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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: Creating iTunes account without a credit card

    Parent and reader Karen Haas has a new iPod touch owner in the family. She writes:

  • How-Tos: How to share iTunes libraries with other PCs

    Most PC users have some, if not all of their music collection stored in digital format on their computer. However, with multiple machines in one home becoming the norm, you my think you'll nee to ensure you copy all of your MP3s to each PC to ensure you can enjoy them no matter were in your home you are, which is time consuming to say the least.

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

    Got a new Google Android phone or Google Android tablets? You probably want to play all your music and video on it, but if you're an iTunes user, you'll find it's not as simple as transferring your iTunes account.

  • How-Tos: How to record audio to your PC

    My trusty Olympus digital voice recorder was stolen, and I need to record about 10 hours of speech for burning on to CD. Before I go and get a replacement digital recorder, can you advise me of alternative recording options I could consider? I have Wavepad and Audacity software. Will these do the job? I’m likely to want to add background music to my recordings

  • How-Tos: How to convert DVDs to play on a WDTV box

    I need some advice about video conversion. Using DivX Converter, a WDTV Live drive and a large hard drive, I’ve copied my entire DVD collection to disk. I’ve been reading about the H.264 format, however, which apparently retains the same quality at a lower bitrate. I’m interested in switching DivX Converter for Handbrake, which is free. Will it really give me the same quality with smaller file sizes, and is it only beneficial for HD video?

  • How-Tos: How to fix the audio on a Windows 7 laptop

    I'm unable to hear any sound through the speakers on my Acer Extensa 5630Z Windows 7 laptop. It makes no difference whether I'm listening to MP3 files stored on the hard drive, videos streamed from a website or even system sounds. I can hear very faint audio when I plug in a pair of headphones, but turning up the volume doesn't improve things. The laptop has a Realtek sound card, but reinstalling the drivers hasn't helped. I've also used System Restore, experimented with different headphones and speakers, and tinkered with settings in the Sounds control panel. I'm at a loss as to what to do next.

  • How-Tos: How to fix faulty drivers when your headphones cut out

    The sound output to my headphones frequently cuts out while listening to music using Spotify. Error messages report that my sound card isn't working or my headphones haven't been detected, but closing the pop-ups or relaunching Spotify usually fixes the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to: Organise your music with Mp3tag

    Digital audio files loves to store themselves in disparate locations unless you instruct it otherwise. We use free software to show you how to organise your music collection and take the hassle out of tagging digital audio.

  • How-Tos: How to update firmware on PCs and peripherals

    Firmware revisions can make your old equipment run faster and crash less often. Find out how to give your hardware software enhancements and new features

  • How-Tos: How to find lost iTunes files

    When I got my PC back after being repaired, everything that was on it before was still there, except iTunes. I'm worried I'll lose the playlists on my 30GB Apple iPod classic if I plug it into my PC after reinstalling iTunes.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a laptop with failed audio

    I'm unable to get sound from my Windows 7 HP laptop. I've checked everything I can think of and have now run out of ideas.

  • How-Tos: How to take HD video on the iPod touch

    We show you how to make and take HD video on the iPod touch.

  • How-Tos: How to use Game Center on the iPod touch

    New iPod touch features explained


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