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.

The Last Century’s Worth of Telecommuications Technology Sounds Covered in 4 Minutes

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If you have ever wanted to see/hear the last century’s worth of telecommunications technology covered in just 4 minutes this video was created for you. This chronologically ordered mix includes carrier pigeons, typewriters, telegraph, rotary phones, instant messaging and dial-up sounds and more.

Oliver and I wanted to tell this history, a century-long journey of man and machine (and pigeon) by drawing on the power of our associations with communication technology, and creating audio and video tracks that would alternatively interact or diverge, presenting parallel versions of the narrative. While compiling these sounds and images, sense-memories, funny stories, and hazy historical recollections were jarred from the darkest recesses of our brains.

Full blog post covering the video’s backstory can be found at:
http://www.good.is/posts/the-most-insane-polyphonic-collage-you-will-ever-see

Reading Rainbow Returns

I, like many, grew-up watching Reading Rainbow on television. Up until recently this classic show was something of the past. It was on the air from 1983-2006. After going off the air almost 6 years ago Reading Rainbow is being reborn, not on television, but on the iPad.

Levar Burton, known for his role as host of Reading Rainbow, is bringing it back with a free iOS app that includes a download of one children’s storybook. For a subscription fee of $9.99 a month or $29.99 every 6-months parents and children can have access to a library of children’s book. There are currently about 150 books in the library with plans to expand it in the future.

The app includes a Parents Recourses area that lets parents see the length of time and what stories their children are reading. It can also recommend new books to read based on that data.

Burton also includes some classic and newly produced “field trip” videos that will go along with the stories that children are reading including trips to the zoo, videos about how things work and so on.

“These in-app video field trips connect the stories children read to the world they live in. Using a combination of newly produced video and classic segments from the original Reading Rainbow TV show, children are transported on real-life adventures. Exclusive new videos are introduced frequently to nourish your child’s natural curiosity.” – ReadingRainbow.com

The app launched Tuesday and can be downloaded from the iTunes app store now.