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How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC

Tuesday April 6, 2021 3:43 pm PDT by
Not everyone who owns an iPhone or iPad has a Mac, which is why Apple made its mobile devices compatible with Windows PCs, too. Using USB, you can you can connect an iPhone or iPad to a Windows PC to set up the device, charge its battery, share its internet connection, transfer files, and sync content. This article shows you how to back up your iOS device on a Windows PC. Make Sure You...

How to Deauthorize Your iTunes Account on a Computer You Can No Longer Access

Friday November 9, 2018 3:31 am PST by
If you plan to give away, sell or trade in your Mac, you should de-authorize your iTunes account on the computer first, as this removes its access to content that you bought from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store, including things like music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books. Apple puts a five-computer limit on an account for accessing iTunes protected content, so it's worth...

How to Encrypt Your iOS Device's iTunes Backup

Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:17 pm PDT by
If you connect your iOS device to your computer to back up your data instead of using iCloud, some of your most private data is not backing up. For security reasons, by default, an iTunes backup will not include saved passwords, Wi-Fi settings, website history, or Health data. You can save information like passwords and website history in an iTunes backup if you encrypt it, which is an...

How to Use iTunes Match

Monday March 30, 2015 12:31 pm PDT by
For $24.99 per year, or about two dollars per month, iTunes Match keeps all of your music in iCloud so you can access any song at any time from any device instead of picking and downloading your favorite playlists every time you sync your device. Plus, Apple will provide you with high quality playback using 256 Kbps AAC DRM free versions of your music, even if your original copy was lower...

How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Apple ID

Friday February 13, 2015 8:02 am PST by
Apple introduced an additional layer of security for iPhone, iPad and Mac users in 2013 by rolling out two-step verification for Apple ID accounts. Two-step verification prevents anyone but you from accessing your Apple ID account, even if they know the password, by requiring a four-digit verification code sent via SMS or Find My iPhone on trusted devices. When you enable two-step verification,...

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iTunes Brand's Slow Demise Continues as Apple Updates URLs for App Web Listings

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:36 am PDT by
Apple switched its URL structure for hosting app listings on the web this week, in another sure sign that the company is gradually moving on from its all-encompassing 18-year-old iTunes brand. When viewing an iOS or Mac app listing on the web, the URL address now contains, where previously it was The change follows similar URL updates reported earlier this ...

iTunes For Windows is Sticking Around

Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:39 am PDT by
In macOS Catalina, Apple is sunsetting the iTunes app and has split it into three apps instead: Music, Podcasts, and TV, which has left questions about what's happening to iTunes on other platforms. Apple told Ars Technica that on Windows, there will be no changes. Those who use iTunes on a PC to manage their devices, listen to music, and make iTunes purchases will be able to continue to do...
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Apple Wipes iTunes Pages on Facebook and Instagram, Begins Moving Away From iTunes Links

Saturday June 1, 2019 1:50 pm PDT by
More evidence has emerged to suggest that Apple is beginning to move away from its iTunes brand after over 18 years of use. As noted on Reddit, Apple has abruptly removed all social media content from its iTunes page on Facebook, including posts, photos, and videos. This appears to have happened within the past 24 hours, as a cached version of the iTunes page on Facebook still had content...
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Apple Sued by Estate of 'Over the Rainbow' Composer for Alleged Piracy

Tuesday May 21, 2019 3:52 am PDT by
Apple and other tech firms are being sued for piracy by the estate of composer Harold Arlen for offering unauthorized copies of his songs, reports the BBC. Arlen's son, Sam Arlen, says he has found more than 6,000 unauthorized copies of his father's songs on Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft's services. According to legal papers filed in Los Angeles and shared by AppleInsider, streaming...

Many Warner Bros Movies Have Reverted to HD Instead of 4K on iTunes and in User Movie Libraries [Update]

Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:17 pm PDT by
Over the course of the last week or so, multiple Warner Bros movies that were previously available in 4K have reverted to HD, a change that applies to new purchases from iTunes as well as previously purchased movies. There are complaints about the change both on Twitter and on the Blu-ray forums, as highlighted by 9to5Mac this afternoon. There are quite a few titles that have reverted from 4K...
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Apple Offering 10% Bonus iTunes Credit When Adding Funds to Your Apple ID

Tuesday May 7, 2019 10:48 am PDT by
Apple has begun offering users the chance to add 10 percent extra credit to their App Store and iTunes accounts this week, similar to past offers from the company. For this deal, you'll have to add money to your Apple ID account from a credit or debit card connected to your account. To add the funds on your iPhone, visit the ‌App Store‌, tap your profile picture, and then tap "Add Funds to ‌A...

Apple Offering 10% Bonus When Adding Funds to Your Account for App Store and iTunes Purchases

Sunday March 10, 2019 1:52 pm PDT by
Apple today sent out emails letting App Store and iTunes users know about a new promotion that offers a 10 percent bonus when adding funds to an Apple ID account. When you add money directly to your ‌Apple ID‌ from a credit or debit card for making ‌App Store‌, iTunes, and iCloud purchases, Apple is adding bonus credit. Apple says the offer is valid on amounts ranging from $1.00 to $200,...

Samsung's 2019 AirPlay 2-Compatible QLED TVs Now Available for Purchase

Monday February 11, 2019 10:15 am PST by
Samsung today announced that its 2019 TV lineup with QLED 4K and 8K options, can now be pre-ordered or purchased from the Samsung website or from select retailers across the United States. Available in sizes ranging from 43 inches to 98 inches, the QLED lineup works with AirPlay 2, thanks to Apple's move to expand ‌AirPlay‌ 2 availability to many television manufacturers. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 will...
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Apple Now Charging Sales Tax on All iTunes Purchases and Apple Music Subscriptions in Canada

Monday January 7, 2019 2:42 pm PST by
As noted by customers on Reddit and Twitter, and on the blog iPhone in Canada, Apple has begun charging sales tax on the purchases of TV shows, movies, music, and audiobooks in iTunes and Apple Music subscriptions in Canada. The change went into effect January 1, 2019, with GST, HST, PST, and/or QST collected depending on the province or territory. In a statement issued to MacRumors,...
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8 Ways to Spend the iTunes Gift Card You Unwrapped Today

Tuesday December 25, 2018 3:00 am PST by
App Store & iTunes gift cards have been a popular tech-themed stocking stuffer for years. If you unwrapped one today, we have eight ideas for what to buy across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Books, and beyond in 2018. Start with Apple's instructions for redeeming App Store & iTunes gift cards. 1. Apple Music subscription App Store & iTunes gift cards can be used to fund an Apple Music...
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Still Running OS X Yosemite? Beware, iTunes 12.8.1 Breaks Safari

Friday December 14, 2018 7:29 pm PST by
Apple this week released iTunes 12.8.1 for OS X Yosemite up to macOS High Sierra. The minor update resolves an issue that prevented iTunes from streaming media to third-party AirPlay speakers, and contains other minor improvements. However, anyone running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 specifically should avoid updating to iTunes 12.8.1 for now, as users across the MacRumors Forums, Twitter, Reddit,...

Apple Updates iTunes Remote App With Support for New iPad Pro Models

Monday November 5, 2018 3:16 pm PST by
Apple today updated its Apple Remote app to version 4.4.1, introducing support for Apple's 2018 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The iTunes Remote app is designed to allow you to control iTunes from anywhere in your home with the iPhone or the iPad. Apple says today's update also introduces improved network connectivity, shortcuts to play and shuffle playlists and albums, and improved...
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Apple's Special Version of iTunes That Still Has an App Store Currently Incompatible With macOS Mojave

Wednesday September 26, 2018 7:02 am PDT by
Last year, Apple removed the App Store from iTunes. Soon after, however, Apple quietly released a special edition of iTunes that retains access to the App Store for "certain business partners" who "might still need to use iTunes to install apps." Apple provides a download page on its website for the special edition of iTunes, which originally had a version number of 12.6.3. Two updates have...

Apple Accepting Mercy Corps Donations to Help People Affected by Flooding in Kerala, India

Wednesday August 22, 2018 10:36 am PDT by
Apple today added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices as well as its homepage allowing customers to donate to Mercy Corps to support those who have been affected by massive flooding in Kerala, India. Flooding began in Kerala earlier this summer with the arrival of monsoon rains, and picked up again on August 8 following days of torrential downpour. Approximately...

Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations for California Fire Relief

Friday August 3, 2018 9:36 am PDT by
Apple today added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices allowing Apple customers to donate to the American Red Cross to support those who have been affected by the fires that have devastated Northern California. Impacting Shasta County and the town of Redding, the Carr Fire has become the sixth most destructive fire in California's history, ripping through more than...

Apple's iTunes Remote App Gains iPhone X Support, New Look

Tuesday June 26, 2018 10:42 am PDT by
Apple today updated its iTunes Remote app for iOS devices to version 4.4, introducing a redesigned look and support for the iPhone X, Apple's newest flagship device. The iTunes Remote app is designed to allow iPad and iPhone users to control their iTunes libraries from anywhere in the home, accessing music, TV shows, movies, Podcasts, playlists, and more. The app can be used to send music to...

Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.5 With Minor Performance Improvements

Tuesday May 29, 2018 11:41 am PDT by
Apple today released an updated version of iTunes, iTunes 12.7.5, which the company says introduces minor app and performance improvements. The iTunes 12.7.5 update has been released alongside iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1. Apple has a macOS 10.13.5 update in the works, but has not released it as of yet. iTunes 12.7.5 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the...

Apple's Services Revenue Up 31% Year-Over-Year in 2Q 2018, App Store Sets New Quarterly Revenue Record

Tuesday May 1, 2018 2:27 pm PDT by
Apple's services category has continued to see rapid growth and it is becoming an increasingly important revenue driver for Apple. In the second fiscal quarter of 2018, Apple's services brought in $9.19 billion in revenue, up 31 percent compared to the $7 billion in revenue services earned in the second quarter of 2017. For the last several quarters, Apple's services revenue has grown so...

Apple's iTunes App Now Available Through Microsoft's Windows 10 Store

Thursday April 26, 2018 2:45 pm PDT by
iTunes, Apple's software for downloading, purchasing, and managing content on iOS devices and playing Apple content on Macs and PCs, is now available for download through Microsoft's Windows 10 Store. Microsoft first announced plans to bring the iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store in May 2017, and said at the time that the app would be available by the end of 2017. In December, though, an Apple ...

Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.4 With New Music Video Features for Apple Music

Thursday March 29, 2018 1:58 pm PDT by
Apple today released an updated version of iTunes, iTunes 12.7.4, which introduces a new music video experience for Apple Music. A music video section lets users discover new and popular music videos in the Browse section of Apple Music, and there's an option to create Apple Music playlists for videos. Apple's full release notes for iTunes 12.7.4 are below:iTunes now includes a new music...