iTunes Match® service, Apple Music® service, iCloud Music Library® service and Your iPhone® device: Pittsburgh Your Local Apple Experts

One of the best features that Apple® products offer is the ability to sync music, images, documents, notes, and other items across multiple devices.

When it comes to syncing across multiple devices, nothing seems to be more popular than music. Over the years, many people have purchased hundreds of digital music files that they listen to at home, in their car, or while they work out. Apple Inc. allows us to play our music on our computers, phones, iPad® devices, and Apple TV® devices.

Because of this, we only have to purchase a digital music file once and then we can enjoy it across multiple devices, whenever we want. This sounds like what we have all wanted for years! Unfortunately, setting this up is not always intuitive and that can make some individuals feel like they’re not getting their money’s worth.

Our trained technicians at Experimac of Pittsburgh take the time to learn all of Apple Inc.’s new software launches both from a backend perspective as well as from a user’s perspective. We want to make sure that our customers are using tools that are beneficial to their needs and set up in a way that they can maintain and update in the future.

Not all tools are right for everyone. For example, if you don’t want to own physical files on your computer but want to stream music on demand, Apple Music service fits your needs. If you have a lot of CDs that you want to listen to on your iPhone device, then iTunes Match service is the best fit.

Here are some great tools that Apple Inc. offers to make listening to music across multiple devices easy, seamless, and fun for everyone:

  • iTunes Match service – For $24.99/year you can import your old CDs along with the new and previously downloaded files into one location. iTunes Match service allows you to store your music files in the iCloud service. No matter where you purchased a file from, iTunes Match service can store that file in your library, allowing you to listen wherever you are.
  • Apple Music – Free for 3 months and then $9.99/month. For a family plan, it will cost you $15/month. Apple Music service combines everything that users love about Spotify with the features previously loved with iTunes® service. Store all of your purchased files alongside streamable music that you can listen to without having to purchase it. There are benefits to the Apple Music service over Spotify or other streaming services. For example, there are several artists whose music is licensed only to play on the Apple Music service. Plus, no additional download will be needed since the Apple Music service is already alive and well in your iPhone device.

Still not sure what is right for you? We get it! Apple Inc. aims to make our lives easier and more productive but sometimes it can be difficult to know what works best for our individual needs. Contact Experimac of Pittsburgh to learn more about the music services available to you and to see which one is right for your unique needs.

Migrating Your Data to a New Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.

How to Migrate Your Data

Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Pittsburgh have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.

Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:

  1. Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
  2. Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
  3. Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
  4. Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
  6. Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.

Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac of Pittsburgh to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.

Adding RAM to Your Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

Do you know one of the most common reasons a computer might be running slower than expected? Bad RAM or not enough RAM.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer. Unlike a CD or hard drive, RAM is accessed randomly instead of sequentially allowing the computer to access data fast. Most computer users will notice that their computer is in need of additional RAM when their computer is booting up.

As you boot your computer up, data is sent to the memory to process instructions which can be passed along to software that you access after booting up. Each program that you open (including the browser used to access this web page) is loaded into memory while it is running. Often times, individuals will confuse the term memory with disk space. Disk storage space refers to the hardware in your computer that is capable of storing data either permanently or temporarily.

Most Apple® computers are shipped with 4 to 16 GB of RAM. The lower end of that number might be too low for your personal uses. For example, users that intend to run several programs at once such as video editing software, games, and other similar programs, would require more than just 4 GB of RAM.

If your computer has been running slow, booting programs at a snail’s pace, or taking a long time to open documents – you probably need additional RAM. The trained technicians at Experimac of Pittsburgh can run a diagnostic test on your Mac computer to locate any failures that your machine may have encountered. By running this diagnostic, Experimac’s team can determine what the issue is and if it is RAM, make suggestions on what amount may meet your needs.

Unfortunately, once a computer reaches a certain age, the Apple store will no longer service it, making it impossible to upgrade the computer. Experimac of Pittsburgh is proud to offer RAM upgrades to all Mac computer users.

Bring your slow moving Apple computer into Experimac of Pittsburgh today! We look forward to bringing your Mac computer back to life with new RAM.