iTunes Match & SoundHound Make Beautiful Music Together

We've all seen the problems iTunes has with recognizing CD tracks that you may have turned into a special mix Audio CD you burned. If you've taken a collection of MP3s and burned them for an Audio CD, you are probably familiar with this image - Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, etc. You have no idea what those songs are - or at the very least, what the correct names are.

With an app, iTunes Match subscription, and some CDs you can change your 'unknown' collection into something useful and make them available to all of your iOS devices and Computers.


1. Launch the SoundHound app on your iOS device.

2. Insert a CD with unrecognized tracks into your Mac - you can import now if you wish as well.


3. Click Play on one of those tracks (Track 1, Track 2, etc).

4. Turn up the volume on the song, and then Click  'Tap Here' on the SoundHound app.  Within a few seconds, that song with be recognized. Incredible.


Itunes artist entry

5. Now go into iTunes and CONTROL-CLICK on the track you are playing and choose 'Get Info'.  Now enter the correct data into the track. I'm not sure of how iTunes Match makes a match, but it doesn't hurt to enter the track info as precisely as you can.

Itunes artist entry

6. Now iTunes Match should do it's thing and try and Match, or at least Upload to iCloud. If not, CONTROL-CLICK On it and choose 'Add to iCloud' and this should match or upload it to the iCloud service.

7. Check your other Macs or iOS devices - these newly updated songs will now be in your iCloud. If you had poor quality versions, now you can download the MATCHED songs in the higher quality 256kbps AAC format. Easily worth the $25 a year!


iCloud Syncing with Multiple Users on a Mac

Trying to setup iCloud for multiple user of the same iTunes account is a pain in the rear. Apple does a lot of things *RIGHT*, but this one has been quite annoying trying to figure out how to sync multiple users together.

Here is what I want to do:

We currently use one common Apple ID for all of our iTunes purchases, and that enables us to buy it once, and it's available on all iOS devices (iPad, 2 iPhones, 1 Mac).

I read an article by Lex Friedman @ Macworld that says you should setup iCloud accounts for each member of the family. This will get them their own @me email address, 5GB of free backup storage, a good @me email for using iMessage, and more. The CAVEAT is if you are trying to do this with only *ONE* Mac.

Apple allows you to sync only one iCloud account for all users of one Mac. So, for example, I can't have my wife's iCloud setup to sync bookmarks, addresses, etc without having it sync to all of the accounts on the Mac. Apparently, iCloud is global for all users of any individual Mac. How short sighted this is. Many families SHARE a computer and each have individual needs that this system simply won't address.

So, what can I do?

A) Create iCloud accounts for me and my wife, only for our iOS devices, and leave the Mac out of the loop.

B) Choose one of the iCloud accounts to use as a master account and deal with having our address book the same for both of our phones and Mac user accounts. Not ideal. She doesn't want my work contacts, and I certainly don't want her hers. We definitely don't want to share Bookmarks.

C) Forget about using iCloud on the Mac altogether, and then at least what we create on our iPhones will be our own set of individual information that won't clutter up our Mac accounts with unnecessary information. But, then we can't use Photostream.  You can select individual things to sync to the Mac, but still the Photostream would have to be to one specific iCloud account. With this being the case, if my wife takes a picture on her phone, it will show up in the Photostream. If I take one on my iPhone, it won't since it's not associated with my Mac.

Perhaps I am over thinking this, so if anyone has some suggestions for what I am trying to accomplish, please - by all means, drop me a note in the comments.

Apple needs to streamline this a little better so that it works within a family. It's the right thing to do.


iOS 5 Upgrade Guides & Reviews

If you've been under a rock, you may not know that today was the launch day for iOS 5 and the associated applications that go along with it.

Luckily, my upgrade process was quite uneventful and I had no issues, unlike some people on the net. By this evening, Apple's servers were taking a beating and people couldn't complete their iOS activations, which is required to authenticate your device through Apple. The usual amount of Apple dissing was going on, but I'm sure there are millions of people constantly hitting refresh trying to download gigabytes of downloads, so can you really blame Apple? Nah.

Frankly, I think apple should have staggered it a little bit more. At LEAST they put out the latest iTunes 10.5 yesterday, which is required for iOS 5.

If you want to use iClouds abilities on your Mac, you need Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion to take advantage of that. Sadly, my first gen Intel iMac was deprecated and won't run Lion, so I've downgraded it to my iTunes server (sniff, sniff).

Apple icloud

If you want to get in on the fun, and haven't done so yet, I recommend you read some good stuff from around the net before you jump in with both feet.

Courtesy of a post at GDGT, and if you need a direct download to the firmware files (Choose Wisely, young Padawan) you can find them in the comments section. They are direct from Apple, so they are safe.

At the end of the month Apple will release the iTunes Match - a service that will take all of your music and replace it with high quality AAC files. My wife calls it laundering your music. It's a $24.95 a year service, but seems like a good value to have your music in the cloud.


Now, get to upgrading.. And Good luck!!