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Apple makes it super simple to get rid of its U2 gift to you

OK, OK, so you didn’t want Apple to put free music on your devices. Now you can delete it entirely.

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How to hide the free U2 album from your iTunes library

Apple and U2 were generous to provide the band's album for free, but if you'd prefer to not see it, Kirk McElhearn shows you how to hide it.

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U2 releases new, full album 'Songs of Innocence' for free exclusively on Apple's iTunes

All half billion-plus iTunes users are getting U2's 'Songs of Innocence' for absolutely nothing.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Suspension of disbelief

In this week’s roundup of new and updated Mac apps, we bring you ways to keep your drive clean, draw like a pro, and finally finish that movie you’ve always dreamt of writing.

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Sound Blaster X7 preview: Creative Labs aims to make PC audio interesting again

The sound card pioneer launches a whole new family of USB audio devices and headphone amps at IFA.

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Rhapsody unRadio is no Pandora One killer but it's free (for some)

Similar to Pandora One, Rhapsody's unRadio is largely a repackaging of the streaming service's existing Radio feature but with less intelligent auto-generated playlists.

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The Week in IOS Accessories: Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes new ways to play both guitar and drums, as well as the usual array of cables, chargers, and more.

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Apple TV now channeling Showtime, iTunes Festival

The company has rolled out a few new additions to its set-top box lineup, meaning more little, colorful icons than ever before.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Encoding miracles and missing audiobook chapters

Kirk McElhearn returns to dispense wisdom concerning the difference between lossy and lossless encoders, the heartbreak of corrupt iPhone backups, and how to navigate through an audiobook's chapters.

Use Shazam for Mac to recognize background music from TV shows

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MacStories's Federico Viticci has a great Shazam tip for anyone who runs their Mac in the same room as their television.