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Building better reminders: Quick to-dos and audible alerts

Have you ever wished that when your Mac reminded you of an upcoming event, it would shout, "Hey! This is important!" to get your attention? Automator makes that possible.

Apple and the incredible vanishing CD drive

With the latest iMac and Retina MacBook Pro models, Apple is slowly killing off the optical drive on Macs. What does it mean for music and movie fans?

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.

Mac Gems: Skip Tunes and iTunification enhance iTunes

Today's Mac Gems review covers two simple add-ons for iTunes. One is an update to a previous Gem, and the other is new for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

How to get great audio in iMovie '11

iMovie ’11 has excellent and easy-to-use audio tools, making it simple to drop in music and sound effects to give your a professional sound quality. Videographer Heath McKnight walks you through how to use them.

The CD player turns 30

Believe it or not, the first CD player was released on October 1, 1982. Benj Edwards looks back on 30 years of the compact disc.

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Review: Altec Lansing's InAir 5000 is an impressive AirPlay speaker system

The inAir 5000 from Altec Lansing is an excellent AirPlay speaker system that's easy to recommend.

CableJive Lightning adaptor connects iPhone 5 to older speaker docks

CableJive has announced an adapter kit that makes it possible to connect the iPhone 5 to audio docks made for Apple's older 30-pin connectors.

Review: Fluance FiSDK500 speaker dock offers good sound, attractive design

Fluance FiSDK50 Two-way High Performance Wood Speaker Dock Music System for iPod/iPhone is a big, serious-looking system. It sounds good, too.

Mac Gems: Fission 2 is a powerful but easy-to-use audio editor

If you're an audio pro, you've surely got multiple programs with powerful audio-editing features (and, likely, steep learning curves). For the rest of us, Fission makes it easy to perform the most common kinds of audio-file edits, including trimming songs, splicing tracks, editing voice recordings, fading tracks in or out, and creating ringtones.