How to Enable Your Mac's Audio Equalizer
Matt Cone February 6, 2021
Your Mac has an audio equalizer (EQ) that allows you to adjust the sound quality of music. The Mac’s equalizer isn’t as fancy as the physical ones that allow you to manually adjust the levels, but it does have a number of presets that will dramatically improve the sound quality of the music you play on your Mac. Unfortunately, the Mac’s equalizer only changes the audio from the Music app. Audio produced by other apps won’t be changed by the equalizer.
How to Change Your iPhone's EQ (Equalizer)
Matt Cone February 5, 2021
Your iPhone has an audio EQ (equalizer) that allows you to adjust the sound quality of music. The iPhone EQ isn’t as fancy as the physical ones that allow you to manually adjust the levels, but it does have a number of presets that will dramatically improve the sound quality of the music you play on your iPhone. Unfortunately, the iPhone’s EQ only changes the audio from the Music app. Audio produced by other apps, such as Videos or YouTube, won’t be changed by the EQ.
Enabling the iPad's Audio Equalizer
Matt Cone February 5, 2021
It seems ridiculous now, but in high school I purchased a Pioneer stereo system capable of pumping out over 1,000 watts of sound. The speakers and components were huge. It took three car trips just to get everything home from the store! The only thing I miss about that system is the equalizer on the amp, which allowed me to adjust the output of the sound levels. Believe it or not, your iPad has an audio equalizer too.
How to Repeat One Song in the Mac's Music Application
Matt Cone January 18, 2021
Sometimes you just want to play one song over and over again on repeat. It’s easy to do this in the Music application on your Mac. Once this feature is enabled, the song you start playing will play over and over again until you pause the music. Here’s how to repeat one song in your Mac’s Music application: In your Mac’s Music application, click the repeat icon repeatedly until a “1” appears on the icon, as shown below.
How to Check Your AirPods Battery Life
Matt Cone January 9, 2021
Apple reports that the AirPods Pro headphones can provide 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge. By recharging the headphones with the charging case, you can eek out 24 hours of playback. But how do you check the battery life of the AirPods Pro headphones? There’s a light on the charging case, but it doesn’t provide any indication of how much time you can continue listening to the headphones. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to check the AirPods battery life using an iPhone or a Mac.
How to Connect AirPods to Your Mac
Matt Cone January 8, 2021
Apple’s AirPods headphones use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to all Apple devices. You can connect AirPods to an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and yes, even a Mac. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to connect your AirPods to a Mac. Here’s how to connect AirPods to a Mac for the first time: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. Click Bluetooth. The window shown below appears.
How to Output Stereo Audio in Mono
Matt Cone January 5, 2021
Recently I replaced my aging Bose QC25 headphones with a pair of AirPods Pro headphones. Both products are a major upgrade from the stock earbuds that ship with iPhones, but the high-quality audio output also means that you can hear every imperfection in the music. For example, older tracks that were recorded in mono sometimes have output that is only audible in one channel, which means that you can only hear the music in one ear.
Show Only Downloaded Music on Your iPhone
Matt Cone February 11, 2013
I use iTunes Match and I love it. Being able to stream and download all of my music to an iPhone over a wireless or cellular connection is priceless. But there is one time when I don’t want to use iTunes Match at all: when I’m using my iPhone in airplane mode or when I’m in an area with no cellular or wireless connectivity. That’s because iTunes Match displays all of my music in one big list, and I can’t tell which music is downloaded to my iPhone - that’s the music I can play without network connectivity - and which music that is currently stored in iCloud - that’s the music I can’t play without network connectivity.
How to Create an iTunes Playlist
Matt Cone February 7, 2013
If you’re like me, you have thousands of songs in iTunes. It’s nice to have all of that music available at the click of a button, but different times and situations call for different types of music. For example, you might listen to Metallica and AC/DC during your lunch break and Bach and Brahms in the evening before going to sleep. That’s where playlists come in. Playlists are customized collections of songs that can be played on your computer, transferred to iOS devices, or burned to CD (see How to Burn a Music CD in iTunes).
How to Hide the Explicit Label in iTunes
Matt Cone June 19, 2012
If you listen to a lot of loud, trashy music with “explicit” lyrics (ha, ha), you may have noticed that iTunes displays a special label next to many of your song titles, as shown below. This is a parental control designed to help parents quickly identify and quarantine offensive music in iTunes. Unfortunately for those of you who don’t have children, the explicit label is displayed by default, cluttering up your music library.