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  • How-Tos: How to build a DIY media server

    Access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how to create a home media server from an old PC

  • How-Tos: How to set up a dedicated home media server

    With a dedicated box, you can access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how, using a WD TV Live Hub.

  • How-Tos: Playing nice with GarageBand for iPad

    Apple touts its GarageBand for iPad application as a great way to play and record music without the need to learn scales or time signatures. Musical newbies aren’t the only ones interested in using the $5 app, however. GarageBand for iPad appeals to seasoned musicians, too. And those with significant investments in recording equipment may be wondering which, if any, of their existing gear will work with the portable version of GarageBand. I decided to grab my trusty iPad, my iPad camera connection kit, and powered USB hub and plug in whatever I had around to see what would work.

  • How-Tos: Back up your iTunes media files

    As time goes by, and our digital media collections grow, we need to ensure that we don’t lose the music and video files that we’ve spent our hard-earned dollars (or, in the case of ripping our own CDs and DVDs, considerable time) on. Music, videos, and audiobooks can add up until your iTunes library fills your hard disk and then some. In addition to storing the original files, you have to make sure you keep backups, because in many cases you can’t download such files again.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer music from your iPod to your Mac (without downloading software)

    A 5-step guide on how to access your iPod's music files without downloading specialist software.

  • How-Tos: How To transfer music from your iPod to your PC

    Apple (for some reason) don't want you to transfer your music from your iPod back to your PC. But here's how you do it.

  • How-Tos: Help! Neither iTunes nor Windows Media Player will play my audio CDs

    I recently burned a couple of audio CDs, but I can't get them to play. iTunes doesn't co-operate since I installed Windows 7 64bit, and Windows Media Player reports the error: 'Server execution failed'. I bought the CDs legally, but wanted to play the audio on a PC or smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to stop MP3 files skipping or jumping

    A reader had a problem with MP3 files that are part of a playlist skipping or jumping in Windows Media Player. Our Helproom expert shows you how to prevent this.

  • How-Tos: How to play music on an Android device

    Android is a great platform for mobile communications, but it's also designed from the ground up to offer a rich multimedia experience. Your Android device is jam-packed with features that let you manage and play your digital music in a variety of ways.

  • How-Tos: How to access iTunes on a Google Android device

    BlackBerry owners have support for iTunes built in, but users of other mobile platforms aren't so lucky. For Android handsets, doubleTwist is a mobile app that lets you access anything in your iTunes library for playback on your phone. Download it from doubletwist.com and allow it to access the Registry.

  • How-Tos: How to record sounds on your PC

    A reader found that he was no longer able to record audio on his PC. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix this problem.

  • How-Tos: Calibrate Your Home-Theater Audio

    Sound is a big part of a satisfying home-theater setup, and people tend to give a movie higher marks when they watch it with good surround sound audio than with simple stereo. So improving the audio listening environment in your family room or living room may yield a much more immersive HDTV viewing experience.

  • How-Tos: Find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac

    Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, which packs more visual information (more pixels) into the shows you see on TV and on Blu-ray discs. But you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that can be superior to that of CDs. I took a look at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How-Tos: What to do when your laptop speakers don't work

    Here's what to do if the speakers and audio jack stop working on a Windows laptop.

  • How-Tos: Add lyrics to your iTunes tracks

    Music and lyrics—there’s a reason you hear those two items discussed together, because they are equally important parts in the composition of a song. While you can tap your foot or strum along with a tune on your air guitar, you can’t sing along if you don’t know the words. And how frustrating is that?

  • How-Tos: Convert audio to other formats

    Audio files come in a number of different formats. Some are lossy, such as AAC and MP3; they save space compared to the original files, but some of the original data is lost during compression. Some formats are lossless, such as Apple Lossless, FLAC, and SHN; these files can be converted back to their original form without the loss of a single bit. Finally, some are uncompressed, such as WAV and AIFF; they represent the exact data from a CD or a master.

  • How-Tos: How to sync an iPhone or Google Android handset with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods, iPhones and Google Android handsets.

  • How-Tos: How to sync your iPod with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods.

  • How-Tos: How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on a Google Android smartphone

    Most smartphones come with a selection of ringtones these days, but there's nothing like putting your own stamp on a handset by using one of your own MP3's as a ringtone. Perhaps you want to hear your favourite song on a regular basis or you simply want to distinguish between different callers without having to look at the screen to see who's trying to get in touch. Using MP3s as ringtones will let you do this, and it only takes a few simple steps to turn them into ringtones.

  • How-Tos: How to rip a CD to MP3

    Like many of us, you've probably got hundreds of CDs lying about the house. By making digital copies of these CDs, you'll be able to ensure your entire music collection is available on your PC, so you can listen to it while you're working on your PC, transfer it to your smartphone or even stream it across your home network.


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