Tag - ITunes
[Update: outage resolved] Since at least 2:17 PM Pacific Time today, the iTunes and App Stores appear to be dysfunctional for at least some users. The problem appears to be most severe in the northeastern US and in England, but there are scattered reports from a number of other countries, though not all users are affected. For those that are, however, upgrades and purchases are not able to go through. This also is having an impact on Apple's streaming services and the ability of users to log into their iTunes accounts.
In addition to an iOS release for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro earlier today, Apple has also released a minor update to iTunes. Version 12.4.1 of Apple's media manager. The update addresses problems where iTunes doesn't work well with VoiceOver, amongst other fixes.
You could just buy every app that ever catches your eye, or which anyone ever mentions, or just has a shiny icon. However, your mom and dad are sick of telling Apple you've done this, and Apple's tired of pointing out that this is what your allowance is supposed to be for. Alternatively, you could be terribly disciplined, and write down the name of apps that might be of interest. You know what's coming next: there is a better way -- and it is Lookmark 2.0.1.
Reports on social media are growing about issues with the iCloud Music Library that appears to be affecting Apple Music subscribers using both iTunes on OS X and the Music app on iOS devices. A number of users have said that they are suddenly getting the "Join Apple Music" screen in the Music app on iOS when it is opened, while iTunes users who are using the service may see "unable to connect to iCloud Music Library" warnings. In some cases, users have reported that the iCloud Music Library has disappeared.
When this app first came out, we got it, and completely understood why it was useful, and why people would like it -- we just didn't really adopt it for ourselves. Then it was updated, and suddenly we "got it" in another sense: we really grasped how useful it is. The improvements in the second version made us use the app a few times a week. Now with Workflow 1.5, we're typically using it daily.
Okay, let's not even try to contrive some drama. Last week, I was challenged to quit iTunes -- and this week I'm back, having done so and realized that technically, it's quite easy. Yet I'm also back in the sense of using iTunes again: there were problems, there were lots of recommendations, there are many people who loathe iTunes, but one week ago, I wasn't fussed: and this week, I am glad to be using it again.
Chase's online bank Chime has announced support for Apple Pay through its own issued cards, a day ahead of a new promotion from Chase that will see cardholders eligible for a free iTunes download of Eric Clapton's newest album I Still Do, including a bonus track. Chime is similar to other online banks like Ally and Simple, with no physical branches. Deposits are handled through automatic deposit programs or by taking a photograph of a check, and payments are done through issued cards, the bank's own app, and virtual wallets like Apple Pay.
You seem nice, can't you do do something about this? I am being directed to quit iTunes, and not open it again for a week. Now, if you're one of the many who find this software confusing, you could well be shrugging. Yet compare and contrast: MacNN managing editor Mike Wuerthele has devised this series about being forced to reexamine one's workflows and device preferences. I had to quit iTunes, while he had to force himself to wear an Apple Watch. The humanity.
Apple has taken steps to try and fix an extremely rare bug in iTunes where a user's local music files were being deleted, by sending two engineers to one user's home to find the source of the problem. A blog post from one affected user claims a pair of senior software engineers from the company were flown from California to his home in Atlanta to analyze the situation, in response to increasing reports of unauthorized music file deletions.
Maybe it's because we've grown up with iTunes that we find it okay. The argument that it is bloated by having to do too many things -- such as manage videos, apps, books, Apple Music, podcasts and iOS backups -- is undeniable, so we don't deny it. We just fire up iTunes, sometimes blink a little as we try to remember where things are today, and then we get on with it. The new iTunes 12.4 is an attempt to reduce the number of times you have to blink.