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  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: Work with playlists

    [Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there’s something you’d like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]

  • Opinion: Use iTunes to rip audio from videos

    Do you have video files that you'd like to have in audio form—say a music video you bought from the iTunes Store that you want to listen to on your iPod? Reader sabberworm has pointed out a nice hidden feature in iTunes that lets you do just that. He uses it to grab audio from video podcasts, but you can use it to save the sound from any video file as an iTunes track.

  • Opinion: Search iTunes radio stations using playlists

    If you use iTunes radio stations, you may have noticed that you can’t search in the Radio list; the search field is dimmed. But OS X Hints reader osxpounder pointed out that you can search if you put the radio stations in a playlist.

  • Opinion: Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes Match confusion

    [Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there’s something you’d like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]

  • Opinion: Hey Hey, My My: MP3, It's Time to Die

    OK, so Neil Young didn't utter those exact words at The Wall Street Journal's D: Dive Into Media conference Tuesday, but he might as well have.

  • Opinion: See Ya, CDs: Digital Music Sales Overtake Physical Media

    Downloading music online is finally more popular than purchasing a CD in the United States. And yes, it really took this long.

  • Opinion: Sony Walkman Gets Access to Music Unlimited Library

    The Sony Walkman line of portable MP3 players has finally arrived to the online music locker party, hosted by Sony's own Music Unlimited streaming service. The problem is that it's several months late and grossly underdressed.

  • Opinion: Streaming Service Rara Lands in Music-Saturated U.S.

    If Google Music, Mog, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody and Spotify weren't enough online music services for you another competitor, Rara.com, launches in the United States Tuesday.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Apple and Spotify Create Ripples in the Streaming Music World

    The arrival of Apple's iCloud and iTunes Match this month, coupled with Spotify's October drop of its invite-only requirement, seem to have shaken the online music world.

  • Opinion: Preparing a music library for iTunes Match

    Reader Greg Decker has found the reason iTunes Match is taking so long to upload files. He writes:

  • Opinion: iTunes Match shouldn't shun those with big libraries

    We are the excluded ones. The misfits. The ones who listen differently.

  • Opinion: Comparison: Google Music, iTunes Match, and Amazon Cloud Drive

    Wednesday's official launch of Google Music comes right off the heels of Apple's iTunes Match going live.

  • Opinion: Google Music: 5 Things You Need to Know

    Google recently unveiled its long-awaited music store that will offer more than 13 million tracks, instant access to purchased music in your online storage locker and several free music promotions. The search giant also announced that Google Music has graduated from its beta testing period and is now available for public sign-ups in the United States.

  • Opinion: Get Started With Google's New Music Store

    Users of Google Music, announced Wednesday, can now purchase albums and songs online, and have them sent directly to their Android phones or Google Music locker. But should you use it? We took it for a quick spin and, so far, we're impressed.

  • Opinion: Google Music Comes Out of Beta: New Store, Player, and Social Integration

    Google Music is no longer in beta and is now open to the public--and you'll still be able to upload and stream up to 20,000 songs for free. Google revealed an updated version of its music cloud service, app, Web player, and store, Google Music, this afternoon at Mr. Brainwash's studio in Hollywood.

  • Opinion: Google Music: What to Expect From Today's Event

    Google is prepping for a big announcement here in Los Angeles today and the rumor mill is buzzing about what the company could possibly be unveiling. I'll be covering the event later this afternoon, but we have a pretty good idea about what Google's next venture will be: A final version of Google Music with a full-fledged music store.

  • Opinion: Toggle between iTunes Match and local syncing

    When you enable iTunes Match on an iOS device (Settings -> Music -> iTunes Match), you'll see a warning that "iTunes Match will replace the music library on this device." When iTunes Match was still in beta, that message was true to its word: Any music you had on your device was indeed deleted, in favor of the library you'd uploaded to the cloud via iTunes Match. But in the official version of iTunes Match released Monday, that's no longer the case. In truth, any music that was on your iOS device before you enabled iTunes Match will still be there--and that fact can save you on time and bandwidth.

  • Opinion: Hands-On: iTunes Match

    For just $25 per year, Apple's iTunes Match service lets users access their music library from the cloud--without having to upload every single song. iTunes Match "matches" a user's songs to master copies in the cloud, and only uploads songs that it doesn't already have a copy of. But before you dive in, there are a few caveats to consider.

  • Opinion: iTunes Match Still MIA as Google Readies Music Shop

    Two weeks after Apple missed its deadline to launch iTunes Match, Google is ready to unveil its own Android music shop on Wednesday. The search giant's music store, coupled with the beta cloud music service unveiled in May, will rival Apple's unreleased vision of both selling and storing music in the cloud.

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