Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating systems, no new hardware announcements in works for WWDC 2016

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Apple Music, Apple Pay, Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, MacBook Pro, OS X, Rumor, Siri, Software, Touch ID, Watch OS, WWDC

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The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1 update, offers assorted bug fixes

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 07:56
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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It’s more a bug fix than anything.

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.4.1, the latest version of its media player.

The update address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes version 12.4.1 for Mac includes a grab bag of fixes that might in some cases negatively impact software usability. In particular, the update addresses a problem that caused VoiceOver, Mac’s automated screen reader technology, to operate unexpectedly.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4 update

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:34
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4, adding a new, simpler design element to its user interface along with standard bug fixes.

The new version also introduces a sidebar for easier navigation as well as a revamped media picker and may also include safeguards to protect users from an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. The deletion problem affected a small number of users and while Apple was not able to recreate the bug, the company promised “additional safeguards.”

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Apple to release iTunes music deletion, says fix is en route

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software

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Well, this has been a bit of a mess.

Apple on Monday confirmed user reports of an issue that caused music from personal collections in iTunes libraries to be deleted, stating it only affected a small number of users and that a fix was in the works.

The company offered the following comment on the issue:

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”

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Apple opens up iTunes-based donations to help victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Announcement, iTunes

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If you’re looking to help out with the Canadian fire effort, you can now do it through iTunes.

Customers shopping on Apple’s Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

Apple is currently accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The company is also promising to give 100% of all donations without taking a cut.

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Apple adds donation links to iTunes, web site, allows donations to American Red Cross following Japanese, Ecuadorian earthquakes

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 10:21
Category: Announcement, iTunes, News

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If you were looking for a way to help the victims of the Japanese and Ecuadorian earthquakes, you can do it through iTunes. Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross allowing you to submit donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 denominations.

The donations are being accepted via iTunes and the App Store on both iOS devices and computers. the donation page itself, Apple specifies that 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the American Red Cross and that Apple does not take any portion. Furthermore, Apple notes that the only record you will receive for this donation is a receipt via email.

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss Apple Music, iCloud subscription numbers

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 04:21
Category: App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, iCloud, iTunes, News

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi sat down and discussed subscriptions numbers to some of its services.

The execs claimed that there are currently more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers, and 782 million iCloud users. That’s on over one billion Apple devices, too.

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Rumor: Apple developing higher-quality audio file format for use in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple Music, iOS, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, News, Rumor, Software

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You can’t knock an upgraded sound file.

Apple is rumored to be working on a higher-quality audio streaming file format for use in 2016 and beyond. Anonymous sources at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo cited that the company has been developing Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 96kHz/24bit in 2016.

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Apple bumps iTunes Match practical limit up to 100,000 songs

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 08:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

A number of users have reported that Apple has raised the song upload/matching limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries over 25,000, as promised in June by SVP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

It’s presently unknown what the new practical limit is, and official iTunes Match documentation still refers to a 25,000-song cap. Apple could conceivably be doing a slow rollout.

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The best deal on iTunes gift cards

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 12:37
Category: Apple Music, Gift Guide, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Store, News, retail

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It never hurts to get a nifty discount.

That and it’s nice to build a nice cache of iTunes gift cards to use all year round, especially if they’re available at a discount. Discounted iTunes gift cards are one of the only ways to save on apps, music, movies and even your Apple Music subscription.

A couple vendors are selling discounted iTunes gift cards this holiday season. Currently, the best deal of the bunch is a $100 iTunes gift card for $80 via PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. The gift cards arrive via email within a few hours of purchase, but the limited time offer is only available in the United States.

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