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It's too early to make the call for sure, but it looks like Office's days are numbered. But then again, the same was said of physical discs, and although iTunes is making a huge dent in CD sales, people are still swooping in to buy console games on disc versus downloading PC titles en masse via Steam. At any rate... Read more...
It's a fact: the world isn't ready to give up on physical media entirely just yet. Well, it's not really a "fact," but it's fairly clear that at least this is true in the video game world. CD sales have been in decline for years, just as iTunes sales have been on the rise. With music, people seem to be okay with downloading digital copies.... Read more...
It's clear that Apple believes in the cloud. Their iTunes media portal has grown to heights that were unimaginable just years back, and with Apple TV, iTunes and the upcoming Mac App Store, it's clear that Apple will need lots of storage for apps and lots of bandwidth for serving them. Apple has become a content delivery company over the years,... Read more...
The iPhone has had no issues working with Windows-based PCs since the very beginning. iTunes for Windows was released long before Apple's first smartphone, so Windows users were able to connect to Apple's iPhone right away. No one ever really considered that the iPhone would be Mac-only. But will Windows Phone 7 be PC-only? Microsoft obviously... Read more...
Apple's clearly a big player in the music market. In fact, they sell more music in America than Walmart! It's pretty amazing how fast iTunes has become the go-to source for music, but it's clear that Apple has no intentions of slowing down. In an effort to battle the variety of ad-based free music streaming services (not to mention subscription... Read more...
Have you heard of AirPlay? Chances are you have, but not much about it. Apple recently talked about the new technology when talking about the forthcoming iOS 4.x update for the iPad. Basically, AirPlay is an Apple-branded wireless streaming service that will allow users to stream their iTunes music remotely from their... Read more...
If you've known about Orb in the past, you probably knew it best as a software company. Orb Networks' claim to fame came from a software built that allowed iTunes content to be streamed to any device for free, but now they're taking things to the next level: hardware. It's a tough and competitive landscape for... Read more...
One of the less hardware-related announcements Apple made last week was iTunes 10. It's the double-digit beginning for a piece of software that has been a staple of iLife for years, but something beyond that it making news now. A tiny piece of iTunes 10 has emerged first on this new version: "Ping." What exactly Ping is has remaining up for... Read more...
Apple has done it: a new, refreshed Apple TV. Steve Jobs has called the Apple TV a "hobby" for some time, but it sounds like that hobby may be something more now. With the introduction of iOS, it seems that the Apple TV has new life. For the longest time, the Apple TV truly was a sore thumb in the company's lineup... Read more...
The real question is: what isn't Google planning to tackle? The company has evolved heavily since their beginnings as a search company, now dabbling in Internet, flight searches, FCC proposals, image searches, and probably a few things we're overlooking. And now, the company may just be ready to play ball in the same field as Rhapsody, Napster... Read more...
After Apple recently hired an expert in near field communication (NFC) technology, there is speculation that Apple could be working on a contactless payment system for its iPhone. Benjamin Vigier has been working with near field communication technology since 2004. Vigier is now the new product manager for mobile commerce at Apple. Most recently,... Read more...
Have you been in the market for a new NAS drive? Can't figure out which one would suit you best? We know it's a crowded market out there, but QNAP has just dropped a bomb on the whole place. If you're an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone user, QNAP has a new offer that may be too good to refuse. They have developed a new... Read more...
Apple's iTunes service has revolutionized the music industry. There's little debating that. Since it was introduced in 2003, CD sales have continued to slide, while iTunes sales have continued to soar. Apple has somehow managed to not only beat out Wal-Mart in overall music sales in the United States, but trounce it... Read more...
The music industry as we know it is undergoing serious turmoil. Technology has advanced far more quickly than music labels have, and it feels like they're still grasping for a new business model. A lot of things are moving in various directions; there's iTunes, there's the various subscription services, there's the CD business and there's... Read more...
Brace yourself folks, because Twitter has taken the microblogging service "to a whole new level of awesomeness" (their words, not ours). Put another way, Twitter has put its acquisition of Tweetie just over a month ago to good use by tweaking the software and releasing its own version of the app in the iTunes App Store (our words, not theirs).... Read more...
When it comes to downloading software applications, music, video, and other entertainment content from mobile devices other than home computers, iPhone and iPod Touch users lead the pack. According to the NPD Group’s "Entertainment Trends in America" update, 75 percent of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Web to download... Read more...
Disney is jumping on the iPad bandwagon with a slew of new apps and content. First up is the ABC Player app which lets you watch your favorite ABC shows over a Wi-Fi connection or purchase episodes through iTunes. Next up are two new interactive Toy Story read-along apps as well as a custom version of Disney.com. The new Marvel Comics App... Read more...
Apple is all about updating its software this week. Not long after issuing a fairly massive upgrade to OS X that included 69 security patches, the Cupertino company has updated its iTunes software to version 9.1.According to Apple, iTunes 9.1 comes with several new features and improvements, including:Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite... Read more...
iTunes has the music market locked down in some ways, but there are still subscription-based services out there gaining traction simply because it's a market that Apple has shunned. There's no way to pay iTunes a monthly premium in order to stream as much music as you'd like, but that functionality will soon be coming... Read more...
Here it is folks, the first ever third-party application for Google Buzz, now available through the iTunes App Store. It's called Buzzie, and for the next few days, you can snag it for 33 percent off as part of a special introductory price.If you're a fan of Google's newest social networking tool and can't imagine owning a smartphone other... Read more...
Apple did it once. Can they do it again? Back in 2003, iTunes launched into the world in a big way, and what happened next would change the record industry and the music landscape forever. Before iTunes, people still flocked to stores to buy CDs, and any sort of online portal for accessing music was either illegal or... Read more...
Ah, live music. Is there anything better? Maybe a nice new triple-GPU setup, or possibly a sweet slate of Core i7, but other than that, we're thinking live music has the edge. Unfortunately, attending your favorite concerts has become synonymous with going broke, but the same folks responsible for jacking the prices are now making it easier... Read more...
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