Apple Music

Is there an alternative for iTunes?

Apple Music

Episode 1633

Airshow Rob from Isle au Haut, Maine

Rob wants to know what he can use now that iTunes is going away. Leo says it isn't going away; it's just being divided into Music, TV, and Photos. The sync is being incorporated into your OS now, which Leo says is the best part of the whole idea. But an alternative is VOX on the Mac. Leo says it's a third-party music player that plays high-resolution music.

How can I sync audio books to my iPhone?

iBooks

Episode 1619

Richard from Paducah, Kentucky

Richard is visually impaired and has been listening to an audio book he converted from iTunes. But his phone won't play it. Leo says that audio books usually have an M4B standard to provide for bookmarking, and many audio players don't support it. It also gave him multiple copies of it. How can he bypass iTunes and play it? Leo says Richard could try iBooks. It will not only play audio books, but it can sync. But Richard says iBooks will only support purchased items. Leo says it will.

What MP3 player should I buy?

iPod Touch

Episode 1546

Charles from Whittier, CA

Charles' CD player is dying, so he's thinking of getting an MP3 player. Leo says that physical media is fading away and going digital is a good idea. He can take all the CDs he owns and "rip" them into an mp3 format. But it's likely that everything he owns and wants to listen to are available now using music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. They're around $10 a month or $15 for a family plan.

Apple Launches HomePod

Apple HomePod

Episode 1461

Leo got his Apple HomePod this week and he says it's a device that suffers from an identity crisis. Apple isn't selling it as a home assistant like the Echo or Google Assistant, even though it has Siri on it. It's limited in its ability to play music, though. It's slightly better than the first generation Sonos, but not as good as a bonafide stereo system. It's just an expensive speaker for Apple Music via Airplay. It doesn't even work with Bluetooth. If you're not drinking that Kool-aid, there's no sense in buying one.

How can I control my mp3s in the car?

Apple-CarPlay by Sam Churchill

Episode 1432

John from Oxnard, CA

John has a new car and it doesn't have a CD player. It has a USB plug instead, but the music just jumps all around. Leo says that most car makers expect you to keep your music organized and play it from the phone. John's Corvette uses Apple CarPlay so his iPhone will interface with it really easily and he can play all his music via the iOS Music app. He can just tell it to play an album and it will play it. Or he can even tell it to play with no pauses between tracks, shuffle, create playlists, genre, and more. It's wide open in terms of options.