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    See the Year a Song was Released from iTunes Radio



    The next time you’re listening to iTunes Radio and you find yourself wondering which wonderful decade a particular song came from, wonder no more, because iTunes Radio can tell you when a song was released.

    You can even see the date of a songs release with songs listed in iTunes Radio history, here’s all you need to do from the Music app on your iPhone or iPad:


    With the song playing in iTunes Radio, tap the (i) button at the top of the Music app
    Locate the songs release date at the bottom
    Sometimes two dates are displayed, like in the example screenshot here, which is the original release date of the song, plus the date of the re-release.





    This is generally quite accurate, though if you’re getting information about a song that is from a Best Of list or Greatest Hits album, you’ll find the release date is sometimes listed as when that album was released rather than the original song, that’s really the only potential catch.

    While you’re in that settings panel you can also tune the iTunes Radio station to play hits or discovery, and to include explicit lyrics or not, that latter tip is quite helpful because excluding explicit lyrics often impacts what versions of songs are played, with the explicit toggle on you’ll be more likely to find album versions of a song playing versus a clean radio version – sometimes a single word or lyric can make that difference.





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    Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2, enabling syncing between iOS and new OS X Photos app




    Apple on Thursday issued a new update for iTunes that takes advantage of the new OS X Photos application, adding support for syncing photos to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.




    For users who still sync and update through iTunes, version 12.1.2 adds support for the new Yosemite Photos application that debuted this week. The update is now available through the Mac App Store.

    In addition, iTunes 12.1.2 also adds "several refinements" to the Get Info window in the media suite. Apple also said that the update improves overall stability of iTunes.

    Photos for OS X is included in OS X 10.10.3, which was released to the public on Wednesday. Based on the Photos app for iOS, it replaces both iPhoto and Aperture, and allows users to organize their images and video and also sync them through iCloud.





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    Following the release of iOS 8.4 earlier on Tuesday, Apple pushed out the latest version of iTunes with support for the company's Apple Music streaming service, bringing including Beats 1 radio, Apple Music Connect, Apple Music Radio and more to Mac.

    The iTunes update comes just hours after Apple Music launched





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    iTunes 12.2.1 solves problem with iTunes Match tracks converted to Apple Music DRM



    Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.2.1, fixing a critical problem that would cause tracks matched via iTunes Match to be converted to Apple Music content instead.

    The issue was a potentially serious one, since tracks linked with Apple Music have copy protection, and are no longer playable if a subscription to that service expires. Tracks uploaded to iTunes Match are owned by the person in question and are supposed to be freely copyable when downloaded to a device.

    Mac owners can fetch the update through the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. Windows owners should be able to grab the software shortly via the Apple Software Update tool, or else via direct download.

    Still unresolved is a problem with iCloud Music Library – which links iTunes Match and Apple Music – that can substitute bad metadata and artwork, generate duplicates, or even wipe out entire playlists and the music within them. Numerous people have complained on Apple's support forums, although there do appear to be ways of recovering library data such as using old ITL files or restoring from backup, depending on the severity of the damage.





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    How-To: Fix iTunes 12.2’s iTunes Match/Apple Music DRM-adding bug




    Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem – automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM – is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.”

    Unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes if you download 12.2.1, “previously matched songs [that] appear as Apple Music songs” will be fixed, as iTunes will “correct the information automatically.” Indeed, you’ll see that Matched or Purchased songs that switched to “Apple Music” status now say Matched or Purchased again. “After you update,” says Apple, “you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music.” But if you hit the wrong button, you’ll find it hard to restore your tracks…





    If you want to restore a downloaded, Apple Music DRM’ed track to normal, DON’T just delete the song from your library. Try to do this, and the dialogue box above will pop up; if you hit return or the blue-highlighted button, you might not be able to get the track back. Instead, Apple says, you should control-click and choose “Remove Download” for all tracks that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music, then control-click again and choose “Make Available Offline” to download them correctly.

    This non-intuitive system for fixing tracks could mess up your music library. Files you downloaded with a status of Apple Music are still locked with FairPlay 2 DRM. If you select them and hit the Delete Song button above, the tracks will be removed from your library, and seemingly from iTunes in the Cloud, as well. After deleting a test file that was DRM-locked by Apple Music, we found that iTunes 12.2.1 refused to allow the downloaded file to be returned to the iTunes library, or even to play it at all. The easiest way to avoid this is to follow the support document’s procedure carefully to avoid losing some of your Matched and Purchased music.

    Thankfully, there’s a way to recover music you purchased from the iTunes Store. Should you accidentally delete some of your purchased music from the iCloud Music Library, you can go into your iTunes Account > Account Info > iTunes in the Cloud > Hidden Purchases > Manage. You should find accidentally deleted songs and albums there. Unhide them… but this doesn’t seem to be enough to let you redownload them. In our test, deleted but unhidden tracks didn’t re-appear in the iCloud Music Library.





    So go into iTunes Preferences, uncheck iCloud Music Library, and hit OK. You’ll see your library of on-computer and iTunes purchased content, including files deleted from the iCloud Music Library. Hit the cloud download button to restore your accidentally deleted songs. Then go back into iTunes Preferences, turn iCloud Music Library back on, and hit OK. Your deleted tracks will be reunited with your library, and downloads will be free of iTunes Music’s FairPlay DRM.





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    iTunes just upped its Apple Music game


    iTunes 12.2.2 has a lot of Apple Music fixes.




    Along with the public release of iOS 8.4.1, which added lots of fixes for Apple Music and Beats 1, Apple also has a bevy of iTunes improvements ready today.

    Apple just released iTunes 12.2.2, and the update makes using Beats 1 and Apple Music in iTunes a slightly less horrible experience.

    The update is available as an update in the Mac App Store or via direct download from Apple’s website.

    Fixes include the following:

    Click on the Beats 1 banner to see what’s currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show
    You can now view a list of the artists you’re following on Apple Music
    Resolved an issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music
    Addressed a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music
    Fixed a problem where playlists displayed in the action menu may not match the playlist in your library
    Artists can now share thoughts, photos, music and videos to Connect, right from iTunes.





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    Apple releases iTunes 12.3 with support for iOS 9, designed for OS X El Capitan




    Apple on Wednesday issued an update for iTunes, bringing it to version 12.3, which adds support for the newly released iOS 9 mobile operating system.

    Apple has said that the latest version of iTunes is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.

    Other changes and updates in iTunes 12.3, according to Apple, are:

    Improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver
    Resolved a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next
    Fixed a problem where some radio stations did not appear within Recently Played
    Addressed an issue where songs you loved on iOS did not appear loved on iTunes
    Support two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID

    Apple has also said the update includes improvements to overall stability and performance. Upon updating to iTunes 12.3, users can use the media and syncing suite to install the newly released iOS 9 on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, which is also available in an over-the-air update through the iOS Settings application.





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    Apple launches iOS 9 with iPad multitasking, 'proactive' Siri, better battery life...




    Apple on Wednesday officially launched iOS 9, a major update for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch that brings features such as more advanced iPad multitasking, a News app, search and Siri enhancements, and a variety of technical changes including better battery life.

    iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. People must have at least an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

    "With this update, your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features," Apple's release notes state. "New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature.

    "And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life."


    Update: Upon launch, many users encountered error messages, as Apple's servers struggled to make iOS 9 available for download. Users who installed last week's golden master build must also install a small update to match Wednesday's final public release.






    Owners of the iPad Air 2 or Mini 4 can take advantage of Split View, which runs two apps side-by-side. Two other multitasking options, Slide Over and Picture in Picture, will run on those devices plus the iPad Air, Mini 2, and Mini 3. The former lets users open a second app without exiting the first, while Picture in Picture allows compatible video to keep playing in a smaller window.

    Another major addition is a new search screen to the left of the homescreen, which is prepopulated with apps and contacts based on past habits, and also offers a news feed and points of interest based on location. This "proactive" approach extends to other aspects of the OS – a Mail message with a flight reservation, for instance, can now be used create a Calendar event, which will then send out a notification to leave for the airport based on traffic congestion.






    Siri can now find photos and videos using criteria like dates and locations, or set a reminder based on what's currently onscreen with a phrase like "remind me about this tonight."

    iOS' built in Notes app has been enhanced with things like checklists, attachments, and sketching, while Maps been updated to restore public transit directions, and Passbook has been renamed as Wallet and given support for store credit and rewards cards. Newsstand has been replaced with News, which centralizes articles into one place but with custom formatting for major partner publications.







    On a technical level, Apple is promising that simply installing the update will add up to an hour of extra battery life. The company is also making various security improvements, and trimming down the amount of storage iOS updates need during installation, such that while an iOS 8 install could require up to 4.58 gigabytes of free space, an equivalent iOS 9 download will need only about 1.3.

    iOS 9 will come preloaded on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, launching on Sept. 25, and the iPad Pro, due in November.


    The full release notes follow:


    Intelligence


    Proactive assistance


    Presents relevant information even before you start typing
    Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions
    Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps
    Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail


    Siri improvements


    Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names
    Ask Siri to remind you about things you're looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages
    Request directions via public transit


    Spotlight search improvements


    Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices
    Simple math calculations and conversions
    Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results


    New iPad Features


    Slide Over


    Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you're in
    Easily switch between Slide Over apps
    Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps


    Split View


    View and interact with two apps at once
    Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another
    Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps


    Picture in picture


    Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps
    Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps


    QuickType improvements


    Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad
    Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad
    Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts
    Support for all Unicode emoji flags


    Built-in Apps


    Map improvements


    Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities
    Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more
    Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
    Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities


    Redesigned Notes app


    Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library
    Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap
    Sketch a quick thought using just your finger
    Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu


    All-new News app


    Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics
    Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more
    Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read
    Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later – even when you're offline


    Mail improvements


    Search improvements help you quickly find what you're looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options
    Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back – without leaving Mail
    Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message


    Apple Pay and Wallet improvements


    Support for Discover cards
    Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
    To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID


    New iCloud Drive app


    Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac
    Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose
    Organize folders and files
    Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen


    CarPlay improvements

    Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices
    Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps
    Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers


    Foundation


    Longer battery life

    Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery
    Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use
    Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours

    Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later
    iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance
    Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices


    Other improvements


    New San Francisco system font
    Leave a message option if recipient isn't available for a FaceTime call
    Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet
    Flight and package tracking for data detectors
    Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types
    HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories
    Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you
    Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
    Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
    Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit http://www.apple.com/move-to-ios for more details


    Expanded language support


    New PingFang Chinese system font
    Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType
    Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard
    Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages
    Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway
    Added Spotlight search support for Mexico
    New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu
    Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish
    Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
    Spell check for Finnish and Korean
    Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish
    Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English
    New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType
    Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi


    Enterprise & Education


    Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured
    Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16
    Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients
    New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs
    New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices
    Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks


    Accessibility


    Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations
    Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own
    Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users
    Additional customization of AssistiveTouch
    Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys
    Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played





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    Apple Releases iTunes 12.3.1 With Stability and Performance Improvements




    Along with updates for iOS, OS X, and watchOS 2, Apple today released a new version of iTunes, iTunes 12.3.1. The update is a minor one, with the release notes only saying it improves overall stability and performance.

    The iTunes update can be downloaded from the software update function in the Mac App Store.

    iTunes 12.3.1 comes just over a month after the release of iTunes 12.3, which brought support for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. iTunes 12, which brought a major redesign to the iTunes software, was initially released in 2014 alongside OS X Yosemite.





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    Apple enhances classical music browsing in Apple Music with iTunes update




    Apple on Friday released a minor update for the OS X version of iTunes, adding enhanced classical music listening options for the company's streaming Apple Music service that bring it in line with Music on iOS.

    According to the release notes, iTunes version 12.3.2 lets Mac owners running OS X 10.11 El Capitan browse the classical music Apple Music category by work, composer and performer.

    The update also comes with the usual assortment of unnamed bug fixes and performance improvements.

    Today's changes brings iTunes in line with the latest version of Music on iOS, which was released on Tuesday as part of Apple's iOS 9.2 update. Music in iOS 9.2 was likewise updated to incorporate features previously seen on Mac, such as improved iCloud Music Library track handling.

    Mac users can download iTunes version 12.3.2 via the Mac App Store.





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