Month: September 2017

iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2 has been released

With the new release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, to make iTunes Converter work well with the new system , Macsome Inc newly released iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2.

With the new version 2.3.2, macOS 10.13 users can only convert music files with 1X conversion speed, if you are other system users, there is no need to worry about the only 1X conversion speed, you can still convert Audio tracks with up to 20X conversion speed.

If you want to convert Audiobook with the iTunes Converter, you can still try the incredible speed.

With the fast conversion option, you can only convert AAX to M4A format with chapter, cover, etc kept, and convert AA to MP3 format without chapter and other info kept.

If the first time conversion is slow, don’t worry, the following conversion speed is unbelievable.

Even you are macOS users, don’t worry, the up to 20X conversion speed will be added and supported in the following version, please wait a moment.

About macOS High Sierra

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Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes.

macOS High Sierra is the newest version of macOS, introducing Metal 2, APFS, HEVC video, VR support, and Safari and Siri updates. Launched on September 25.

With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it’s focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that will provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive.

FEATURES

  • Metal 2
  • HEVC (H.265) support
  • Apple File System
  • VR and external GPU support (spring 2018)
  • Siri updates
  • Autoplay blocking in Safari
  • Anti-tracking in Safari

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iTunes Converter for Mac now supports iTunes 12.7

Apple has released iTunes 12.7 with major changes as following:

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks. It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes new features for– 

Apple Music. Now discover music with friends. Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they’ve shared. 

Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. Search and explore free educational content produced by leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions all in one place. 

If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones on your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac. 

Some Mac users may find that when they update their iTunes to 12.7, the iTunes Converter can’t work any more.

Now we have fixed the problem and release iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.0.

What you need to do is to upgrade your program to the latest version and then try again.

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iPhone 8 VS iPhone 8 Plus VS iPhone X

Now users can pre-order iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X will support pre-order in Oct 27.

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If you have some doubts and choose difficulty that which one to buy, the article may be help you more or less.

They are different

Displays

  • iPhone X – 5.8-inch 18.5:9 True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9% screen-to-body ratio
  • iPhone 8 – 4.7-inch 16:9 True Tone LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
  •  iPhone 8 Plus – 5.5-inch LCD display,  1920×1080 pixels (401ppi), 625 cd/m2 max brightness, 1300:1 contrast ratio

New Size:

Despite having a large 5.8-inch display, the iPhone X’s all-screen design allows it to be between an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in both size and weight. For that reason, the iPhone X is the best choice for a smartphone with the maximum display size vs. one-handed usability.

iPhone X

Height: 5.65 in (143.6 mm), Width: 2.79 in (70.9 mm), Depth: 0.30 in (7.7 mm) and Weight: 6.14 oz (174 grams)

iPhone 8 Plus

Height: 6.24 in (158.4 mm), Width: 3.07 in (78.1 mm), Depth: 0.30 in (7.5 mm), and Weight: 7.13 oz (202 grams)

iPhone 8

Height: 5.45 in (138.4 mm), Width: 2.65 in (67.3 mm), Depth: 0.29 in (7.3 mm),  Weight: 5.22 oz (148 grams)


• Face ID / TrueDepth:

Apple replaced Touch ID with Face ID on iPhone X. Simply raise the device, look at it, and swipe up on the screen to unlock the device or authenticate your identity for Apple Pay. Apple said there’s a one in a million chance the facial recognition system could be duped by a stranger.

Animoji:

Animoji are Apple’s new set of emoji-style characters that animate based on an iPhone user’s facial expression. Animoji take advantage of the iPhone X’s new TrueDepth camera system, which features several new 3D sensors to detect your facial expressions in real time.

No Home Button:

Given the lack of a Home button, the iPhone X has an elongated side button. Siri is activated by double tapping that side button, or by saying “Hey Siri” as previously. Other gestures include swiping up to return to the Home screen, swiping up and pausing to view multitasking, and tap to wake.

Among three of them, they have the same parts:

A11 Bionic:

All three iPhones have an A11 chip. It has two performance cores that are 25 percent faster, and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster, than the A10 chip in iPhone 7. The chip has a neural engine for facial recognition and an embedded M11 motion coprocessor.

Wireless Charging:

All three iPhones have wireless charging based on the Qi standard. Each device can charge by being placed on an inductive charging pad, such as Apple’s upcoming AirPower mat or third-party options from accessory makers such as Mophie, Belkin, and Incipio.

Fast Charging:

All three new iPhones are “fast-charge capable,” which means the two devices can be charged to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes using Apple’s 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapters, sold separately and included with 12-inch MacBook and late 2016 or later MacBook Pro models.

Water Resistance:

All three iPhones have IP67-rated water and dust resistance like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Storage:

64GB or 256GB.

True Tone and Wide Color:

iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus have True Tone and Wide Color displays. True Tone automatically adapts the color and intensity of the display to match the color temperature of the light in its surrounding environment. Wide Color is use of the P3 color space.

3D Touch:

Deeply press the screen to preview emails, messages, and other content, and access convenient Quick Actions.

4K video recording at up to 60 FPS and 1080p HD video recording at up to 60 FPS.

LTE Advanced with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0802.11ac Wi-Fi, and read-only NFC.

Lightning connector.

Similar parts

Rear Camera System:

iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus both have 12-megapixel rear-facing dual cameras consisting of a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.8 aperture. Both have quad-LED True Tone flash, optical zoom, digital zoom up to 10x, and support for Apple’s new beta Portrait Lighting feature.


Where the iPhone X prevails is with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone 8 Plus only has optical image stabilization for the wide-angle lens. iPhone X’s telephoto lens also has a faster ƒ/2.4 aperture compared to ƒ/2.8 for the iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, the iPhone X prevails much further vs. the single-lens iPhone 8.

Front Camera Sensor:

While the iPhone X’s new TrueDepth system as a whole is a significant change, the front-facing camera itself is a 7-megapixel sensor with ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, and 1080p HD video recording on all three iPhones. The difference on the iPhone X is support for Portrait Mode selfies.

Battery Life:

All three iPhones have similar battery life for internet use and video playback over wireless. iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus also have identical battery life for talk time and audio playback over wireless, which are two areas where the smaller iPhone 8 does fall much shorter.

iPhone X

• Talk: Up to 21 hours
• Internet: Up to 12 hours
• Video: Up to 13 hours
• Audio: Up to 60 hours

iPhone 8 Plus

• Talk: Up to 21 hours
• Internet: Up to 13 hours
• Video: Up to 14 hours
• Audio: Up to 60 hours

iPhone 8

• Talk: Up to 14 hours
• Internet: Up to 12 hours
• Video: Up to 13 hours
• Audio: Up to 40 hours

 Memory:
iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus are believed to have 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 8 likely has 2GB of RAM.

Conclusion

iPhone X has many of the best features of an iPhone 8 Plus, including a larger display, yet the device is closer to an iPhone 8 in size.

iPhone X benefits from far superior display technology and the TrueDepth system, which powers Face ID, Animoji, and Portrait Mode selfies. But the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are equally as fast, support wireless charging, and still have a Home button with Touch ID for those who prefer fingerprint authentication.

Apple markets the iPhone X as the “future,” and that’s likely true for its smartphones, but it’ll cost you an extra $200 or more to get there.

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Ahead Of Tomorrow’s iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

September 12 is expected to bring us the latest iPhone; for those of us who use them it is difficult to recall a time without one. While the iPhone celebrates its tenth birthday in style, Apple Music is making strides among iOS users. Apple Music is the most popular paid music subscription service among iOS users.

During the first six months of 2017, one in five iOS users listened to Apple Music (21 percent), up from 13 percent in the first six months of 2016. Apple Music edged out Spotify Premium for the title of most used, although both saw significant listener gains in 2017. Both services are benefitting from the overall growth in paid music subscribers in the US.

Spotify Premium still dominates the chart for share of listening among iOS users. Spotify users on the iOS platform spend 40 percent more time listening to music. Apple Music comes in a respectable second.

More iOS users are listening to Apple Music, but engagement with Spotify Premium is stronger. Apple Music has an opportunity to improve usage those new listeners, and surely the new iPhone will help.

Source from

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2017/09/ahead-of-iphone-8-announcement-apple-music-gains-traction-with-ios-users.html

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Spotify Teams Up With Hulu for $5 Subscription Bundle for Students

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Spotify has teamed up with Hulu to make its subscription plan for students a lot more interesting: Students will now be able to get both a premium Spotify subscription and a subscription to Hulu for a combined price of just $4.99 a month.

Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu, as the plan is officially called, essentially combines Spotify’s paid on-demand music service with Hulu’s basic paid on-demand video tier, which the company calls its “limited commercials” plan. Bought individually without any discounts, both plans would cost $9.99 and $7.99 per month, respectively.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Hulu – a like-minded company which is as focused as we are on delivering the very best in high quality streaming content,” said Spotify’s chief premium business officer Alex Norstrom in a statement.

“We are proud to announce Spotify as our newest strategic partner – they’re an iconic brand in music streaming and a proven leader in reaching and engaging young consumers,” said Hulu SVP and head of distribution and partnerships Tim Connolly.

The two companies apparently aren’t done with introducing subscription bundles, either, announcing Thursday that “offerings targeted at the broader market” were going to be revealed at a later date.

Spotify first launched its $4.99 student subscription plan in 2014. Apple Music, Tidal and others have since introduced similar plans, sans the paid Hulu subscription.

The idea to sell both music and video as a subscription bundle isn’t new. Failed music subscription service Rdio at one point launched its own video service Vdio, with plans to eventually sell both as part of a bundled subscription service — a plan that was abandoned when Vdio was shuttered in late 2013.

The announcement comes at an interesting time for Spotify. The music service launched its own video initiative with a dozen original shows last year, but apparently couldn’t find an audience for its original fare.

Last week, Spotify confirmed that former VH1 president Tom Calerdone, who had been  in charge of Spotify’s video strategy, had left the company amid a refocus on video formats aligned with popular Spotify playlists like RapCaviar. On Wednesday, Variety broke the news that the company has hired media veteran Courtney Holt away from Disney to lead its video and podcasting efforts going forward.

Source from http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/spotify-premium-hulu-student-bundle-1202549614/

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iPhone 8 is coming September 12

Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that does away with the Home button and perhaps replaces Touch ID with a new facial recognition system. The new iPhone may be sold alongside upgraded (but standard) 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned to celebrate the occasion. With less than a month to go until the launch of the iPhone 8, we’ve already heard an abundance of rumors about the device, so we know what to expect when it comes to design and features.

Apple tested more than 10 prototype iPhone models, leading to a lot of mixed rumors floating around, but the general design and the features we can expect have mostly been nailed down, including in leaks from Apple itself.

The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Rumors suggest Touch ID could be eliminated entirely in favor of robust facial recognition technology, which Apple is confirmed to be working on. There will be no physical Home button on the iPhone 8 and no bezels aside from a small area for the front-facing camera.

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With an edge-to-edge design, the iPhone 8 may be similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with a display the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone. Rumors suggest it will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable area, with the rest dedicated to virtual space that will replace the Home button. A series of gestures may be used to navigate instead of a Home button.

The display itself is said to be a flexible plastic OLED rather than an LCD, allowing Apple to introduce a thinner device that consumes less power and offers a better display with higher contrast ratio and more true to life colors. It will feature a slightly curved 2.5D display that’s similar to the display used in the iPhone 7.

As for the body, Apple is finally moving away from the aluminum used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and SE, and will instead adopt a glass body that’s similar to the body that was used for the iPhone 4. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the glass will be built around a polished stainless steel frame that’s similar in design to the Apple Watch. Other models will also feature glass, but with an aluminum frame.

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Source from :

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-8/#schematics_design_leaks_and_cases

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Move your Spotify playlist to Apple Music

Both Spotify and Apple Music are online streaming music services. Users can subscribe the music service according to their own need.

However, Apple’s service touts around 40 million songs, which is superior to Spotify’s “more than 30 million” figure (though we’re not sure by how much), and also outdoes newer contenders like Amazon’s paid streaming service and Jay Z’s Tidal. Moreover, Apple has taken steps to secure more exclusives than the competition.

If you have some favorite Spotify songs, and want to transfer them to Apple Music, how to deal with this?

For the songs of Spotify are also DRM limited, like Apple Music. If users want to move music files from Spotify to Apple Music successfully, they need to decrypt DRM from Spotify and convert to the audio format like MP3 or AAC for Apple Music.

Here is a good news, Spotify Audio Converter is the tool to help you to solve the problem well, which can remove DRM from your Spotify songs and playlists with excellent output quality and fast conversion speed.

Follow the next guide, you will know how to convert and transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music as soon as possible.

Step 1, Go to download and install Spotify Audio Converter Platinum and run it.

If you are a Mac user, please download the iTunes Converter for Mac version.

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Step 2. Drag and drop the playlist from Spotify to Spotify Audio Converter.

Open Spotify application, check playlist you would like to convert, and then drag them to add window.

Add Spotify songs to Spotify Audio Converter Platinum

Step 3. Choose Output Format and Adjust Settings

Directly click setting button button on the program interface to open the Preferences window.

In the output settings, you could change the output folder as you prefer.

Output settings

Step 4. Start Spotify to Apple Music Conversion

After the above steps, now click “CONVERT” button to start convertion.

When the conversion is finished, just find the converted files and transfer them to your iTunes playlist, and then you can enjoy them without limitations any more.

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