iTunes Update 11.2 Improves Podcast Browsing, Fixes Genius Stability

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Apple has released iTunes update version 11.2. The new release is primarily focused on improving podcast browsing. A new Unplayed tab makes it easier to find episodes that you haven't listened to yet. Users can browse episodes that are available for download or stream in the Feed tab. You can save favorite podcast episodes to your Mac or PC. iTunes 11.2 also includes a  new feature that will auto-delete episodes after they have been played. This should help cut down on storage space that you may have been utilizing for podcasts. … [Read more...]

Apple Has Four Times As Many Credit Cards On File Compared To Amazon

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You can purchase books, movies, TV shows and apps in the iTunes Store. Amazon offers that and more, offering up everything from electronics to household items. Physical goods that with a Prime membership, get shipped to your home for free in less than two days. It's for this reason that today's chart du jour showing how many credit cards are on file at the respective stores is surprising. … [Read more...]

Apple Reportedly Considering Big Changes to iTunes, Offering High Resolution Music

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Apple's iTunes Radio has not gotten off to the fast start many had expected when it was introduced as one of the bigger features in iOS 7. It was heralded as an opportunity for Apple to reverse the fortunes of iTunes, which has seen a steady decline in sales over the past decade. Instead it has seen little in the way of sales, with industry sources saying only under 2 percent of users buy music as a result of using the Apple's free streaming radio service. When faced with declines of 15 percent yearly, Billboard reports that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes and some rumors indicate a move to HD tracks could be part of it. … [Read more...]

Apple Considering iTunes Music App for Android, On Demand Streaming Service

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Apple is looking for ways to increase sales of music in iTunes in an effort to reverse a trend of decreasing downloads. A shift in strategy could including bringing the iTunes Store to mobile phones other than the iPhone. According to Billboard, Apple is considering an iTunes Music Store app for Android phones that would be available for download in the Google Play Store. Other efforts to boost lagging sales of music downloads includes expanding their streaming music efforts to become a direct competitor with Beats, Spotify and Rdio. … [Read more...]

Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5, Fixes Bugs And Improves iBooks Compatibility

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Apple today released a minor update to iTunes, only a day after the release of the larger OS X Mavericks update 10.9.2. iTunes 11.1.5 addresses a bug that would cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, an issue that has certainly caused a bit of frustration for some users. Mavericks introduced support for iBooks on Mac. This release improves compability with iBooks for Mac on Mac OS X Mavericks. … [Read more...]

Apple’s iTunes Store Now Allows Gifting From iBooks Store

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Just in time for the holidays, Apple has expanded 'gifting' to include iBooks from the iBooks Store Gifting from the iTunes Store has previously been limited to music, movies and apps. It's expected that 2013 will be an iPad Christmas, so it would make sense that a number of folks would like to gift books to loved ones. The iPad, in particular those with retina displays, offer super-sharp text which translates to making them good reading devices. If you have someone close to you who loves reading and has an iPad, now you can digitally send them an iBook. Here are all the details relevant to gifting from the iBooks Store. … [Read more...]

Inside Apple’s iTunes Radio Deal With Records Labels

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The Wall Street Journal reports that details of Apple's licensing agreement with labels for iTunes Radio, their new music streaming service, were made available to independent record labels. The terms call for Apple to pay labels $0.13 for each song played, plus 15% of advertising revenue. These numbers increase after the first year of the contract to $0.14 per song and 19% of revenue. These numbers by themselves are higher than Pandora, who pays $0.12 to the labels. … [Read more...]

iTunes 11 Announced

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Just in time for iOS 6, Apple's Eddy Cue has also revealed some major changes to iTunes. iTunes for iOS has been given a major redesign, with large icons and a carousal at the top. Facebook likes will be integrated with every entry in the App Store, and you can preview songs while browsing. That'll be introduced September 19 with iOS 6.iTunes 11 was also announced, with a majorly overhauled "dramatically simpler" interface. It's a grid of icons, and when you click on an artist or album, that entry expands. Artists can share photos with users, and you can easily jump over to the store to buy more music by the same artist.iTunes 11 has also overhauled playlists for easier drag and drop, and a dropdown menu showing what's coming … [Read more...]

Beatles Ringtones Head Exclusively To iTunes

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Remember what a big deal it was when the Beatles hit iTunes? In another first, the Fab Four will be officially releasing ringtones for the first time, and it'll be on iTunes. From what we can gather, you can only download the tones through the iOS version of iTunes, and there will be 27 tracks available, for $1.29 each. This marks the first ever official Beatles Ringtones. … [Read more...]