Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

Every time a popular app or game like Pokemon Go hits the top of the App Store charts, the copycats come out, and so do unlicensed complementary apps. Inevitably, some of those apps are junk; occasionally malware sneaks past Apple; and some apps are nosy, asking for more information and permissions than you should give up. Learn to navigate the App Store swiftly and safely with our guide to finding and vetting iOS... Read More &raquo

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , security , iTunes , shopping , download

iTunes tips and tricks

Apple's iTunes debuted 15 years ago, on January 9, 2001, and since then its features have ballooned. iTunes 1.0 was a bare-bones Mac OS 9-only app, launched to ease MP3 management by enabling users to rip, mix, and burn their existing collections. Subsequent versions added iPod support, smart playlists, ratings, the iTunes Store, bit-rate conversions, Genius playlists and Mixes, Home Share, iCloud and Apple Music integration, and so much more. Some features didn't make the cut, such as Cover... Read More &raquo

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5 apps for iTunes backup and recovery

If your system crashes and your entire iTunes library vanishes, you may think that your music, videos, and photos are gone for good. But before you excavate your CDs and photos from storage to re-rip and re-scan, check out these top five apps for restoring your files with just one click.

Sharepod (Windows, Mac)

TouchCopy lets you transfer music, videos, photos, games, apps, messages, notes, calendars, and contacts from your iPod, iPhone, and iPad to your hard... Read More &raquo

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Tags: iPod , iTunes , Windows software

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.

Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented... Read More &raquo

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Tags: music , iTunes , Windows software , Amazon

Giveaway: Move to iTransfer and give iTunes its swan song

As a Windows-centric user and part-time Apple lover, I really enjoy iTunes, at least on the Mac. But I will always be disdainful of its Windows counterpart. Windows iTunes is sluggish, crashes randomly for no reason, and with the latest update (ver. 11), it's not, overall, the most intuitive experience when there are multiple iDevices synced to one computer.

Leawo iTransfer has always been a popular iTunes (for Windows) replacement in our catalog. Using iTransfer is... Read More &raquo

Tags: iPhone , Apple , Windows , iPod , iPad , iTunes , Windows software

Convert your audio collection to popular formats with Axara

Growing up the in the 1990s meant that I came of age in an era before iPads, Pandora, and streaming cloud music, when Zunes and Walkman MP3 players weren't just shiny paperweights and the only way to get exposed to new music was either via MTV, the radio--and if you were really desperate, VH1 or the Disney Channel. Fortunately I was quick to embrace the Internet age with its promise of bringing people together; that is a great thing, but... Read More &raquo

Tags: video , music , iTunes , audio , converter

Star Apps: Counting Crows

For some audiophiles, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will forever be associated with the mid-1990s--along with Netscape Navigator, Hotmail, and of course, Windows 95. But don't call their joint summer outing a nostalgia trip. Velvet-tongued Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz, hot off the heels of The Outlaw Roadshow (alongside a slew of new indie bands), prefers to view his comparatively intimate Wallflowers double bill as a much-needed respite.

Other than sharing a... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , iTunes , Twitter , Skype , BitTorrent , Instagram

New Avast, Apple's $10,000 prize, and hot pizza: The Week in Downloads

Every week, we compile the best new reviews, products, and features from the software catalog and blog, package them up in a tidy little newsletter, and e-mail it out to all of our lovely subscribers.

If you are a registered CNET member, you can sign up for the newsletter yourself (it's listed as "CNET Software Dispatch" under "Software News and Reviews"), or check back every Tuesday to read our latest roundup.

Top Download News and Features

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Tags: iTunes , Windows software , Gmail , Avast , Evernote

iBooks 2 brings textbooks to life (hands-on)

In an Apple event this morning in New York, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, took the stage to introduce iBooks 2, an update to the popular e-reader for iOS devices that adds textbooks.

As Apple's flagship e-reader, iBooks is already a crisp-looking app and storefront that runs on iOS devices. But today, iBooks 2 moves into the world of education by adding interactive textbooks with the aim of keeping students' attention (and certainly adding yet another... Read More &raquo

Tags: Apple , iOS , iPod , Touch , iPad , iTunes

Fanhattan adds popular new services

TV and movie fans: one of the best streaming media and entertainment discovery apps for iOS just got better with three new content providers.

Fanhattan for iOS (download for iPhone or iPad) already let you discover and watch TV and movies on your iOS device from many popular services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Vudu, and ABC. Starting today, Fanhattan has added a wealth of new content from PBS, Crackle, and Lifetime.

The Fanhattan App offers a great layout for... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , apps , iOS , iPod , Touch , iPad , iTunes , Windows software , movies