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Apple Music FAQ: Everything you need to know

Apple Music has arrived. Confused? We've got the beats and the deets. Updated July 2 with information on iTunes Match, DRM, Apple Music radio, and more.

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iCloud services back online after extended service disruption

A service disruption which took many iCloud services down for several users, including backups, iCloud Drive, and iMessage has now been resolved by Apple.

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Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?

With the arrival of Apple Music—and its broad claim to make your library's songs streamable alongside its primary streaming collection—those with iTunes Match accounts might be a wee bit confused as to whether they still need the service. Here's what you need to know!

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How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

Just picked up a HomeKit-compatible gadget? Awesome. Here's how to set it up.

Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system — assuming, that is, you've picked up an accessory which works with HomeKit. (If you're not sure, look for the "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge on the accessory's packaging; additionally, this list from Apple currently lists all the currently compatible devices.)

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iCloud and the App Store hit with widespread outage [Updated]

iCloud appears to be experiencing a disruption, with several users reporting that they are unable to use Apple's cloud services. Others note that the App Store also seems to be affected by an outage.

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Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for.

Updated on 5/29 10AM ET to add information from Steven Levy's excellent interview with Google Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing  Bradley Horowitz, and to add information about Google's high-quality photo pricing tiers.

Google announced its new Photos service at I/O today: It looks a lot like iCloud Photo Library, but with even more perks. Automatic slideshow movies! Insta-GIFs from burst photos! Interactive stories! You can automatically search for faces, places, and things without tagging! It syncs with iOS and the web! And, oh yeah — unlimited* (if your photos are 16MB or less) storage for free. What could be better?

Well, to start, it's important to know what "free" might actually cost you, and whether you're okay with that tradeoff.

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Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field.

I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync the work-around to iOS. And this remains true... technically.

It turns out that even though Apple doesn't officially sync the Faces album from Photos for OS X using iCloud Photo Library, you can still find any tagged photos of a person — no matter what computer you tagged them on — by searching their name.

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It's not you, iCloud is down right now [Updated]

If you're facing issues with iCloud, you're not the only one, as several users on Twitter and Reddit are reporting that they are unable to access the service.

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Office apps for iPhone and iPad can now open, edit, and store files on iCloud

Microsoft has updated the Office apps for iPhone and iPad. The new versions of the Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps all now support iCloud to quickly store, open, and edit documents inside Apple's cloud storage service

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How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

iCloud lets you sync and store all the data that's important to you, from photos and documents to calendars and contacts.

Apple's online storage service, iCloud includes a wide range of features like iCloud Drive for your files, iCloud Photo Library for your pictures and videos, iTunes in the Cloud for your music and movies, iCloud mail for your communications, and even Find my iPhone to track down missing devices. It makes sure everything you have on your iPhone is also available on your iPad and Mac, and even your Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Best of all, if you have an Apple ID (including an iTunes account), you have iCloud. Here's how to get the most out of it!

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