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Three major publishers announced today that they'd agreed to settle a price-fixing case brought by the Department of Justice rather than face trial. The original lawsuit brought against the publishing houses alleged that they illegally colluded with Apple to raise e-book prices by forcing Amazon to adopt the so-called "agency model" of book pricing rather than the traditional wholesale / retail model used for virtually all other goods. Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have all agreed to suspend the agency model for two years as it's applied to new e-books and to compensate consumers for the higher prices their illegal collusion created. The DOJ is continuing its case against... Read more...
Now is a good time to stock up on iTunes currency if you're invested in Apple's iOS platform, or plan to be at a later date. Like, say, when the iPhone 5 comes out, or the iPad Mini, if the latter ends up being a real product. Either way, you can grab a $100 iTunes eGift card from Walmart's online website for $80. This is far from the first time we've seen iTunes currency marked down, though it's not too often we see vendors slash 20 percent from the cost -- it's usually 15 percent. Whether you're out of iTunes currency or just looking to stock up, this is one of the best deals we've seen. It's unclear how long the discounted price will be valid. If you're an Android user, hang tight before jumping... Read more...
Several astute observers noted that podcasts were missing from the iTunes app in iOS 6 (beta), which led many to wonder if Apple was splitting out podcasts from the rest of iTunes by giving it its own app. According to AllThingsD, sources close to Apple say that indeed, a podcast app is coming. Users will be able to use it to find and download episodes using their iOS devices, although the desktop version of iTunes keep podcasts in the fold. An image that AppAdvice got ahold of (and a subsequent tip) also indicates that iTunes U is getting its own app, and Audiobooks may also be either getting the app treatment or will be relocated to a different section of iTunes. Image credit: AppAdvice The... Read more...
Kids today know nothing of dragging a sagging pants pocket full of quarters or tokens to the local arcade, which means they also missed out on some gaming classics, like Rampage, Defender, Joust, and Spy Hunter. Sure, they're a little lame by today's standards, but if you have a nostalgic itch to scratch, $0.99 and a trip to Apple's App Store will scratch it. Warner Bros. Interactive just released its Midway Arcade App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, a collection of 10 classic arcade titles, including the ones previously mentioned. The full list, as described by WB, includes the following: Spy Hunter: Race down a freeway in an armed sports car and destroy enemies while protecting civilian... Read more...
If you managed to survive Christmas, give yourself a pat on the back. And if you survived the holiday while spending time with the in-laws, figure out a way to reward yourself. One way you can do that is by grabbing some free tunes and other content from Apple as part of its annual "12 Days of Christmas" promotion, which starts today. From now until January 6, 2012, Apple is giving away free songs, music videos, and eBooks to residents of Canada and parts of Europe. Unfortunately the promotion doesn't apply to U.S. residents (bummer), but for those who live in applicable regions, there's an app available via iTunes to help make sure you don't miss out on the freebies, starting with a live EP... Read more...
Apple's iTunes Match service, recently opened to developers, either streams or doesn't stream, depending upon how you interpret things. Confused? It's all a matter of semantics. An Apple spokesperson, speaking to AllThingsD, denied the service provides actual streaming of music. "An Apple spokesperson confirms that any music you want to access from your cloud-based 'locker' will still need to be stored on your iPad, or iPhone, or whatever device you’re using to listen to the song." The question is, what exactly does that mean? For most people, a streaming service means that when you want to play content, you don't have to wait for it to download before it plays. It just starts playing immediately... Read more...
Developers now have access to the iTunes Match beta. iTunes Match is how Apple will provide cloud-based music services; rather than requiring a user to upload his music library like Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google do, Apple will scan your drive for "matches" against a library of music on its servers. A user can receive a benefit this way, as well. The music on Apple's servers will be used, even if of higher quality than the users. In addition, since Apple can't really tell the difference between pirated and legitimate music, the music labels will actually make some money off pirated tracks matched against Apple's server copies. iTunes Match beta is currently only available to U.S.... Read more...
If you aren't a heavy Apple TV user, you may not have noticed anything different tonight upon firing up your box. But if you've been on a renting rampage, something may seem... off. And it is. Completely off. Apple has decided to quietly (or as quietly as Apple can do something) pull the plug on TV episode renting from within iTunes. Now, the only option remaining is to purchase them per-episode or a Season Pass (if applicable). According to spokesperson Tom Neumayr, the company has seen that their customers overwhelming prefer buying over renting, but the skeptic in us has to wonder if that's completely true. Rumors have been flying that Apple is fixing to change up their entire iTunes system,... Read more...
Bad news for iTunes users that may have lost their movie purchases through data loss: users won't be able to re-download or stream their purchased movies to any PC or iOS device in the near future, thanks to movie studios and HBO. There were claims last week that a service named iTunes Replay was on the verge of launching. The basic idea of the service was that by putting iTunes purchases in the cloud, Apple would allow users to re-download almost any movie purchased after January 2009 and stream their content to a Mac or Windows PC, and possibly iOS devices. Users can already stream rented or purchased iTunes movie and TV content to an Apple TV, so bringing playback to other devices... Read more...
We've seen a number of prominent tablets launch so far this year, including the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Hp TouchPad. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but none has managed to hold a candle to the iPad / iPad 2. Whether measured in terms of sales or consumer anticipation, the iPad continues to outsell all challengers, even when challenged by products that outflank it in terms of technical specs or price point. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to dive into these shark-infested waters with a tablet of its own. Little is known about the device (it's rumored to feature a nine-inch screen); the paper quotes unnamed sources as saying... Read more...
My, oh my. Is the world ending? Is the sky falling? What, exactly, is going on here? New data from tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan has proven that U.S. music album sales are up for the first six months of 2011, compared to a year ago. That's the first time this has happened since 2004, over a half-decade ago. It's pretty wild to think that record sales have somehow turned around in a world that's both increasingly digital and now slammed with a myriad cloud storage options. The numbers weren't huge; they only rose four percent, but any increase is a big increase for the record labels. Overall album sales jumped to 221.5 million units from 213.6 million a year ago, and that number also includes... Read more...
On the same day that Google unveiled its new Cloud-based music service, it also advanced its Android Market further into iTunes territory: movie rentals. In order to play movies from the new service, you need to have the new Movies App (coming to Honeycomb in Android 3.1 to Motorola Xooms, starting today, and to Android 2.2+ smartphones in the next few weeks) will be the optimal way to view the movies, said Google. Alternatively, you can use a web browser. However, with the App, a user can use a feature called Pins. Pins allows users to automatically download a rental in the background on their Android device. They will later be able to watch the movie offline, rather than using the default streaming... Read more...
iTunes got you down? Perk up! RealNetworks has just announced Rinse, hailed as an "easy-to-use" music clean-up tool that automatically washes and tidies up your iTunes collection. Anyone who has had an iTunes collection going for years on end knows that it's easy to get things out of sorts, but Rinse purports to change that. The tool makes iTunes music collections much easier to browse, organize and enjoy by automatically cleaning up song duplicates, misspellings and missing album art that can plague collections. Entire iTunes music libraries can be fixed with just a few clicks. The tool is available today, but what this really makes us long for is one of these from Apple themselves. Rinse automatically... Read more...
According to Reuters, Apple is developing an online music storage service that will let iTunes customers store their songs on a remote server and access them from anywhere they have an Internet connection. As you may recall, Amazon launched a music locker service known as Cloud Player earlier this month. It didn't have any licensing agreements with music companies, and as a result, has faced threats of legal action. At the time of the launch, Amazon claimed it didn't need licenses to offer its service. Not long ago however, Amazon was in talks with some labels in an attempt to reach agreements for a more sophisticated locker service. Instead of following in Amazon's footsteps of asking for forgiveness... Read more...
iTunes has been updated to version 10.2.2 and includes a few minor bug fixes, one of which is an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad. It wouldn't have been so bad except that Apple insists on maintaining tight integration between its mobile products and iTunes software. Version 10.2.2 also addresses a few other quirks, including: Resolves an issue which may cause synching photos with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to take longer than necessary Fixes a problem where video previews on the iTunes Store may skip while playing Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance In short, the update is intended to make iTunes suck a little bit less (our words, not... Read more...
Does the mobile realm really need another way to download music? Competition is almost always a good thing for consumers, but we're guessing that Sprint's new service will have a tough time rivaling the likes of iTunes. Sprint Music Plus is the new service, powered by RealNetworks and capable of delivering ringtones and songs. All of the content is DRM-free, and Sprint will be selling bundles that include full track music, albums, ringtones and ringback tones for between $0.69 and $1.29 per song. The service allows users to create music playlists, assign ringback tones for different callers, organize artists / tracks, preview content and get new recommendations based on musical taste. The app... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered Amazon's announcement of its new 5GB Cloud Drive service. Amazon is pushing the free service as a "upload once, access anywhere" option that allows users to play the music they want, wherever they are. When questions of licensing were raised, Amazon spokesperson Cat Griffin told Ars Technica: "Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It's like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available." The music industry isn't particularly happy with that answer, and neither are some of Amazon's competitors. Companies like Sony and Apple have been unable to reach mutually... Read more...
Chalk up another Apple confirmation. Not only did we find out that March 2nd would be the day that Apple would reveal the iPad 2, and now the company is revealing that the North Carolina data center they invested in last year will be for iTunes and MobileMe. The news was confirmed during a Q&A session at a shareholder meeting, with the data center expected to become fully operational later in the spring. Very few details beyond that were available, but at least shareholders now know that Steve Jobs didn't invest in this just to store his own personal movie library. Adding more capacity for iTunes and MobileMe could mean big, big things for the future. Already, rumors have been swirling that... Read more...
Google Music is inching closer to becoming less of a rumor and more of a reality. Based on a quote by Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility at Mobile World Congress, there's not much left to doubt. Here's the golden nugget: "If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service – that is, there will be a music service." Motorola is in a good position to know. They're shipping the first Android 3.0 tablet once the Xoom launches, and obviously multi-media is a big part of that. Rumors have been swirling for over a year now that Google was considering their own music service, and with the massive success of iTunes, why not? Google... Read more...
According to market analysis firm Strategy Analytics, the number of Android-powered tablets sold in Q4 surged dramatically. In Q3 2010, Android devices held just 2.3 percent of the market compared to the iPad's approximate 95 percent. In Q4, Android's market share increased tenfold; Google's OS accounted for 22 percent of global tablet shipments while the iPad's market share fell to 75 percent. The iPad is scarcely in danger of being swept away; Apple sold 14.8 million of them in 2010 and is rumored to be prepping the iPad 2 for launch later this year. If the iPad 2.0 is as powerful as predicted (think dual CPUs, dual GPUs, and 1080P support), it'll doubtless sweep at least part of the market... Read more...
A new version of Apple's iTunes is now available via OS X Software Update, and while it's a relatively small update in terms of the point release, it's monumental in the scheme of things. iTunes 10.1.2 isn't a major overhaul. The design looks about the same, and most of the functionality seems exactly as it was. So why update? If you're planning on buying an iPhone 4 from Verizon next month, you'll have to update to this version before your phone will be able to sync with iTunes. Yes, iTunes 10.1.2 will forever be known as the first version of iTunes to cooperate with the Verizon iPhone. Other than that, Apple says that just a few minor bug fixes are included, but that's definitely beside the... Read more...
Little did Gail Davis know that she was the winner of Apple's 10 billionth App download promotion, because had she known that, she wouldn't have hung on up the Cupertino company. But that's exactly what she did when Apple called to inform her she had won a $10,000 iTunes gift card. "I thought it was a prank call," says Davis. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested,' and I hung up." According to Cult of Mac, it was actually one of Davis' two daughters who downloaded the app, who bolted downstairs to tell their mother the horrible mistake she had made. Davis tried to call Apple back, but the customer service rep on the other end of the line had no idea what she was talking about. Lucky... Read more...
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