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Apple releases iTunes 12.1

Apple has released the iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, which introduces a new iTunes control widget for Notification Center. Using the widget, users can see which song is currently playing and pause, skip, or favorite a track. If you regularly use the Mini Player you'll already be familiar with t...

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After 11 years, iTunes "Single Of The Week" is no more

BusinessInsider is reporting that Apple is ending its longstanding "Single Of The Week" promotion after 11 years. As the name implies, Apple, for 11 years on end, promoted a new song every week that iTunes users could download for free. No free songs have appeared on iTunes in 2015, making peo...

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New App Store Kids categories target specific age groups

What a time to be a kid! Apple now has a much revised "Games for Kids" section in the App Store, split into sub-categories by age. The little tykes have their own "Ages 5 & Under" section, while those special flowers in the "Ages 6-8" demographic get apps more appropriate to their schoolgoi...

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Music streaming expands in 2014, digital sales drop

Thanks to a new report from Nielsen SoundScan we now know that 2014 proved to be yet another chaotic year for the music industry. Total sales of albums fell 11 percent to just 257 million albums sold in the US, while digital sales dropped 9 percent to 117.6 million. Vinyl sales grew 52 percent, b...

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NYT reports that Apple declined Sony offer to host "The Interview" on iTunes

Photo Credit: Korean Central News Agency The New York Times reported yesterday that the Sony Pictures comedy film "The Interview" would be released in a limited run at theaters throughout the country. Locked away in a single paragraph of a much-too-lengthy article about the movie, the controversy ...

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Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear that you can still get now in time for Christmas. ...

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Apple removes white power bands from iTunes

The iTunes music store is a great way for small independent artists to give people access to their music, but it's no longer a good place for white power bands. Following a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the large number of albums from white power bands available for purchase on i...

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Apple's iPod antitrust lawsuit hinges on iTunes 7

Apple's iPod antitrust lawsuit wrapped up on Monday afternoon, capping off a week-long trial that has been close to 10 years in the making. Now, the case has been handed off to a jury that will deliberate whether or not Apple chose to keep its iTunes/iPod ecosystem closed off for anti-competitiv...

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Lawyer: Apple secretly deleted rival's music files from consumer iPods

Arguing for consumers in a class action iPod lawsuit against Apple, Attorney Patrick Coughlin accused the Cupertino company of deliberately deleting music files downloaded from competing music services. These files were removed from customer's iPods without their knowledge or consent between 2007 ...

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer now featured by Apple

As announced last week, the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now being featured on Apple's iTunes trailers website. More like a teaser than a trailer, the 88-second clip provides a quick glimpse at the next Star Wars movie. Set 30 years after the Return of t...

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Is Apple about to offer higher quality music downloads through iTunes?

For quite some time, a portion of Apple's customers have wanted higher quality audio files from the iTunes Store. Apple uses AAC coding for the iTunes Store, which is lossy, but a shade better than standard MP3 files. Competitors are now pushing higher quality through download stores like HDtrac...

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Spotify revenue outpaces iTunes revenue by 13% in Europe

In yet another example highlighting the changing landscape of the music industry, TechCrunch reports that revenue generated from Spotify in Europe is now 13% higher than revenue generated by iTunes Music sales in Europe. Kobalt, a company that helps collect music royalties on behalf of thousan...

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How to speed up adding album art in iTunes 12

I am very dedicated to getting the proper album art on the hundreds of CDs I've put into iTunes. Until version 12 arrived, it was a pretty simple process. You could Google the album art, then simply drag the album cover from the web page to the designated spot after selecting all the album tracks ...

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iTunes sees 13% drop in music downloads

With free music more accessible than ever before, music downloads are on the decline. Specifically, The Wall Street Journal reports that music downloads on iTunes are down by 13-14% since the beginning of the year. Digital music sales at Apple Inc.'s iTunes store have fallen 13 world-wide sinc...

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Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12?

Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. This new version iTunes was released earlier this week ...

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