Tag Archive: iTunes


MBP

New MacBookPro User

After my old Win 7 Laptop started to fail I thought it was time for a new laptop. I popped around to a local pc shop to see what was available but was saddened by the horrible Win 8 UI that they came with (along with a lack of any included software) Spying the Apple counter I went over to have a chat. At nearly twice the price of a Win 8 equivalent My wallet would be groaning for a few months but at least my mind would be happy.

The Mac interface is a bit different to how a windows pc works but once you find the Lauchpad which displays all the icon on one screen everything becomes so easy.

I’ve transfered all my written work to Pages with out much work (well once I got it converted from Pageplus format).

Internet traveling is so much better, I don’t know if it’s just Safari or safari on the MBP but only having to type the first 2 or 3 letters from a web address of a visited site and having the correct address auto complete is amazing in my books.

I haven’t made much use of the App store or iTunes (I get my MP3’s from Amazon due to using my Sony Xperia phone to play music) or have I used alot of the preinstalled software, but what I have used has me impressed.

I know this is not even remotely like a review and I’m still learning how to use it and maybe one day I’ll get around to writing a proper review but with two 2200 story’s that need writing and submitting to a competition by Jan 10th 2013 I’ve got a lot of work to do.

つづく

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Media Streaming Part 1

With Modern technology it seams wrong not to setup media streaming in your house.
The following is what I have learnt fighting with my setup. Currently my setup consist of
Server = Windows 7 laptop
iPad2,
Sony Erricson SK17i.

Software
iTunes
WMP
Cyberlink Powerdvd 11
Skifta
Cyberlink power dvd remote.

The Phone is advertised as DLNA which is supposed to be even easer then UPnP and its taken me all this time to get this working.
What was the culprit I hear you ask?
The Firewall!
I’m currently running ESET 5 and I had to disable Windows Firewall (a must if you install another proper firewall) then I had to reset Esets rules then rebuild them in interactive mode! but that still didn’t work (loosing hope at this time).
1st up go into Windows and set iTunes to share on a network, go into Cyberlink and set what you would like to share,then go into windows explorer and set which folders you want to share (Plenty of guides on the interwebs for that)
After a visit to google and youtube I found out first I have to connect the phone to the house’s wifi (Well duh I hear you say) but there is another step, Hidden in the setting is the media server!
If your on the same phone as me then you need to go to “connected Devices”, select a name and connect to a server which should be you PC.
Mine wouldn’t work at first so I had to wait for 10 mins how ever while I still had the windows explorer opened I went to the network folder and opened that. This folder shows what it can see on a network and for a while my phone was not recognised, after 10 mins it appeared and flicking back to my phone it also showed my pc and connected to it!
Step 1 down!
At this point go back to the phones home screen and select the photo/video icon, find a video and hold your finger on the video’s icon untill a green tick appears.
Click on the setting button then click share, now find “Play on device” in the next screen click on a Player device in none appear start up windows media player
at it should appear on the phone with a play button under it.
Click “Play” and wait till it starts playing on the computer.
Good 1 Application down !
Next, time for Cyberlink!
Load up Cyberlink on the pc, click music then click DLNA and your phone should appear!
Now click on device and you shouldn’t see anything except requests from the firewall, Start the Cyberlink app on your phone and you need to accept all firewall requests from the Cyberlink application and the phones IP address (Obtainable from the network devices menu of windows explorer)
If all worked then again your server should appear on the phone click it and it will take you to the apps media menu which will allow you to chose which part of Powerdvd you want to control. If your still with me all the better.
Next to get media from the pc to the phone, if the above is all working this will be easy.
First download and install “Skifta” to your phone,
Click on the little arrow of step one to select a server,
Click on the little arrow of step two to select the media player of choice on your phone
Click on browse and play media
The select the media you want to watch/listen to on phone!.
Told you it was easy.

Now for iTunes and Airplay.
That’s it for now as I have to go and win an auction for an airport express!

iTunes has stopped working.

WOTW iTunes error

I was trying to import Jeff Wayne’s War of the world Musical when I kept getting “iTunes has stopped working” every time it tryed to import track 1 (The eve of the war).

How did I solve it?
Rather annoyingly I had to uninstall the current iTunes version and download the latest fresh version and install that.
Dunno what the issue was but it was cured in the install.
Never mind I can listen to something interesting in work now.