Normally you can only connect to 1 bluetooth speaker at a time using the normal OS X bluetooth and audio controls. But there is a way to join several speakers together so that they appear as one audio device. This means you can send audio to multiple bluetooth speakers at once.
Call me old-fashioned but when I spend money on music I want to own the music myself. So I have not subscribed to Apple Music, Google Play or Spotify. I still purchase songs and albums as I want them. If that’s you, here’s how to share your purchased songs across iTunes and Google Play Music.
Tired of being asked to subscribe to Apple music all the time? Tired of not being able to sync your iTunes songs across multiple computers easily? Google has a solution that will sync your songs across your iOS devices and your home computer, and you can easily manage which songs get synced and which don’t, and you have full control over settings like whether you want to be able to stream songs over your phone data network or Wi-Fi etc.
The Google play music application replaces iTunes as a music player on your iPhone. It gives you more control over the uploading and downloading of songs.
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.
Nine Inch Nails – the band – have released some of their older songs in full garageband format. This includes all the individual vocal, guitar drum tracks etc. Now even if their music is not your style, it’s a great chance to have a play with some good quality recordings and have a practice at mixing them and so on.
Here’s the link – click on the garageband files.
Switching to OS X from a PC is a big change. Here are a some of my random thoughts on the transition.
Apple had just released itunes plus which has two main benefits, both are great.
1. All the songs are now going to be DRM free, so you can play them with different software and players.
2. The bitrate has now doubled so that the music is better quality. (I suggested the itunes bitrate was too low here, and how to get round it, but now apple have ‘fixed’ it for downloaded songs.)
There is a great feature on the itunes store home page that will automatically (for a fee) upgrade all your songs!
To find it you go to ‘quick links’ on the right, and click on ‘Upgrade my Library’.
It will give you the option of deleting your old library or moving it to the desktop. I suggest you keep it, because if you ever need the lower quality 128 kbps songs (eg to listen to on your ipod), the original downloaded ones will be better quality than if you re-compress the new 256kbps down to 128.
Thankfully I have only purchased 20 songs from itunes, so the fee was just $10.