How to stream your musical performances across the Web

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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A musical reader is anxious to perform to a remote audience and writes:

I know you’re a musician and I’m hoping you can answer this one for me. My family lives across the country and I’d like to perform a concert for them via the Internet. I have a MIDI keyboard and play through Apple’s Mainstage 3. Is there some way I can stream my performance to them?

There is. I’ve tried this using a couple of different setups and the one I’ve settled on is Rogue Amoeba’s $59 Nicecast. The gist is that Nicecast allows you to use any app as an audio source and stream its output over a local network or the Internet. Specifically, here’s what you’d do.

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When auto-play videos play anyway

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader James Haring would like to do something about videos that play unbidden in Safari. He writes:

I read your column about blocking auto-play videos and I’ve installed ClickToPlugin per your recommendation. But it doesn’t seem to be working. What am I doing wrong?

I use ClickToPlugin with Safari as well and have no issues with it failing to block the Flash videos that are thrust at me. Given that it works for me I’m going to suggest that you check the plugin’s settings.

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How to sync both ringtones and iTunes Match music

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Aaron Landers is confused by an element of iTunes syncing. He writes:

I have some songs on my iPhone that I’ve downloaded via iTunes Match. On this same iPhone I want to install some ringtones that I made in GarageBand via iTunes. But when I choose to sync ringtones, iTunes threatens to erase all the music on my phone. I’m afraid to try so can you tell me what will really happen?

I’d be happy to. This warning tells me that you last synced your iPhone with a Mac different from the one you’re attempting to now sync ringtones with. And because you are, iTunes is telling you that when you choose to sync from the new Mac, content copied from the old Mac will disappear. And that’s correct. Any ringtones or music copied from the old iTunes library will be vaporized when you sync the phone with the Mac you’re currently jacked into.

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How to remove unwanted utilities from your Mac

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is attempting to help his helpmate. This person writes:

My wife recently took her Mac to the company where she works as a contractor so that the IT department could install updates for some of the software she’s required to use. When she brought it back home we discovered that they’d installed McAfee Endpoint Protection. Since it’s returned her Mac is locking up and she’s having problems with her email. I have to think that it’s the McAfee product. Do you know how we can uninstall it?

I do, but before I tell you how, a word of caution.

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Understanding the limitations of a Mac's microphone

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Ross Andrus is seeking greater fidelity from his MacBook Air. He writes:

I have a MacBook Air and I’m trying to record me singing and playing guitar with it but it sounds pretty bad. Is there anything I can do to improve its sound?

Yes. At the risk of sounding harsh, you should get a real microphone (or two).

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Treating a processor-hogging Chrome browser

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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A reader who wishes to be known as Frustrated in Frisco has an issue with Chrome. The frustrated one writes:

The past couple of weeks, my MacBook Pro’s fan has been going crazy: Coming on suddenly and roaring like a jet taking off. I opened Activity Monitor to learn what was giving my CPU such a workout and Google Chrome Helper processes were consuming 50 percent or more of my CPU resources. Is there anything I can do about this?

You mean other than switching to a different browser? I wish there was a silver-bullet solution but this is a problem for a number of Chrome users and ultimately the solution will have to come from Google’s Chrome team. Should this public shaming not cure the problem overnight, here are a few things you can try.

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How to connect an Apple TV to analog speakers

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Glen Lanier has two devices that seem to have difficulty communicating. He writes:

I just put a small TV and Apple TV in my bedroom and connected them with an HDMI cable. The problem is that the sound from the TV’s speakers is really poor. I have a pair of powered speakers, though. Is there some way to connect the Apple TV to them?

I understand your difficulty. The Apple TV has a digital audio output and your powered speakers have an analog audio input. You can’t simply string a cable between the two and expect sound to come out the other end.

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