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Ask LH: Does My Home Media Centre Need A Separate Network?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m considering using a iPad mini as a dedicated media ‘hub’, using Airplay to send Plex, YouTube and other content to a gen 3 Apple TV. Currently I’m using an Airport Extreme for Wi-Fi, along with a separate NetComm modem for internet connectivity. Is there any advantage to creating a second dedicated Wi-Fi network just for my media needs, or can I stay with the one network?


Synchronise Your iTunes Library With Spotify With A Click

Spotify recently introduced a new “My Music” section that allows you to save albums and tracks you find in Spotify to your own personal library. That’s great, but if you want to mesh that library with your local files, you need to do that manually.


How To Set Up MAME On A Mac

Earlier in the week, we responded to an Ask Lifehacker question about some possible uses for an unused Mac Mini. A few comments wanted to know how to set up MAME on a Mac.


Travelling Tunes Uses Customisable Gestures To Control Your Music

iPhone: Looking at your phone when you’re trying to drive is hard enough as it is, but changing a music selection is even tougher. Travelling Tunes is a music app that uses gestures to make it easy to move between tracks.


Download Music And TV Shows In Sequential Order With uTorrent

BitTorrent is great for downloading multiple files in a group, but you can actually download them in order with uTorrent — so you can start listening to that first track right away, before the whole torrent has downloaded.


Use SocialFixer To Avoid Spoilers

I had last week’s episode of Game of Thrones spoiled for me, and it was a doosy. It was only one day after it had aired, and during some late night work, I had thought it might be safe to check Facebook. Fortunately, there’s a workaround.


MiniPlayer Adds A Tiny Floating Player To Spotify Or Rdio

Mac: One of the nicer features in iTunes is the MiniPlayer that shrinks the interface down and out of the way. MiniPlayer for Mac adds a similar function to Spotify and Rdio.


Change Your YouTube Bookmark To Cut The Fat

YouTube is starting to tread down that path that many sites do, becoming more and more cluttered until its homepage causes sensory overload. While the Google page has resisted the urge of feature creep, YouTube seemingly hasn’t been able to, and if you’re like me, it’s at the point of avoiding the front page altogether. Here’s one small tip to do just that.


For Better Shazam Results, Wait For The Drop

Shazam is undoubtedly a very cool app. But for fans of electronic music, it’s unfortunately less useful than it could be. With tracks overlapping with other tracks, the time in which you sample your audio could be key to getting a result.


Are You Suffering From Superhero Movie Fatigue?

Symptoms may include sequel-induced nausea, acute aversion to origin stories and a pathological hatred of Ben Affleck. Thankfully, it’s never too late to quit…