iTunes Match and Apple Music Breaks Play Count Edit

Broken iTunes by Speaking of Animation http://www.speakingofanimation.com/

In 2010 I wrote a script for Windows’ iTunes users called Adjust Play Count. I though some people may be interested in it. It is the most popular post on my blog and it’s had more than 400 comments (although I’ve lost a lot of them in server moves).

There’s a bug on Apple’s side with iTunes Match (and Apple Music as well). Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes mentioned it last year and it was a problem on Apple’s forums in 2011 and 2014 and 2017 (oops!).

So it’s a problem on Apple’s back end, not with any edit play count scripts for Windows or Mac.

Strangely this does not affect all users (according to the internet). I suspect it does and those of us who use playcounts to build smart playlists are the only one’s who notice.

The fix for some is 

  • De-authorise your iTunes from your PC.
  • Sign out.
  • Re-boot.
  • Re-authorise and sign in. 

That may fix it, or it may not. Or it may fix it and then the problem returns.

Image credit: Broken iTunes by Speaking of Animation

 

Encrypt iPhone backup

I’ve updated my Apple iPhone to a 6S and adjusted thecustom iPhone backup locationon my external HDD. This time I’veenabled theEncrypt iPhone backup featurein iTunes.

Apple does not backup important data to transfer to a new phone if you don’t encrypt your backups. Things like:

  • Account passwords
  • WiFi passwords
  • Health app data
  • HomeKitdata

iCloud backs up this data fine, but with only 5GB of iCloud storage, I wanted to backup then restore my 64GB device locally.

The encryption is strong by 2016 standards. You cannot restore a backup without the password. Aside: Obviously the FBI (and NSA) can now hack your iPhone but that’s not the use case here.

If your external HDD is ever lost or stolen, you’ll be glad that your iPhone backup on it is encrypted. Just do it.

Oh! And pick a decent password to encrypt it. Not something your already used on FaceBook, LinkedIn and every other website on the planet. You are using unique passwords and a password locker by now, right? This is 2016 after all.

Enable iCloud for old Unsupported Apple ID

iPhone iCloud error by Paul Zagoridis

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 02:42 pm

iPhone iCloud error by Paul Zagoridis
iPhone iCloud error by Paul Zagoridis

I have had an Apple ID that predated iTunes. It wasn?t in the form of an email address, it was just ?funpaul?.

Now that I have an iPhone 4S and am developing apps for ?iOS I thought I should start using iCloud. But I was getting this error

Unsupported Apple ID:
iCloud requires an Apple ID that is an email address (including @me.com addresses).

Unfortunately the Learn More button is worse than useless

After searching for way too long searching for the solution, I discovered that I had to change my Apple ID into an email address style Apple ID, but I?d been buying stuff from the AppStore and iTunes with just the original ID for years. My kids knew it and have spent hundreds of dollars using it over the years.

How to change the name you use for your Apple ID:

  1. log in to My Apple ID?by selecting Manage your account
  2. Check that your primary email address listed is still current (i.e. it still works)
  3. click the Edit button next to your old-fashioned Apple ID
  4. ?Click the Submit under?Make your Apple ID and primary email address one and the same
  5. Viola you?ve updated your Apple ID.

Warning this is a one way trip, you lose your ability to log in with your old Apple ID on iTunes, App Store and other Apple properties. But that?s the cost of progress, it is unlikely that old non-email format ID?s will remain useful as the Apple ecosystem grows.

Hope it helps, say thanks in the comments below.

iPad for me

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 03:01 pm

I’ll probably be getting a iPad when it’s released in Australia. I replaced my blackberry with my first generation iPhone, plus my 15″ laptop stays home too. I can email and web-surf directly from the iPhone. I take the laptop if I want to update a spreadsheet or write but I’m tethered by battery life and the Compaq gets too hot for my lap.

An iPad fixes web research on the iphone – I can see and read a whole page on its big screen. If I get a bluetooth keyboard I’ll even be able to type normally with some sort of cradle/dock.

While I don’t think I’ll need 3g broadband, it is very tempting. But for emergencies I can always use my iphone to look something up quickly. Finding a Wi-Fi equipped cafe is easy enough to save the $150 or so (plus ongoing access) that 3g will need. Alternatively I can put my phone SIM in the iPad and use my bundled data plan. Now that makes sense.

So long as the iPad is near netbook price points I’ll take one

Mac OS X Keyboard navigation

Last updated on July 3rd, 2015 at 10:45 pm

For those switching from Windows to a Mac go and read the excellent HOWTO Switch To The Mac article from Tao of Mac

If you?re keyboard-oriented, go into System Preferences | Keyboard and Mouse | Keyboard Preferences and Turn on full keyboard access. Now you can deal with dialog boxes the way you?re used to, as well as accessing menus and toolbars with the keyboard.

There is even a hint on getting the home and end keys to work more like Windows users expect them to. I?m struggling with their Mac behaviour, but I?ll perservere for now. Check out the Windows Centric tips