Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade to OS X Sierra, and How to Hide the Upgrade from the App Store

Do Not Upgrade to Sierra macOS Sierra has just been released, and I’m sure you’re all getting bombarded with software upgrade messages. However, do not upgrade to Sierra—It’s a brand-new OS, which means lots of software bugs and problems. See the additional reasons not to upgrade below. Minimum System Requirements Are Not Enough Your computer […]

Top Ten Films of 2015

10. Phoenix Phoenix (2014) Directed by Christian Petzold. With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter. A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. 9. Carol Carol (2015) Directed by Todd Haynes. With Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler. An aspiring photographer develops an […]

Find the True Bit Rate of MP3, Audio Files

Many software programs provide the incorrect bit rate of audio files. For example, iTunes will display the current bit rate of a file, but the file may have been previously compressed down to a much lower value. This misleading process is known as upscaling. Enter Spek Spek helps analyze your audio files by showing their […]

Apple (alt)ernatives – Western Digital TV Over Apple TV

Thinking about purchasing Apple TV? Think again. While it’s nice to have Apple TV (somewhat) integrate with your Apple products, you’re still locked in the “Apple” world. Here are just some of the limitations: Incompatible movie formats Low-functionality interface Movies rented on Apple TV must be watched on Apple TV Search box only searches the […]

Remove Duplicate Songs with iTunes

Duplicated music files can cause problems, and take up disk space. Luckily, iTunes has an easy way to remove duplicates. All you have to do is choose View > Show Duplicate Items in the menu. Matches are based on the song name and artist. If you have alternate versions of the same song (live, demo versions) hold […]

Apple (alt)ernatives – VLC over QuickTime (and iTunes)

I’m starting a new blog series called Apple (alt)ernatives, where I’ll feature better options to Apple products and software. This week, let’s take a look at media players. Instead of QuickTime and iTunes, use VLC Media Player. It supports countless file types, offers many more options, has built-in conversion software, and … it’s free! So, […]

My Favorite App: BandsInTown

I love this app! Never miss a show again! Bandsintown Bandsintown is a free live concert notification and recommendation app. The fan-focused app pulls data from a user’s iTunes library, Pandora favorites, Facebook Likes, and Last.fm accounts to populate their list of tracked artists. It then generates a “Concert Cloud” that visually represents which of those […]

App: Quick Password Manager

I don’t trust online password storage, and I don’t want to carry around a notepad of passwords. Quick Password Manager is a great solution. Quick Password Manager Quick Password Manager (iTunes)

iTunes 11 – Two Big (and Easy) Fixes

For those having trouble with the new iTunes 11 interface, here are two quick fixes. The first fix will show the classic sidebar, while the second fix will enable the classic search function. Menu > View > Show Sidebar Search field drop-down > Uncheck “Search Entire Library”