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How to use the new portrait and landscape ratios in Instagram

For years any and all photos we've uploaded to Instagram have been forced into a 1:1 square aspect ratio. We've lost arms, heads, fronts, backs, tops, and bottoms, all to the crop. Well, no longer. Now Instagram supports portrait and landscape aspect ratios for both photos and video. No black or white bars needed. Here's how!

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How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos

I love sharing photos on Instagram, and 300 million other users feel the same, but I don't like the fact that my Twitter followers can't preview the image directly from my timeline. Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter, but there's a workaround.

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How to turn off auto-playing videos on Twitter

Auto play video is a great way to boost engagement (and views!) but it can force disturbing and even offensive content on unsuspecting users and that's not okay. While auto-play should be opt-in you can opt out, and Twitter makes it possible to turn it off on both the website and the iPhone and iPad app.

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How to turn off auto playing videos on Facebook

Facebook's default status is to automatically play the video once it loads. I'd prefer it not to do that, because I don't like my attention — or my Mac's attention — getting hijacked like that. There's an easy way to fix the video auto-play problem. It doesn't involve mucking up your Mac with content blocking software or web browser plug-ins. It's right there in Facebook's preferences.

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How to use Up Next in iTunes and the Music app

Apple’s Up Next queue lets you stack other tracks—even another playlist or album—to listen to immediately, and then seamlessly merge back right back into your playlist or album when you're done. It also keeps track of your play history, whether you’re listening to songs from your music collection, Apple Music, Beats 1, or Apple Music radio stations. Here’s how you can use it.

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How to play music in iTunes and the Music app

iTunes and the Music app offer a slew of controls for playing, shuffling, DJing, and queuing your music. Here's how you can get the most out of them.

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How to search Apple Music and your music library

There's a new, universal search feature in both the Music app and iTunes 12.2 that can find songs, playlists, albums, and artists—whether they’re locally-stored or available in Apple’s online catalog. If you don't subscribe to Apple Music, you’ll be able to search Apple Music radio stations and the iTunes Store in lieu of the streaming catalog.

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How to add music to iTunes 12.2

For some, the advent of Apple Music will mean their own personal collections will become small seas in the giant oceans of the full streaming catalog. For others, however, who don't want streaming, My Music is still the place or organize and enjoy your personally purchased or ripped music. There are four ways to add songs to My Music within the Music app or iTunes 12.2.

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How to use playlists in iTunes and the Music app

Playlists have always been the best way to group all the music you want to listen to together.

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Our Apple Music: The Ultimate Guide ebook is available now!

We've put everything you need to know about Apple Music into our very first ebook, and it's available now on the iBooks Store! And as of Friday, the Amazon Kindle Store, too!

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