iTunes

Why can't I sign up my son for his own Apple ID?

Josh from Sun City, CA

Episode 1214

Josh wants to set up Family Sharing so that his son can access purchased content without having access to everything else. He went to create a separate Apple ID for his child, but Apple said it requires a credit card to verify that Josh is an adult. Apple says he could use a credit card to confirm it, and then remove the payment information afterwards. But Josh doesn't have a credit card, and Apple doesn't seem to have any way around that. Leo says Apple is really missing the boat here by not offering some sort of backup verification option. Leo suggests writing to Tim Cook.

How can I move my iTunes music to Android?

Episode 1203

Jose from Paramount, CA
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Jose has lost some of his iTunes music from his mobile phone. Leo says that while iTunes says he's responsible for it, he can ask them to restore them and chances are they will do it. But he also has an Android phone right now. So how can he move them over? Leo says that Apple uses AAC, a standard form of music encoding.

Once he has his music, then he can use a third party solution like DoubleTwist, which can move them over for him. Then he should back up his music!

Apple Moves to Streaming Model as iTunes Sales Wane

Episode 1203

Apple Music

The reason why Apple is going to a subscription model as opposed to the iTunes music purchase model turns out to be due to waning sales. More people are listening to streaming music than are buying music and downloading it. So it makes sense that Apple would want to get into that business with a subscription service. It's why they bought Beats. And their $10 a month service is competitive as well.

How can I use iTunes on two separate computers?

Episode 1197

Rob from Orange, CA
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Rob is a DJ and he would like to use iTunes on two separate laptops to mix between. Leo says there's two ways to do this. The first is to use the same Apple ID on both. He'll have up to 5 computers he can use at once. He could also use Family Sharing. That way he can manage all the music between multiple users. Home sharing is another option.

The fastest way would be to copy the library onto a disk, and then import the library into the other laptop.

Is there a good alternative for iTunes?

Episode 1178

Rick from Baltimore, MD
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Rick s frustrated with iTunes. It seems to have a mind of its own. It wants to manage his own personal music and deletes some of it randomly. Is there a substitute that gives him more control over his music and podcasts? Unfortunately, iTunes has taken up all the air in the room in this category and most of the alternatives have dried up. But there are some third party programs to consider:

Why am I having sync issues with iTunes?

Episode 1168

Darren from San Diego, CA
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Darren has a brand new iPhone 6 and he's having trouble syncing his music to it from his MacBook Pro. He's missing several hundred songs and it keeps looking to sync, wearing down the battery. Doctor Mom says that if he has a music file that he's made himself, it could be blocking the sync. There's also two different bugs that can delay the sync. Here's a MacRumors link on them - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1786762. If there's a bad track, it will cause it.