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Backtrace, the geekiest album you'll hear, hits Billboard comedy charts

I saw James Dempsey speak at AltConf this past June (AltConf runs during WWDC for those who want something a little different). James goes way back in Apple lore to the NeXT days, and for his talk he pulled some code to show how Swift didn't just materialize from thin air, it has its origins in...

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Piano City - Halloween Magic is fun game for young pianists

Piano City - Halloween Magic is a music game that takes you along a Halloween-themed journey, building up your piano skills and competing in concert recitals along the way. You start at the bottom of the social rank with basic songs to play on the piano using an interface similar to that of the...

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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...

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Apple reportedly wants to lower the price of Beats Music to $5 per month

Re/Code today adds more color to a previous report claiming that Apple is hoping to secure a lower monthly rate for its Beats Music app. According to the report, Apple is urging record labels to agree to a $5 monthly rate for all-you-can-eat streaming, a significant decrease from the somewhat...

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Rdio app gets iOS 8 and CarPlay support, upgraded sound across subscriptions

The war between streaming services is great for consumers, because it's created an arms race of sorts between each services app's to be better than the rest. Todays latest upgrade comes courtesy of Rdio, featuring improved sound quality, CarPlay support, optimized visuals for iOS 8. On the...

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MusicMakerJam: Great samples at a high cost

MusicMakerJam is a free looping app available for iPad. Developed by music industry veteran, MAGIX, MusicMakerJam offers an extremely wide range of looping capabilities within its free version but only includes a limited set of samples starting with the Liquid Drum and Bass style. If you're a...

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Bono apologizes for automatic "Songs of Innocence" downloads

In a move that Tim Cook probably assumed would "delight" iTunes customers, Apple this past September made U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, available for free to all iTunes. In doing so, a number of users with no interest in the album were dismayed to discover that the album had been added...

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Jonathan Mann has already written a wonderful song about the iOS 8.0.1 bug

Today's problems with the release of iOS 8.0.1 may have put a damper on your afternoon, leaving you with Touch ID not working or the inability to call people. You could probably use a pick me up. Thankfully YouTube video songster Jonathan Mann is working on a project where he writes a song every...

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Bono talks 885 million iTunes accounts, new music format, and "haters"

Over the weekend, U2 frontman Bono sat down for an interview with Dave Fanning on the Irish radio station 2FM where the two discussed a wide range of topics. While the interview mostly centered on the band's new album, Bono took some time to touch on a few Apple related items. And if there's...

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Time claims U2 and Apple may be working on a new digital music format

I certainly have nothing against U2, but I think it's fair to say that if Apple wanted to make a huge splash by gracing the iTunes world with a free album, there are any number of bands Apple could have chosen that would have generated more of a buzz. Still, there may be even more to Apple's...

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Stay adorably in tempo with Petronome

Petronome is a free app that offers itself as a standard metronome with animal noises instead of the typical click sounds. This app seems to target children studying music because the noises are very playful. The incentive to download this app as a parent would be to make music practice more...

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Apple launches a special page just to help you delete that U2 album

During the iPhone 6 announcement event Apple announced a special surprise for every iTunes user -- a free copy of U2's new album before it was available outside iTunes. It was supposed to make people happy and excited, but many users were upset to discover an album they didn't purchase show up in...

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Blue Microphones breaks the headphone mold with Mo-Fi

TUAW readers know the love many of our bloggers and editors feel for products from Blue Microphones. The company has been making amazing mics for recording music and podcasts for years, but the latest Blue product isn't a microphone -- it's a pair of headphones. And not just headphones, but ones...

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How much did Apple pay to give U2's new album away for free?

Apple and U2 have had a close relationship for a long time, and to help top off Apple's iPhone and Watch media event this past Tuesday, the band flew in from across the Atlantic to play a set for attendees at the Flint Conference Center. Even more impressive is that Apple is providing U2's new...

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TuneMob syncs multiple devices to play surround sound music

Very often, people have a lot of music on their iOS device that they'd like to play at a get-together or party. Unfortunately, the speakers on iOS devices are designed for personal use and therefore typically aren't loud enough to satisfy a group of people. Sure, you could go to the store and...

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