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.
Enabling the iPad's Audio Equalizer
Matt Cone June 14, 2012
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 Share Your iTunes Library
Matt Cone June 12, 2012
Did you know that you can share the music, movies, books, and podcasts on your Mac with the other users connected to your network? You can. All you have to do is enable a couple of settings in iTunes. It’s an ideal way to let others access your multimedia content, and it’s a solution that works in homes, dormitories, workplaces, and even schools. Here’s how to do it: Open the iTunes application.
How to Gift an iTunes Playlist
Matt Cone December 19, 2011
iTunes gift cards make great stocking stuffers, but did you know that you can also give one of your iTunes playlists as a gift? Here’s how it works: Create a playlist full of the songs you’d like to give and then follow the instructions below to purchase the songs in the iTunes Store. The recipient will be emailed a special iTunes code to download all of the songs in the playlist.
How to Burn a Music CD in iTunes
Matt Cone December 18, 2011
iTunes is one of Apple’s most exciting and practical applications. It allows you to collect and catalog thousands of songs, television shows, podcasts, and movies - and its interface is simple enough for everyone to understand. But don’t let the sleek and shiny appearance fool you: iTunes is a powerful piece of software that is capable of much more. Burning your own music CDs with iTunes is fun, fast and free.