Getting Apple Music and Family Sharing Sorted

Recently, I decided to give Apple Music a try. The Family Sharing plan at $14.99 is the way to go if there are other music lovers in your family. Apple makes the plan and process fairly simple. The challenge comes when you and members of your family separate your apple IDs for purchases. I do this for security purposes, but it does create a bit of a hassle. I added my wife under her primary Apple ID, but she had to change her setting for purchases in order to subscribe under the family plan.

Some informational resources that helped.

iPod Classic Screen Repair

The display on my iPod 5th Generation Classic had a line of bad pixels running through it for about a year and it just sat in a drawer. I finally got around to getting a quote and it was going to cost $150 for the repair service. Too much. So I decided to go for it and do it myself. I ordered a replacement screen for $15 from Repairs Universe and followed the iPod 5th Generation Display Replacement repair guide from iFixIt. Thank you iFixit and Repairs Universe… Success!

Equifax Blew It

So this happened… Equifax had 143 Million Records Hacked.

You can keep up to speed on the Equifax data breach events on the website. More importantly, has also posted a great Credit Freeze Guide to help individuals through the process of protecting themselves against identity theft. Unfortunately, this will be something we live with going forward. Future reform will be needed to make the “freeze” and “thaw” process free for all states, but for now this is true for only a few states.

iTunes No Longer Manages Apps

Looks like Apple is making an effort to slim down iTunes. The most recent update mentions that your apps will no longer be managed in iTunes. You need to do that in the mobile device App Store.

I have a few homemade ringtones and was wasn’t sure how I’d be able to create new ones, but looks like there is still a way to do so (for now). Check out the Apple support page HT201593 to manually manage content on your mobile device and this one specifically for ringtones..

Unlocking My iPhone 6

I’ve had my iPhone 6 for about two years and wanted to unlock it. I followed the device unlock request procedure from AT&T and all went well. I received the email confirmation with instructions to backup my phone, erase all content and settings and then restore the phone from the backup. After making a backup via iTunes, I disconnected the phone and went to the settings to deactivate “find my phone” and then erase the phone. It basically just hung with an apple logo and progress bar that did not progress for 10-15 minutes. I decided to reboot and try another method. This is what worked for me.

Before you begin, be sure you know your iCloud password and phone passcode.

  • Connect to iTunes
  • Create a backup (click the button to create backup)
  • Keep iPhone connected – do NOT disconnect the iPhone from the computer
  • After backup is complete, open settings on the iPhone and first deactivate “find my phone” and then sign out of iCloud
  • Navigate back to main settings screen and scroll down to select the option to erase iPhone
  • The erase process took only a few seconds and then iTunes updated to indicate the iPhone had been successfully unlocked.
  • Click “continue” and select the option to restore from backup.

If all goes well, you should be back up and running in less then 30 minutes.