Apple celebrates The Fab Four with new Apple TV channel

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Date: Monday, February 10th, 2014, 08:15
Category: Announcement, Apple, Apple TV, iTunes Music Store, music

Beatles_50thIf you don’t know who The Fab Four are, you can stop reading now. You might also consider getting out once in a while. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles debut in America, Apple has added an Apple TV channel dedicated to the lads from Liverpool. The channel allows users to view The Beatles’ groundbreaking performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for a limited time, and also offers download links to The Beatles’ U.S. releases, which are available digitally for the first time on iTunes. Steve Jobs was a known admirer of The Beatles and struggled for years to strike a deal with record label EMI. It may not have helped that for years Apple battled Apple Corps Ltd., founded by The Beatles themselves in 1968, for the right to use the name “Apple”. The dispute was settled in 2007, after which users anticipated Apple to announce The Beatles music catalog to be available in the iTunes Store. Frustrated music lovers were finally rewarded in November 2010 when it was announced that Beatles music would at last be available for download. The group’s music went on to sell 2 million songs and 450,000 albums in its first week on the iTunes Store.

12 Days: Day 6 gift

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Date: Tuesday, December 31st, 2013, 09:17
Category: App Store, Apple, Holiday, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, music

Day6ApplegiveawayThe watch for free gifts from Apple continues. For day six of its 12 Days promotion, Apple is offering one song and one video from Avicii’s New Years Eve Mix. With less than 24 hours to go until New Years, this seems like an appropriate choice. Keep watching the PowerPage as we run-down each giveaway until the last on January 6th. Maybe I’ll listen to it while I’m working NYE.

The first items from Apple’s 12 Day giveaway

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Date: Monday, December 30th, 2013, 08:45
Category: Apps, Fun, Game, Holiday, iBook, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Mac, music, Software

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 10.36.56 AMHopefully, many of you caught our article on Apple’s release of the 12 Days app in the US this year. The giveaway was kicked off the day after Christmas and, as the app’s name suggests, you’ll be able to download free things from Apple for 12 days. We have already entered day five with seven more days to go. If you are late to the party, you have missed the previous four days since the free items are only available for 24 hours.

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Apple giving away some musical Holiday cheer

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Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 09:48
Category: App Store, Apple, Holiday, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, music

IMG_5114I ran across this little item over at TUAW, who gave me the heads up that Apple is giving away an album of Christmas songs to download from the iTunes Store. You may not have spied this yourself because Apple is only making it available through the Apple Store app on the iPhone and iPad. Simply open the app and scroll down the main page until you see the festive icon and entry for “Holiday Cheer”. Hitting the Download button will take you over to the iTunes Store app to redeem your coupon code, and within a minute, your new music will be on your device. The songs in the album are;

  1. Ave Maria by Il Volo
  2. Children Go Where I Send Thee by Nick Lowe
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) by Kool & The Gang
  4. Duck the Halls by The Robertsons
  5. The First Noel (feat. The Clark Sisters) by Mary J. Blige
  6. Joy to the World by Celtic Woman
  7. Silent Night (feat. Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood) by Kelly Clarkson
  8. What Child Is This? (feat. Commissioned) by Marvin Sapp

The music will be available for download until December 31. Enjoy!

Nine Inch Nails Releases GarageBand Files

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 10:15
Category: music
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“Nine Inch Nails has once again released the sources in Garageband format for three of their tracks from their new album Year Zero. You can also download user-created remixes. Trent Reznor claims that he plans to release the entire album this way.”

Slashdot: NIN Releases Garageband Sources For 3 New Tracks

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Philadelphia Orchestra Online Music Store

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: music

Our very own Philadelphia Orchestra has opened a new online music store, the first of its kind among major symphony orchestras. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect is that the downloads are DRM-free(!), and you can choose between mp3 and FLAC (!!!). Prices are reasonable, but vary by length: an mp3 of most works (e.g., Beethoven’s 7th symphony, about 40 minutes) is $4.99 and the FLAC is $5.99. A short piece (Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani, ~10 minutes) is $0.99 on mp3 ($1.99 for FLAC), and a longer work (Beethoven’s 9th symphony, ~70 minutes) is $9.99 for the mp3 and $11.99 for FLAC. An mp3 of Beethoven’s 5th symphony is (for a limited time) available for free.
The (minor) catch… the downloads are concert recordings, from historical (going back to 1961) up through the most recent season (2006), and not “commercial” CD recordings. They do have commercially released CDs available for sale on the site, but not for download. The distinction, however, between a concert recording and a commercial release for classical music is arguably fairly small. Commercial recordings are sometimes just concert recordings with some post-production. Even “studio” recordings of a symphony are made in a concert hall, though sometimes with significant editing to merge several takes. So while there may still be the occasional cough or rustling of programs in the background, to my mind that’s inconsequential. For the downloads I have listened to thus far, the sound quality is very good. Kudos to the Philadelphia Orchestra for trying a refreshingly novel approach to music distribution.

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Digital v Analogue #8: A Browsing Compromise

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 07:00
Category: music

My major music source is my iPod, played through my car, home or studio music system. I purchase the majority of my music on CD, rip them into my PowerBook’s iTunes collection, add album artwork and move them on to my ‘preview’ playlist. Songs I like stay, ones I don’t get deleted. I also have a 90 song per month subscription to emusic.com, and go through a similar process with the songs I download, re-ripping them to 128kbps AAC and adding cover artworks.
Storing CDs is a logistical problem. I have thousands of CDs, the majority of them are stored at my design studio, with another tranch in three main locations at my house. There is also a significant percentage ‘on loan’ to friends. Some of these return.
At some point I am going to rationalise this in to one big ‘alphabetised by artist’ collection in my house, at the moment, discovering where a specific CD is can be problematic… but at least I can ‘see’ the ones I do have. The songs I download are more of a problem. They sit in my iTunes collection, effectively invisible unless I remember what they are called (yeah, right!) or if they appear on one of my playlists. Worse still, if I delete a track, then later hear it somewhere else and decide that I actually DO like it, I have to pay to download it again.
So, I’ve come up with a solution. Before I even listen to them, the files I rip or download are copied to a folder on my hard drive, along with a JPEG of the cover artwork. When there are 12 ‘albums’ in the folder, I make up a CD cover featuring all 12 album artworks with their titles and artists. I then burn the music files (along with the cover artworks and PDFs of the cover artwork) to a CD.
The CD serves two main purposes; as a visual reminder of the albums I have purchased and downloaded, and as a ‘backup’ so that I have copies of every song I have purchased.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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Honey I Shrunk the Cube

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 20:51
Category: music

biBlu DAH1500iIf you miss the Apple Cube try this one on for size, the MobiBlu DAH1500i. Literally less than one inch all way round (24mm x 24mm x 24mm). This little MP3 player packs 512MB or 1GB worth of music. Quick Specs: USB Flash Drive, Battery life 8-10 hours, 520 minutes of voice recording (@64kbps), radio and clock. Comes in six flavors.

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New iPod Mobile Offerings

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 17:32
Category: iPod shuffle, music

For all you mobile music junkies there seems to be a surging movement to satisfy your money clip’s thirst for innovative and lifestyle enhancing products. Click on the headline for some of the latest…

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iDJ Dates Announced for London and Philly

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2005, 00:55
Category: music

Now you can rip up the dance floors from Big Ben to the Liberty Bell with nothing but your iPod. MacWorld UK reports: Event dates for digital DJs in London and Philadelphia have been announced later this month. “London’s Playlist Club holds its next club night on May 21 at The Progress Bar in Tufnell Park. The club’s US affiliate, Playlist Philadelphia, takes place May 23 at The Khyber. Admission to both events is free.”

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