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Apple services temporarily go down, mostly back online now

Earlier today, if you attempted to go to Apple’s website, or access Apple’s online stores such as the iTunes store or the App Store, you may have experienced a strange error message saying that the service was not available. While many who encountered this issue thought they were alone in the error, it was actually an outage in Apple’s DNS. While not…

iTunes 11.1.5 released with bug fixes

Apple, today released the latest incremental update to its iTunes desktop app. Version 11.1.5 includes iBooks compatibility improvements and a handful of bug fixes, including a fairly serious one that would cause it to crash without reason. It’s available in the Mac App Store now as a free…

iTunes Festival coming to US shores for the first time at SXSW in March

For the first time in its history, the iTunes Festival is going to be held outside the UK, at the SXSW event in March. Between March 11th-15th, Apple’s going to host a concert each evening with a string of top artists set to perform at the Moody Theater, home of the Austin City Limits. So far, those names include Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith…

Apple building out internet infrastructure to improve performance, possibly ahead of new television product

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been making major investments in its internet infrastructure in order to boost the performance of its existing online services, but which could also help pave the way for a future television product that may rely heavily on these technologies. From WSJ: Bill Norton, chief strategy officer for…

U2 and Bank of America team up for Product (RED) iTunes promo

Rock band U2 have teamed up with Bank of America for a new promotion which was announced during last night’s Super Bowl ads. For the promo, Bank of America will donate $1 to charity Product (RED) for every time U2′s latest single is downloaded from iTunes, which can be grabbed for free before midnight tonight. The track, called “Invisible”, first…

First 2014 iTunes App of the Week: Scanner Pro

The iTunes App of the Week is perhaps one of my favorite weekly installments from Apple. While this may make me sound cheap, I love a free app, especially when I know that it normally is a paid app. I just can’t help loving a good deal, and nothing is better than free, right? Well, the iTunes App of the Week is continuing strong in the new year, and the…

Apple’s “Best of 2013″ curation on iTunes includes Disney Animated, Badland, Impossible Road and more…

Each year, Apple rounds up its favorite apps, games, music and video from the past 12 months. Each year, the list includes some fantastic content. 2013 is no different, and although we might not agree with all the top choices, they’re all great nonetheless. On iPad, this year’s award for App of the Year went to the fantastic and highly-acclaimed…

New Beatles album on its way to iTunes this week

Music licensing, copyright laws and various other legalities can often be confusing. This is especially true when you add the legal spat between Apple (the Mac-makers) and Apple (the record label). The two companies haven’t exactly had a stress-free coexistence. But, thankfully, all that changed a few years ago when they reached a deal to start selling…

Former SVP at Cumulus Media hired by Apple’s iTunes Radio team

  iTunes Radio has just picked up a new head of international advertising, and his name is Michael Pallad. Pallad’s former position had him as SVP of National and Network Sales at Cumulus Media, a large radio conglomerate that would give him just he experience Apple would be looking for in an international advertising leader. According to…