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iOS 4.3 HomeShare over VPN?

March 12, 2011 3 comments

So I’ve been exploring some of the new features of iOS 4.3 and found the iTunes Home Sharing feature to be somewhat useful, however am interested in getting more out of it if possible.  For those unfamiliar with the new feature, when connected to your home network, you’ll see a “Shared” option under iPod -> More from your iPhone.  From there you can stream content from your iTunes library on your computer to your iPhone.

I appreciate the fact that I can share my iTunes library on 5 different machines at home and can access them from my iPhone while I’m at home, but that doesn’t seem all that innovative, does it?

What I really want is to be able to access my library no matter where I am, without having to sync it to my iPhone every time I get something new.  It sounds picky/lazy/greedy, but it really isn’t an unrealistic expectation given the price we pay for all this content and subscription based services.  Frankly, I’m sick of managing my different iTunes libraries and figuring out how to sync them all to my phone without too much struggle.  Why am I limited by the amount of local storage on my iPhone?  Can’t we just get past this dated architecture yet? I’d also like to add, I don’t even use the iPod features of my iPhone much at all.  Those of you that do must be bleeding for something like this.

Kind of brings me back to my post a few weeks ago on Chrome OS…

So, assuming this kind of “cloud based” content streaming is coming soon (cheesy subscription based one-offs aside)…what I want to know is whether anyone has tried using iTunes Home Sharing over a VPN with their iPhone?  I’m really asking….has anyone done it?  Does it work?  If it does…does the VPN cut out after the phone goes to sleep like normally, or does it recognize that there is data streaming and stay on?  How is the audio streaming from Wi-FI, from 3G??  Is there some other method available that I’m overlooking?

I set up a VPN on my Windows 7 machine, however while looking for the PPTP setting on my Belkin Wireless N router, I quickly found out that it does not support VPN.  I could replace it, but am wondering what the experience was like for anyone that has been successful so far. So with that said…. I look forward to hearing your experience!!!

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iPhone 4 – Free Case Program App: Now available!

July 25, 2010 3 comments

This will probably be my last iPhone 4 post for a while. Time to move on to something new now that the free cases are available from apple.com. Interesting enough, it looks like even though I was already issued a refund from the Apple Store, I was able to also order a free case. There are seven 3rd party cases available, as well as Apple’s Bumper. Rather than making you fill out an application with all your information, all you have to do is download the “iPhone 4 Case Program” app, pick your case, and log in to confirm shipping. I am expecting some kind of email soon saying that I am not eligible, but we’ll see. Estimated shipping time states 3 – 5 weeks.

Get an iPhone 4 Bumper or case at no charge.

Follow these steps to apply for a Bumper or case.

1. Download the iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store.
2. Launch the app on your iPhone 4 and sign in using your iTunes Store account or Apple ID.
3. Select your Bumper or case.

For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010.

iPhone 4 Bumper (Refunds/orders)

July 23, 2010 3 comments

Just a quick update for some of the people emailing me about iPhone 4 Bumpers and cases. No update from Apple yet on how to get the free bumper, but looks like Apple is processing refunds for those of you who purchased one already from the Apple Store (mine was just processed). No word on how to apply for the refund, or how to get another case yet. Looks like no option for a free Bumper/3rd party case for those who already purchased a Bumper from the Apple Store.

Here is the email from Apple:

Your iPhone Bumper Order
July 22, 11:41PM

Dear Apple Customer,

Apple recently announced that iPhone 4 customers who purchased an iPhone 4 Bumper are eligible for a full refund.

As of today, we have automatically processed your refund.

Thank you for choosing Apple.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Support