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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Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting today

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple Music, Hardware, News, Retail Store

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Following its public beta last December, Sonos has announced that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked why Sonos didn’t support Apple Music from the start, especially considering it supported Beats Music, Cue explained that it took some time to get it right. “It’s important to get the integration right the first time out,” Cue said. “Apple has a high bar for this stuff; So does Sonos. Apple Music isn’t even 6 months old yet, so this really did not take much time at all.”

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Apple Universal Search function now covers Fox Now, National Geographic, other apps

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Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, Siri, Software

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Apple has boosted its Universal Search option on the fourth-gem Apple TV a bit.

The Universal Search feature allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

As of Thursday, the Universal Search feature now works with apps such as Fox Now, FXNOW and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

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Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of recent years

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Opinion, Software

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There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

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Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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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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Apple releases iOS 9.1 update, includes bug fixes, more than 150 new emoji symbols

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 17:54
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, adding a slew of new features including the following:

– Improved Live Photos on the iPhone 6s with motion sensing capabilities to identify when a user raises and lowers their phone.

– Access to more than 150 new emoji characters.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.3, adds support for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 13:54
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, iTunes, News, Software

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Amid a day of muchos updates, it should come as no surprised that iTunes has also been boosted a it.

Apple on Wednesday released iTunes 12.3. The new version adds support for iOS 9 and is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.

Other changes include the following:
– Improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver.

-Resolved a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next.

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