By Jake Smith on May 18, 2015
While it’s been a partner of iTunes in the past, Starbucks announced on Monday a big partnership with Spotify that will link its 7,000 stores in the US and 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify’s 60 million global users.
Most notably, Starbucks’ 150,000 US-based employees will receive a free Spotify Premium subscription in the coming weeks, followed shortly thereafter by employees in Canada and the UK. Spotify Premium is priced at $10 per month. Read More
By Jake Smith on May 11, 2015
Tucked away in its earnings release on Monday, major music-player Warner Music Group announced that revenue from streaming surpassed revenue from downloads for the first time. This signals a major turn in the industry, as an old school player is finally revealing it may be comfortable, and on board, with the shift in how customers consume music. Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 8, 2015
iTunes Match is a paid service from Apple that allows you to store all your music in iCloud, regardless of where it originated from. For example, it could be music imported from CDs, downloaded from online music stores, or even music that was downloaded in ways that go against copyright laws. In short, iTunes Match matches or uploads all your music to iCloud so you can stream or download it from any of your Apple devices, including Mac, iPhone, and Apple TV.
With that said, iTunes Match offers an easy way to move your iTunes library to a new computer without having to deal with transferring files from one hard drive to the other. In this post, I will show you how to transfer your iTunes library to a new computer using iTunes Match. Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 7, 2015
The best thing about getting a new computer is that, well, you’re getting a brand new computer. It’s exciting to have a shiny new toy to play with, making you wonder how you could have been using that old machine for so long.
To me though, the major downside of getting a new computer is that you have to set it all up from scratch. I’m not going to lie; some of that is part of the fun, but it can also be stressful and time consuming. Take migrating your iTunes library to your new computer for example. There is nothing really fun in that, and if you have a large library, it could take hours.
In this post, I will show you how to move your iTunes library to a new computer. Unfortunately I won’t be able to save you time or stress, but at least, you’ll have simple instructions on how to do transfer all your iTunes songs, albums, album covers, and playlists to a brand new computer. Read More
By Cody Lee on May 6, 2015
If you’re a fan of rap music, or just like to listen to a little bit of everything, you’ll want to check out these deals Apple is offering in iTunes right now. For a limited time, more than 200 hip-hop albums are on sale for $5.99.
The albums come from a wide variety of artists, ranging from newer faces like Kendrick Lamar, to old school legends like Big Daddy Kane. There’s even some from mainstream heavyweights like Eminem, Jay-Z and Ludacris. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 26, 2015
Apple has setup a donation page to help aid those affected by the devastating Nepal earthquake that struck the nation on Saturday. Like with past disasters, Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross to handle donations, with 100 percent of the money going to the cause. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2015
Monday, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announced bringing all six Star Wars movies in their high-definition digital form to Apple’s iTunes Store, Google’s Play Store and other services, including Amazon’s Instant Video and Microsoft’s Xbox Video.
Having been available for pre-order on iTunes at $19.99 each, all six movies became available for download across platforms today, April 10.
The six-movie saga is comprised of the “Star Wars,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” films and includes new bonus extras and can be bought or all at once as part of the “Star Wars Digital Movie Collection”. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015
Apple on Thursday morning released a new version of iTunes, bringing the media manager to version 12.1.2. The update is a minor one, but important for those who have updated their Macs to the new OS X 10.10.3 software that was seeded yesterday.
More specifically, iTunes 12.1.2 brings about enhanced support for the new Photos app in 10.10.3. The app, which essentially replaces both iPhoto and Aperture, features a new, lighter design and deep integration with Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 6, 2015
While we’re sure you Star Wars fans have every copy in your man cave, you’ll soon be able to add the George Lucas-made films to your iTunes.
The makers of Star Wars announced on Monday the entire, six movie collection is coming to iTunes on Friday, April 10. The App Store on Twitter promoted the link, containing the ability to purchase each movie separately or as a collection when the content goes live in a few days. Read More
By Jake Smith on Mar 31, 2015
Following the re-launch of Tidal on Monday, now music streaming boss Shawn “Jay Z” Carter suggested in an interview with Billboard that Apple’s Jimmy Iovine had been trying to lure artists from the new service. Read More
By Jake Smith on Mar 25, 2015
Stating what’s pretty close to the obvious, the New York Times reports the teams at Apple and Beats are working on a digital music service to directly compete with Spotify, one year after the Cupertino-based company paid $3 billion for the headphone maker. It won’t bring lower prices than its competitors, the publication says, and is currently being planned for launch this year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015
A growing number of users are taking to Twitter this morning to complain of yet another outage affecting Apple’s App Store and the iTunes Store. Several folks around the world have reported problems purchasing new applications, with the App Store and iTunes returning a “The item you’ve requested is not currently available” error message.
Others complain about not being able to conduct searches for content on the iTunes Store and App Store and download apps and other content.
UPDATE 11:35am ET: all systems seem to have become operational again following a brief outage that lasted about an hour or so. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2015
A new ‘Password Settings’ section has been discovered in the Settings app of the current iOS 8.3 beta which will permit users to set up their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so that downloading free iTunes apps and iTunes media won’t require an Apple ID password.
The new option is only exposed to users when Touch ID is disabled, reports 9to5Mac. With Touch ID enabled, the new option is unavailable.
This is understandable to an extent, because approving purchases — free or paid — with the tap of a fingerprint is a frictionless experience. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015
A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.
In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015
Whenever you click or tap on a link which leads to an iPhone/iPad/Mac app in the App Store/Mac App Store, or a movie, TV show episode or electronic book carried on iTunes, we earn a very small commission fee on each sale coming from that link.
Though not much, these things add up and anything that helps us run the site and keep the lights on for you guys is worth the effort from our standpoint.
For those not in the know, anyone can sign up to become an iTunes affiliate partner. Too bad Apple’s web application for generating affiliate links is so tedious and a pain in the you-know-what.
Introducing Blink (or Better Affiliate Links) from Squibner, a nifty little iPhone and iPad application which eliminates the hassle of manually creating iTunes affiliate links with your own tokens and campaign tags. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015
Following yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event which brought us new Apple Watch details and pricing, an exclusive HBO Now launch on the now-discounted Apple TV, some interesting medical research news and a Retina-enabled twelve-inch MacBook with USB-Type C, Force Touch trackpad and silver, space grey and gold finishes, now the whole presentation can be downloaded and kept on your computer in the form of a video podcast. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015
Apple’s rumored subscription music service based on Beats Music and with stock iOS Music app integration will be formally announced at this year’s summer developers conference rather than in March, as previously reported.
Although some have hoped Monday’s “Spring Forward” media event might serve as a launchpad for the service, Apple is now reportedly planning on introducing it in beta form at its Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, 9to5Mac said Thursday. Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 26, 2015
Following a $533 million verdict earlier this week, Apple has been sued by Smartflash, again, for claims it violates patents with devices that use iTunes software. The new lawsuit, filed by the Texas-based company on Wednesday, covers Apple’s new devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015
A federal jury in Tyler, Texas ruled on Tuesday that Apple must pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC. Bloomberg reports that the jury found iTunes to infringe on its patents related to “managing access through payment systems.”
The original complaint was filed in 2013, with Smartflash asking for $852 million. The company argued it was entitled to a percentage of sales of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, that were used to access iTunes. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015
If you’ve been trying to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 or 2 with TaiG 1.3.0 over the last couple of days, you may have encountered an issue. An error that says: “Can’t find Apple driver, please download and install iTunes” has been causing all sorts of problems for would be jailbreakers.
iTunes may indeed already be installed, but it’s the latest version of iTunes for 64-bit Windows machines that’s causing the error to begin with. Perhaps you’ve tried to downgrade your copy of iTunes unsuccessfully. Or maybe you’ve just given up on trying to jailbreak your iPhone on a Windows machine. Well, don’t give up just yet, because we have a solution inside. Read More