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Why am I running out of room on my iPhone?

Episode 1295

Dennis from Costa Rica
Apple iPhone 6 and 6s Plus

Dennis got an iPhone 6s Plus a few months ago and he can't seem stop the storage from filling up his phone. Leo says that the iPhone caches a lot of data. If he plugs it into his computer, he can take a look at it in iTunes. It will show him a graphical representation of the space used in "other." The only real way to clean it up is to backup the iPhone, erase it, and then restore it. That will get rid of all the cached stuff. He can go into Settings > General > Storage and Usage, and clear everything out piece by piece.

How can I print out my song playlist in iTunes?

Roland from Kansas

Episode 1286

Roland wants to know how he can print his playlist on iTunes. Leo says that iTunes can print either an album list, CD case insert or music list. There's not much choice of the format and he'll end up with a lot of data he may not want. If he could export it into a CSV and then insert it into a spreadsheet, he can choose what he wants.

To export the playlist, he should go to File > Library > Export Playlist. Choose plain text document. Then he can import that into a spreadsheet.

How can I batch edit MP3 tags?

Mark from Sydney, Australia

Episode 1275

Mark has a music start up and he wants to be able to separate the explicit ones from the regular ones. But with thousands of songs, it's not practical to listen to all of them. How can he do it in a batch format? Leo says the metadata would be the key, if the MP3/AAC has an explicit tag in it. There's a program called MP3 Tag. Wikihow.com has an explanation of how to do this.

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
iTunes

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.