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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 music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the goOrganize and sync books you've downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes libraryRename, rearrange, or remove Genius MixesIn other words, Apple is making sure the world is ready for the upcoming iPad launch this Saturday (or April 12 if you preorded after March 27).You can grab the update here.... Read more...
PayPal revealed a new Send Money application for the iPhone and iPod touch. With version 2.0, you'll get secure mobile access to your PayPal account as well as Bump money transfers, Split Check, and Collect Money features. With Bump, you simply put two iPhones together to transfer money from one owner's account to the other's. The Split Check feature makes it easy to divide and split the cost of dinner with a friend. If you're trying to collect money from multiple people for a joint gift, the Collect Money feature can help. International transactions are also possible with the new app. PayPal Launches New Send Money App for iPhone Version 2.0 Brings Fast and Secure Mobile Access to Money SAN... Read more...
Do you know who is currently the world's most "admired" company? According to recent reports, that would be Apple. Even though the company has less than 10% of the global PC operating system market share, Steve Jobs has managed to create a force that has permeated throughout the consumer electronics realm, and the mindshare battle is clearly being won by those at 1 Infinite Loop. But one of the biggest (if not the biggest) company in all of CE doesn't exactly like that, and they're finally fighting back. Sony has been lagging behind in many respects for years now. They have forced people to use their proprietary formats in music and memory cards, and they have been slow to listen to consumer... Read more...
CBS is prepared to sell some of its shows through iTunes for 99 cents, though which shows and how many episodes of each is yet to be determined, according to reports.  The Financial Times quoted CBS CEO Les Moonves as confirming the price, though another CBS source said no deal was imminent.The move is a continuing progression of television content moving online, whether through live streaming, free portals such as Hulu and a la carte pricing.CBS already has joined in the TV Everywhere initiative, with its core network and several other channels, including The CW and Showtime, working with cable companies to put their content online free to paid subscribers of cable provider Comcast and... Read more...
In what should surprise few, Apple will sell e-books in its iBook store wrapped in its FairPlay digital rights management (DRM, copy protection) technology, according to unnamed sources speaking to the L.A. Times. Consumers may recall that Apple phased out DRM for music in the iTunes store last year, but still has DRM warpping around other content.The majority of publishers are expected to use FairPlay for their e-books. The iBook store will sell e-books in the ePub open standard, but the ePub standard allows for proprietary DRM tools, such as FairPlay, to wrap the content.FairPlay is used to restrict the number of devices that can access purchased content; it's usually set to 5 computers, iPods... Read more...
The 10 billionth iTunes download is fast approaching, and Apple's offering up a $10,000 iTunes gift card prize to one lucky winner. That winner will either be the downloader of the 10 billionth song, or the person who submits the first non-purchase online entry form immediately following the download of the 9,999,999,999th song.Based on those rules, considering there are still over 100 million songs to go, it makes no sense to try to enter at the time of this writing. It's totally based on when you enter, not some random drawing of entries, unless you happen to tie for the 10 billionth entry.Last year, Apple had a similar promotion for the 1 billionth App Store download. However, they must value... 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 hard to navigate. Steve Jobs somehow managed to convince the record labels to allow $0.99 downloads and cheaper album downloads through iTunes, and now it's the largest seller of music, online or offline, in the world. Talk about a sea change.If you've been paying attention to the Internet video landscape, you'll see that same time of foreshadowing behavior. Currently, the industry... Read more...
You've heard of DVD Jon, but have you heard of doubleTwist? The creator of the infamous FairPlay hacking scheme has a rather down-to-Earth media management application, and big time companies are finally coming around to it. Big companies such as T-Mobile. The carrier briefly mentioned that the Fender Limited Edition myTouch 3G would utilize the software, which essentially acts as a music/photos/video management tool for your phone. But now, T-Mobile has confessed that even more Android phones will ship with the app pre-loaded. Basically, non-iPhone users had few options when it came to elegant media syncing applications given that iTunes will only work with Apple's phone. doubleTwist actually... Read more...
It's pretty amazing to step back and take a look at just how big of an impact Apple and the iPod has had on the automotive industry. At first glance, you'd assume that the portable media player market and the auto sales market have little, if anything, in common, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.Nearly anyone looking for a new automobile today will ask the dealership if the vehicle they are interested in has support for an iPod or MP3 player, and if it doesn't, it's a big turn-off. Even lower-end cars are learning to support the prolific device, and Ford understands this well. In order to better capitalize on the iPod demand, the company has just announced that it will become the first... Read more...
According to data released by PlayHaven and Mobclix, iPhone game usage could set records this week reaching levels that are 28 times greater than the same week between Christmas and New Year’s Day in 2009. PlayHaven is an online universe of fan communities for iPhone games. Mobclix is the industry's largest targeted mobile ad exchange. "Consumers are looking to personal devices as a key source of entertainment and the game app market is seeing a surge," said Sunil Verma, co-founder of Mobclix. "With the data from last year and information on this year's trends, it's clear that a lot of time and money will be spent on iPhone games this week. Developers are in a good position to monetize their... Read more...
Shutterfly announced a new service called Wink that combines real-time sharing with photo printing. Designed for the social networking generation, Wink lets you create and share printed photostrips (2x6-inch prints) using photos from your iPhone and social network sites such as Flickr and Facebook. As part of the service, your photostrips can be delivered anywhere in the world for $2.50 including tax and shipping. According to Shutterfly, it takes only seconds to create and send a photostrip in Wink. All you have to do is choose a template, add and adjust a few photos, and send it off. You can also share completed photostrips on Facebook and Twitter. “Traditional print formats often don’t make... 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 than ever to experience your favorite artists up close...but not in the way you might expect. Live Nation has teamed up with artists, labels and iTunes in order to produce and promote a new section that features live music recordings. The service is currently live on iTunes, though only about 20 artists are featured at the moment. The section will expand to... Read more...
Later this month, Dual Electronics plans to ship one of the first kits that will convert your iPod Touch into a PND (portable navigation device). The GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle will enable the iPod Touch to receive a GPS signal and to use location-based service applications. Dual Electronics' system consists of a snap-on module and a window mount kit as well as a GPS application. The module snaps on to the back of the iPod Touch and has a built-in GPS receiver with a rechargeable battery. The unit also has a built-in speaker to amplify voice prompts and a mini USB port and audio-out jack to connect to a car stereo. The system works with the NavAtlas turn-by turn application (free from... Read more...
Google has announced a new service, which is being rolled out slowly, as is typical of cloud-based services. It is called OneBox, and what it aims to do, in concert with Google's music search partners MySpace (and its recently acquired iLike subsidiary) and Lala, is allow users to play limited previews and full songs in their search results. Besides iLike and Lala, OneBox results will include Pandora, Imeem, and Rhapsody when available. What you might notice is missing are results from iTunes and Amazon MP3. From their partners, it seems like Google was looking mostly for cloud-based streaming music services, although one could also guess that the omission of iTunes (and maybe Amazon MP3) is... Read more...
GameFly's new GameCenter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you look up information regarding 5,000 video games for all major platforms directly on your handset. With this free app, you can get up-to-the minute news, videos, screenshots, release dates, user reviews, gameplay controls, cheats, codes, and more. To make it easy to find the information you're looking for, GameCenter offers intuitive search functionality with suggest-as-you-type predictions. The app also lets GameFly subscribers manage their GameQ and member information using the app. GameFly Inc. Launches GameCenter App Now Available on App Store Free App Provides iPhone™ and iPod® touch Users with Unrivaled Accessto... Read more...
As the legendary Bob Dylan would attest, the times are a changin' in the music industry. In fact, they've already changed. Ever since the original Napster took the Internet by storm back in 1999, physical record sales have been slipping while music consumption has been growing. The RIAA has put up a vicious fight over the years to stop what it calls rampant online piracy, while artists at large seem to be benefiting from a larger audience and more expensive live shows. Today, a full decade since Napster's birth, things are quite a bit different. The labels have finally learned that DRM simply isn't the way to do business, and even the online megastore that is iTunes has decided to sell music... Read more...
Ever wanted to stay in a Hard Rock Hotel? Holding off just got a touch more difficult. Starting this week, guests who visit one of the company's many hotel locations will receive a complimentary playlist of tunes to accompany their stay, giving them a piece of Hard Rock to take back to the real world once the joy ride is over. The program, which is aptly called 'The Sound of Your Stay,' is available at all of the company's hotel locations. It was designed in collaboration with BMF Media Group, and it works like this. Upon check-in, guests will receive a pass to download ten free, specially selected songs on iTunes. Users will get to pick from three playlists: SUN, which has songs that mesh well... Read more...
Although paid music downloads are certainly popular these days, CDs comprised 65% of all tracks sold in the first half of 2009 according to the NPD Group's MusicWatch survey. Paid digital music downloads increased from 30% market share in all of 2008 to 35% of tracks purchased by U.S. consumers in the first half of 2009. For the purposes of the survey, digital sales included downloads to the PC and over-the-air full-track downloads to cell phones, but they did not include cell phone ringtone downloads. The survey also excluded music-subscription services. NPD defined a full-length CD as offering 12 tracks. "Many people are surprised that the CD is still the dominant music-delivery format, given... Read more...
With all the talk of music piracy clouding the airwaves these days, it's rather refreshing to hear some positive news about music in the digital age. And despite what the RIAA or anyone else may have you believe, music sales are still happening. Just not in the same way that they were when your mother was buying records. According to a new report, compact discs only accounted for 65% of US music sales in the first half of 2009, while digital downloads are expected to "nearly equal CD sales" by the close of 2010. What's remarkable about this is how quickly the shift in culture has taken place. Generally speaking, it takes quite some time for individuals to stop buying a mainstay and start buying... Read more...
You know what we haven't heard much about lately? Piracy. It used to be all the rage, but after iTunes (and pretty much every other online music store) went DRM-free, it seems those stormy waters have calmed. Or, on second thought, maybe no one was talking about it. New research from the University of Hertfordshire over in the UK has found that an alarming amount of 14 to 24 years olds are still pirating an insane amount of music. How insane? Try 8,000 tracks for each person that puts on their eye patch and heads out to the digital sea. Now, we should warn you that these numbers can't be taken as 100% true. The research involved a survey, which was commissioned by none other than UK Music, so... Read more...
DRM, or Digital Rights Management, never did go over well in the court of public opinion. To the music industry at large, DRM was a mostly futile attempt to lock music down to certain players or systems, thus making it something harder--in theory, anyway--to freely distribute. In reality, however, those who were circumventing the rules in the first place just kept doing what they were doing: circumventing the rules. Meanwhile, honest music buyers were saddled with tracks that had all sorts of limitations, from where they could be played to how many times they could be burned onto a blank CD.Slowly but surely, music outlets began to turn their back on the RIAA's favorite technology, and while... Read more...
It was expected, and here it is. Apple has updated iTunes to 8.2.1 and by doing so, has blocked the ability of the Palm Pre to use iTunes. One of the release notes with regards to the app states: iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple Devices.None of this is surprising. One has to wonder what Apple did to block the Palm Pre, as it appeared that Palm was using the hardware ID of an iPod. In June, Apple warned that the Pre's spoofing wouldn't work for long: "Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple... Read more...
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