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Spotify introducing new “Expert Playlists” to combat iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a new feature that is out for developers now via iOS 7 beta and iTunes 11.1 beta, and will be coming to the public this fall. This new service, which will be free with ads, or no ads if you are an iTunes Match subscriber, is starting to catch the eyes of the other major players in the music streaming business, such as Spotify. Spotify has…

iTunes Radio released to devs in latest iTunes 11.1 beta 1 software

It seemed like we were waiting for years for Apple to finally launch what we’d previously dubbed ‘iRadio’. When the company’s execs announced it on stage at WWDC last month, I think we all collectively and simultaneously applauded and sighed with relief, especially when we discovered that the company had opted for the less cringe-inducing moniker…

iTunes activation servers down?

Apple’s servers are not having a good time of late. Last week the Developer Center was pulled down as Apple discovered some dodgy activity going on. It claimed it had been hacked by an intruder, a claim quickly rebuffed by the man who claims responsibility. His statement was that he was a security researched merely doing his job. Today, another of…

Apple talks iTunes, iCloud, and retail stores in conference call

Apple, at its quarterly conference call this afternoon, announced a few new numbers aside from the normal sales and revenue numbers. iTunes itself, it was revealed, accounted for $4 billion of the revenue that Apple saw this past quarter, $2.4 billion of that being solely from the App Store. The content side of iTunes that doesn’t include the App Store,…

iTunes announces 1 Billion podcast subscriptions

  Apple has announced that its iTunes store has accumulated over one billion podcast subscriptions, and so celebrate, Apple is highlighting some of the most popular content to be listened to since 2005. Apple estimates that there are 250,000 different podcasts, in over 100 languages at a combined weight of 8 million episodes. Podcasting is…

Apple Store app update to offer free iTunes downloads

According to numerous reports, Apple will release an updated version of its Apple Store application for the iPhone and iPod touch within the next week. Aside from the usual amount of bug fixes that come standard with app updates, the new Apple Store app will feature a redesigned interface, and a few cool new features including free downloadable iTunes…

Apple begins building Reno iCloud data center

The data center located in Reno, Nevada is finally under construction. Apple broke ground at the site in March, and according to some spy images taken by AppleInsider, the company is beginning to build its first major structures needed to support the massive data center that will be used for iCloud storage. Apple announced that it plans to spend $16…

Is the iOS App Store Apple’s Best Service? [Editorial]

Yesterday Twitter was abuzz with news that many popular paid apps had become free. Many correctly presumed the promotion would be related to the iOS App Store’s upcoming 5th birthday. Cam Bunton covered the news for Today’s iPhone and he ended his article by posing an interesting question that really got me thinking: is the App Store Apple’s best…

Apple publishes ’5 Years of the App Store’ page on iTunes

Earlier this morning, it was discovered that Apple was offering 10 of its most popular apps for free for an unspecified – and presumably limited – time. Apps and games such as Day One, Traktor DJ and Where’s My Water? all dropped to $0. As suspected then, it’s all part of Apple celebrating the 5th birthday of its famous App Store. To mark the special…