To connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your home stereo you just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this cable above. The two RCA connectors plug into the back of your stereo and the 3.5mm plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone. Pretty much every stereo available has RCA inputs as the standard inputs on the back. If you want the best possible audio quality, then an Apple iPod dock will make it sound even better, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
We have an iPhone 4 that we love. It is running iOS 7. But there are some apps that you cannot download to iOS7. If you try to download them from the App store you get this message:
To get around this, you need an older version of the app. But Apple don’t give you the option of installing older versions. To get around this and find an older version, you firstly need to download the newer version of App into iTunes on your computer.
Then when you go to your iPhone and find the app in the App Store, you will get the option to download the older version:
SUMMARY: You cannot download older versions of Apps directly to your iPhone, but if you download a newer version to iTunes first, then you can access an older version from your iPhone.
NOTE: You need iTunes 12.6 to access the App store to do this. It won’t work in iTunes 12.7.
I keep one laptop with 12.6 for this purpose. The rest are running iTunes 12.7.
As part of their iPhone 6 launch Apple are giving away 500 million copies of the latest U2 album ‘Songs of Innocence.’ The album is available for free on iTunes for the next 5 weeks. I downloaded it yesterday and I’m loving it!
To find it you need to go to your ‘purchased music’ section on the iTunes store and click download.
This link will take you straight to your ‘purchased music’ in iTunes. Otherwise, here’s how to get there manually.
This little beauty is called an airport express. You can buy it from Apple for $99 (USA) or $119 (Australia). It plugs into your home ethernet network (or straight into your ADSL modem) via that little Ethernet connection on the left next to the power cord. Then it shares your internet connection with all your iOS devices via wi-fi. But it has a few tricks up it’s sleeve.
Importing songs into iTunes is easy – you just INSERT the CD, SELECT it in iTunes, and press the ‘Import’ button!
But… the default setting on iTunes is not the best setting to use when importing songs. It’s far better to use the ‘Apple Lossless’ setting which will keep your music at CD quality. If you must compress the music (e.g. you want to fit it on your iPod or a laptop) then use the bit rate of 320kbps rather than the default 128kbps of iTunes.
This article describes how to import songs into iTunes with the better quality bit rate.
Lame is an mp3 encoder that is open source, which means rather than being developed commercially, it was developed by unpaid programmers sharing together. It was originally not as good as the commercial mp3 encoders. Slowly as many people worked on LAME it actually overtook the original mp3 encoder. Some people now claim it is the best mp3 encoder available. They have a pretty lame logo (see above) probably because they are unpaid programmers not graphic artists.
In this article I talked about the best import settings for iTunes. Since then with the increase in Hard Disk space I now think it’s best to import all your songs using the apple lossless encoder. This still compresses the files by about 1/3 but there is no loss of audio quality at all. With AAC and MP3 files, not matter how high you set the quality, there is ALWAYS some loss of quality. Apple Lossless audio is exactly the same quality as what’s on your CD. Here’s how to import into iTunes using the Apple lossless encoder.
This great site:
http://www.itunesonsale.com.au http://www.giftcardsonsale.com.au/ (it’s been renamed due to a legal battle with Apple) is regularly updated and lists iTunes card specials from around Australia. For example it currently lists that you can currently get 25% off iTunes cards at Big W and the Good Guys. That means 25% off Apps purchased from the new Apple App store. 25% off Pages, 25% off Keynote, 25% off Aperture etc.