Google Photos, Apple Music and Adobe Flash


July 22, 2015 Meeting: Derek Burrows, Facilitator


NOTE – If you’d like to view a video of the presentation, click here.  You will be taken to Vimeo an be prompted to enter the following password: Sana    


Google Photos – Google has a new service called Google Photos that give you unlimited storage for your photos, with a catch. Is it for you?

  • Google Photos is available through an App that you download from the Apple App Store.
  • The App is free and provides some interesting features
    • Will auto upload from all your devices
    • Automatically organizes photos by people, places and things and images are searchable by these categorizations
    • Editing and sharing functionality
  • Need to maintain your originals on your computer to keep the high res version (the free version of Google Photos will only download small files even though you uploaded high res files)

  • What’s the catch? Google Photos is free, but Google is mining a lot of data from the images you upload (location, faces, etc from the Meta Data attached to your image), which may result in privacy or even security issues over the long run.
  • If you already have iamges in Google Photo and want to remove them, you may delete the App, but you must also delete the photos and turn off syncing. For full instructions, Google “how to permanently delete photos from Google Photo”.

Other photo storage options?

  • External Hard Drives, Flash Drives, SD Cards, etc
  • Dropbox
  • Apple iCloud STorage
  • Box, Google Drive, SmugMug, etc
  • If you choose to use a cloud storage service for ease of use between devices, look for one that has been around for awhile, and also keep an additional backup in case their service goes down.


Flash. Yes its time to uninstall this player. More on that during the meeting but here is the link to download the uninstaller.

  • HTML5 has eliminated the need for Adobe Flash
  • You will need to uninstall Flash on each computer you own (desktop or laptop)


iTunes / Apple Music

Confused about what you get with Apple Music versus what you get with iTunes Match? We’ll talk more about this as well. There are many articles about this on the web and here is one you can read.

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!

What Apple Music offers

For $9.99/month (or $14.99/month, for a family plan), Apple Music gives you access to its streaming catalog and a whole other host of cool music features. In addition, Apple Music subscribers can stream any song in the Apple Music catalog, whether they own it or not; they can also upload up to 25,000 songs from their Mac’s iTunes library. (Purchased iTunes content doesn’t count toward that 25,000 song limit.) That limit will be raised to 100,000 songs with the release of iOS 9 later this year, according to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue.

Apple Music scans those 25,000 songs to see which, if any, can be matched with the Apple Music catalog. If they can, when you re-download that song on another device, you’ll get a 256kbps Apple Music AAC file—which also happens to have DRM on it. Any songs not matched with the Apple Music catalog are uploaded as-is, where they can be redownloaded in their original format.

All of these tunes sit alongside any streamed Apple Music catalog tracks you add in your iCloud Music Library; you can stream or download tracks for offline listening from that at any time from any of your devices (up to 10). (Your iCloud Music Library doesn’t count toward your iCloud storage, as your Photo Library does; it’s only based on number of songs, rather than gigabytes.) Unlike Match, any offerings from Apple Music’s catalog that match up with your library truly are streaming—no local cache issues to be found here. Non-matched music will still have to be downloaded locally to your device before streaming.

All tracks from Apple Music’s catalog—including tracks that the service has matched from your Mac’s iTunes library—that you download on another device (i.e. your iPhone or iPad) are DRM-encrypted. This means that if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, they’ll disappear.

Any tracks you’ve uploaded to iCloud Music Library from your Macs will stay where they are on their original device, in their original format—your source tracks won’t be DRM-encoded.

Do you need both?

If you care about DRM-free matched music on your other devices, yes, you need both. Otherwise, nope. If you have Apple Music, you don’t need iTunes Match.

One note on that: If you ever decide to cancel Apple Music and want to keep your purchased and uploaded content available on other devices, you’ll want to re-activate your iTunes Match subscription. (You won’t carry over any songs you’ve added from the Apple Music streaming library, of course.)


When you first open iTunes on your Mac, you’ll have the option to sign in to either Apple Music or Match from the Account menu; once you choose Apple Music, the iTunes Match option disappears—Apple Music supersedes it. If you’re subscribed to both, you’ll be able to turn off or cancel your Match subscription by going to Account > View Account > Settings > Subscriptions > Manage, but otherwise, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library are the primary option for controlling your cloud library.

Why would you choose iTunes Match rather than just subscribe to Apple Music? Math and DRM, my friends: iTunes Match is just $24.99/year, while an Apple Music subscription runs you $119.88/year. If streaming all of Apple’s music collection doesn’t appeal to you, but having on-the-go DRM-free access to your full music library does, iTunes Match appears to be a good alternate option.

Note:  Apple is offering a three month free trial.  If you decide to take advantage of this free trial, but sure to set reminders for yourself when the time period is ending so that Apple doesn’t automatically transfer you to a paid subscription using your credit card on file for iTunes.

Cloud storage, what are the options? We’ll talk more about this as well.

See the section of Google Photos for some options on Cloud Storage. They have their benefits, but we all need to be aware that hacking is a growing risk!




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