AWT News Update: September 14, 2017

AWT News Update: September 14, 2017

Here's a short podcast for all of you who are planning on going to sleep early tonight so you can wake up at 12:01 AM PT to pre-order the latest Apple products:

  • Be sure to get your pre-ordered items set up in the Apple Store app well before the pre-orders begin
  • Would you believe the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are smaller than those in the 7 and 7 Plus? They are, but still provide the same battery life
  • Apple Music will apparently be enabled in the Apple Watch Series 3 in October, and those who aren't Apple Music subscribers can always use iTunes Match
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Services - they could be Apple's downfall

Services - they could be Apple's downfall

Full disclosure from the beginning; I am an Apple fanboy, with my roots beginning in  the days of the Apple //e. As a boy, I painted my white bedroom with the Apple color stripes and stayed with Apple during its rocky years. I have also invested heavily into Apple services. I currently use the iCloud Photo library service (and pay extra for 1TB of space each month), iTunes Match and have been using my mac.com address forever. 

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Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to Atlanta to look into music deletion issue

Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to Atlanta to look into music deletion issue

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

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How I got those iTunes deletion bug blues...

How I got those iTunes deletion bug blues...

I have to admit that I don't listen to a lot of music anymore. I prefer to write in silence most of the time, accompanied by the purring of a cat in my lap. When the recent reports of entire music libraries being deleted from Macs were first making the rounds, I really didn't think too much about it... until I wrote a post for another website and found out while doing research that most of my iTunes library was gone.

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iTunes Match, iCloud Music Library track limits finally increase to 100,000

iTunes Match, iCloud Music Library track limits finally increase to 100,000

For years, those who have large libraries of ripped CD tracks have found that they can only add 25,000 of those tracks to their iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library libraries. Kirk McElhearn reported on his Kirkville blog that Apple has increased the number to 100,000 tracks.

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iTunes Match vs Apple Music: why you’ll want to use both services

iTunes Match vs Apple Music: why you’ll want to use both services

Apple’s cloud services are confusing to say the least, and things have only gotten more convoluted as these services have proliferated. iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both? iCloud Photo Sharing, Photo Stream, or both? I’ll try to shed some light on these matters over the next couple of days. Let’s start by looking at iTunes Match and Apple Music.

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