Apple adds new ‘Free on iTunes’ section to iTunes

By Jake Smith on Jan 25, 2015

Apple has updated its iTunes Store app on iOS and desktop in the US with a new “Free on iTunes” section found on the homepage to help users find content without having to spend money.

As the name implies, the “Free on iTunes” tab shows music and full length TV show episodes that can be downloaded free of charge. Read More

 

Apple terminates registered App Store developers in Crimea following US sanctions

By Jake Smith on Jan 18, 2015

Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps.  Read More

 

Looks like Apple stopped running ‘Single of the Week’ free song promo on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

We’re nearly halfway into the first month of 2015 and yet no free songs have appeared on iTunes, leading Business Insider to wonder whether Apple has killed off the promotion for good.

Conceived as a promotional vehicle to drive sales of music downloads and expose music lovers to new songs, Apple’s “Single of the Week” promoting launched a decade ago, back in 2004 (three years after the launch of the iTunes Store).

The promotion has been running ever since, giving out free music every week on iTunes up until the start of 2015. Read More

 

Apple puts into effect 14-day return policy on digital purchases in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2014

Apple typically handles refunds of digital purchases on a case-by-case basis and with an “All Sales Final” provision. But now, Apple’s reportedly switched to a 14-day return policy for movies, TV shows, music, books and apps in most European markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, German blog iFun.de [Google Translate] reported Monday.

Apple’s updated policy in these countries states that customers can now cancel their digital purchase within fourteen days from when they received their receipt “without giving any reason,” with the exception of iTunes Match, Season Pass, Multi-Pass and iTunes Gift Cards and Allowances that can’t be refunded once you have redeemed the code or activated the service. Read More

 

The Interview is now available on iTunes, as iTunes Connect comes back online

By Jake Smith on Dec 28, 2014

The Interview is now available for download or stream from iTunes, after Apple originally chose not to carry the film at the same time as Microsoft, Netflix, and others. Read More

 

Apple not running free 12 Days of Christmas promotion this year

By Jake Smith on Dec 28, 2014

For the last six years Apple has been running its “12 Days of Christmas” promotion in the UK, and did so last year in both the UK and US “12 Days of Gifts”. It joyed customers by giving away iOS apps, music, films and books over the twelve days following Christmas Day. However as noticed first by MacWorld, it appears Apple is discontinuing its holiday tradition in 2014/2015.

We’re now three days out of Christmas, and any type of promotion can’t be found. MacWorld reports from a reliable source that we’re definitely not seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” app this year. Read More

 

NYT: Sony wanted Apple to stream “The Interview” – Apple reportedly said no

By Jake Smith on Dec 23, 2014

Another twist to “The Interview” movie: The New York Times reports Sony asked the White House for help in lining up a single technology partner to stream its movie “The Interview”, and it wanted help from none other than Apple’s iTunes.

The Cupertino-based Apple reportedly was not interested, “at least not on a speedy time table,” the New York Times says. An Apple spokesman declined to provide official comment on the matter. Read More

 

iTunes is having a giant sale on music and movies

By Sébastien Page on Dec 23, 2014

I’m totally stepping into Cody’s territory by telling you about these great deals, but I’m too excited to let him share them with you. iTunes is currently having a massive sale on music and movies with albums as low as $5.99 and movies selling below $5. There are just way too many to list them all here, so instead, I’ll share with you a link to each section as well as a few of my favorites. Read More

 

Apple promoting music, movies, TV shows and books via new iTunes blog on Tumblr

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

As first noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has expanded its social presence with a brand new blog dedicated to iTunes content and hosted on Yahoo-owned Tumblr platform.

Now available at the itunes.tumblr.com URL, the blog highlights a curated selection of movies, television shows, music and books carried on the iTunes Store.

A special emphasis is given to Apple’s Best of 2014 charts that were published on iTunes last week. If memory serves me well, this is Apple’s second official blog on Tumblr following odd iPhone 5c web adds and Tumblr presence which was supposed to resonate with the blog platform’s younger audience. Read More

 

Apple did not harm consumers with iTunes’ FairPlay digital rights management, ruling finds

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Apple’s proprietary digital rights management software, FairPlay, that prevented users from loading songs from rival music stores on early iPods, did not harm consumers nor did it violate the United States antitrust laws, an eight-person jury has determined.

As reported by The Verge, the jurors have sided with Apple in a decade-long suit and have not found Apple guilty of exploiting FairPlay DRM as a lock-in preventing rival music stores from syncing with iPods. Though the iPhone maker is off the hook now, an appeal will be filed with a higher court. Read More

 

App Recap: discounts, new apps to enjoy mid-week

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Welcome to Wednesday. As we prepare for an onslaught of new arrivals that will be hitting the App Store midnight, a number of apps and games have been updated with new features and we’re here to tell you what’s changed.

We also want to make sure you stay on top of recent discounts as some apps get slashed by as much as eighty percent with the others going all the way down to zero bucks.

And it wouldn’t be a roundup without taking a look at some of the forthcoming releases due later this month or sometime next year. This is App Recap, an app-focused column by iDownloadBlog. Read More

 

App Recap: Facebook’s Graph Search launches on iPhone, MasterCard’s Apple Pay ad and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

App Recap welcomes you to Monday. Our daily column that helps make sense of the latest iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, games and media on iTunes is back with tons of goodies, discounts, software news and more.

We also feature a new Apple Pay television commercial by MasterCard featuring Gwen Stefani and a huge update to Paper by Fifty-Three while casting spotlight on a holiday-themed update to The Sims FreePlay and the latest Star Wars: Commander refresh that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Read More

 

Apple posts iTunes Best of 2014 charts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014

Like in years past, Apple ahead of the holidays published its list of the best and most popular apps, movies, TV shows, music and books available on iTunes. In the category of the top paid iPhone app, Heads Up! came in first. Facebook’s Messenger is Apple’s top free iPhone app and Clash of Clans emerged as the top grossing iPhone app, respectively. On the iPad side, Minecraft, YouTube and Clash of Clans have been rated as the App Store’s top paid, free and grossing apps, respectively.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of Apple’s most popular apps and media in 2014. Read More

 

App Recap: apps, games, movies, holiday tunes and more to enjoy this weekend

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014

As we head into the weekend, spare a few minutes and check out what’s been making round on iTunes today. App Recap, our daily column that highlights new apps, discounts, media and entertainment, is here to help you make sense of it all so you can focus on stuff that matters.

In today’s edition, we bring you a few new apps and games that we think are worth your attention, some notable discounts on popular and lesser known apps and games, some nice Christmas tunes, low-priced iTunes movies and some of the blockbuster flicks hitting the silver screen in the coming months.

And for the first time since its inception, App Recap now features a laundry list of jailbreak tweaks and news. Read More

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer hits iTunes and YouTube, watch it now

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2014

The official teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on Black Friday made its debut on iTunes. Lucas film yesterday tweeted that the trailer will hit iTunes after initially saying that it would only be shown in 30 movie theaters across the U.S. Disney in October 2012 acquired Lucasfilm in a transaction valued at a whopping $4 billion.

The acquisition brought Lucasfilm under Disney’s fold and gave the Mickey Mouse house rights to further develop the Star Wars franchise and film new movies in the series in co-operation with George Lucas. The trailer has also hit YouTube and we’ve embedded it for your viewing pleasure right after the break. Read More

 

Apple offering free Product (RED) gift cards with select purchases on Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2014

Apple today announced its plans for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when all retailers will be hosting flash sales on many of their products. As usual, the deals aren’t as good as other major stores are offering, but they are worth mentioning.

As part of its RED campaign for World AIDS Day, Apple will be giving away free gift cards with the purchase of select products on Friday. The cards can be used on apps, books and other iTunes content, and their values will depend on what you buy. Read More

 

Chase offering card holders free iTunes music to try Apple Pay

By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014

Chase is launching a new promotion to entice its cardholders to try out Apple Pay. As noted by MacRumors, the bank is notifying customers that they’re giving away free iTunes music this weekend to anyone who adds their card to Apple’s payment service.

From November 21 to 23, those who add their Chase Visa card to Apple Pay will receive early access to David Guetta’s new album “Listen.” Once verified that their card has been added, users will receive an iTunes redemption code via the Chase mobile app. Read More

 

All Foo Fighters albums are currently on sale on iTunes

By Sébastien Page on Nov 11, 2014

To celebrate the release of their new album called Sonic Highways, all the Foo Fighters albums are currently on sale on iTunes, with most of them starting at just $6.99. If you want to complete your Foo Fighters collection, now is the right time to do so.

An old man like me tends to believe that the earlier Foo Fighters albums are the best, but the younger crowd might disagree. At any rates, these are some albums you should definitely consider. Read More

 

How to stop iTunes from automatically syncing when you connect your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Nov 5, 2014

A couple weeks after getting my new iMac, I am still tweaking the preferences of many applications so they work the way I want them to. I recently shared a way to stop iPhoto from automatically launching when you plug your iPhone in, and today, I will share with you a similar tip to stop iTunes from automatically syncing when you connect your iPhone. As often with these specific settings, the solution is simple but it might not always be obvious to everyone.

There are actually two ways to go at it. The first method is device-specific, meaning that you can tell iTunes not to sync when a specific device (ie. your iPhone) is being plugged in. The other method works with any iOS device you plug in. Read More

 

Artists now receiving more revenue from Spotify than iTunes in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Spotify seems to have surpassed iTunes in Europe where royalty payments from the popular streaming-music service is now earning artists more revenue than Apple’s stagnant music store, which to this date continues to sell music downloads and does not offer all-you-can-eat subscriptions.

At least that’s the key takeaway from a survey conducted by Kobalt Music Publishing, which collects royalties on behalf of 6,000 songwriters and music makers in Europe.

According to the data cited Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, Spotify in Europe brought artists an average of thirteen percent more revenue versus iTunes during the first quarter of 2014.

The data seems to corroborate recent findings by the Recording Industry Association of America which found that digital music sales on iTunes dropped between thirteen and fourteen percent globally since the start of this year, with Apple officially confirming the drop in its SEC filing. Read More

 
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