Michael GowanMacworld

Michael writes about music, home theater technologies, software, and much more.

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Tweak your iOS audio with EQ settings

Equalization—aka EQ—can improve the sounds coming out of your iOS device without requiring you to buy expensive new headphones. Here's how it works and why you should be using it.

High fidelity: How to get lossless and high-res audio on iOS devices

Do you have FLAC files you want to enjoy on your iPhone or iPod touch? With the right software, you can play stuff that Apple's built-in Music app can't.

The iTunes Store at 10: How Apple reinvented the music business

It's been a decade since the iTunes Music Store first flung open its digital doors. All it has done since then is change the way we buy and listen to music.

Find free, cool music on SoundCloud

The Internet has no shortage of places offering streaming music these days. But few digital music destinations offer the unique selections you can find on SoundCloud.

iOS apps for music fans

Music apps can deliver a more immersive experience than plain old audio files. Here's what's going on in music apps for iOS.

Music ID app face-off: Shazam vs. SoundHound

What's that song? Shazam and SoundHound might know the answer. We put them head-to-head.

Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

TV Guide Mobile makes it easy to find what’s new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.

Make the most of your second screen

Several iOS apps can help you find new shows or movies, locate streaming content, and connect you with other viewers who like the same programs that you do. Here are a few suggestions on how to create a social viewing experience through your iPhone or iPad.

Review: Into_Now for iOS

Into_Now is what social TV should be -- a fun, innovative way to share what you’re watching with others. But one thing is missing: enough people participating in the conversation.

Review: Miso for iOS

If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it with Miso.

Review: GetGlue for iPad

GetGlue's large user community makes this app the most engaging of the social TV apps available now.

Review: BuddyTV for iOS

BuddyTV attempts to bridge the gap between TV listing apps and social features, but its flaws far outweigh its usefulness.

Music social networks that work

Apple's Ping may have been a failure, but there are some good ways to share your musical tastes with friends and expand your horizons at the same time.

What to watch for when buying a used iPhone

Buying a used iPhone online might seem like a great deal, but Michael Gowan runs down the potential pitfalls to watch out for.

TechHive: How many speakers is enough?

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The right speaker setup depends on your specific needs and what you want from your audio. You need to take into account space, volume (loudness), and how the speakers will be used. Do you have a big room or a small room? Do you live in an apartment or house? Do you watch a lot of movies or spend most of your audio time listening to music? How much money do you have to spend? We cover the basics.