iTunes - Macenstein

If you have Spotify, you need Airfoil

Like many of you, I eagerly awaited the arrival of Spotify to the US. However once I got it, I suddenly found myself wondering what I was going to do with it. For those unfamiliar with the service, basically Spotify gives you free, ad-supported access to just about any song you can think of. Free, that is, on your computer. There’s an iPhone app which, for a monthly fee of $10 will, allow you full access to the service while on the go. However, being a cheapskate, I’m... Read More

Look out Apple: Amazon launches Mac App Download Store

When I first read the headline “Amazon launches Mac Download Store“, I thought it was an Onion headline. Somehow it almost seemed akin to Amazon building it’s own Macs for some reason. Yet, sure enough, it DOES exist, and just as the Amazon music store beats Apple’s iTunes in most ways, it looks like Amazon’s Mac App Store is also out doing Apple’s own offering. First of all, Amazon has special Free apps. These aren’t just the same “always... Read More

Who wants to play a little “Friday Lock Screen trivia? – Win an iTunes gift card

OK WE HAVE WINNER! Congrats to faithful Macenstein reader Zach! (How did everyone get this one so fast? Google Goggles or something?) OK, first one who can correctly tell me The name of the show AND EPISODE TITLE these two chubby kids are from… Wins a $10 iTunes gift card. Remember, you need to answer BOTH parts of the question in order to win. I’m not sure how sending iTunes gift cards via e-mail work internationally, but if it works internationally, then I guess... Read More

Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton coming to iTunes

As long-time readers know, and short-term readers can probably guess, nothing scares me more than the thought of going to a wedding. I have long said I would rather go to 10 funerals than one wedding, and not simply because I know more people I would rather see dead than happily paired off (although there is probably something to that). No, for me as a non-drinker, non-dancing, borderline agoraphobic sociopath, the whole reception thing is an excruciating 4-5 hours of social awkwardness,... Read More

Four “WTF was Apple Thinking?” iTunes design decisions

Everyone loves iTunes – mainly because if you use an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you have no choice but to love it. But for a company as well known for their UI design as Apple is, there are still a couple “WTF were they thinking?” oversights that bug me on a daily basis as I sync my devices. Here are my top 4. 1. Seriously? You had to use Purple TWICE? Apple needed to come up with 6 colors for various media types and couldn’t get past 5? Read More  Read More

The Beatles are still on iTunes

When Apple teased that its last special event would be “Just another day. That you’ll never forget.”, we didn’t realize it would be because they wouldn’t LET us forget. Seriously, it’s been a month and counting… Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Mike for reminding us to be annoyed at this.  Read More

iTunes is now bigger than Jesus

Wow. NOW what are we going to talk about?  Read More

Welcome to the App store, circa 1830

Seriously, WTF? Oh those Wacky Tribals! When will they learn? I actually feel a little conflicted as this guy’s obviously got some talent, although it remains to be seen if he can only draw offensive African caricatures or if he can attack other cultures as well.  Read More

A Better iTunes Icon

There are lots of things to like about iTunes 10, but the new icon isn’t one of them. In fact, I have yet to hear anyone rave about Apple’s new icon (aside from Steve Jobs, that is). Seriously, it looks like something we would have seen on MP3 SoundJam in the 90’s. Well, Ryan James has done what Apple should have done in the first place, and made an iTunes icon that doesn’t ruin the entire aesthetics of your Mac when placed in the dock. And the good... Read More

Apple’s September Music Event: The Good, The Bad, and the Meh

Well, another Apple special event has come and gone, and odds are you have no idea how you feel about it. Well, fear not, I’m here to tell you what you think. So without further ado, here is what was Good, Bad, and Meh about today’s music event. The Good iOS 4.1 – HDR photos, Game Center, Proximity sensor and other bug fixes…. Well, obviously we’d have to test these things out to know for sure, but as a fan of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography,... Read More


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