New in iOS 9 is a feature that saves space on your devices, but also prevents apps you’ve purchased or updated from syncing to iTunes. I discuss that in this week’s column. I also explain how to rate songs in the iOS Music app, and offer a workaround for the clunky Movie syncing interface in iTunes.
You'll probably have updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9 by now, and I expect to have a flurry of questions about using iTunes and the iOS Music app with the new operating system. In the meantime, I explore three questions related to managing iTunes libraries and content in this week's column. And I end the column with an intriguing question about unexpected volume changes on an iPhone, whose resolution was surprising.
In this week’s column, I look at a grab bag of questions. Readers have asked how to check or uncheck all the songs in their iTunes library. Will Apple Music music ever disappear? Why can’t they enter a year for their audiobooks in iTunes? And how can they keep their daughter from spending too much money on the iTunes Store?
Q: I check and uncheck tracks in iTunes to sync them to my iPhone. Is there an easy way I can uncheck all the songs in my iTunes library, so I can start with a fresh selection of music?
Another update, another series of changes and problems. Apple’s recent update to iTunes—version 12.2.2—made some changes, and I look at one issue when purchased content now shows up in iTunes libraries. I also examine new playlist views in iTunes 12, new music sorting in the Music app with iOS 8.4, and answer a question about buying music from the iTunes Store in other countries.
Q: What’s with all these cloud icons that suddenly showed up in my iTunes library after the latest update to iTunes?
Lots of readers are writing in with questions about iTunes 12 and its quirks. In this week’s column, I explain how to import single tracks from CDs, which is different in the latest version of iTunes. I look at the iCloud Download column that displays in list views. I try and explain why Apple Music’s music files have DRM. And I highlight a bug in the way iTunes displays some information about playlists.
Ripping individual tracks from CDs
Q: Sometimes I want to rip just a few tracks on a CD, not the entire disc. Previously, you could drag and drop tracks from a CD right onto the Music library. Now, you can only add a track to a playlist. Is there any other way to import just one track?
Whenever a new version of iTunes rears its head, new features are added, but also some features get cut. In this week’s column, I look at several of these features that are missing in action. In some cases—such as shuffling all music by an artist in the iOS Music app, or streaming Beats 1 radio over AirPlay—I offer a workaround. For another, I can only lament that certain useful features have been axed.
iTunes Radio and explicit lyrics
Q: My favorite part about iTunes Radio was that you could filter for explicit lyrics. Has that been removed?
The big iTunes news this week is the introduction of Apple Music, and the many changes it brings to iTunes. In this week’s column, I answer a number of questions related to Apple Music, and to other changes in iTunes 12.2.