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The changing musical landscape: iTunes Radio, declining digital sales, Beyonce and more

In 2013, for the first time since the iTunes Music Store launched in April of 2003, digital music sales experienced a decline. The news comes courtesy of Billboard which reports that digital track sales dropped from 1.34 billion units in 2012 to 1.26 billion units in 2013, a 5.7% decrease overall....

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Apple wraps up 12 Days of Gifts with Rolling Stones mini album

Apple's 12 Days of Gifts promo ends today with a mini album from rock legends The Rolling Stones. The mini album contains selections from the band's "Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live" concert, recorded at London's Hyde Park in July 2013. This season was the first that Apple brought the 12...

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How to: Disabling iTunes song notifications

Was it only a year or two ago that we posted instructions on how to add "what's playing" notifications to iTunes? These days, we're fielding requests on how to turn the darn notifications off. Yesterday, our own Ilene H was haunting the TUAW back channel trying to figure out how to de-Mavericks...

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Target won't sell Beyoncé CD due to iTunes-exclusive launch

Superstar Beyoncé's self-titled album is breaking all sorts of records thanks to incredible marketing on the Apple iTunes store, but that has retailer Target a bit miffed. The company has reported that it won't sell the CD version because the record had its original release on iTunes before...

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Apple posts 'Best of 2013' section on iTunes, highlights the year's best apps, songs, movies and more

Apple has posted its annual Best of 2013 list across all media types, including music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts. According to Apple's seasoned editors, the iPhone App of the Year went to Duolingo, a free app designed to teach users new languages via clever mini-games. iPhone...

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Daily Update for December 16, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of the top Apple stories of the day in five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of the...

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BEYONCÉ becomes the fastest-selling record on iTunes in just three days

Apple has just put out a press release announcing that the surprise self-titled album BEYONCÉ, which was announced only three days ago, (on the day of its release) has become the fastest-selling album on iTunes ever. In just three days, BEYONCÉ has sold 828,773 copies. It also broke...

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Reports abound of app updates not showing up in iTunes

For the last six days, app updates have not been showing up in iTunes on the Mac and on the PC for many people around the globe. I can confirm that app updates have stopped appearing in iTunes on my Mac (while those missing updates still appear in the App Stores on my iPhone and iPad). The problem...

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Rare Beatles recordings launching exclusively on iTunes this week

A set of rare Beatles recordings will be released exclusively on iTunes this week. Titled The Beatles' Bootleg Recordings 1963, news of the exclusive album was first reported on WogBlog and confirmed by NME. The Beatles' Bootleg Recordings 1963 will consist of 59 rare and unheard recordings from...

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Friday Favorite: Handbrake bridges the gap between DVDs and my iPad

Fact: It is often ridiculously cheaper to buy physical DVDs off Amazon than to purchase the same material in an existing digital format from your vendor of choice, like iTunes. Case in point, a friend of mine and I recently started watching Conviction, a one-season series that broadcast a few...

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Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen soundtracks now on iTunes

The post-launch hype for Pokemon X and Y has died down a bit, so if you've exhausted the previously released soundtracks, perhaps it's time for a change. Thankfully, today's release of the Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen soundtracks on iTunes should hold you over well into the new year. With a...

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Beyonce surprise releases new album, available exclusively via iTunes

Beyonce late on Thursday evening surprised fans when she released a completely new "visual album" available exclusively on iTunes. Self-titled Beyonce, the album features 14 brand-new tracks and features musical heavy hitters such as Drake, Frank Ocean, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and, naturally,...

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App's clever feedback system helps happy users tweet, while angry customers can only email

Ember, an app from Realmac Software built to help designers and artists compile, collect and otherwise make sense of their ideas and influences, employs an extremely clever in-app feedback feature that we wouldn't mind seeing become a new norm. Rather than a simple, static feedback page with an...

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PayPal starts selling iTunes digital gift cards, sells out of $15, $25 options immediately

When it comes to retailers that sell gift cards, you probably don't immediately think of PayPal, but that might soon change. The eBay-owned company is diving into the digital gift card business and is touting iTunes as its first major partner. The company just began selling redeemable iTunes gift...

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Brazilian government asks why Apple charges its citizens in U.S. dollars

Brazil's Consumer Protection Secretariat recently wrote a formal letter to Apple inquiring why the company charges consumers on its Brazilian iTunes storefront in U.S. dollars as opposed to the Brazilian real. Now the iTunes Store first debuted in Brazil, and an assortment of other Latin American...

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