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Entire Star Wars film series to hit iTunes on Friday, April 10th

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Fun, News


It won’t just be the Apple Watch that comes out this Friday, April 10th.

Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple’s iTunes and other outlets.

From Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, each installment comes with bonus content and will be made available for download on Apple’s mobile devices.

The collection will include bonus material, including never-before-released conversations between the artists behind the movies.


Streaming music rises, CD sales fall and Apple may rebrand Beats into improved streaming music service

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Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 13:39
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Radio, News


This may be behind the reason that Apple acquired Beats and its associated streaming music service last year.

As of now, revenue from music streaming is now overshadowing CD sales in the US, according to new data published by the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday, signalling a sea-change in favor of services like Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music.

Music streaming revenues from 2014 totaled US$1.87 billion, up 29 percent year-over-year, while CD sales fell 12.7 percent to US$1.85 billion, the RIAA said. The streaming category includes not just standard Internet radio but also Sirius XM, and music video sources such as Vevo and YouTube.

Downloads held the lion’s share of revenue at US$2.58 billion. That however is a decline of 8.7 percent from 2013, and indeed overall US music revenue dipped 0.5 percent to US$6.97 billion.


Rumor: In lieu of upcoming iTuns music streaming service, music labels unlikely to accept prices under $9.99 per month

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 07:20
Category: iTunes, iTunes Radio, Rumor


This is the cost of a company getting to be a certain size or have a certain influence on its surrounding industries.

Apparently, Apple is unlikely to offer a free, ad-supported tier for its upcoming streaming music service. It also seemed like Apple was going to try to undercut competitors like Spotify by offering its service for US$7.99 per month. Now, it’s looking like Apple might not be able to use price to catch up to Spotify — a report from Billboard indicates that the record companies are unsurprisingly unhappy with Apple’s attempt to make streaming music even cheaper. As such, it sounds like Apple is no longer pushing that price point and will instead price its service at the now-standard US$9.99 per month.


Apple releases iOS 8.2 update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software


Kicking off mucho new stuff today, Apple released iOS 8.2 for its iOS devices on Monday.

The update, a 476 megabyte download accessible either via iTunes or the Software Update feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.


Microsoft acquires Sunrise for $100 million, looks to expand cross-platform calendar app technologies

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 13:05
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


When in doubt, buy the best calendar app you can and make it part of your services package.

Microsoft has shelled out a reported US$100 million for Sunrise, an outfit offering a suite of calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and on the Mac App Store, as well as offering a web client.

Users can access their calendars from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as connecting to a wide range of other third-party apps. That cross-device and cross-platform support has helped it gain significant traction among users.

The purchase furthers Microsoft’s push into supporting the platforms of rival technology firms. Microsoft made waves when it released a touch-friendly version of Office for Apple iOS, for example, before it did so for its own Windows 10 platform.


Apple releases iTunes 12.1 update

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Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015, 08:20
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iTunes, News, Software


It’s not the biggest change in the world, but it’s still worth snagging.

On Thursday, Apple released version 12.1 of its iTunes media software. The new version, a 216.6 megabyte download, which can be directly download or installed via the Software Update feature in OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

– This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio — right from Notification Center.


Apple posts $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in profit for Q1 2015 financial report

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 17:48
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, News


It was a good quarter for Apple.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple announced its Q1 2015 earnings results today, the company reporting US$74.6 billion in revenue and earning US$18 billion in profit during the three-month period.

The results showed a gross margin of 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.


Apple purchases Semetrics music analysis service, puts itself in better position to track users’ music listening habits

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Date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 13:43
Category: Finance, News


Apple’s interested in what you’re listening to.

Especially if it helps to justify having spent several billion dollars for Beats.

Per The Guardian, Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.

In documents filed with Companies House earlier in January, Semetric’s registered address was changed to 100 New Bridge Street in London – the office of law firm Baker & McKenzie, which is also the registered address of Apple Europe Limited.

Meanwhile, senior Apple attorney Gene Levoff was appointed as a director of Semetric in October 2014, according to another published through Companies House in January.


Waltr surfaces, allows users to copy previously unplayable media formats to iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 18:22
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized


This could be helpful.

Recently, a new app called Waltr surfaced. The app works as an alternative to iTunes to copy media onto your device, except that it transcodes files so that they play on the iDevice using the native Videos and Music apps. You no longer have to worry about file formats, including MKV and FLAC, and deal with errors saying that this format isn’t supported, or (if you use a third-party media player app) deal with files that have been copied failing to play, or playing only the video and not the audio.

Since the video is transcoded and played using the native Videos app, you can be sure that it will play back smoothly (rather than choppily), and that you won’t consume any more battery on the iDevice.


Apple wins iPod antitrust lawsuit, avoids potential $1 billion fine

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 18:39
Category: iPod, Legal, News, Uncategorized


It was a banner day for Apple’s legal department.

Or at least the legal team got to clear out an old and potentially costly lawsuit.

Per 9to5Mac and CNBC, a jury has decided that Apple is not guilty of violating antitrust laws in the decade-old lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes Music Store, and digital rights management usage. The jury had to determine if the iTunes updates affecting customers’ iPods were “genuine product improvements” with Apple citing security concerns for implementing the usage of DRM.

Had the jury decided Apple did violate antitrust laws through its practices, the company could have been responsible for damages of up to US$1 billion.