But never fear; when I went to the i Tunes Store and pulled up each of the apps I had lost, it was aware that I had already paid for them and it let me download them again, one by one, for free.)I had to download the Mac-based version of Simplify Media 2 desktop server software (there are other versions for other computer platforms) and install it on my i Mac. After starting it for the first time (I had already dragged it to my Applications folder and then put its icon in my Dock), I had to go through an initial setup process before it would pick up on my i Tunes music library and make it available for streaming to my i Pod.This was confusing to me, so I'll say it again: you need the i Pod client app, synced from i Tunes to the i Pod, and the Mac server app, installed and duly initialized on the Mac.
(On the Simplify Media website, the music-streaming app is called "i Phone Music.") I'll call the pair of them the "Simplify Media suite," the "SM suite," or just "SM."There is also a separate Simplify Photo client app for the i Phone/i Pod that streams photos from your (or your friends') photo libraries, using Simplify Media on the computer acting as a server. On the website, it's called "i Phone Photo." of the original Simplify Music i Phone/i Pod Touch app.It contains features not in the original app — on-the-fly playlist creation and modification, for one — and you probably want to avoid getting the original by mistake, which is still available for .99.The desktop server app, Simplify Media 2, has other interesting capabilities as well, such as the ability to stream from up to 30 of your friends' music collections (assuming they give you permission) and to stream your collection to those same friends' Simplify Music apps.Some things that simplify things and make new things possible can be a bit hard to figure out.The first time you use them, they're not always so simple.
One such thing is the Simplify Music 2 application for the i Phone and i Pod Touch.I got it because I wanted a way to stream my entire music library from my i Mac to my i Pod Touch.By that I mean that I wanted to play any of my over 6,600 music tracks any time ... Once I set app-syncing up properly, the app synced to the i Pod as it ought.without having synced them to the i Pod in advance. And here's how I started using it: Basically, working in i Tunes on my i Mac, I first had to purchase the Simplify Music 2 app from the i Tunes Store for .99, download it, and sync it to my i Pod. You can also buy the Simplify Music 2 app via the App Store on the i Phone/i Pod itself.My i Pod holds just 8 gigabytes, while my music library is close to 30 GB in size. If you do, you can sync it to i Tunes, where it will then reside, waiting to be synced back to the mobile device if the need ever arises.(BTW, later on in this article I talk about how, owing to a problem I ran into, I had to rebuild my i Tunes Library database file, a process that unfortunately loses track of the i Phone/i Pod apps in i Tunes.I have a Wi Fi network in my home that uses an Apple Air Port Extreme base station to (among other things) connect my i Mac wirelessly to the Internet as well as to a pair of Apple TVs, and I figured it could be used to stream music from i Tunes to the i Pod or Iphoe, too, right? I tried syncing my apps again from my mobile and wound up with no apps whatsoever in i Tunes on the mobile; apparently, you can sync an app "upstream" from an i Phone or i Pod Touch to i Tunes only once.