Jan 20


The children have a new iPod touch for Christmas and you want them to be able to download free apps, without being able to download paid apps to your credit card. Here is how to set up a free account without a credit card. If you want to, you can recharge this account with an iTunes voucher.
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Jan 03

It’s a two step process..

Firstly you rip the file from the DVD player and convert it to a small MP4 movie.

Then you copy the movie into itunes. Here’s how to do it step by step. Continue reading ⟩

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Jan 08

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Apple had just released itunes plus which has two main benefits, both are great.

1. All the songs are now going to be DRM free, so you can play them with different software and players.

2. The bitrate has now doubled so that the music is better quality. (I suggested the itunes bitrate was too low here, and how to get round it, but now apple have ‘fixed’ it for downloaded songs.) 

There is a great feature on the itunes store home page that will automatically (for a fee) upgrade all your songs!

To find  it you go to ‘quick links’ on the right, and click on ‘Upgrade my Library’.

Itunes upgrade songs

It will give you the option of deleting your old library or moving it to the desktop.  I suggest you keep it, because if you ever need the lower quality 128 kbps songs (eg to listen to on your ipod), the original downloaded ones will be better quality than if you re-compress the new 256kbps down to 128.

Thankfully I have only purchased 20 songs from itunes, so the fee was just $10.

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Mar 09

 

battery

With so many different battery types, how do you know whether to recharge them or flatten them every time you use them, and does it matter?

It does matter. Some batteries can be damaged if you use them wrongly, others have a reduced life. Here’s a quick guide.
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Sep 25

>if I want to convert some aiff files to mp3 to be downloaded from net…
> what specs should I aim at to keep size down but quality ok…

These are the settings I use for good quality speech in itunes: Continue reading ⟩

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Jun 28

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Well, I’m on a bit of a run here with my new samsung D900 mobile phone, the latest being what are the best settings to compress a movie to watch on my phone. The phones resolution is 320×240, which I think is similar to an ipod. I use Handbrake to encode DVD’s, you can also use these settings to export from Quicktime pro, but Handbrake is free. Continue reading ⟩

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Jan 07

When you tell itunes to find your cover art, it misses lots of albums that presumably are not on amazon.com where it looks for cover art. So what do you do? Continue reading ⟩

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Feb 12

So you’ve made an mp3 file, and you want to turn it into a podcast. Here’s how.

A podcast is simply a small file called an ‘RSS feed’ that points to the audio (mp3) file that you want to podcast.

You can then go one step further and submit it to itunes to make it an official Apple podcast. The  RSS feed file can be registered with any podcast site, but this post describes how to do it with the Apple iTunes site.. Continue reading ⟩

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