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.


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.


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.


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.”


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 Amazingly Simple Trick Every New iPhone User Needs To Know, But No One Is Telling You


There have been a slew of posts from Apple lovers and haters a like that complain of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bigger size. Most of them complain about the screen being too big to use the phone with one hand. Apple thought of this and included a simple way to bring the iPhone screen down so you can reach everything with your thumb. What’s the trick?

Swipe your thumb left to right and back. That shortcut moves the iPhone’s screen down far enough for you to reach anything you need with just one hand. Crazy simple right? That means all of those complaints about the phone being too big to use with one hand are moot. You’re welcome.

Where to Follow Apple’s September 2014 iOS / iPhone / Yosemite / iWatch Event [UPDATED]


On September 8, Apple is expected to announce the release two versions of the iPhone 6, iOS 8, Yosemite & the iWatch. The event is happening in at the historic Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, CA at 10:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Mountain/12:00 p.m. Central/1:00 p.m. Eastern. That is where the first Apple Macintosh computer was officially launched by Steve Jobs in 1984. This could be a big day for Apple and one you don’t want to miss.


Apple will have an official live stream of the even at for Mac & Safari users. If you have an Apple TV there’s a channel for today’s event. You can also follow the Apple announcement and get some commentary via these live-blogs:

After the event is all over you’ll be able to see the official video presentation posted at for Mac & PC users.

Where to Follow Apple’s September 2013 iOS/iPhone Event via Live Blogs


Today Apple is expected to announce the release of the iPhone 5S (and 5C). The event is happening in Cupertino, CA at 10:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Mountain/12:00 p.m. Central/1:00 p.m. Eastern.

I, like many, am unable to attend and the event will not be officially live streamed. Thankfully there are ways to follow the event from wherever you are thanks to the many media organizations invited to the event.

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A few of my favorite places to follow Apple announcements live include:

After the event is all over you’ll be able to see the official video presentation posted at


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


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:

Why is Apple Afraid of Social Media?

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The social media revolution has come and gone. Social media sites like TwitterLinkedInGoogle+Instagram, and hundreds more are no longer a novelty. They are a major part of daily life now. When people eat a great meal at the diner down the street they share it. When people hook-up or break-up they share it. Get hired? Go on a trip? Get bad customer service? Sharing about it via social media in images, sound and text is the model.

The recent launch of Facebook’s OpenGraph Search or of new sites like VineThumbMedium and Pheed show that social media is where commerce and inovation still live. It’s where people share, dream, and discuss the past, present and future. People like to know what’s hot and where their friends are. It’s where the marketer thrives and yet Apple avoids it.

Why has an innovator like Apple almost completely avoided social?

Apple has no official social media profile links from its website. The big three social networks are almost completely ignored by Apple. Arguably Apple has a facebook page with 8.6 million fans, but it lacks the standard Facebook vanity URL and has no updates or a timeline image. The Twitter handle @Apple has nearly 14K fans, but still features no tweets, bio or a profile image. A “page not found” error occurs when typing in the Google+ vanity url.

Social media has a love hate relationship with Apple. People both love and hate the company. Few Apple Keynotes have been streamed live, but most have been covered by apple product launch live blogs with the keynote video posted after the event has taken place. There are plenty of stories about Apple that don’t make for great social media coverage too. The exploding iPhone 4slawsuits against competitors, and the now infamous iPhone 4 “death grip” are only the tip of the iceberg.


What it really comes down to…

Apple likes to have total control of its products. They like to have control of the conversations surrounding their product launches and reviews. Remember when Gizmodo was not invited to an Apple Keynote after it’s coverage of a yet-to-be-release iPhone found in a bar? Apple owns almost 14% of the computer market34% of the mobile phone market, and 44% of the tablet market.

In order for Apple to join the social media world it would have to give up its control or acknowledge its lack of control of the social media conversation about Apple. The volume of social media traffic an official presence online would create would require many employees to make up an effective social media team. Apple is a global brand with tens of millions of users. It isn’t impossible for Apple to join the social game now, but it won’t be easy.

So what do you say Tim Cook? When you finally launch the rumored iTV what do you say you launch an Apple social media presence as well. I’d be more than willing to join that social media team!

Apple Remembers Steve 1-Year Later

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Steve Jobs passed on one year ago today. Apple is remembering Steve’s life and work with a short video on the company’s website today. The video shows a few of the products that put Apple on the map and solidified Jobs as a tech industry titan. It also weaves in some of Jobs most memorable quotes from his time at Apple. When the video ends a message from Tim Cook is displayed. You can read it below:

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

– Tim

Five iPhone 5 Announcement Live Blogs

Today Apple is expected to announce the release of the iPhone 5 (and a new iPod or two). The event is happening in San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Mountain/12:00 p.m. Central/1:00 p.m. Eastern.

I, like many, am unable to attend and the event will not be live streamed (at least not officially). Thankfully there are ways to follow the event from where ever you are thanks to the many media organizations invited to the event.

A few of my favorite places to follow the Apple announcements as they happen include:

AFTER the event is all over you’ll be able to see the official video presentation posted at

Lost Photos Mac App: FREE Today!


The Lost Photos app on Apple’s App Store is a nifty little piece of software. You give it your email login information and it finds and saves all the photos you have saved in your email into iPhoto or a directory on your computer. Lost Photos also allows you to easily share your finds with Facebook, Twitter, and email. It can save hours of time and works with many leading email providers including Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo, AOL, .Mac and more.

Normally this Mac app is priced at $2.99, but for the next 8 hours its FREE: