Readers offer their best tips for deleting music from your iOS device, recommending software to your friends, and getting missing Market apps to show up in Android.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in — the tip didn't make the main page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at lifehacker.com.au.
Delete Music From iOS 5 With A Swipe Gesture
akshay2000 discovers a new, hidden feature in iOS 5:
I don't know whether its been noticed yet or not, but there's another obscure (a way obscure!) feature of iOS 5! Now we can delete the music tracks same way as that of videos and all! Just swipe over the name of music track in 'Songs' view and delete button appears. Now, no more connecting to computer to delete music.
Create Your Own "App Directory" For Personalised Software Recommendations
Geekgirlbarbie tells us an easy way to catalogue your favourite programs for easy recommendations:
As a addendum to my last tip, I also make lists of the programs and web services I use with links to the service and a few review articles that has come in handy WAY more than I ever thought of. Anytime someone asks me what I use for "x", I'm able to email them not just my suggestion, but all this extra helpful info as well. They always appreciate it and all I had to do was copy and paste from a file.
Of course, you can also refer them to the Lifehacker App Directory, which does something very similar.
Switch Accounts In The Android Market To Unhide Missing Apps
Alex shares an issue he had with the Android Market and how to fix it:
I recently started noticing an issue on my HTC Thunderbolt where none of my apps were showing up in the Android Market. I'd get update notifications, but if I ignored them, I couldn't go back into the Market and see them from the "My Apps" page...only the last two or three apps I bought would show up. It turns out, the Market (and lots of other apps, strangely) were linking to my secondary Google account instead of my primary Gmail, which is what I usually use for the Market. After going into the settings and switching the account, all my apps showed up (and I had a lot to update!)
It's one of those facepalm-worthy moments, but I can't imagine I'm the only person to have run into this problem. Hopefully this saves someone a month or two of confusion.
Fix iTunes Recognition Issues By Deleting MobileDevice.framework
Thisisme shares a solution for a very strange iTunes problem:
For the longest time iTunes on my Snow Leopard Mac wouldn't recognise any devices plugged in and they'd never show up in the sidebar. Known-good cables, paired devices, and everything else it was supposed to have. I tried everything I could think of, tried every "fix" on various forums, and tried every Apple support article I could find and nothing worked.
Until I found this gem. Deleted
com.apple.usbmuxd.plist, deleted iTunes, restarted, reinstalled iTunes, and presto! Now things show up and I can finally sync my iPod.
Hopefully this helps someone that somehow got stuck in the same situation as me.