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After a lengthy U.S.-only rollout, Google Play Music streaming is now available in Canada, and the timing comes on the verge of Canadian Music Week. "Canada you have spoken and we have heard you loud and clear,” said Google's director of global music partnerships Zahavah Levine on Monday. “I could not be more thrilled to announce Google Play Music is launching in Canada this afternoon.” $9.99 per month (with a $7.99 per month introductory rate) gets Canucks unlimited listening to Google’s 25 million or so tracks and radio channels; up to 20,000 tracks from your own music collection stored in the cloud; and track sharing via Google+. Apparently, Google has sorted out the... Read more...
The sands of the ever-fickle music industry are shifting again, and this time it’s Apple that has to scramble to adjust. Once the king of digital downloads, Apple is facing a reported double-digit drop in music sales, largely because of competition from streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. In response, Apple is considering launching a Spotify-like service of its, according to three sources who spoke to Billboard. Apple already has its iTunes Radio which is more similar to Pandora than Spotify, but Apple may have outsmarted itself by building in too many features to the service to make it quite as carefree to enjoy as some other options. Further, there have apparently been some... Read more...
Teenagers are doing it, and so are young adults. Heck, even some older folks are doing it, and none of them seem to mind having a public audience. They're doing it on trains, on buses, in restaurants, and everywhere else when the urge arises. Some of them do it in groups, others prefer a single partner, and a great many are doing it by themselves. We're talking about "selfies," of course -- get your mind out of the gutter -- which are self-snapshots, and if that's that your thing, you'll find plenty of apps willing to accommodate. You're probably aware of the some of the more popular ones already, such as SnapChat. But have you heard of Facetune or SnapDash? These are two examples of apps that... Read more...
App developers hoping to make a quick buck piggybacking on the Flappy Bird craze that somehow has been able to simultaneously entertain and frustrate scores of gamers will have to be at least a little more creative than building an obvious clone and calling it "Flappy" something or other. In an attempt to fend off a barrage of clones, it appears both Apple and Google are now rejecting games with "Flappy" in the title. The folks at TechCrunch went and collected a handful of Twitter posts from developers claiming their apps (or apps from people they know) were denied entrance into iTunes or Google Play because they used "Flappy" in the title. For example, Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media from... Read more...
Tis the season of giving, and if you're an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone users, Apple is giving away a new digital item for 12 straight days beginning December 26. To collect on the goods, you'll need to download the "12 Days of Gifts" app from iTunes (just hit the source link at the bottom of this article) and then check in every day to collect your gift. "Each day's gift will only be available for 24 hours, so download the free app to make sure you don't miss out," Apple says. The is new to the U.S market; previously it was only available in Canada and Europe. Barring any Internet leaks, there's no way to know what specific gift each day will bring, though it could be a song, app, book, movie,... Read more...
Like many other tech companies, Apple is publishing a data request transparency report so its users will have a better sense of the number of inquiries law enforcement makes about the company’s users and their data, and like those other companies, Apple is somewhat hamstrung, bound by law to keep details about many of the requests confidential. “At the time of this report, the U.S. government does not allow Apple to disclose, except in broad ranges, the number of national security orders, the number of accounts affected by the orders, or whether content, such as emails, was disclosed,” reads the report. Apple is clear that it’s against this practice, calling it a gag order.... Read more...
If ever you wondered whether or not podcasts were truly popular, get this. Apple this week revealed that its iTunes Store topped 1 billion podcast subscriptions, served up across 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. Over 8 million episodes have been published so far in the iTunes Store. "From comedy to hard news to sports to innovative educational content an so much more, podcasting has transformed the global media landscape," Apple said. It's a pretty remarkable feat when you stop and think about it, and it also underscores Apple's influence on current culture. To wit, the word "podcast" was derived, in part, from Apple's iPod, the latter of which Apple invented (and the former it... Read more...
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers the world over who let their little charges play with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have probably all at one time or another experienced the cold sweat that comes with the fear that Junior may have gone crazy making in-app purchases in whatever game he’s been into lately. It’s happened enough that Apple has had to deal with a class action lawsuit over kids racking up purchases on an iTunes account that belonged to a parent or caregiver. Now Apple has offered a settlement in which affected users can opt for a single $5 iTunes gift card; an iTunes store credit equal to the amount a minor charged to your account without your... Read more...
Apple's popular App Store is fast approaching 50 billion downloads, and to preemptively celebrate the occasion, the Cupertino outfit posted lists of the top 25 all-time free and paid apps on the iPhone and iPad. As you can imagine, the journey to 50 billion app downloads is one that winds through game after game, with Rovio's original Angry Birds title leading the paid apps list on the iPhone. In fact, the first five titles are all games, and only four apps on the entire list don't belong to the gaming category. Interestingly, the top free apps list for the iPhone isn't as dominated by games as the paid list, though the category is still represented by 6 titles, the highest ranking of which is... Read more...
In retrospect, it was only a matter of time until Twitter created a music service based on trends and engagement, and Twitter #music looks to be a service that suits the social platform quite well. The service officially launches today--the site is now love--and is also available as a separate iPhone app. The idea behind Twitter #music is simple; it detects and “surfaces” the most popular tracks and artists based on various types of Twitter activity. Music that emerges on #music is currently pulling from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, although Twitter says that it’s looking at additional music service providers, as well. If you want to check out tracks by those you follow on Twitter,... Read more...
Despite the huge success of iTunes as a distribution model for music, Apple is certainly feeling the heat from several streaming music services, most notably Pandora and Spotify. The Cupertino company is widely rumored to be developing a similar music service of its own, and according to the Verge’s “multiple sources”, deals between Apple and music labels Universal and Warner could wrap up as early as this week. The so-called iRadio service (even though that name is already taken) could roll out this year (or even this summer), and it would provide intriguing competition in the streaming Internet music radio space. Pandora and Spotify, for as excellent as both services are,... Read more...
Well, it was only a matter of time: Google has pulled all of the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store, leaving customers with no way to avoid the ads that pop up in their apps. If you haven’t already bought one of the blockers, you’re going to have to tolerate those little banners that tend to pop up while you’re using free apps. AdFree Android, Adblock Plus, and others are already gone. The move isn’t surprising, given that the Google Play developer distribution agreement bars apps from materially changing other apps without authorization. Ad blockers stop other apps from displaying ads, so it’s hard to argue that the blockers aren’t making real changes... Read more...
Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators can use to put together lectures, assignments, quizzes, and so forth. "It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before?there are now iTunes U courses with more than... Read more...
Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine images, apply effects, and share images with friends and family. Photoshop Touch for Android, iPhone, and iPod touch offers many of the same features as the tablet version including the ability to create layers, add graphical text, combine images, and more. Other noteworthy features include selection tools, adjustments, filters, painting effects, and a Camera Fill feature. With the Scribble... Read more...
The good news for parents who sued Apple over what they claimed were hidden charges in children's game apps is that Apple agreed to settle the class action suit. However, in place of cold, hard cash, qualified class members who spent less than $30 will receive $5 in iTunes store credit (those who spent more can request a cash refund). "The proposed settlement eliminates the risks of continued litigation, including the risk of no recovery from Apple. It immediately provides the certainty of valuable benefits to the class members," the motion to approve the settlement said, according to Law360. "If this case is not settled, it would be necessary to continue prosecuting the litigation against Apple... Read more...
It may seem like most app stores are loaded to the brim with games, but the market has plenty of truly useful apps too, if you’re willing to dig in and find them. One app that could make a big difference for some smartphone users is Xpression, a yet-to-be-released app that will record a person’s emotions so the data can be shared with a mental health professional. There are plenty of mood trackers already out there, but Xpression will have a unique capability: it can listen to your voice to sense your emotions. If Xpression works as well as its Emotional Intelligent Technologies expects, the app could provide doctors with much better data about their patients than they get from most... Read more...
For as much criticism as iTunes consistently receives, it hasn't prevented music lovers from downloading songs time and again. Just the opposite, Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store to date. In case you're curious, the 25 billionth song was "Monkey Drums" by Chase Buch. Phillip Lüpke, who purchased the milestone track, will receive a €10,000 (he's from Germany) iTunes Gift Card for his impeccable timing. "We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software... Read more...
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to learn of music stores closing shop nowadays, but when a major retailer with stores across the UK, Ireland and Canada goes into administration - the situation almost seems dire. HMV isn't just some regular music store - its seeds were planted in the late 1890s alongside the disc gramophone. In 1907, the company established a record-producing factory and then in 1921, a retail store was opened. Today, the company has hundreds of stores around its supported regions. To handle its situation, HMV called in administrator Deloitte. Last week, it failed to secure a £300 million loan that would have allowed it to pay off its debts and change how certain things... Read more...
If you want to know what's trending, a good place to start is iTunes, given the wild popularity of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. And if you're new to iTunes, a head on over to Apple's newly posted Best of 2012 categories, in which the Cupertino company lists the top sellers in various categories. For the iPhone, Angry Birds pretty much dominated the paid app category, taking the top spot and appearing four times in the top 20, or five if you count the Bad Piggies spinoff. Here's a look at the top 10 sellers: Angry Birds Space Whatsup Messenger Draw Something Camera+ Where's My Water Angry Birds Star Wars Fruit Ninja Angry Birds Bejeweled Tetris On the iPad, Rovio's collection of Angry Birds... Read more...
Olive has big plans for a home music player that can connect to virtually any device, app, and service you have that might store or play music. The aptly-named ONE All-In-One Home Music Player is a slick, cylindrical device with a touch interface and support for a wide range of music formats and connections. Olive is looking for music/gadget lovers to chip in via crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo.   The open platform-based Olive One supports AIFF, ALAC, WAV, MP3, and many other song formats so it can play whatever music you have, whether it’s on your iTunes account or it’s part of your music library on your PC. You can use the interface to browse songs from all of your collections... Read more...
Something that has long set Apple apart from its competitors, and is one of the reasons for its success, is that it refuses to release a product that's less-than-perfect. Of course, recent launches and issues brought forth by those may lead us to question if that's still the case, but more often than not, the company is truly meticiulous when it comes to the design of many of its products, both hardware and software. But... there can be exceptions. For about as long as iTunes has existed, it's been considered a bloated mess by many - and we're not talking only the Windows port here. The problem isn't even so much the fact that it installs multiple background services and usually finds a way to... Read more...
There was once a time where Apple's iTunes was revolutionizing things in the digital music world. Remember when all digital music had DRM? Then, iTunes made a point to stop that for the mainstream. But lately, iTunes has faded in hype while services like Pandora, Spotify, MOG and Rhapsody have soared. But not so fast -- iTunes isn't laying down just yet. In a new report, it's suggested that Apple may be thinking about more than a new iPhone or perhaps a smaller iPad. It's also thinking about bringing a new feature to iTunes to give it some pep. Reportedly, Apple is currently working on a service that would compete directly with Pandora, possibly by using Apple's existing "Genius" music selection... Read more...
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