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Tag Archive for ‘iTunes’

iOS 17.2 and tvOS 17.2 Kills TV Show and Movie Wishlists ➝

Juli clover, writing for MacRumors:

In the iTunes Store app on the iPhone and iPad, and the separate iTunes TV Shows and iTunes Movies apps on the ‌Apple TV‌, there were options to add TV shows and movies to a dedicated wishlist when browsing, which consumers used to save the content for later and watch for sales.

The wishlists did not transfer over to the ‌Apple TV‌ app with these updates, so some customers who had compiled long watch lists are unable to access those curated lists or copy them over to a new location. Some users are able to open up the iTunes Store app on iOS devices and tap on the hamburger button in the upper right corner to see their wishlists, but this does not appear to be working for everyone. Those who compiled lists on the ‌Apple TV‌ appear to have no way to access them.

I’ve also noticed that there is no option to view a preview of TV show episodes in the TV app either, which was available in the dedicated iTunes TV Shows app.

A warning on this would have been nice, but I hate that they’re doing it regardless. If I want to browse TV shows or movies to purchase on my Apple TV, all the iTunes Store content is commingled with media that’s only available on streaming. Even if you stick to the “Store” section, you’ll see plenty of movies and shows that require Apple TV+ or another streaming app and subscription to view.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Apple Removes TV Show and Movie Purchases From iTunes Store App in iOS 17.2 ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

With the launch of iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2, Apple made a server side change that removes the option to purchase and access TV shows and movies from the iTunes Store app.

Attempting to access the TV Shows and Movies sections in the app directs users to the Apple TV app instead. “iTunes Movies and Your Purchases Have Moved,” reads the app’s message. “You can buy or rent movies and find your purchases in the ‌Apple TV‌ app.”

Lame. I don’t even have the TV app installed on my devices.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

iTunes Movies and TV Shows Apps Discontinued With New Apple TV Update ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

As first reported in October, Apple will discontinue the standalone iTunes Movies and iTunes TV Shows apps on the Apple TV box, starting with tvOS 17.2 The warning message seen above has started appearing in the release candidate version of tvOS 17.2 beta, released yesterday.

Apple directs users to the TV app instead to manage their purchases, and buy and rent from the store. At least as far as Apple’s video content is concerned, the iTunes brand is on the way out.

I strip the DRM from every movie and TV show I purchase through iTunes. This lets me watch it in my preferred player — Plex. And I never have to worry about losing access because of some irritating rights issues.

But because of this, it’s not often that I use the TV Shows, Movies, or Apple TV apps. On the rare occasion when I want to watch purchased content before I have a chance to process it, though, I always use the TV Shows and Movies apps. It’s just a much nicer experience without having to trudge through all of the Apple TV+ promotion.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Apple Services Except iCloud to Stop Working on Some Older Software Versions ➝

I wonder if this will mean I’ll no longer be able to download content from iTunes on my old Mac Mini running Sierra. Which is currently the easiest way to legally obtain movies and TV shows for my Plex library after running it through some DRM-removal software.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

The Apple Services Experience Is Not Good Enough ➝

Michael Tsai:

The services apps are all frustrating to use. In may ways, they feel worse than Web apps. I cannot believe how Apple has let them regress so much. I miss iTunes from 15 years ago.

I maintain an old Mac Mini that runs El Capitan and an even older iMac that runs Snow Leopard. iTunes is so much better on those older machines than the current state of the TV app, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts.

My current pet peeve is the Podcast app’s lack of OPML export or import. What a terrible, user-hostile omission.

I was recently trying to export my subscriptions from Pocket Casts and import them into Apple Podcasts so I could use the Apple TV app to more conveniently playback video podcasts. But, no dice. There’s no way to just import an OPML file. I would have to go through and manually subscribe to every single podcast. I’m not going to do that over a hundred podcasts.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

‘Perfect’ Equalizer Setting ➝

I used the “Perfect” equalizer settings, shared by Merlin Mann, when I first saw it on his site many years ago. But I mostly abandoned equalizer settings when my music playback transitioned to mobile.

I was poking around Prism yesterday, though, and remembered it had an equalizer setting that I’ve never used. For whatever reason, these old iTunes settings sprung to mind, I did a bit of searching to find them, and I plan to give them a try in Prism. The app’s settings don’t quite line up perfectly with iTunes, so it’ll take a bit of tuning to get right.

➝ Source: 43folders.com

Apple Merges Gift Card Offerings ➝

There will no longer be a differentiation between Apple Store gift cards and gift cards that are used for iTunes, App Store, and iCloud purchases. Going forward, all Apple gift cards can be used to purchase items through any of their marketplaces.

➝ Source: apple.com

The Streaming Model for Music Doesn’t Work for Artists When They Do Not Earn Live Performance Income ➝

Nick Heer:

There has never been a better time to support musicians directly. The next Bandcamp fee waiver day is June 5, and many artists sell merch and records on the web. You can still buy albums on iTunes, too, in the way your great aunt told you stories about.

I’ve purchased about a half-dozen albums over the past couple of months between physical CDs and iTunes purchases, which is much more than I typically do. If you’re able to support your favorite musicians right now, I would encourage you to do so.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com