Amazon Cloud Player on iOS Beats iTunes Match

Amazon Cloud Player on iOS. Better than iTunes Match

Amazon Cloud storage and Cloud Player are nothing new to the world of smartphones and tablets, however, they are new to iOS. As of this week, Amazon has finally released Amazon Cloud player to iOS which allows users to upload music to the cloud and then stream them via the Amazon Cloud Player app. After some extensive use the past few days, I can say with out a doubt Amazon’s Cloud Player absolutely preforms better than iTunes Match.

Remember that article yesterday that I posted with a few questions asking why iTunes Match sucked so bad, and why streaming your own music was so slow and awful? Well Amazon Cloud Player is the answer to that question. Worried about going over that limited data package? Well you can go to the settings and select “download and stream only on Wi-Fi” and you’re home free. Even better yet, this service is totally free and works better than the 25 dollar yearly subscription fee Apple charges for their service. Yeah, I just discontinued mine. The only hassle is uploading the music, however, here is a step by step instructions on uploading the music to Amazon’s Cloud Player:
  1. Go to www.amazon.com, if you don’t have an account, make one.
  2. Select “Shop by Department” and then select “MP3’s and Cloud Player”
  3. Select “Cloud Player for Web,” after the page loads up, select “Upload your music”
  4. From there you should be prompted to download the “Amazon MP3 uploader”
  5. Install “AmazonMP3uploader” 
  6. Once installed and running on desktop, let it scan your music, after it finishes scanning, should take roughly 1-4 minutes depending on your music library size.
  7. From there, it will give you an estimate. For 3,000 songs, about 12 hours. I know it sounds like a long time but it is well worth the wait. 
  8. Go to the App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad and search “Amazon Cloud Player” 
  9. Login in with your Amazon account and enjoy your music
So there you have it, another player in the world of music in the cloud for iOS. What do you think of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS? Do you like it? Is it better than iTunes Match? Or is it too early to tell if Amazon Cloud Player is better than iTunes Match? Let us know in the comment box below, on Google+, our Twitter page, or Facebook. Peace Apple Nation and Go Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA Finals!

iTunes Match on iOS 6 Beta Enhanced

iTunes in the Cloud, aka, iTunes Match.

Remember iTunes in the Cloud? Remember Apple praising it for being something that would both revolutionize cloud storage of music and transform your life? Well iTunes Match since its inception has been a mixed bag of results depending on who you talk to. For me personally, iTunes Match as been great, I store all my songs in the cloud and they no longer took up space on my iPhone.

This praise cant be said for all. Many people, including friends of mine complained about iTunes match because of missing album art work, slow at playing music from song to song, and eating through data because iTunes Match downloaded each song to their iPhone or iPad. The question became, if Pandora basically preforms the same functions of iTunes Match, why does iTunes Match suck so much? Why can’t iTunes Match stream faster much like Pandora?

Well, on iOS 6 Beta 1, iTunes Match is now a full streaming As noted by Apple ‘n’ Apps, in the iOS 6 beta. Songs can be downloaded or streamed, with streaming being the default playback option:

“iTunes Match has become a streaming service in the beta. We confirmed it, by playing a few songs, then turning off iTunes Match, and seeing that the music folder then had no music. In iOS 5, the few tracks you listened to are stored. The various playlists, artists, and songs also drop the cloud icon next to them, and those are reserved for the album view, and a little bit off to the side.”






You can purchase iTunes Match for $24.99 a year from iTunes if this intrigues you. However, I would hold off until iOS 6 when Apple officially makes changes to iTunes Match.



What Apple did Wrong!

Steve Jobs presenting Keynote for iTunes Ping
November of 2009.

Well Ive been gone for a long time, but today i want to talk about something that Apple totally did wrong. What Apple did was so bad, an absolute blunder that it is reminds me of mobileme, another monumental failure by Apple. Now dont get me wrong, i am a huge supporter of Apple and have far more good things to say about them, but in this case they have left me scratchin’ the ol’ noggin.

What I’ve been getting at is iTunes Ping, or in Apple World simply known as Ping. The other day I was on iTunes and I saw ping. For a minute, I had to remember what it was and the last time I used it. What it is supposed to be is Apple’s version of a music social media, something MySpace did right in its hayday and still does a nice job at today. However, there are several shortcomings that make me shake my head and leave me wondering what the heck Apple was thinking when they released it. Here are a few bulleted points of things that 100% suck about ping.

  • No actual website. This is bad because to get someone to find and add me, the process is slow, confusing, and annoying and is not as simple as just giving them the url, so I dont bother. Not the adjectives I usually use to describe a company that pushes the slogan “It just works.”
  • The profiles themselves are terrible. For the most part, I can upload one picture of myself, and share just 3 genres of music i like (which i like FAR more than that) and I can list some music I bought. Yeah, nothing that is overwhelming and rather actually underwhelming
  • You cant send messages, chat, or start groups. After saying all that, why would i want to use this social media? Its isolated, primative, ugly, boring, and pointless. By far, this is the worst attempt to create something in Apples long and historic run of success.
After all this negativity AppleGuesser, surely there is something Ping does right. Yeah, sure it does SOMETHING right, what is it? I sure dont know. Honestly, I have used Ping for all of 10 minutes, and that was mostly used to set the profile up. Now if Apple wants to make this thing really fly, they could and can do it, here is how:
  1. Add the Find My Friends to Ping, almost like a check in for Facebook. Make it intuitive for finding friends.
  2. Ok Apple, I know you may cringe at the thought of incorporating Facebook to your Social Network. But please, do it. That way I can find friends, post music ive been listening to or bought to my news feed, much like instagram works. 
  3. Make it a website I can access easily from anywhere, not just iTunes. By having it in iTunes, you isolate the Social Network. By having it on the net, I can add friends more easily VIA a simple url and vise versa. 
  4. And lastly, make this a dedicated default app and built it through iOS 6. Stop using twitter as your cover up Social Networking creator. You have your own, use it man!
Ok, so those are somethings that have been gnawing at me for quite sometime. What do you guys think? Do you actually use Ping at all? Am I just trying to make a tin can fly in the air? Who knows, but i do know that if Apple tried even a little bit to make this work, they could make it work. Anyways, Peace people, take it easy, enjoy that last day of April, and Happy Monday! AppleGuesser OUT!!!! 

Changes to iTunes? Please Apple?

So this is my first post in a really, really long time. I have had a lot of time to think about what I want to say and iTunes is something I really want to talk about. We all use iTunes and need it for our daily iOS lives. I know iCloud brought a new way to get away from syncing and using iTunes, but for the most part, iTunes is the way we update and back up our precious devices.

iTunes 11 set to be presented this June at the
WWDC in San Francisco.

With all that said, I hate iTunes with a passion. In all honesty, iTunes is by far the least feel good Apple product I have ever used. I dread using iTunes everyday that I use it because this giant behemoth is simply that, a large app that pulls up slow, loads up slow, and is rather unstable for Apple standards (which, granted, are sometimes too high). However, this is something that I should not be saying. Several years ago, this new formart for iTunes worked well because this was the day before the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Back in those simple days, the only things you kept on iTunes was music, podcasts, and some videos or audiobooks. Other than that, nothing to strenuous. Flash forward a few years to the present and now we have apps for the iPhone and iPad, music, video podcasts, audio podcasts, TV shows, eBooks, audiobooks, pictures, ringtones, genius playlists. I am not saying iTunes is awful and broken, but something needs to be improved. The UI feels dated, slow, and un-Apple like and pre-iOS and for the most part that is exactly what it is. With iOS 6, iPhone 5, OS X Mountain Lion and other devices coming, I have no doubt Apple has iTunes and the App Store for iOS on its minds for updates.

So there you have it folks, what do you think about iTunes? Change it? Keep it the same? Let us know here at GuessingTheApple. Anyways, dont forget to like us on Facebook @GuessingTheApple and follow us on Twitter @AppleGuesser. Peace Apple Nation and dont forget to get your friends to follow our blog and like our Facebook page.

Jailbreak for A5 iDevices and iPad 3?

Whats up Apple Nation! Have you heard the news yet about Pod2g finally taking the jailbreak for both the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 out of the sandbox phase? Now I’m sure some of you are wondering, what the heck is a sandbox phase and I like yourself wondered that too. Well sandbox phase is a lot like a beta stage for IOS where these great jailbreakers are testing the jailbreak to make sure we are all happy with the jailbreak and that most importantly, IT WORKS!!! So according to Pod2g’s blog, which if your interested in checking it out is pod2g-ios.blogspot.com, we are but a few mere days away albeit no official ETA has been posted just yet.

On to the news about the iPad 3, Macotakara has reported that the iPad 3 official press conference is just a few weeks away spotting the press conference to be sometime in February. Looking back at previous releases of both the iPad and the iPad 2 for release date estimates, getting a date might be hard to pin down in the time being. I say that because the iPad was announced in January of 2010 and released about 2 months later and the iPad 2 was announced on March 2nd and released March 11th just 9 days later. So if the iPad 3 is released, more than likely it will be a March release.

Also tied into this product presentation, IOS 5.1 which is currently in beta stages still, should be unveiled giving me the impression that the reason another update has taken so long to release is because this is the software that will be running on the latest iPad 3. Features to IOS 5.1 you might ask? I really dont have a clue honestly. I’m sure we can see battery life improvements, improvements to Siri allowing her to do more, maybe a new camera feature such as a 360 shot, other than that I really dont know what else to expect. Anyway, dont forget to like us on Facebook @GuessingTheApple and follow us on twitter @AppleGuesser. Peace Apple Nation and Happy Tuesday!

IOS 5.0.2 and iTunes Match!

Ok, so as usual have been up to my neck in lots of things dealing with school. But alas, I am here to bring you the top stories from the Apple world right now. The top story in the Apple world at the moment is IOS 5.0.2. Yep, turns out the update of IOS 5.0.1 for some was so so, others no change, and for others, 2000% better. For me, IOS 5.0.1 has resolved those battery woes, but for others, this update actually brought on battery woes or made them worse. So Apple is working even harder to push IOS 5.0.2 out to the public by next week, probably that tuesday before thanksgiving. Also down the road, Apple is working on updating Siri to have more control over taking pictures, videos, and settings in IOS giving Siri even more control, which I am all for. This update would be Apples first major update being IOS 5.1 and looks to be debuting according the experts in early 2012, but my gut says December of 2011.

So the second top story in the world of Apple is iTunes match. Apple in my opinion has not been all that clear on what really is going down with iTunes match and I want to clear some things up. Some of things you need to know, which some of you guys may already be aware of, is that this service to get it going is a $24.99 yearly charge. Not a bad charge for putting 4,000 songs in the cloud. Furthermore, iTunes converts all songs it can match in the iTunes store to a 256 kbps AAC format, which i think is awesome, and if the song can not be matched, its just uploaded to the iCloud. Once on you activate the service on your computer, go over to the music section in your settings on your iDevice and sign in and turn on all the iTunes match settings. Once all that is done, you can stream your songs or download them to your device. And yes, it does stream it, which means the first time you play it, it uses 3G or WiFi to play the song, but after that, its almost saved or stored, but not on the device??? I am not sure how to explain it then, but it plays the songs you’ve played before without any internet but its not stored on your device. Anyways, the catch here is that you are limited to 25,000 songs and anymore will get you banned from the entire service. However, i think this might only affect 2% of people with iTunes anyways so no worries there. Another catch is that at the moment, people outside of the US cannot take avantage of this service. So for all my viewers in the UK, Canada, Germany, Russia, Australia, and other places, iTunes match is not available for you guys, which I think is kind of sad.

As always, questions, comments, thoughts, or concerns, add them below on here or to my Twitter @AppleGuesser or on Facebook @Guessing The Apple where you can find all your Apple news that is relavent to you. Dont forget to click the like button on our Facebook page or click follow on Twitter. Peace and take care guys. Happy Wednesday!