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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!

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Keep Your Music Library Synced Across Multiple Computers With Itunes Match

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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Mixing Google Gmail And Yahoo Groups

Google, while testing its new GMail email, has issued trial accounts to many Blogger owners and search/email opinion leaders and journalists. Recently there has been a discussion on the Blogger User Support group about GMail not mixing with Yahoo email addresses. When switching Yahoo Groups addresses from previous emails to Google GMail addresses, the GMail spam filter automatically filed the Yahoo Verification Emails as spam. If you subscribe to Yahoo Groups and use Google GMail as your main email address, this should help sort out the problem.

Highlights from the discussion:

Cassidy: Is it just me, or does Gmail block Yahoogroups? I’ve been trying for 2 days to get my Gmail account verified but it will not receive the Yahoogroups verification address. Has anyone actualluy managed to get yahoogroups to work with Gmail at all and if so how?

Phil: Look in your gmail spam folder: they call the verification mail spam, and the spam folder doesn’t change in any way to tell you that there’s anything in it. Pretty awful “welcome to gmail” given how many of us want to use it for exactly that.

which then leaves them open to people faking being Yahoo to get past the spam filter. You see, the first line of the text/html part is

like the behavior of the most cretinous sellers of sugar pills. What alternative do they have? “HTML email with a 1×1 image outside the HTML is spam unless the 1×1 image is from chúng tôi which is welcome to invade the privacy of our users”?

3 – The tools exist in Gmail to unmark the email as spam at which point it is automatically moved to the Inbox.

What I’d like to see is an enhanced spam filter whereby if enough Gmail users unmark email from a particular email address or domain the filter no longer considers such email as spam.

Meanwhile, Oliver Travers has found another relationship between GMail and Yahoo Groups, the ability to block out ad interstitials and sort group discussions using GMail technology:

“You know those unbearable intersticials at Yahoo Groups that get in the way of reading a message every 4 posts or so? Just subscribe your gmail address on a post-by-post basis, and you no longer have to bear with them to browse list archives. I don’t want to clog my own POP3 accounts with discussion list archives, but Gmail looks just fine for that purpose.”

Using Itunes Genius On Mac, Iphone, And Ipad

iTunes Genius on a Mac

The Genius option did go through one small change. They took some of it away. It’s not clear whether it just wasn’t as popular as they expected it to be, or whether they just thought the Ping service would be that much more popular, but they did take away the suggestions that were always made in the right side.

With the Genius options as they stand now for iTunes 10.3, it will suggest songs, TV shows, and movies based on what you have bought through iTunes. I don’t really care for their music choices for me, as the music bought on my account is also purchased by others in my family who don’t share my musical tastes.

Using the music that you have in your library, iTunes will create several Genius Mixes, creating them by genre. It will put alternative rock together, classic rock together, etc. It can be a great way to listen to music without having to skip around too much.  You can also choose a song in your music library and ask iTunes to create a Genius Mix around it. If you go into the Store menu at the top of the app, you can either turn off the Genius option, or update its choices

iTunes Genius on an iPhone

iTunes Genius on an iPad

The choices on an iPad are very similar to the choices on an iPhone, being that they’re both running the same iOS and similar apps. Here the option for making a Genius Playlist based on a song is in the lower left corner of the iPod App.

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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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So why do we collect payment details when you sign up? To ensure we are only onboarding clients who are seriously considering our service.

Below are guidelines for the Kimp Video and Kimp Graphics Trials, as well as some tips to help you determine if Kimp is right for you.

If you sign up for the Graphics+Video subscription, you will be able to make 1 video request and 3 design requests as per the guidelines below:

Kimp Video Trial Overview:

During your trial you can make 1 request.

1 request = 1 video, up to 15 seconds in length + unlimited revisions within the 7 day trial period.

During your trial, you will only receive concepts with a watermark on them.

Kimp Graphics Trial Overview

During your trial you can make 3 requests.

1 request = 1 design (i.e. a single print or digital creative, or up to 2-3 pages of a multi-page/screen design, depending on the amount of content).

During your trial, you will only receive designs with a watermark on them.

The following requests are not fulfilled during Kimp Graphics, Kimp Video or Kimp Graphics + Video trials:

Resizing of trial designs (Kimp Graphics, Kimp Graphics + Video)

Logo designs (Kimp Graphics, Kimp Graphics + Video)

Brand Mascot or Brand Character designs (Kimp Graphics, Kimp Graphics + Video)

Explainer Videos (Kimp Video, Kimp Graphics + Video)

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The following requests are limited during Kimp Graphics or Kimp Graphics + Video trials:

Illustration requests are limited during trials: During your trial, you may request one simple illustration. Complex illustrations are not included during the trial.

Multi-page/screen design requests are limited during trials: During your trial, if you wish to request a multi-page design such as an ebook or a multi-screen design such as an app, we will complete 2-3 pages/screens, depending on the amount of content, as one design request.

Why we don’t fulfill certain design requests during trials:

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Best Itunes Alternatives For Mac And Windows In 2023

With the macOS Catalina update, Apple finally discontinued iTunes after two decades (almost) and replaced it with Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts. And Finder took the burden for iPhone management. Undoubtedly, it increased the hassle of managing multiple apps to get the work done. So here are some iTunes alternatives for Mac and Windows to manage your data, music, and more efficiently.

iTunes alternatives for backup management

1. AnyTrans App: Alternative for iPhone backup

AnyTrans is your one-stop destination backup manager. It lets you back up all your iPhones’ data and encrypts it for your security. Its compatibility is supreme; you can get your data from iPhones as old as iPhone 3GS (released in 2009).

I admire the AirBackup feature that comes with the tool. AnyTrans creates automatic backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch whenever your devices (Mac and iPhone) are connected to the same Wi-Fi. Moreover, you can monitor the frequency and manually change it. 

Despite the Wi-Fi or USB transfer, your data is stored locally, ensuring 100% safety. You can check out our full review here. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Mac, Android

Pros

Encrypted data transfer

Scheduled AirBackup

Supports 7 languages

Cons

Cannot add/edit iTunes library

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2. DearMob – Best for managing iPhone media

DearMob is an all-in-one tool that easily transfers and backs up your photos, videos, music, and files. The user interface is intuitive and lets you handle the data from the application itself. For instance, if you wish to make a folder of similar photos, delete them, or convert HEIC into JPEC – all of it can be done rapidly with DearMob.

DearMob encrypts your data for added security, and you can also transfer your data to external hardware. That definitely makes it safe and flexible!

I like the software because it is not just data recovery software. It clones your iPhone to a desired device, making the experience surreal. You must get this one if you have an eye for detail and are very peculiar about your data transfer.

Supported platforms: Windows and Mac

Pros

A vast pool of exercises to choose from.

Exercises are simple to understand and follow

Progress tracking is available

Cons

Could include more lessons for kids

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3. WALTR Pro: Best iTunes alternative for file transfer

It is an effortless way to convert any file on the internet and transfer it to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Gone are the days you will have to rely on ‘Phone a friend’ to get your desired content. Being a successor to the infamous WALTR, this’s undoubtedly the one you should have your eyes on. 

After Apple discontinued iTunes, I have been a loyal user of Waltr Pro for my data transfers. Transferring files from your Mac to your iPhone and vice versa has never been this easy. The best part; WALTR PRO automatically changes the file format and makes it compatible with your device. 

It also gives you the liberty to transfer files according to the app’s destination. For instance, if you wish to see a video using the VLC player and not the Apple TV app, you can always select it from the list. 

I adore the simplicity, sleek UI, and clean colors (kudos to the UI designer!). It’s a one-stop destination for your data needs. Read our full review.

Supported platforms: Windows and Mac

Pros

Supports iOS 5 and above 

Supports almost all file formats

Compatible with many apps

Works with iMessage

Cons

Wi-Fi transfers can be time-consuming

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4. Leawo iTransfer: Automatically converts unsupported formats

Leawo iTransfer is a one-stop solution for backup and data transfer between iOS devices, iTunes, and PCs. It makes it super easy t move various types of files between your devices, including messages, photos, music, contacts, etc. 

The app has a simplistic user interface. It looks a bit outdated, but the benefit is that it lays everything out clearly. So, it’s super straightforward and quick to use. 

After you install and launch the software, it will automatically recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when you connect your devices to your computer.

I appreciate the flexibility it offers because there’s a lot you can do. For instance, you can manage your music playlists and add or remove audio files. Or, you can keep a tab on your book collection and export books to your computer.

Further, you can backup and restore your iPhone contacts, plus manage your Notes and Messages.

What’s more? Leawo iTransfer can intelligently convert unsupported file formats to a format compatible with iOS. This saves the hassle of having to use another app. Pretty nifty! Overall, a great tool to move and manage media between your devices.

Supported platforms: Windows and Mac

Pros

Very easy to use 

Works quickly 

Complete file backup and transfer solution 

Intelligently converts unsupported file formats

Cons

User interface could be updated 

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4. Wondershare by Dr. Fone: Best alternative for data recovery

Losing your iPhone data is a common problem. Wondershare by Dr. Fone is one of the efficient solutions for iPhone data recovery that also lets you back up your data from a broken phone via iTunes and iCloud after putting your gadget in DFU mode.

It is an easy-to-use software and saves a lot of time. All you have to do is have your iTunes or iCloud open on your Mac and leave the rest to Dr. Fone. It is a little pricey, but I am sure as hell I would pay a few dollars to retrieve those precious memories captured as photographs.

You can always opt for the free trial, make a call, or read our in-depth review to make an informed decision.

Moreover, you can also customize the business package.

Supported platforms: Windows, Mac

Pros

Retrieve data from the last factory restore

Retrieve lost data due to iOS upgrade

Supports iPhone 4 and above

Best for retrieving trivial information

Cons

The yearly plan is expensive

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5. PhoneRescue: Reliable iPhone backup recovery tool

PhoneRescue is one of the more reliable iTunes replacements I have come across. It is a competent data recovery tool on the market and supports more than 25 types of data formats like phones, messages, music, audio, video, and more. 

You can Retrieve your data even if it is encrypted by iCloud or you don’t have access to your device. The software also lets you fix your broken iPhone from a system crash, making it one of the best in the market.

Read our review of PhoneRescue.

Supported formats: Mac and Windows

Pros

Recovers 25 types of data

Sleek UI

Affordable

Data recovery with system crash

Cons

Lacks organizing files post-recovery

Price: $59.99 for lifetime access

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Best alternative to iTunes to manage music collection

1. MusicBee: Best free iTunes alternative

If you are looking for a player as an iTunes replacement and do not want to get into the hassle of data transfers, MusicBee is the one for you. One of the fastest tools to sync your music across all of your devices. 

Other noteworthy features of the app include logarithmic volume scaling, theme support, gapless playback, etc. 

Pros

Customizable look and feel

Simple interface

Portable version available

Flexibility in terms of device compatibility

Cons

Doesn’t work well with many files

Price: Free

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2. WinX Media Trans: Best alternatives to iTunes for Windows

If you are a dedicated Windows user and are looking for an iTunes alternative, this is where your search ends. WinX media supports automatic photo backup, music management, video transfer, ringtone maker, and many more.

When I look for software for my AV data transfer, I look for data encryption. WinXMedia offers it and makes the transition of files as smooth as butter.

The apps work independently of iTunes; this means you don’t have to install iTunes on your device. WinX has a sister tool in the market; it is called MacX Media Trans, which handles similar functionalities for Mac.

Pros

Quickest data transfer

Encrypted data

iPhone video converter

Convert eBooks to PDF/TXT/HTML ebook

Cons

Room for improvement in organizing the data

Price: $35.95

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3. Tidal: Best for music

If you are an audiophile looking for a music streaming service and are keen on sound quality, Tidal is the best iTunes replacement for you. Launched by Jay-Z in 2024, it gained instant popularity and has also been a formidable competitor to Spotify. 

The listeners get a superb CD-quality sound. However, the more money you pay, the better quality you get. Since it is a streaming service, there is no question for supported devices as it is easily accessible.

However, I do not appreciate that it does not support podcasts. Being a creator and an avid listener myself, I have a knack for a platform that supports all forms of content. The sound quality for my music tracks makes up for it, so I can’t complain much.

Pros

Exceptional sound quality.

Breathtaking UI.

Supports music videos.

Cons

No podcasts.

Price:  $9.99/month (320 Kbps), $19.99/month (lossless high fiedelity), ($14.99 and $29.99 for family subscriptions respectively)

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4. Podtrans: Best iTunes alternative for iPod music

A software that lets you transfer music from your desktop to your iPod, Podtrans surely knows its niche right. The best part, you don’t need iTunes installed on your device to make the transfer happen.

Podtrans understands the charisma of those gorgeous iPods with retina displays and has extended its support for managing other media files, including TV shows, iTunes U, movies, videos, and more. 

It is also one of the best free iTunes alternatives for Mac and Windows, making it a boon for iPod users. You have to watch Friends with your iPod; it will make the experience worthwhile.

Pros

Works independently of iTunes

Easy file transfer

Supports video transfer

Faster transfer of large files

Cons

Can be a little buggy at times

Price: Free

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5. MediaMonkey: Best for large music files

Most of the iTunes alternatives for music have issues dealing with larger files; this is where your search ends. MediaMonkey is an iTunes replacement that supports multiple file formats, even formats like M3U and PLS.

Offering hassle-free navigation, MediaMonkey automatically picks up movies and music missing important information and notifies you. This also reduces the duplication of data and sync tracks.

I like the little customizations I can do to my music library and the smooth experience of transferring larger video files (even movies) with no technical expertise whatsoever. 

Pros

Stress-free large files management 

Identifies data duplication

Supports multiple file formats

Sleek UI

Cons

Expensive

Price: Free (Subscription starts at $49.95)

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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.

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