How To Get That ZIP of MP3s, WAVs or Other Audio Files Onto Your iOS Device

Let’s say you just downloaded that rad new album from your favorite indie band. They are likely distributing their music on their own through a service like Shopify or PulleyApp and have given you a ZIP file in exchange for your hard earned money. Here is how to take that ZIP file (assuming it has audio files and an album cover in it) and get those new tunes onto your iPhone or iPad. Let’s face it, its not as easy as iTunes store but it does help support your local music makers.

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1.) Download the ZIP file

The first thing you’re going to do is download that ZIP file. This most often happens with an email sent from the band’s store with a download link in it. Click on that link and let the file download to your Mac or PC. Remember where your browser saves files so you don’t have to go hunting for it. Usually its just in a “Downloads” folder, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.

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2.) Unzip the ZIP Folder

If you have a modern computer this process may have already happened. You’ll know if you see a folder with the same name as the ZIP file. If not, just double click on the zip and it will automatically expand.

Still not working? Try downloading the free StuffIt Expander for either Mac or Windows. Install. Drag. Drop. Done.

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3.) Import the Files Into iTunes

Open iTunes. Click on “File” and then “Add to Library…” From there you’ll select the file(s) you want imported and then “Okay.” Wait a few seconds for the files to import into your library and you’ll be on to step 4.

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4.) Make Sure the Album Information and Cover is Correct

Sometimes you’ll get music without a cover or correct ID tags. Hey, it happens. You can fix this by selecting the song(s) you want to update, right-clicking on them and selecting “Get Info.” Update any fields you’d like to change. You can go to the “Artwork” tab and upload any JPG you’d like to assign as an album cover if one wasn’t provided in your download. Click “Okay.”

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5.) Sync the New Music to Your iOS Device

Now that the music is in your iTunes library all you have to do is sync them to your iOS device. Make sure that the “Sync Music” check box is selected. If you have “Entire music library” selected then you’re good to go. Just select “Apply” and you’re set. If you have “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” selected you’ll want to make sure to go to the Artist and/or Album area and select the music you want synced first. Then you’ll want to hit “Apply.”

If you don’t see the “Sync Music” option at all, but instead see “iCloud Music Library is On” you’re basically set. Make sure you’re signed into your Apple ID on both iTunes and your iOS device. The songs will show up shortly thereafter.

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Star Trek: Beyond’s First Trailer

The day started with a leaked trailer in German and then the same trailer being released officially in English. I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and have to say that its growing on me. I’ll obviously reserve final judgement on the movie until I see the finished film. I am, however, seeing more of a sci-fi action movie in this first trailer than a classic intellectual exercise in classic Star Trek story-telling fashion.

What do you think? Will it rock or be a flop?

YOURLs 1.7.1 Released

 

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It’s been almost two years since an update has been released. Ozh announced the released of YOURLs 1.7.1 on December 5, 2015. Among the highlights of this update you will find:

  • added: compatibility with PHP 7
  • added: allow hooks with closures (see Advanced Hook Syntax)
  • improved: you can now search across all fields at once in the admin interface
  • improved: bookmarklets are now human readable in the PHP source, and minified on the fly
  • improved, still not perfect: support for URLs and page titles with encoded chars
  • fixed: timezone warnings
  • and more

Get all the details of the release over at the YOURLs blog: http://blog.yourls.org/2015/12/yourls-1-7-1/ 

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New Star Wars The Force Awakens Footage in Japanese Trailer

Disney just dropped a new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that includes new footage and clues as to the movie’s storyline. If you want to miss some possible spoilers you shouldn’t watch it. It has, however, helped me grow in my own excitement about seeing the movie. December can’t arrive soon enough!

The YouTube video description (as translated into English via Google Translate) says:

“Star Wars” first round of the A New trilogy, beautifully loneliness continues to wait for a family heroine, with a focus on Ray, a completely new over the Force “family love and the loss of the story of”. Cairo Wren villain is to manipulate the lightsaber of cross-shaped that world attention.

Now, a new legend is born.

“Star Wars / wake of Force” December 18 (Friday) 18:30 nationwide public official website:
http://Starwars-jp.Com/force/

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The founder of 5-Hour-Energy wants to change the world, again.

The world will be saved from climate change, poverty, and dirty politics because of people like Manoj Bhargava, founder of 5-Hour-Energy. He’s focusing on projects like transforming sea water into drinking water and independent sources of electricity for the 3rd world. The new film “Billions in Change” focuses on these projects and more.

The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.

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Interested in seeing the whole film? You can see it here.

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster & Teaser Trailers

Star Wars news is starting to come out fast and I couldn’t be more excited about it. These teasers, the new poster and a soon to be released new trailer are just the beginning.

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What do you think? Are you up for the 6 movie marathon before the 7th movie releases? 

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How Can Anyone Not LOVE This Guy?

The ideas that Senator Bernie Sanders is sharing on the political stomping grounds around the USA are better than anything offered up by the current Republican candidates. These ideas are fundamental to the foundations of a healthy society and need to be taken up by others in our political system if they truly care about the United States and not just advancing their own ideological standpoints at the cost of our social and economic futures.

Some of these brilliant ideas include paid parental leave when a child is brought into the world, education and healthcare as a basic right of citizenship and making those who benefit most in our economy to pay the most to keep that economy working. These are things based on the building blocks of human civilization and are the things that will keep us alive. A country is at is best when its citizens are productive, healthy, educated and safe. I want to see America at its best again. I want to see Bernie and many who are willing to work with him elected into office next year.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to see his speech at Liberty University you need to watch it. He makes some incredible points to people who normally wouldn’t be listening to him otherwise:

What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

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Doctor Who: Series 9 – Prologue

The long awaited Doctor Who Series 9 premieres in the UK in just a few minutes, while North American fans will be able to see the first episode in a few hours. This two minute prologue to “The Magician’s Apprentice” doesn’t give you much, but its still worth a watch before you dive into series 9. The BBC is calling it a teaser for a reason:

This embedded video only works from a UK IP address. 

Check out the full “The Magician’s Apprentice” episode at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06dpx8x