Apple releases iTunes fix with version 11.1.5, fixes connection issues in Mavericks

Image Apple recently released an update for its music player for Mac OS X. The new update is supposed to fix some compatibility issues with iBooks for Macs running OS X Mavericks.

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Apple release iTunes fix with version 11.1.5, fixes connection issues in Mavericks

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Apple recently released an update for its music player for Mac OS X. The new update is supposed to fix some compatibility issues with iBooks for Macs running OS X Mavericks.  

To get the latest version of iTunes, head over to the App Store or go to the Apple iTunes download page here:

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How to Find Duplicate Songs in iTunes

Do you feel that the universe is eternally recurring across time and space? Do you sometimes feel that time is not linear but cyclical? Do you believe in deja vu? déjà vu? Didn’t you just ask me that?

Perhaps like me, you feel having duplicates songs in iTunes is annoying as hell.

Or did you just suddenly realize that iTunes is playing a song it just played 10 minutes ago? It may be that your iTunes library contains duplicates that you need to get rid of. You could accidentally imported an album twice or a song belongs to separate collections that you both added to your library.

You might not want to have a song appearing more than once in iTunes. Probably you feel that it’s taking up too much disk space on you computer or in the iPod your iTunes syncs with. Or you just don’t want it playing over and over, devouring its own tail for all eternity. Whatever the reason, the duplicates just annoy the hell out of you.

How do you remedy the situation, this Nietzschean dillema? You may want to manually check your song list for duplicates or you can try a simple command you can access from the iTunes menu bar.

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Adding Lyrics and Album Art to iTunes Using Album Art Thingy

Want to be able to add lyrics AND album art to your songs on iTunes automatically?

Can Album Art Thingy retrieve album art and lyrics for your iTunes music library?

Album Art Thingy claims to be able to do that. I downloaded the trial version, which can be found here.

I’ve tried this app before on my old G4 Mac running OSX Tiger and I was impressed.

On my old iBook G4, Album Art Thingy found the album art and the lyrics to to many of the tracks I had in my iTunes library. Once I had Album Art Thingy running, all I had to do was play a song in iTunes and Album Art Thingy would find and add the album art and lyrics to iTunes. It was that easy.

Will it work on OSX Lion?

Find out after the jump.

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Automatically Add Lyrics to Songs in iTunes Using Tunestext

Find out how to automatically add lyrics to songs in iTunes.

It’s sometimes fun and helpful to have the lyrics to the song you’re playing on your iPod or on iTunes on your computer. On a Mac, there’s an easy way to add song lyrics while the song is playing. It involves using a handy widget called Tunestext. Tunestext is free to download and use.

1. Begin by downloading the widget here for free: http://www.cyanworks.net/dboardTunesTEXT.html.

2. Once your done, double click the Tunestext zip file you downloaded to open it.

3. Double click the widget installer.

Step 3. This is what the widget installer looks like. Double click to install.

4. A dialogue window will appear. Click “Install.”

Step 4. Click “Install.”

5. Your dashboard will install Tunestext, click “Keep” at  the bottom of the widget.

The Tunestext widget

Step 5. Click “Keep”

Voila! Now every time you play a song in iTunes, Tunestext will fetch the lyrics and add them to iTunes. Pretty nifty, eh?

You can resize the widget to your liking. Fans of J-pop need not fret: Tunestext can be set to also fetch lyrics to Japanese song.

If you have questions or reactions, let me know. If you have other tips to make iTunes more fun to use, write me in the comments section.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • PowerPC or Intel processor (Universal Application)
  • iTunes
  • Internet Connection (for search lyrics)

How to Copy a DVD or CD Using Toast Titanium

Do you have a DVD or a CD you want to make a copy of? There’s a very flexible application that has been around for a while and it is called Toast Titanium. It’s made by Roxio and is available here as a paid application: Toast on Roxio’s website. It retails for USD 79.99 after a USD 20 mail-in rebate.

Tutorial

If you want to know how to use Toast Titanium to make a copy of a DVD or CD you own, follow this step-by-step tutorial below. This works whether you are copying a disk which contains movies, music, or documents.

  1. Launch Toast Titanium
  2. Insert the CD (or DVD) you want to copy.
  3. Select “Copy” on the upper left side of the Toast window.
  4. Click “Record”–that’s the big red button on the lower right of the window.
  5. A dialogue window will appear after you press “Record.” Choose the number of copies you want to make by typing a number. In this example we’ll be making only one copy.
  6. Click the “Record” button on the dialogue box. Now wait while Toast records the original CD (or DVD) you are copying.
  7. When Toast is done recording the disk, it will eject your disk. Get the disk and then insert a blank recordable disk. After you’ve inserted the disk, Toast will automatically begin writing the contents of your original disk to the recordable disk.
  8. When Toast is done, a dialogue box will appear saying that “Your disk is ready.” Now click the button in the dialogue box which says “Eject.” Toast will eject the CD (or DVD) copy you made using Toast.
  9. Another dialogue box will appear. Click “OK.” And you’re done.

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