How To Sync Music With Your Android Phone Or Tablet

Your Android device typically has upwards of 8 GB of storage. A single MP3 is usually around 3.5 MB. That means your phone has a lot of space for storing your music collection! Throw in mobile internet and Wi-Fi for wireless syncing and streaming, and suddenly you have a whole host of ways to sync your music collection with your Android phone or tablet.

Keep your music on your PC? Manage it with iTunes? Prefer to stream songs from the cloud? Or do you maintain a curated library on a streaming service? Whatever your preference, here’s how to get your music onto your phone so that you can listen wherever you go.

Can You Sync With iTunes?

Let’s start with the most popular music management software out there: iTunes. As you probably know, this is software produced by Apple with the intention of syncing music, podcasts, and other media to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to directly sync Android with iTunes without the help of a third-party app. Neither Apple nor Google produce an app for this purpose, so your only option is to put your trust in a third-party developer. These apps will all sync music from iTunes to Android, and each have a desktop client app to manage the link:

  • iSyncr: iTunes to Android — This app (see video above) will sync your iTunes library from a PC or Mac. Playlists, music, and podcasts can be synced, along with non-DRM video. Syncing can occur via USB or Wi-Fi. The free version has a 100 song limit; the limit-free paid version is $4.99.
  • Sync iTunes to Android — iTunes songs, playlists, and podcasts can be synced with this app. Again, DRM content cannot be synced, but there is no limit on songs or playlists.

Several other apps are available, but their reputation isn’t as strong. Meanwhile, if you’re concerned about privacy, you may prefer to sync manually.

Manage Your Music Manually

Perhaps you don’t use iTunes but have instead built up a collection of MP3 files over the years (and no, MP3 isn’t dead). These might have been downloaded or ripped from CDs — and now you want to listen to them on your phone.

This is where we get into the area of traditional desktop syncing. Although wireless syncing from your desktop is probably preferable, it’s not possible without additional software on your PC and on your Android device. On the other hand, you can easily connect your phone via USB.

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Once this is done, your computer will detect the Android device. Ensure the screen is unlocked, and when prompted, tap the prompt to select the MTP option for syncing media files. On your computer, you should now be able to view the contents of your phone or tablet. At the very least, you should be able to open the file manager (File Explorer on Windows 10, Finder on macOS, and whatever your preferred file manager might be on Linux).

To sync your music to your phone, open a second file manager window, and browse to where your music collection is stored. For example, on Windows 10, this will typically be the Music library. All you need to do then is select the files you want, and use the mouse to drag them to the other file manager window.

Wait while the files copy. When they’re all done, safely detach your phone or tablet from the USB cable. Plug in your headphones, launch your Android device’s music player, and enjoy!

Wireless Syncing From Your PC

If you don’t want to rely on a third-party app to access your iTunes data — this is entirely understandable — then why not try wirelessly syncing data from iTunes to your phone?

This can be set up using Resilio Sync (previously known as BitTorrent Sync), and it uses the BitTorrent network to synchronize data between your PC and your phone.

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Before you back away, you should know that using BitTorrent for legitimate purposes is legal. It’s only a problem when you’re pirating copyrighted content. Your MP3 library is yours, and you’re not sharing it with anyone other than yourself.

We’ve looked at setting up a wireless sync with Resilio Sync (formerly known as BitTorrent Sync) so cast your eye over our guide to see if that’s the solution you prefer.

Stream via Your Cloud Account

Don’t want to mess around with dragging, dropping, and USB cables? Why not try your preferred cloud sync account? Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and others can be used to sync your music collection between your PC and your phone or tablet.

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All you need to do is install the client app on your computer, make sure you have it on your Android device, and ensure the available storage is enough for your music collection.

If you have Dropbox installed on your computer and your Android device, simply copy your music collection into the Dropbox directory. This will begin syncing with the cloud account. When you’re ready to listen, ensure your phone has a network connection, open Dropbox, wait for the sync to complete, and start listening.

Try a Music Streaming Service

Finally, you might prefer to use a music streaming service to oversee playback of your favorite music.

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There are so many options here, so we’ll look at the most popular ones.

  • Google Play Music — With this app you can upload up to 50,000 tracks to the cloud (preferable to using Google Drive), listen to curated genre radio, and find new podcasts to enjoy. Meanwhile, with a subscription, you get on-demand access to over 35 million songs, ad-free listening, and the option to download music to your device.
  • Apple Music — If you prefer the Apple ecosystem for music, this app is for you. While it won’t sync iTunes, it will give you access to the entire Apple library of music, and it comes with a free trial.
  • Spotify — You might prefer to keep things simple and access the playlists in your Spotify account.

Once you’ve decided which of these music streaming solutions you want to try, simply install the app and sign up!

Ready to Sync Your Music Collection With Android?

Syncing your music collection with your smartphone or tablet is surprisingly straightforward. You can:

  • Use a third-party app to sync with iTunes.
  • Manually copy your songs to your Android device via USB.
  • Wirelessly sync from your PC.
  • Stream your MP3 collection via a cloud account.
  • Try a music streaming software like Google Play Music or Spotify.

How do you prefer to manage the music on your Android phone or tablet? And how do you like to listen? Headphones? Through a Bluetooth speaker? Tell us all about your mobile listening habits and problems below.

Can’t See The Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here’s How To Enable It.

Microsoft recently activated the Get Windows notification on eligible Windows 7 and 8.1 devices. Some users don’t see the notification, despite running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, both of which qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10.

If that’s you, let us show you how to enable the Get Windows 10 upgrade notification. We’ll also show you how to cancel the upgrade in case you changed your mind.

Are You Eligible for the Upgrade?

Only specific versions of Windows are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10, including genuine versions of Windows 7 (Starter, Home, Professional, and Ultimate) and Windows 8.1 (Phone, regular, Pro, and Pro for Students).

If you are running Windows 7, be sure you have installed SP1. Windows 8 users have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update. In both cases, install all the latest mandatory updates and reboot your computer.

Windows 10 Upgrade Editions

If you are running a different version of Windows and would like to upgrade to Windows 10, you could try to get a cheap Windows 7 or 8 license.

Did You Install Optional Updates KB3035583 & KB2952664 / KB2976978?

The Get Windows notification is delivered through an optional update, which was considered adware by some users. To check whether the optional update KB3035583 and KB2952664 (Windows 7) / KB2976978 (Windows 8.1) were installed, access Windows Update via a Windows search or the Control Panel.

If necessary, apply the updates, then reboot your computer. You might also see a Windows 10 is coming soon announcement in the Control Panel.

Get Windows 10 Control Panel

Once you successfully reserved Windows 10, you should see what’s shown below under Windows Update.

Windows 10 Reserved

Note that if your computer belongs to a domain and/or is administered by someone else within a school or business network, chances are they didn’t clear Update KB3035583 to be installed on computers within the network. Speak with your IT department to see whether you may upgrade to Windows 10 and what the procedure is.

Run the Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser

In response to users who didn’t see the upgrade notification, Microsoft community moderators compiled a list of reasons why it may not show up. One of the reasons is that your PC was determined to be incompatible with Windows 10; in that case you won’t see the Get Windows 10 app until after July 29th.

For those of you who might not be seeing the notification in error, they also compiled a script which will ensure your device meets the conditions for running Windows 10 and then will turn on the Get Windows 10 app.

Briefly, open Notepad, and copy & paste the code below.

REG QUERY "HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsUpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx  if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX  reg add "HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsAppraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f  schtasks /run /TN "MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceMicrosoft Compatibility Appraiser"  :CompatCheckRunning  schtasks /query /TN "MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceMicrosoft Compatibility Appraiser"  schtasks /query /TN "MicrosoftWindowsApplication ExperienceMicrosoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready  if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning  :RunGWX  schtasks /run /TN "MicrosoftWindowsSetupgwx
efreshgwxconfig"

Here are the original instructions from Microsoft Answers:

  1. Click File, and then Save As
  2. In the File name box, change the file name to ReserveWin10.cmd
  3. Then click the dropdown next to Save as type, and select All files (*.*)
  4. Select the folder you would like to save the file to. For this example, let’s choose to save the file to the C:/Temp folder. Then click Save.
  5. Open an elevated command prompt. (From the Start screen or Start menu, type Command Prompt in the search box, and then in the list of results, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.)
  6. Finally, run the file from the location you saved to in Step 6. In this example, you would type the following in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter: C:/Temp/ReserveWin10.cmd

Alternatively, and at your own risk, download the script provided by Bradley Hughes via Dropbox. Below are the instructions from Microsoft Answers:

  1. Go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/0u0au9xgy6ss18p/win10fix_full.zip?dl=0 and download the file.
  2. Copy the win10fix_full.bat file to anywhere else like desktop.
  3. Right click the file and click run as administrator.
  4. Follow the screen instruction until you come to main menu screen.
  5. On main menu screen do step 1 first and check if you have all updates installed and and then press any key, which will take you back to main menu.
  6. Now do step 2, which only takes about a second and should have the icon in the Taskbar.

The script can take up to 30 minutes to complete its scan. As mentioned earlier, make sure that you have installed the required Windows updates, otherwise the script will fail in an infinite loop.

Also note that the above code and the Dropbox script only work for the English language versions of Windows. The Microsoft community moderators provided an alternative script for non EN versions, see link above.

How to Cancel the Upgrade

So you reserved your Windows 10 upgrade, but changed your mind? Maybe you don’t want the installation files to take up space on your hard drive or you’d rather wait on the installation until it’s clear that Windows 10 will be a stable operating system.

Keep in mind that even if you have a reservation and the files have been downloaded, you won’t have to install Windows 10 on launch day and it won’t happen automatically.

If you’d still like to cancel the reservation, open the Get Windows 10 app from your system tray, click the hamburger menu in the top left, navigate to View confirmation, and click Cancel reservation .

Cancel Windows 10 Reservation

If you want to also get rid of the Get Windows 10 app, we have covered that in detail.

The Upgrade Reservation Is Optional!

Don’t fret if you have no way of activating the Get Windows 10 app. It is not necessary to reserve your free upgrade! Eligible users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free until at least July 28th, 2016. The reservation ensures that you will be able to upgrade on July 29th, 2015 by pre-downloading installation files and thus avoiding server overloads on launch day.

Even if you have reserved Windows 10, you don’t have to install it immediately .

Have you reserved your upgrade, yet and are you intending to install Windows 10 on July 29th?

Image Credits: paper carton torn Via Shutterstock

Test Your IQ With The Pew Internet Quiz [Weird & Wonderful Web]

If you’re a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you probably consider yourself something of a geek. A geek who knows all there is to know about technology and the Internet. But do you, really? It’s time to find out by taking this short quiz from Pew Research.

By answering the 12 questions all about technology and the Internet, you’ll be able to determine how knowledgeable you are on all things geeky. You’ll also be able to compare your results to the representative sample of 1,066 people who officially took the quiz.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Test Your Web IQ

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As part of its ongoing commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the Pew Research Center recently put a sizeable number of Internet users’ geeky knowledge to the test with a quiz related to technology and, in particular, the Web.

The quiz is now online for anyone to take. We couldn’t resist taking it, and we suspect you’ll be similarly inclined to test your knowledge of the Internet. So, we invite you to go and do that right now by taking the Pew Internet Quiz, before coming back here to take a look at the results.

Dissecting The Results

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Q1: The Internet and the World Wide Web are the same thing… True or False?

The correct answer is False. Just 23 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Any of you who answered incorrectly should read our explanation of the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Q2: Twitter limits the number of characters per tweet to 140… True or False?

The correct answer is True. An impressive 60 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Which suggests that even those people who don’t actively use Twitter know about its self-imposed limitations.

Q3: Moore’s Law relates to how many transistors can be put on a computer chip… True or False?

The correct answer is True. A measly 34 percent of respondents answered this correctly, but then they obviously never read our explanation of Moore’s Law. Those dummies.

Q4: When a company posts a privacy policy, it ensures that the company keeps confidential all the information it collects on users… True or False?

The correct answer is False. A total of 44 percent of respondents answered this correctly. To be fair, it’s a rather confusing question, but it’s important to remember that signing a privacy policy doesn’t guarantee your privacy.

Q5: The first widely popular graphical Web browser, released in 1993, was… Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Mosaic, or Opera?

The correct answer is Mosaic. This was shows to be the hardest question included in the quiz, with just 9 percent of respondents answering it correctly. This isn’t surprising, but it is rather sad as we owe a debt of gratitude to Mosaic and the people who developed it.

Q6: Who is this technology leader (Picture of Bill Gates)… Steve Jobs, Sergei Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates?

The correct answer is Bill Gates. A whopping 83 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But, to be honest, we’re a little surprised it wasn’t even higher given Gates’ notoriety as a geek and status as the richest man in the world with a fortune of $76 billion.

Q7: Who is this internet leader (Picture of Sheryl Sandberg)… Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Meg Whitman, or Arianna Huffington?

The correct answer is Sheryl Sandberg. Just 21 percent of respondents answered this correctly. This is hardly surprising as unless you’re a keen follower of technology news you wouldn’t recognize any of the names offered as possible answers.

Q8: The Apple iPhone was first released in what year… 2005, 2007, 2009, or 2011?

The correct answer is 2007. Just 36 percent of respondents answered this correctly, which we found rather surprising. Apple fan or not, the moment Steve Jobs stood on stage and unveiled the first iPhone was, after all, a turning point for consumer technology.

Q9: Choose the bigger amount of information… A kilobyte or a megabyte?

The correct answer is a megabyte. A whopping 74 percent of respondents answered this correctly. The other 26 percent can be forgiven for making such a simple mistake. However, they should read our guide to memory sizes.

Q10: ‘Net Neutrality’ refers to… “The postings on websites that are nonpartisan,” “A promise by users of some websites that they will not make critical comments,” “The way Wikipedia editors are instructed to handle new entries on their site,” or “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies?

The correct answer is, “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies.” A disappointing 61 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Perhaps if more people understood what net neutrality actually is there would be more of a push to protect it.

Q11: Which university was the first on Facebook… Harvard, Stanford, MIT, or University of illinois?

The correct answer is Harvard. Just 42 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But then answering it correctly would require you knowing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attended Harvard.

Q12: What does ‘URL’ stand for… Ultra Reliable Linkage, User Responsibility Liability, Unique Rate Limit, or Uniform Resource Locator?

The correct answer is Uniform Resource Locator. A euphemistic 69 percent of respondents answered this correctly. That would surely have been lower if the other possible answers hadn’t been quite so preposterous.

How Many Did You Answer Correctly?

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So, how did you do? Did you answer all 12 correctly? Or, like me, did you get one wrong? Be honest and let us know your score in the comments below. And remember, no one likes a liar.

Are you pleasantly surprised that 61 percent of people know about net neutrality? Or are you shocked to discover a measly 23 percent of people know that the Internet and the Web are two different things? Either way, let us know your thoughts below.

Image Credits: Michael Surran via Flickr, Wade M via Flickr, Oliver Tacke via Flickr, Alan Cleaver via Flickr

Apple Insists There’s A New Mac Mini On The Way

Apple has big plans for the Mac Mini, at least according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the company isn’t ready to share those plans with the world, things are happening behind the scenes. And we know all of this because Cook casually revealed all to a nosey Apple fan.

It has now been over three years since Apple updated the Mac Mini. This lengthy gap between releases has caused frustration amongst the Apple faithful, and led to us recommending other mini PCs over the Mac Mini. However, you can rest assured that the Mac Mini isn’t dead after all…

Tim Cook Loves the Mac Mini

According to MacRumors, an Apple fan by the name of Krar emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook with a direct question about the future of the Mac Mini, bluntly asking, “I love the Mac Mini but it’s been over 3 years now without an update. Are we going to see anything in the pipeline anytime soon?”

Cook promptly replied, saying, “I’m glad you love the Mac mini. We love it too. Our customers have found so many creative and interesting uses for Mac mini. While it is not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”

This backs up Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who was asked why the Mac Mini was a no-show when Apple last spoke about the Mac Pro. He responded, “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use.”

This all strongly suggests that Apple is working on updating the Mac Mini. Tim Cook and co. just aren’t ready to share it with us proles. The Mac Mini clearly still has its fans, but it’s also hard to see where it fits in Apple’s current hardware lineup. So perhaps we should expect the unexpected.

2018… The Year of the Mac Mini

The problem is that the current Mac Mini is woefully outdated and getting more outdated with every passing day. Featuring, as it does, a Haswell processor, Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics, and just 4GB of RAM. So an updated version really cannot come quickly enough. Is 2018 too much to ask?

Do you own the 2014 Mac Mini? Is it starting to show its age? Or is it still a more than capable machine? If Apple unveiled a new Mac Mini, would you buy one? And if so, what would you like to see Apple do with the form factor? Please let us know in the comments below!

A Case Of Who Rescued Whom?

Eric was overweight and very sick.  One of his doctors told him that his unhealthy lifestyle would be the death of him, and for whatever reason, he decided to adopt a rescued dog.  Well, it didn’t take very long for Eric to realize that he may have thought that he was rescuing a dog that day, however it was that very dog that ended up rescuing him.  What a beautiful story.

Eric & Peety (from Humane Society Silicon Valley)Eric weighed over 300 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and his doctor told him he would be dead in 5 years unless he changed. They suggested a dog. Eric went to the Humane Society Silicon Valley and said he wanted an obese, middle-aged dog, so they would have something in common. What happened next transformed their lives.

Posted by SFGate on Sunday, March 6, 2016

White Wine And Beer Important Sources Of Arsenic

White wine, beer and Brussels sprouts can be major sources of the toxic metal arsenic in people's diets, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed the diets of 852 people in New Hampshire, and the levels of arsenic in their toenails, which show long-term exposure to the chemical.

Of the 120 foods the researchers looked at, four turned out to significantly raise people's arsenic levels: beer, white wine (and to a lesser extent, red wine), Brussels sprouts and dark-meat fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines, according to the study, published last week (Nov. 16) in the Nutrition Journal.

The most significant source of arsenic in most people's diets is drinking water. The new study is the first to take into account the levels of arsenic in the participants' household water when looking at the amount of arsenic coming from foods.

The results suggest that diet can be an important source of people's arsenic exposure over the long term, regardless of arsenic concentrations in their drinking water, the researchers said.

The element arsenic occurs naturally in the environment. Long-term exposure to arsenic, even at low levels, has been linked to increased risks of bladder, lung and skin cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits the arsenic in drinking water to 10 micrograms per litter for drinking water, but there are few limits set for foods. [5 Things You Should Know About Arsenic]

In the study, the arsenic levels in the participants' household tap water were well below the EPA limit, at 0.30 micrograms per liter, on average. However, 52 participants had tap water arsenic levels higher than the EPA's limits.  

The arsenic levels in participants' toenails were 0.12 micrograms per gram, on average. However, it is unclear what level of concentration found in toenail samples might signal an unsafe level of arsenic exposure, said study author Kathryn Cottingham, researcher at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

The toenail measurements in the study served only as a way to compare levels among people, the researchers said.

People who reported drinking on average two and half beers or a glass of white wine every day had arsenic levels 20 to 30 percent higher than those of people who didn't drink.

The study wasn't designed to find why higher consumption of beer and wine was linked to higher arsenic levels, but a few scenarios are possible, Cottingham said. [7 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health]

One possibility is that the ingredients in beer and wine are high in arsenic. It is also possible that arsenic is added during the filtration process that gives beer and wine their sparkly, clear looks, as one recent study suggested, Cottingham said.

And lastly, alcohol itself may be to blame for the higher arsenic levels, by impairing the body's ability to detoxify arsenic.

"The mechanisms that our bodies use to try to get rid of the stuff that is not good for us can be impaired by alcohol consumption," Cottingham said.

The researchers didn't find a link between arsenic levels and intake of rice, which is thought to be relatively high in arsenic. But in line with previous studies, they found that the more dark-meat fish people ate, the higher were their arsenic levels.

People who ate dark-meat fish once a week had about a 7 percent higher arsenic concentration in their toenails compared with people who consumed these fish less than once a month.

Although some foods are high in arsenic, people don't need to avoid them entirely, Cottingham said. "Probably the best way to avoid exposure from diet is to mix it up in the foods, and not eat the same thing every day."

It's also important to keep water sources safe, she said. "If someone is drinking water from a private well, they should get it tested. Water is something we are drinking and using every day," Cottingham said. "So knowing what your water exposure is, I think, is a big piece of the puzzle."

Email Bahar Gholipour. Follow LiveScience @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.