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iTunes Match is yet another music service by Apple that made it much easier to keep all your music synced and make them available from Windows to Mac, iPod, iPad and iPhone.

iTunes Match does have a hefty price tag on it for $24.99 a year.  That’s what kept me from signing up when it was first released with iTunes version 10.5.1. However, for our uses of music, it became worth it. To sign up for iTunes Match, open iTunes on your computer and find the link on the left side underneath iTunes Store.

iTunes Match begins by gathering information about your library. It needs to know exactly what you have on there. Depending on how much you do have on there, it can take a while. While you can link up to ten computers and iOS devices to iTunes Match, you can only have it upload one library at a time.

iTunes now matches up the songs you have on your computer with ones in the iTunes Store. Since not everything is available in the store, it won’t find everything in this step.

To initiate iTunes Match on your iOS 5 devices, go to the Settings app, and choose Music. change the option for iTunes Match to being on. It will ask for your password and warn your about replacing your library. The service will remove your library and replace it with what you just uploaded to the cloud. For me, I have music I don’t keep on my devices as it’s things I no longer want or things I downloaded for someone else. However, once you have enabled iTunes Match on your device, it gives you an option to only show your downloaded items on your device. It’s still avaiable to you in the cloud, but you don’t have to sort through it.

For the purposes of this article, I chose the option to have the cloud visible in my iTunes library on my iPad. The items that are not in my library on my iPad, but are in the cloud, have a little cloud icon next to them. The coveted library my husband was looking for is now in the cloud. We had changed the album name to “Jeff’s Mix” to keep the songs together, and had replaced album artwork with special pictures of the family. I’m not even sure where those pictures are anymore to redo it. However, that adjusted playlist is now in the cloud, with the pictures. It was on my MacBook, and now with iTunes match, we can download it to our devices, and my husband can download it to his computer, and then put it on his iPod.

With the music stored in the cloud, you have a choice of playing it from the cloud, or downloading it to your device or computer. If you want to download it, tap the cloud icon next to the song or album you want downloaded. It seems to take a little longer this way then downloading it from iTunes straight up.

Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site’s sponsored review program.

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Yahoo Music Unlimited Threatens Itunes, Napster And Real

Yahoo Music Unlimited Threatens iTunes, Napster and Real

Yahoo just dealt Apple, Real Networks, and Napster a serious blow with the launch of Yahoo Music Unlimited, a paid music download service which undercuts Yahoo’s rivals with a $6.99 a month charge or $.79 per track download and also offers the option of paying just $60 a year for unlimited access to over 1,000,000 songs from all four major record labels and many independents. Of course, all songs can be transfered to portable players.

Apple iTunes and other music stores charge an average of 99 cents for one song. Napster and other subscription services charge about $15 a month. Inside Google reports that “Yahoo is charging exactly a third of what Napster To Go charges for portability, and exactly half of Napster’s non-portable music service. If you pay for the whole year up front, it comes out to a measly $5 a month, and it doesn’t charge extra for portability like others, despite using the exact same technology Napster and RealNetworks use, Microsoft’s Janus technology.”

Yahoo will also be leveraging the power of its other services. Yahoo Instant Messenger users will be able to browse playslists and listen to songs on other YIM user’s computers, so long as both users as subscribers. Yahoo’s current music services, including Launchcast, attract 25 million users a month, a considerably large userbase it can attract.

Yahoo Music General Manager David Goldberg said the company could eventually raise its prices. “We’re not saying it’s the price forever, but we’re assuming it’s the price throughout the Beta (trial) period, which is an undetermined amount of time,” he told Reuters.

The shares of Real and Napster fell in after hours trading on iNet. Real’s stock fell nearly 11 percent or about 80 cents to $6.50 after closing at $7.30 on Nasdaq. Napster stock plunged to $4.42 this morning, down almost 30% after 10 minutes of trading. Ironically, my Yahoo Messenger stock alert system let me know of this news… too bad it did not recommend a song to download too!

Learn With Linux: Learning Music

Linux offers great educational software and many excellent tools to aid students of all grades and ages in learning and practicing a variety of topics, often interactively. The “Learn with Linux” series of articles offers an introduction to a variety of educational apps and software.

Learning music is a great pastime. Training your ears to identify scales and chords and mastering an instrument or your own voice requires lots of practise and could become difficult. Music theory is extensive. There is much to memorize, and to turn it into a “skill” you will need diligence. Linux offers exceptional software to help you along your musical journey. They will not help you become a professional musician instantly but could ease the process of learning, being a great aide and reference point.

Gnu Solfège

Solfège is a popular music education method that is used in all levels of music education all around the world. Many popular methods (like the Kodály method) use Solfège as their basis. GNU Solfège is a great software aimed more at practising Solfège than learning it. It assumes the student has already acquired the basics and wishes to practise what they have learned.

As the developer states on the GNU website:

“When you study music on high school, college, music conservatory, you usually have to do ear training. Some of the exercises, like sight singing, is easy to do alone [sic]. But often you have to be at least two people, one making questions, the other answering. […] GNU Solfège tries to help out with this. With Solfege you can practise the more simple and mechanical exercises without the need to get others to help you. Just don’t forget that this program only touches a part of the subject.”

The software delivers its promise; you can practise essentially everything with audible and visual aids.

GNU solfege is in the Debian (therefore Ubuntu) repositories. To get it just type the following command into a terminal:

The number of options is almost overwhelming. Most of the links will open sub-categories

from where you can select individual exercises.

There are practice sessions and tests. Both will be able to play the tones through any connected MIDI device or just your sound card’s MIDI player. The exercises often have visual notation and the ability to play back the sequence slowly.

Solfège could be very helpful for your daily practise. Use it regularly and you will have trained your ear before you can sing do-re-mi.

Tete (ear trainer)

Tete (This ear trainer ‘ere) is a Java application for simple, yet efficient, ear training. It helps you identify a variety of scales by playing thhm back under various circumstances, from different roots and on different MIDI sounds. Download it from SourceForge. You then need to unzip the downloaded file.




Enter the unpacked directory:




Assuming you have Java installed in your system, you can run the java file with





your version


(To autocomplete the above command, just press the Tab key after typing “Tete-“.)

Tete has a simple, one-page interface with everything on it.

You can choose to play scales (see above), chords,

or intervals.

You can “fine tune” your experience with various options including the midi instrument’s sound, what note to start from, ascending or descending scales, and how slow/fast the playback should be. Tete’s SourceForge page includes a very useful tutorial that explains most aspects of the software.


Jalmus is a Java-based keyboard note reading trainer. It works with attached MIDI keyboards or with the on-screen virtual keyboard. It has many simple lessons and exercises to train in music reading. Unfortunately, its development has been discontinued since 2013, but the software appears to still be functional.

To get Jalmus, head over to the sourceforge page of its last version (2.3) to get the Java installer, or just type the following command into a terminal:



chúng tôi will be guided through a simple Java-based installer that was made for cross-platform installation.

Jalmus’s main screen is plain.

You can find lessons of varying difficulty in the Lessons menu. It ranges from very simple ones, where one notes swims in from the left, and the corresponding key lights up on the on screen keyboard …

… to difficult ones with many notes swimming in from the right, and you are required to repeat the sequence on your keyboard.

Jalmus also includes exercises of note reading single notes, which are very similar to the lessons, only without the visual hints, where your score will be displayed after you finished. It also aids rhythm reading of varying difficulty, where the rhythm is both audible and visually marked. A metronome (audible and visual) aids in the understanding

and score reading where multiple notes will be played

All these options are configurable; you can switch features on and off as you like.

All things considered, Jalmus probably works best for rhythm training. Although it was not necessarily its intended purpose, the software really excelled in this particular use-case.

Notable mentions TuxGuitar

For guitarists, TuxGuitar works much like Guitar Pro on Windows (and it can also read guitar-pro files).


Piano Booster can help with  piano skills. It is designed to play MIDI files, which you can play along with on an attached keyboard, watching the core roll past on the screen.


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Shopping With Bitcoin? Keep This Guide Handy

What is Bitcoin anyway? In the simplest of definitions, Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not regulated by any central authority such as a bank or government.

Created by “miners” using specialized hardware, Bitcoin promises faster transactions and secure networks, which is why it’s not hard to understand why this digital currency is gaining more interest around the world. It’s especially a hot topic among entrepreneurs, investors and stock traders, and it’s slowly—but surely—gaining traction among different areas including shopping.

A little bit of Bitcoin must-knows 

A creator with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto published the first proof of concept for Bitcoin back in 2008, which was published in a cryptocurrency mailing list a year after. But Bitcoin’s birthday is January 3 when Nakamoto who has now left the project mined the first 50 Bitcoin units.

On May 22, 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz said that he “successfully traded 10,000 Bitcoins for pizza. This was said to be the first transaction involving the digital currency.

Bitcoin suffered a huge loss in early 2014 when an alleged hacking of Mt. Gox, a Japanese exchange, resulted in $460 million of the currency being stolen. This raised questions about the security of this currency.

Billionaires have divided opinions over Bitcoin. The world’s most famous investor Warren Buffet said of Bitcoin: “Stay away from it. It’s a mirage, basically.” Mark Cuban and Richard Branson, however, are more optimistic about the cryptocurrency with Cuban investing in a venture capital fund that backs it.

By November 2023, Bitcoin has already reached a value of $10,000 per unit. With more than 16.7 million units in circulation, Bitcoin’s market capitalization is estimated at $167,156,585,840.

Your definitive guide to shopping with Bitcoin

Now that you have a better understanding of Bitcoin, here are some tips to help you shop with it:

A little bit of research goes a long way: As with shopping using regular money, it also pays to do your research first before spending your Bitcoin on anything. If you’re going to shop online, visit websites like chúng tôi for reviews of the best products and services that you can find online. If you’re going to a physical store, find out what businesses accept Bitcoin first to avoid any hassles during checkout.

You might need to wait for a confirmation of your payment: If you’re shopping in a physical store that accepts Bitcoin, you might need to wait for a few minutes to an hour for a confirmation that your transaction is accepted before you can take out the item. However, you have the option to buy items and ask the store to send it out to you once payment is confirmed so you don’t need to wait. This also goes the same with buying online where you are usually asked to wait between 10 minutes and an hour to get a confirmation. If it takes longer than that, just relax because the network could be very busy and your payment will go through later.

Of course, if you think that you’re only limited to buying a few products or services because you’re using Bitcoin, you could be in for a surprise.

An overstock is a great place for bargain shopping and Expedia is great for booking flights using Bitcoin. You can also buy products from Amazon using Bitcoin through services like chúng tôi where you can list the products you want to buy, pay to them in Bitcoin units and they’ll pay using a credit card for a small premium.

So, are you ready to go shopping with Bitcoin?

How To Keep Mobile Users Inside Your Corporate Vpn

Many enterprises use virtual private networks (VPNs) and HTTP Proxy servers to protect their data and control network access. A VPN is a setup to protect traffic of remote employees — an encrypted link that is established from the employees’ devices to the enterprise network. After connecting, remote users and their devices appear as if they are sitting at work and have access to all their work data.

Implementing a VPN for mobile devices can be complicated. To manage them successfully, IT managers have to navigate competing requirements: battery life and bandwidth limitations on the mobile side, with threat protection, encryption and privacy on the security side. Trying to find the right configuration means laying out these requirements and matching them with the capabilities of your smartphone platform and your tools for mobile device management (MDM), enterprise mobility management (EMM) or unified endpoint management (UEM).

Here are some tips on how to balance information security requirements against what’s possible (and what’s not) in the world of Samsung Knox:

Knox VPN on Android Enterprise

To choose the right mobile VPN configuration for your network, it’s important to first understand the different Android deployment “modes.” Android Enterprise offers several modes for managing mobile devices, allowing IT to effectively manage personal BYOD devices as well as fully managed corporate-owned devices.

Android Enterprise “Fully Managed Device” mode provides full control over apps and data on devices owned by the organization, and IT admins can enforce an extensive range of policies over the entire device.

In Android Enterprise “Work Profile” or “Work Profile on Company-Owned” (WP-C) mode, a separate space is created to isolate work apps from personal apps. Work data can securely coexist with personal data on the same phone, but work data is completely isolated. In this mode, an IT admin has full control within the work profile, but only limited control of personal data. If the device is enrolled in a bring your own device (BYOD) program, IT has no control over personal data outside the work profile.

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Knox Platform for Enterprise (KPE) supports an enhanced VPN service that offers flexible connection models for Android Enterprise deployment modes. On a standard Android device, system apps have the privilege to bypass a VPN, but the Knox VPN service keeps all apps inside the VPN, including system apps.

Knox VPN service allows IT admins to leverage these unique features to ensure the enterprise apps on the device are secured:

Device-wide VPN: With device-wide VPN, you can protect the entire device, with all data traffic from your device being encrypted and secured. With this model, all apps on the device are allowed to access the corporate network. To avoid unnecessary traffic, IT admin can use the “Exception List” together with device-wide VPN to exempt select apps from accessing the corporate network.

Enterprises with strict security standards might want to monitor traffic on the entire device for auditing and compliance purposes. For example, in certain government and healthcare deployments, the device must be fully managed and monitored for security and compliance.

Device-wide VPN can only be used on Android Enterprise “Fully Managed” deployment mode.

User-wide VPN: In a BYOD or corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE) deployment model, a separate user space (work profile) is created to isolate work apps from personal apps. User-wide VPN secures all apps inside the work profile, and apps in the personal area are not monitored or managed. The user-wide VPN mode is best suited for organizations that allow coexistence of work and personal apps on the same phone.

Per-app VPN: Many businesses are looking to protect a particular set of apps by using a VPN tunnel for a single app or a set of apps. Knox’s per-app VPN allows an IT admin to specify a list of apps that will always use the VPN. The list can also be preloaded onto devices before the apps show up, so if you’re not sure who’s going to run what, you can still have a single profile that covers all cases without having to worry about doing special configurations for different types of users.

Optimizing VPN performance

Exception list (Knox VPN apps blocklist): An IT admin can create an exemption list using the app blocklist feature, which means there are select apps that don’t connect using VPN. The app blocklist feature will help optimize VPN performance in certain deployment scenarios.

For example, if there are 100 apps on a device and IT admin would like to secure only 90 of them, there are two options. You can create a per-app VPN and add 90 apps to the VPN connection, or you can create a user-wide/device-wide VPN and add 10 apps to the exemption list. With the per-app VPN option, the VPN service has to handle 90 VPN rules, but with the user-wide/device-wide VPN option, there are only 10 rules for the VPN service to manage. VPN performance will be better with fewer apps to exempt.

On-demand VPN: If you bring up a tunnel as soon as the device boots, that uses bandwidth, draws additional battery power and requires a lot more VPN concentrator capacity. One alternative is to require the user to launch the VPN when needed and deactivate it when not in use, but that diminishes user experience by adding an extra step.

An on-demand VPN is the ideal solution: A VPN tunnel comes up when a particular application is used but doesn’t persist. For example, you might only need the VPN for your Oracle E-Business or SAP app traffic and may prefer not to keep tunnels up for everyone everywhere, except when they’re needed. Note: Managed VPN connections are “always-on” by default.

VPN USB tethering: Using Samsung Knox VPN, employees can now extend their phone’s VPN tunnel to work on laptop via USB. This provides laptop users the ability to access internal enterprise resources using Knox’s defense-grade mobile VPN network. In addition to providing convenience when laptops don’t have network connectivity, this offers cost savings by removing the need to buy additional VPN licenses for laptops. Samsung is the first and only manufacturer to support VPN tethering on smartphones.

Knox VPN chaining: In highly secured environments, the traditional single layer of encryption is not sufficient to securely access a classified network (SIPRnet). VPN chaining supported by Knox adds extra security by chaining VPN connections established by two different VPN clients (also known as cascading or nesting VPNs) for greater anonymity. All data sent through VPN chains are encrypted twice, and two VPN clients are needed to create a VPN chain.

HTTP proxy with or without authentication: A HTTP proxy is a server that allows enterprises to control web traffic. Proxy server can block offensive or malicious sites, monitor employees’ activity or analyze web traffic leaving facilities, adding security and speed to the corporate network. Having VPN and HTTP proxy work together is important. Standard Android devices can use a VPN and proxy server, but this doesn’t work if the proxy server requires authentication. Knox VPN offers flexible options and supports proxy with or without authentication (NTLM/Basic).

IT managers deploying VPNs on smartphones need a more sophisticated set of configuration options than the typical desktop computer. The Knox VPN service, built for Android Enterprise, includes a strong feature set for the ultimate in enterprise security, while Samsung Knox and KPE take VPNs to another level.

As you work to increase your business’s mobile security, make sure you’re prepared for the top four cybersecurity threats for enterprises in 2023. You can discover best practices for thwarting mobile security breaches and responding to them effectively in Samsung’s free guide.

How To Use The Youtube Audio Library In Your Video Projects

If you are producing your own video or other media project, you can’t just take whatever music you want from the Internet. If you are flying a jet fighter over the skies of America and filming it, you can’t use Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” song and hope to get away with it. There’s the small icky matter of copyright.

So people who are making their own media projects, who require any kind of audio, are always looking for music which they can use legally. YouTube decided to make it easier by providing a YouTube audio library of free audio clips which you can use in your video projects. The clips are provided by ordinary musicians looking to get their work out there into the world.

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The YouTube Audio Library – A Goldmine Of Royalty-Free Music

The YouTube Audio Library is split up into two sections – Free Music and Special Effects. YouTube updates both sections on a semi-regular basis with new stuff. So if you don’t see something you like, check back again another time.

You can narrow and simplify your search by using either the search function, or the filters. If you have a very good idea what you are looking for, the filters are the way to go. It categorizes the music into Genre, Mood, Instrument, Duration, and Attribution. You can use all five filters at the same time to really drill down to the good stuff.

Genre & Mood

Knowing what type of music you want is half the battle. Do you want something deep, dark, and moody? Something exciting? Or something light, cheerful and positive? If you know for sure, then use the Genre and Mood filters.


Here, you can filter by instrument. Maybe you want a little bit of light piano music? Or someone playing guitar? Or go really crazy with the trumpets?


This is an important one because you ideally want to get something that fits the length of your media project. The last thing you need is a 12 minute audio clip for a 5 minute project. You either have to edit the music down with something like Audacity, or have the music cut off just as it’s getting good.

So to get the right duration, use this filter.


From a legal perspective, this is an important one as it deals with copyright and Creative Commons. Just because you are getting this music for “free” doesn’t mean that every artist who has contributed to YouTube’s audio library doesn’t want something in return.

Some people don’t want any attribution at all as they perhaps only do it for the fun of it. But there will be others – professional musicians – who will want some kind of acknowledgement and shout-out for their work.

So the Attribution filter is there to filter out who wants recognition and who doesn’t. For those that do, just put their name in the closing credits of your project, and / or in the video description on YouTube.

Deciding On Which One You Want

Once you have tweaked the filters and got yourself a list of possible candidates, it’s now time to listen to them and decide which one is the lucky winner for your naked mud-wrestling video.

You will see a small black arrow on the left-hand side of each clip. That is the Play button so you can preview the music.

In others though, attribution is required and you will be told what is needed to be done.

It should be noted however that these YouTube audio library clips are only offered for non-commercial videos which will appear on YouTube. If you intend to make commercial for-profit videos either on or off YouTube, you should instead buy a professional license for a piece of music. AudioJungle is one such possible site.

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