iStick

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For as long as there has been an iPod (2001) there has been iTunes.. Starting out life as iTunes digital jukebox software, it truly has decided the masses. Some users love everything it’s about, others believe it was Satans doing..  It’s fair to say it has had its up’s and downs, 6 times out of 10 iTunes updates (on Windows) tend to go haywire causing countless hours of headache for music lovers the world over.

Well luckily the clever developers over at Softorino Inc have come to the rescue of the iTunes suffers with their latest Windows software offering – iStick

iStick Description:

iStick has been developed to reduce the need for iTunes when transferring media to Apple devices..

“iStick is the beginning of something really revolutionary,” said Peter Bondarevsky, Softorino’s co-founder. “We love Apple. We love iPhone, but iTunes, is just too outdated and did not reach its full potential, especially for Windows users.”

Now with iStick installed all you have to do to transfer stuff is mount it as a drive, and copy and paste… No, seriously.. That’s all! Check out this youtube video and see for yourself just how easy it is..

iStick Screenshots:

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iStick Features:

  • Upload Music, Videos, Books & Ringtones to Device
  • Transfer Media (Music, Photos, Videos, Books & Ringtones) from iOS device to any PC
  • Multiple iOS device management (i.e. transfer music directly between two iPhones)
  • Access the uploaded media immediately after the transfer.
  • No need to install iTunes.
  • Mount iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a USB Stick.
  • AFC2 access, the app can read & write to the iOS device real root. *Jailbreak required.
  • Simplistic Interface (Copy & Paste | Drag & Drop compatible)

Download:

You can grab a FREE copy of iStick from Softorino’s website using the following direct download link

Rating:

As a (primarily) OS X user I, generally don’t suffer with the iTunes issues I know my Windows friends do, but apart from my affinity to Apple and iTunes – this application seems flawless. iTunes for Windows users rejoice, a pain-free method of data transfer!

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itunesApple have just released iTunes version 11.2.2 for both OS X and Windows, you can download iTunes now either by visiting https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ or by launching iTunes on your devices and checking for updates.

This is not an unusual move during the build up to a WWDC. There is no news suggesting this new version is to support up and coming hardware.. The release notes simply point out they are fixing issues with podcast downloads and improving overall application stability:

iTunes

 

 

The download is a hefty 78.1MB (for the OS X version)

One things for sure, as this news spreads around the networks downloads will gradually start to slow down as servers get more saturated.

 



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Apple have recently released an update to their latest revision in the iOS software range. The update takes iOS 6 to revision 1, and fixes a hand full of bugs along the way.

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The update is available for most Apple mobile devices, you can download it either using the built in software update menu, or via iTunes now.



I think it’s fair to say that iTunes really does split the crowds, some people love it.. Some people hate it with a passion, well I am up there with the ones who love it.. Sure it’s got it’s issues, but I am not sure the iPhone or the mac would be the same without it.

For those of you who do love it, and think it’s here to stay.. Here’s a quick terminal command to enable a hidden feature. The feature gives you a small notification popup each time the iTunes track changes.

In a new terminal window, enter the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool YES
Killall Dock

Now, the next time iTunes track details changes you will get a popup like the one seen above! Not sure why this isn’t a built in iTunes feature, I personally think it’s pretty cool.



So last night a good friend of mine came over with an iPhone dilemma.. Stuck with iOS5 and a need downgrade.. We tried various solutions with non working completely. We then decided to try and jailbreak the device, to try and work around the issue. Knowing iOS5 jailbreaks are still in there very early stages we knew this would be tethered, but accepted its fate and carried on anyway.. The jailbreak went without a hitch, using RedSn0w all looked well! Apart from the fact it still didnt resolve the issue and now we were stuck with a tethered boot device for no reason at all.

On we went trying to un-break the device, using my MacBook pro, and as many ipsw’s as we could find.. All of which failed, with pretty much every error message found in iTunes. The most common one being “This iPhone is not eligible..” this proved to be the most persistent. Even standing when we tried to do the stock iOS5 install..

However.. The fix wasn’t as google suggested, it had nothing to do with the hosts file.. An TinyUmberella couldn’t help.. So I booted up my Windows 7 VM, installed iTunes 10.5 and straight away it restored the iOS ipsw without any error messages or questions asked!!!

Now, I’m not sure if it was OS X lion, or the fact I’d been messing with TinyUmberella all night long, but one things for sure.. The VM fixed it.. An I didn’t even have to touch my hosts file!

So my tip of the day is.. If iTunes doesn’t want to help, try another machine be it physical or virtual, before spending 4 hours trying to figure out why!!




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