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Why Apple should fix the way iTunes Store purchases work

Buying from the iTunes Store is convenient, but being forced to immediately download purchases isn't. Jonathan Seff thinks Apple's should change that.

Wish lists, upcoming-track alerts, adding comments to multiple tracks, and more

This week I answer a couple of questions about the iTunes Store, explain how to add comments to multiple tracks at once, and discuss the useful Skip When Shuffling tag. And I also reveal a way to have iTunes announce what track is about to be played.

Joining CD tracks, quickly adding items to playlists, and iTunes device limits

Looking for the way to join tracks when you rip CDs with iTunes 11? Need to know how to get tracks into playlists quickly? What about iTunes Store device limits and gifting apps? All this and more in this week's column.

Getting to know iTunes 11's Up Next player

One of the marquee features of iTunes 11 is Up Next, a new way to queue up songs for your listening sessions. Radically different from iTunes DJ, which this feature replaces, it can be a bit complex. Here's a look at how to get the most out of Up Next.

Five improvements iBooks Author needs to make

Associate editor Serenity Caldwell likes iBooks Author--but she has a few gripes she'd like to see fixed before she can consider using it more often.

iTunes U surpasses 1 billion downloads

Apple's education service, which allows downloads of material from almost 2500 schools, has finally topped 1 billion downloads.

Remains of the Day: Oversharing

Tim Cook shares and cares at the annual Apple shareholders meeting, Samsung nicks Apple's wallet, and Sergey Brin's smartphone is mocking him.

iOS device syncing in iTunes 11, audiobook lengths, and listening in mono

Disoriented by iTunes 11's new way of syncing iOS devices? Confused by the different lengths of audiobooks with the same titles? Curious about how to make a list of the books in your iTunes library? Interested in listening to your audio in mono, instead of stereo? I have the answers to all these questions in this week's column.

Restoring a very stubborn iPod touch

If your iOS device gets stuck in a restore loop, you may need to turn to a tool not approved by Apple.

Smart playlists, buggy play counts, and iTunes Match

This week's column looks at some common problems with iTunes, some quirks with iTunes Match, and explains how to update smart playlists, among other subjects.