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How can I stream all my music from my iPad?

Bobbie from Hunting Beach, CA

Episode 1255

Bobbie has ripped all her CDs and is trying to sync them to her iPad, but they won't sync. Leo says it's likely that her iPad is full and just can't take anymore data. Leo says she can manually manage her iTunes music, or she can use playlists. That way she can replace her playlists as needed. She can also use iTunes Match, which for $25 a year, will enable her to stream music from the cloud. She could also get a device that supports Bluetooth or AirPlay. Then she can stream to her home theater or Bose system.

How can I trust apps in the App Store?

Jay from Providence, NC

Episode 1255

Jay wants to try out new apps, but how can he trust the developers, especially if he has to pay for it? Leo says he longs for the old days of shareware. But then again, security wasn't an issue back then. Leo says that OS X Yosemite and above has a Gatekeeper setting for the App store that can filter out all but Mac App Store Identified developers. This is like a certification, which gives him a bit of more confidence on the developers.

Why isn't Apple Music working?

Episode 1249

Chris from Miami, FL
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Chris subscribed to Apple Music and he keeps getting the "beach balling." Leo says that it could be an issue if he's also subscribed to iTunes Match. Turning on Apple Music will take his existing collection and add it to the mix and sometimes it really doesn't work well. This is because of iTunes. iTunes is old, funky, and seriously needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Leo isn't a fan. He prefers Google Music.

How can I play ringtones on my computer?

Kenny from Texas

Episode 1238

Kenny makes his own ringtones and wants to know how to quickly review each one. Leo says that iTunes will play them. He can also add them to his phone and run through them that way. He can use the search function on his PC to play them with any audio software like WinAmp. He can also search for them all and just play them one after another. VLC and Quicktime will both be able to play the files. Anything that can play back an M4R file will work.

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

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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.