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I was out getting ice cream the other day with my family, and the topic of sharing books came up. My mother loves her iPad, and goes through books purchased on the iBook store voraciously. My father on the other hand, reads occasionally, but sometimes would rather just borrow a book from my mom to check it out, just like he would have years ago with the physical version. Thing is, now he can’t do that.

“The Kindle will let you lend out books, and so will other ereaders and tablets. What makes iTunes and Apple this ‘great’ ecosystem that no one can beat?”

I played with my spoon in my ice cream for a minute, and after some thought I said, “Well Dad, let me give you three reasons.”


I’ve been a car guy for a lot longer than I’ve ever owned anything with an Apple logo, and in that time I’ve used a lot of tips and tricks to get my cars functioning the way I want them to. Then the other day, I was thinking about all of the things that I do with my iPhone while I’m in the car (except for texting, of course), and how much it’s improved the driver’s experience.

So I decided to jot a few things down, and next thing I knew I had a pretty big list in front of me. Let’s get into them after the break.


Well, WWDC came and went and we still don’t have a new iPhone to hold in our hands. Of course, we knew going into the event that we weren’t going to see new hardware, but now the big question is, when is it going to happen?

Right now, one of the popular theories going around is that Apple will announce it at the annual iPod event in September, and that will be the new release date from here on forward. That sounds pretty good, but we’re not positive that’s going to be the case; Apple could definitely pull a switcheroo and announce it earlier or even later if they want, that way they don’t tick off anyone who bought a Verizon iPhone 4 new earlier this year.

So we’d like to hear from you to see if there’s a general consensus among the masses. When do you think the new iPhone will be released?

Apple has been shipping earbuds with products ever since the first iPod. They’ve gone through years of improvements and design changes and reportedly tested thousands of ears to end up where they are today with the current models.

The question we want to know today is “Has all this research paid off?” Though many people are more than happy to use their Apple-provided earbuds every single day, some audiophiles look down on them as crude contraptions that provide pure ear torture.

Leave your vote in the poll on the right to let us know which products you use regularly to pump music into your brain from your iPhone or iPod. If you don’t use the Apple headphones, leave a comment below and tell us the specific model you do use. Also, tell us how you rate the default Apple earbuds in terms of both audio quality and comfort.

Earlier today Apple held its annual live media event covering all things new in the land of iPod, iTunes and even AppleTV.

They’ve released a ton of enhancements and upgrades across the board and we’ve got your one-stop coverage. Below you’ll find a brief overview of all the goodies you’ll be blowing your paychecks on in the coming weeks.


As your iTunes library grows ever-larger, it becomes increasingly difficult to remember all those old tracks you haven’t played in months. Unless you listen to music all day, every day, certain albums are bound to fall by the wayside and be forgotten about.

Attic is an application developed with the sole purpose of rediscovering those albums. In this review we’ll be looking at how well it does the job, and another way of achieving a similar result.