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Small Change, Profound Difference

16 Dec

It is not often I extoll the virtues of technology and it’s even more rare for such to bring a tear to the eye. Let me explain.

Across the decades I have amassed a significant music collection on my Mac, a mixture of uploaded cd’s, downloaded purchases from Amazon/iTunes and independent offerings. If I was to press play and let it run on unabashed it would take a month to get through. When I was spending every morning at my desk I could merrily listen to my tunes, mixing Mozart with Madness, a touch of Mancini mingled with Marmalade, Zakk moshing with ZZ Top, as I whittled some html coding, wrangled a bit of number crunching, wrestled with photo editing and such like. It was entertaining and uplifting, seeing as my brain seems to be mostly filled with lyrics and set to Kareoke mode.

With the loss of my mobility I became separated from this mentally motivating activity and I have so missed it, time spent at my desk has become seriously dwindled. I had considered streaming services but felt resentful at having to pay money to hear music I have already spent monies upon.

I had procrastinated about searching for an answer, I had dawdled over posting on the MacForum for a suggestion. I had hoped Siri could help but my Mac is too old. I started seeing adverts for the new HomePod mini and the sown seed slowly germinated, maybe one of these could access and play my music. It spurred me on to ask on the forum if this could work with my particular kit, I hit publish and waited for a potentially helpful reply.

To my delight and surprise a helpful bod answered my post and introduced me to the app “iTunes Remote” as a potential solution. Google and I spent an evening reading and researching, could this be the answer? Could it really be that straightforward? Well, dear reader, in short, yes!

So yesterday after carer had positioned me at my desk I set to. Slightly pessimistic because things that class themselves as quick or easy rarely are. I followed the instructions with a tingle of anticipatory expectation.

  • App Store, download free app iTunes Remote to iPad
  • Open app, select manual set up (4-digit code appears)
  • Open music app on Mac
  • From Devices list select iPad
  • Enter iPads 4-digit code
  • Done, sorted, connected.

It really was that easy!!!

Okay so far so good…..but…….. now to test the theory. From the iPad app I selected a track and hit play and music sprung forth from my Mac ✅ …… I adjusted the volume, skipped forward and backward. Alright…..but…… I put my Mac to sleep, counted to twenty, opened the app and selected a track and again the swinging piano vibes exuded from my dozing Mac ✅✅. Right then, the big test, shut down and restart both the Mac and the iPad, open app and select a tune, without hesitation the dulcet tones of the lyrical warbler wafted across the room ✅✅✅. Another test, this morning I opened the app and selected a play list annddd it’s playing ✅✅✅✅.

I am reconnected to my music, my smile could not be wider, I’m busting my (sat down) moves, twerking so much I’m gonna give my buttocks whiplash, I have gone from famine to feast ….. so much choice, it’s almost overwhelming. Brain is fizzing as it sings along to tracks it hasn’t heard for years.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2020 in Music, Review, Tech

 

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4 responses to “Small Change, Profound Difference

  1. menhir1

    December 19, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Fantabulous! Now I know what iMusic remote is for. I guess the app could work with mine if I decided to play with that music route.

    It does make you nervous to try out these ideas only for them to fall flat on their digital faces. I am so pleased that every test you tried worked relatively smoothly with this app. It is good advice for anyone who wants to access and take control of their music their way. You’ll have to let us know what your fave shuttle is.

    Peace and health to you, stay safe.

    xxxxxxxxx

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    • AnneMarie

      December 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      It’s been incredibly pleasant these past few days, turning on the app and letting it shuffle, like a game of ‘name that tune’, which I’m failing at abysmally. So much music my brain seems to remember the lyrics to, but not the track or artist name. There are things I’ve forgotten I even had!

      I’ve created a couple of playlists, placed all my classical pieces in one for when I want a calmer instrumental vibe.

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  2. snowbird

    December 19, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Oh, that is just wonderful! Delighted for you.xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      December 19, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      I have butt wiggle repetitive strain 🤣

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