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Three major publishers announced today that they'd agreed to settle a price-fixing case brought by the Department of Justice rather than face trial. The original lawsuit brought against the publishing houses alleged that they illegally colluded with Apple to raise e-book prices by forcing Amazon to adopt the so-called... Read more...
Now is a good time to stock up on iTunes currency if you're invested in Apple's iOS platform, or plan to be at a later date. Like, say, when the iPhone 5 comes out, or the iPad Mini, if the latter ends up being a real product. Either way, you can grab a $100 iTunes eGift card from Walmart's online website for $80... Read more...
Several astute observers noted that podcasts were missing from the iTunes app in iOS 6 (beta), which led many to wonder if Apple was splitting out podcasts from the rest of iTunes by giving it its own app. According to AllThingsD, sources close to Apple say that indeed, a podcast app is coming. Users will be able to... Read more...
Kids today know nothing of dragging a sagging pants pocket full of quarters or tokens to the local arcade, which means they also missed out on some gaming classics, like Rampage, Defender, Joust, and Spy Hunter. Sure, they're a little lame by today's standards, but if you have a nostalgic itch to scratch, $0.99 and a... Read more...
If you managed to survive Christmas, give yourself a pat on the back. And if you survived the holiday while spending time with the in-laws, figure out a way to reward yourself. One way you can do that is by grabbing some free tunes and other content from Apple as part of its annual "12 Days of Christmas" promotion, which starts today. From... Read more...
Apple's iTunes Match service, recently opened to developers, either streams or doesn't stream, depending upon how you interpret things. Confused? It's all a matter of semantics. An Apple spokesperson, speaking to AllThingsD, denied the service provides actual streaming of music. "An Apple spokesperson confirms that any music you want to access... Read more...
Developers now have access to the iTunes Match beta. iTunes Match is how Apple will provide cloud-based music services; rather than requiring a user to upload his music library like Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google do, Apple will scan your drive for "matches" against a library of music on its servers. A user can receive a benefit... Read more...
If you aren't a heavy Apple TV user, you may not have noticed anything different tonight upon firing up your box. But if you've been on a renting rampage, something may seem... off. And it is. Completely off. Apple has decided to quietly (or as quietly as Apple can do something) pull the plug on TV episode renting... Read more...
Bad news for iTunes users that may have lost their movie purchases through data loss: users won't be able to re-download or stream their purchased movies to any PC or iOS device in the near future, thanks to movie studios and HBO. There were claims last week that a service named iTunes Replay was on the verge of launching. The basic... Read more...
We've seen a number of prominent tablets launch so far this year, including the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Hp TouchPad. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but none has managed to hold a candle to the iPad / iPad 2. Whether measured in terms of sales or consumer anticipation, the iPad continues to outsell... Read more...
My, oh my. Is the world ending? Is the sky falling? What, exactly, is going on here? New data from tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan has proven that U.S. music album sales are up for the first six months of 2011, compared to a year ago. That's the first time this has happened since 2004, over a half-decade ago. It's... Read more...
On the same day that Google unveiled its new Cloud-based music service, it also advanced its Android Market further into iTunes territory: movie rentals. In order to play movies from the new service, you need to have the new Movies App (coming to Honeycomb in Android 3.1 to Motorola Xooms, starting today, and to Android 2.2+ smartphones in... Read more...
iTunes got you down? Perk up! RealNetworks has just announced Rinse, hailed as an "easy-to-use" music clean-up tool that automatically washes and tidies up your iTunes collection. Anyone who has had an iTunes collection going for years on end knows that it's easy to get things out of sorts, but Rinse purports to change that. The tool makes... Read more...
According to Reuters, Apple is developing an online music storage service that will let iTunes customers store their songs on a remote server and access them from anywhere they have an Internet connection. As you may recall, Amazon launched a music locker service known as Cloud Player earlier this month. It didn't have any licensing agreements... Read more...
iTunes has been updated to version 10.2.2 and includes a few minor bug fixes, one of which is an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad. It wouldn't have been so bad except that Apple insists on maintaining tight integration between its mobile products and iTunes software. Version 10.2.2 also addresses a few other... Read more...
Does the mobile realm really need another way to download music? Competition is almost always a good thing for consumers, but we're guessing that Sprint's new service will have a tough time rivaling the likes of iTunes. Sprint Music Plus is the new service, powered by RealNetworks and capable of delivering ringtones and songs. All of the content... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered Amazon's announcement of its new 5GB Cloud Drive service. Amazon is pushing the free service as a "upload once, access anywhere" option that allows users to play the music they want, wherever they are. When questions of licensing were raised, Amazon spokesperson Cat Griffin told Ars Technica: "Cloud Player is... Read more...
Chalk up another Apple confirmation. Not only did we find out that March 2nd would be the day that Apple would reveal the iPad 2, and now the company is revealing that the North Carolina data center they invested in last year will be for iTunes and MobileMe. The news was confirmed during a Q&A session at a shareholder meeting, with the... Read more...
Google Music is inching closer to becoming less of a rumor and more of a reality. Based on a quote by Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility at Mobile World Congress, there's not much left to doubt. Here's the golden nugget: "If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service... Read more...
According to market analysis firm Strategy Analytics, the number of Android-powered tablets sold in Q4 surged dramatically. In Q3 2010, Android devices held just 2.3 percent of the market compared to the iPad's approximate 95 percent. In Q4, Android's market share increased tenfold; Google's OS accounted for 22 percent of global tablet shipments... Read more...
A new version of Apple's iTunes is now available via OS X Software Update, and while it's a relatively small update in terms of the point release, it's monumental in the scheme of things. iTunes 10.1.2 isn't a major overhaul. The design looks about the same, and most of the functionality seems exactly as it was. So why update? If you're planning... Read more...
Little did Gail Davis know that she was the winner of Apple's 10 billionth App download promotion, because had she known that, she wouldn't have hung on up the Cupertino company. But that's exactly what she did when Apple called to inform her she had won a $10,000 iTunes gift card. "I thought it was a prank call," says Davis. "I said, 'Thank... Read more...
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