|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.
- Go to www.amazon.com, if you don’t have an account, make one.
- Select “Shop by Department” and then select “MP3’s and Cloud Player”
- Select “Cloud Player for Web,” after the page loads up, select “Upload your music”
- From there you should be prompted to download the “Amazon MP3 uploader”
- Install “AmazonMP3uploader”
- 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.
- 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.
- Go to the App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad and search “Amazon Cloud Player”
- Login in with your Amazon account and enjoy your music
|The Next Generation Macbook Pro.|
And, of course, inexpensive.
The new Apple laptop that went on sale Monday hits an impressive number of those high notes in one radical swoop. As you might guess, the one it misses by the biggest margin is “inexpensive.”
|Next Generation Macbook Pro.|
That said, this is not exactly a small machine, heavy enough that those happy Air users who’ve been feeling tempted might want to take a swing by their closest Apple Store and lift one themselves. It’s expensive, too.
|Retina Display Macbook Pro.|
|iOS 6 is set to debut in the fall of 2012.|
Apple introduced iOS 6 this past Monday at the WWDC 2012. With the introduction of iOS 6, new features like Maps, Siri, Passbook, and over 200 features total have been baked into the the latest iOS update. So lets cut to the chase and give the good, the bad, the ugly, and a video of iOS 6 Beta 1.
iOS 6 has a lot to like about it. With iOS 6 Siri has been updated to be able to answer sports questions, find restaurants and give the Yelp! rating and price, Siri locates movie theaters, tell you what movies are playing, when they are playing, and their score on rotten tomatoes. Beyond that, Passbook holds transportation tickets, sports tickets, and retail/restaurant member cards like Starbucks. Even Maps, Apples answer to ditching Google Maps, is very impressive with Fly over and 3D view as well. Also, Apple finally adds the ability to FaceTime over 3G/4G. About frickin time!
If you were hoping for more improvements to multitasking, the App Store, and iTunes in iOS 6, then you are completely out of luck. From what I’ve seen in several videos of iOS 6, including the one below, nothing was really updated, just some color changes really. I feel Apple is missing out on something here, its time to do something with the multitasking and the Stores that go with iOS.
Apple has once again failed to do anything substancial to the lockscreen. I know that iOS 5 brought some more functionality to the lockscreen, but look at intelliscreen or Lockinfo on the Cydia App Store, thats what I want from Apple, just something, throw me a bone Apple? Also, I feel widgets in the Notification Center should have been added. Again, look at Cydia, they have SBsettings in the NC, they have an app that controls your music, so much better than double tapping the home button. Come on Apple, this is definitely something you should look out.
Well, thats the good, the bad, and the ugly of iOS 6 and a video to show you what iOS 6 Beta looks like so far. What do you think of iOS 6? Is it great, feature packed enough for you, or does iOS 6 just fall flat for you? Let us know on our Google+ page, Twitter, or Facebook page. Peace Apple Nation!
Many people want to follow the WWDC but doing so can be extremely tough until sites like 9to5mac, Engadget, and Guessing the Apple send the word out because there is no live access to the WWDC. After a few hours Apple does release the Keynote video and it is the whole enchilada coming in at usually 90 minutes to 2 full hours. Most people simply cannot watch the entire keynote. So this is where one of my favorite blogs, Cult of Mac, has stepped in as they have all the key highlights of this years WWDC 2012 in 90 seconds. Enjoy!
|Apples WWDC 2012.|
This week, specifically this past Monday is the biggest day of the year for any Apple fan. The WWDC historically has been known to demo some amazing future products of Apple. Because of that, each year the WWDC becomes even more enormous and even more scrutinized. Apple announced some amazing products at this years WWDC, but here is a small list of what they left out according to the rumors leading up to the WWDC.
15-inch MacBook Air: Its no secret people wanted and assumed a larger Macbook Air was inevitable. Although the new Macbook Pro is thinner, it is no where near as then and light as a Macbook Air. It looks like Apple is really trying to keep clear distinct lines between the Macbook lines, and understandably so.
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro: Much like before, maybe the 13 inch Retina Display for Mac wasnt announced because they wanted to keep a clear distinction between the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. There is a real possiblity that a Retina Display just isnt plausible yet due to the fact a Retina Display would double the resolution of the current Macbook Pro model. Both make sense to me.
17-inch MacBook Pro: The big ol Macbook Pro seemed to be left out in the cold on this one. It is no secret that Apple isnt selling the 17 inch MBP as well as they would like. So to see nothing being done to this giant makes some sense. Apple wants small, light, long battery life products, and sadly, the 17 inch MBP just inst that at all. Also, the 17 inch MBP is no longer listed on Apples online store.
Retina display on Macbook Air: The new MacBook Pro is meant to be understood as a professional, expensive computer. The Retina screen helps differentiate it from the Air and gives it an air of luxury and helps justify the price. Because of this, I believe that is the reason for its absence from the really awesome Mac upgrades.
iMac: Apple obviously has a huge focus on Retina everything really, so it is natural to start picturing watching a nice movie on an 27 inch Retina Display. But to get back to reality, thats cutting it awfully close to an iTV. Plus, imagine the expenses of that screen and ultimately the iMac. Wow, no chance that was ever going to be announced at this years WWDC.
Mac Pro: Apple did in fact update the Mac Pros to take advantage of the latest RAM and processors, but with no stage time and no real redesign, it’s clear they’re low on the priority list right now. Maybe the big update is coming whenever the iMac and other desk-type computers get theirs.
iPhone 5: Obviously the new version of Apple’s hit phone (likely to be called simply “the new iPhone”) was not announced, though a few hopeful souls were thinking it would be a great surprise to bring out or at least tease alongside iOS 6. No such luck, however, as Apple continues to keep the iPhone sort of under wraps.
iPad Mini: Persistent whispers from the supply line and overseas manufacturing community suggest the existence of a smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch screen. WWDC would have been as good a place as any to announce it, but clearly the iPad mini is not ready for prime time, that is, if it exists at all.
iTV: An iTV pretty much seemed inevitable, part leaks, sources confirming the TV was coming helped fuel the fire. People everywhere, including myself expected something to be announced. However, nothing was really said, at all. In fact, the only thing about Apple TV and iTV was an announcement over the improvement of AirPlay. Thats it. I honestly expected something, but i wasn’t alone on this.
Apps for Apple TV: Continuing the theme of Apple TV/iTV, I also expected Apple to open up the Apple TV to third party apps and create an App Store for the iOS device. Just like the iTV, there wasn’t a whiff of that at all.
Of course, many of these things I have mentioned could be released later this year, or sometime next year or the following year. Apple always finds ways of keeping us on the ropes, even when we think we know whats coming. For that, I applaud you Apple, keep on with the whole secrecy thing!