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iTunes in the Cloud for Movies expanded to 8 more countries

When iTunes in the Cloud launched for the first time two years ago, it launched with some fantastic features including the ability to download any music from the cloud that you’d previously purchased. Last year, the same feature for movies was introduced to a handful of nations. Today, Apple rolled out iTunes in the Cloud for Movies to Austria,…

iTunes store down for some users

If you’ve been having trouble downloading or streaming content through iTunes, you’re not the only one. Apple’s status page indicates that some users are experiencing an outage. I noticed it a little while back, but initially didn’t think to check with our readers. My daughter got a little upset that Finding Nemo wouldn’t load on the Apple TV….

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…