how to capture and convert your vinyl record collection to CD or MP3 to preserve it for the future.

  • How-Tos: How to convert audio tapes to CD or MP3

    If you've got a collection of old mix tapes you want to preserve, you can convert them to MP3 format or burn them to CDs. We explain how to do it.

  • How-Tos: Use Google Music to listen to your music everywhere

    Google Music has finally opened its doors to a UK audience, letting you access your favourite music any time, anywhere. Here's how to get started with Google Music.

  • How-Tos: Watch streaming video better with these tips for power users

    If you're reading this, you don't need to be told that streaming live video on your PC and mobile gadgets is blowing up in a big way; with streaming sites like Justin.tv, UStream, and game-specific streaming services Twitch.tv and Own3d.tv, you have more options for live news and entertainment than ever before. But with so many streams on so many sites (and not so many full-featured standalone player apps), staying on top of the brave new world of streaming TV can be a pain. With that in mind, here are some quick tips and tricks for making your live video streaming experience less painful.

  • How-Tos: Ask the iTunes Guy: Home Sharing, tag editing, iTunes U, and more

    Editor's note: This week's column addresses issues with iTunes 10. iTunes 11 was released on Thursday, and the iTunes Guy is hard at work on an in-depth review, which will post soon.

  • How-Tos: Podcasting: All you need to know

    The first podcasts broadcast over the Internet more than a decade ago, and since that time much has changed. Podcasting has gone from a niche hobby for amateurs to a recording industry that's helping many entertainers make a living.

  • How-Tos: Get started with SoundCloud

    Whether you're looking for new music to listen to or want to upload your own for critique, SoundCloud is one of the best online resources. We show you how to get started with the free service.

  • How-Tos: Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?

  • How-Tos: Windows 7 volume control moves to centre of screen

    When you click an icon in Windows 7's taskbar, does it move to the centre of the screen? That's what happened to one reader. Our Helproom Expert solved the problem.

  • How-Tos: Changing your Apple ID's email address

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous would like help with his Apple ID. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to enjoy better-quality digital music

    Uncompressed or lossless audio offers much higher quality than regular MP3. We show you how to enjoy a better listening experience.

  • How-Tos: Retrieve Your Entire Music Library from Your Google Music Account

    For a while now I've been using Google Music as a kind of cloud-based backup for my music library. Except that it wasn't really a backup, because I couldn't easily retrieve all the songs I'd uploaded. In the event of a system failure, I'd have to download tunes in batches of 100. Bleh.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: Create a perfect holiday playlist

  • How-Tos: How to create a perfect Christmas playlist

    Christmas music and eggnog have this in common: they should only appear during the proper season. Break them out during a mid-summer celebration only if you want to immediately poop the party. Fortunately, you can ensure that your festive music is played at the right time - and in the right way - at Christmas. The avenue for doing so is iTunes's smart playlists.


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