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How to Bring Back the iTunes MiniPlayer

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iTunes. A Obi-Wan would say, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. Apple killed the game-changing Mac application in 2019, splitting its combined services into three simplified apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. While this decision was in many ways a good one, those of us who have used Macs for years (or even…

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How to Export Your Entire Spotify Library for Free

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There are many reasons to move away from Spotify. Apple Music now has lossless audio at a cheaper rate. If you use Amazon Prime, Prime Music comes free; if you have an Echo smart speaker, it’s the cheapest way to stream your music. Spotify doesn’t have music by Neil Young or Joni Mitchell. No matter the reason,…

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How to Make Your iPhone's Voice Memos Sound Better

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The iPhone’s Voice Memos app is easy to use to record anything from a college lecture to a podcast—but not all recordings turn out to have the quality you’d like. You might end up with wind noise in the background, or a speaker’s voice that is barely audible. With patience (and some audio editing skills), you might…

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How to Download Spotify Songs to Your Apple Watch Instead of Streaming Them

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Spotify has finally delivered what we once called the “Holy Grail of smartphone streaming”—the ability to download songs to your watch, so you can listen to them even when your phone is at home and you’re jogging through the woods without a data connection. The feature is rolling out now, although you’ll need a…

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How to Make Sense of What Apple Has Done to the Podcasts App

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In April, Apple made some long-overdue changes to its Podcasts app, part of an overhaul of the company’s general approach to the podcasting market that will allow podcasts makers to charge subscription fees for their content via Apple’s homegrown app. Unfortunately, the changes have proved frustrating to many longtime…

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How to Use Every New Feature in iOS 14.6

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Apple’s iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 launched this week, adding several new features to iPhones and iPad devices including new voice controls, expanded tracking functions for AirTags, Family Sharing options for Apple card payments, and, of course, tons of bug fixes.

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How to Stop Apple Music CarPlay From Crashing Until There's a Real Fix

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Over the last few days, we’ve seen lots of reports across Reddit and social media that Apple Music on CarPlay has been crashing unexpectedly. While we don’t know the specific cause, and there’s no confirmed fix yet, there are a few workarounds you can try while you wait.

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How to Change Your Default Music Player in iOS 14.5

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It’s rare to see Apple add options to iOS that allow you to set the app you actually want to use to accomplish something as the default, rather than forcing you to use the official Apple app. And while I doubt you’ll ever be able to use anything other than the App Store to get new software on your iPhone (sans…

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