My iTunes Match review

Yesterday, I read (again) about iTunes Match. I already knew about that service but felt like it was useless to me. Read more about iTunes Match on it’s official Webpage. Short story is: iTunes Match is a Cloud service that scans your actual iTunes music library, checks which music iTunes knows about and enables you to get that music from any of your device, using your iTunes account. The service costs about $30 per year and is limited to 25000 songs and 10 devices.

I have a music repository of 7345 songs, according to iTunes. I started my e-music library in the early 90’s. So the first files I got were music I ripped from Compact Cassette and Vinyl Record (both 33 and 45 rpm) with my Thomson VTM-2800 (or similar) Hi-Fi. Then I ripped from audio CD I bought or got for Christmas and ended buying WMA/MP3 files from various e-shop (such as Fnac Music, Virgin, Amazon and iTunes). All of those files have various quality. I must admit there are some vinyl rips that I have replaced with MP3 files found on the Internet. I’ve never been sure about how legal this was but I felt like as I bought the cassettes and vinyls and didn’t aim at reselling them, I could keep such MP3 files and still continue to sleep peacefully.

I went to iTunes Match for 3 main reasons:

  • I could get high quality (256-Kbps AAC) files for all my stuff ;
  • I wouldn’t need to sync my music from my MacBook and stop feeling like “damm I don’t have it on the iPhone” when on my way to work ;
  • I would be sure every files would now be officially owned.

So here’s my trip to the iTunes Match service.

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iOS 5 Camera, Access from Lock screen on iPhone 4

iOS 5 Camera quick accessI’ve just upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 and was looking for the “Access from Lock screen” feature as it didn’t show up automatically. I was afraid that the feature would not be enabled on the iPhone 4… After a long digging process in the preferences and a quick look on the Internet, I found that the feature was enabled using the “Home” button.

In fact, it’s quite easy to use:

  • With your locked iPhone, double-click the “Home” button ;
  • Tap the camera icon that appears ;
  • Take you photo!

Note that you can take the photo using the “Volume UP” (“+”) button.


Dual SIM on the iPhone 4

Because I have a personal phone and a professional one, I decided to try a double-SIM adapter for the iPhone. I got one from here. The iPhone does not have to be jailbreaked ; mine runs the stock iOS 4.3.5. It had to be unsimlocked though as my personal provider is not the same as the one from work. Namely, it worked with both Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

You cannot have both SIM available at the same time. You have to choose one over the other. To activate a SIM, you have to open “Settings”, “Phone” and “SIM Applications”. From there, just select the SIM you want to activate. Uncheck the “auto/SW” option if you don’t want the hardware to switch from SIM to SIM on low signal. Since you switch SIM, you get a “No SIM Card installed” message. Wait for a few seconds and you should get the signal. I know when it’s OK since I have PIN codes on both SIM cards and the hardware asks for it as soon as I switch.

As I can’t use both SIM in the same time, I setup an automatic forward from the professional phone number to my personal one. Then, when I need to phone from my pro line, I just switch to the pro SIM. The case itself is made of hard mate plastic. It’s really light and doesn’t turn the iPhone into an ugly big brick. Final thought: quite a nice piece of hardware for “only” 16€ ; would have really been perfect if both SIM could be enabled at the same time.

Convert your MP3 into an iPhone ring tone

Most of my iTunes music is in mp3 format. Mostly because I dumped my CDs far before using iTunes. Far before using Mac OS X in fact… Anyway… I remember I used to use my mp3 files as ring tone when I used a Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. And that was quite easy to do. Something like, going to ring preferences and selecting the mp3 files. But with the iPhone, it is just not possible. Or at least, it is not possible straight away.

This is how I did it.
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flashcode, vous allez aimer vous faire flasher.

Non il n’est pas question ici d’excès de vitesse ; encore que.

Un flashcode, qu’est-ce-que c’est ?

Dans un premier temps, Flashcode, c’est une marque. Mais bon, on dit tous “j’ai plus rien dans mon frigo”… Le flashcode, c’est une image représentant des informations ; de la même manière qu’un code-barre au dos d’un paquet de céréales.

Ok… et donc, ça sert à quoi ?

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