How to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup

By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014

We previously wrote a guide on how to setup a new iPhone from an iCloud backup, but that is limited by the fact that Apple only gives you 5 GB of free storage. If you have more than 5 GB of music, apps and other data, and you do not wish to pay for additional iCloud storage, you will have to resort to an iTunes backup. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup…  Read More

 

Apple: new U2 album accessed by 33 million users thus far

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2014

Apple issued a statement this afternoon from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue regarding its new U2 album promotion. Cue says that over 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed “Songs of Innocence” since the promo launched last week.

Mr. Cue called the number “record-breaking,” but didn’t elaborate. He did, however, note that the figure includes customers who downloaded the album from their iCloud account, streamed it, or listened to it in iTunes Radio’s First Play channel. Read More

 

U2′s “free” album download cost Apple $100 million, other projects with U2 on the way

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2014

As people continue to freak out over Apple’s forced iTunes download of U2’s new album titled “Songs of Innocence,” the New York Times newspaper has learned from sources that the value of the arrangement between the iPhone maker and the aging Irish rock band is in the ballpark of $100 million.

“To release U2’s album free, Apple paid the band and Universal an unspecified fee as a blanket royalty and committed to a marketing campaign for the band worth up to $100 million, according to several people briefed on the deal,” writes NYT.

And according to the band’s manager Guy Oseary, the Cupertino firm has other U2-backed music related projects in the works. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple planning to acquire social network Path

By Jake Smith on Sep 9, 2014

Apple is close to announcing an acquisition of the social network Path, according to a report from PandoDaily, in an attempt to bolster its social offerings. According to a lone-source said to be placed within Apple’s engineering team: “It’s almost done, if not signed already, but it’s essentially a done deal.” Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 11.4 with support for iOS 8 syncing

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

Apple this afternoon released iTunes 11.4 for Mac OS X users. The update is small in size, but significant in terms of functionality, as it brings about support for syncing music, movies and other iTunes content to iOS devices that have upgraded to iOS 8.

The news follows the seeding of iOS 8 GM to developers earlier today, which will be the software’s final release before it goes public later this month. That update was also fairly minor, offering up just a handful of tweaks for icons and other UI elements. Read More

 

U2 closes Apple event, gives latest album away for free in iTunes

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

As rumored, Apple brought up U2 on stage to perform at the close of today’s event. Bono and the band played a single off of their new record “Songs of Innocence,” and following the set, Tim Cook announced that Apple will be giving a free copy of the album away to iTunes users over the next month. Read More

 

Groupon offering $15 iTunes Gift Cards for $10

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

The popular deal-of-the-day website, Groupon, on Thursday started offering $15 iTunes Gift Cards for just $10, representing a cool 33 percent saving on Mac and iOS apps, movies, television shows, books and other items sold on the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBooks Store and the Mac App Store.

The offer is available on the Groupon website here and limited to one per person. Quantities are limited so better hurry up and grab your $15 iTunes Gift Card with a 33 percent discount now before it’s too late. Read More

 

iTunes Festival and Showtime Anytime channels launch on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2014

Two nice updates for Apple TV owners today. First, Apple has re-launched the iTunes Festival channel on the $99 media-streming box in time for the 2014 iTunes Festival, which kicks off on September 1 in London.

And second, the firm has also added the Showtime Anytime channel to the device.

Showtime is a premium cable network offering some free content to all users, in addition to live and on-demand shows and events to those who’ve subscribed to the network through a participating cable provider.

Additional content sources have been added to the Apple TV in select markets, as outlined after the jump. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 and new iTunes 12 build now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2014

Apple has just released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta and a new beta build of the thoroughly overhauled iTunes 12 for Yosemite.

The second public Yosemite beta arrives after the first public beta was made available at the end of last month and is basically the same as OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 seeded to Apple’s registered developers last week.

Both updates are available to download through the Mac App Store for those who’ve applied for the OS X Beta ProgramRead More

 

How to rename your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

You may have seen Sebastien’s quick tutorial explaining how to change your Mac computer’s name so you can recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

It’s a little known fact that you can just as easily change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Choosing a custom name for your device helps keep it distinguishable from other devices you may own in iTunes and when using services like Find My iPhone.

Obviously, this is a tutorial for beginners as power users are probably aware how to do this. Regardless of your level of expertise, this how-to serves as a nice reminder to check and maybe choose a proper name for your device other than the default name iOS assigns to it after a restore or on first use… Read More

 

Apple honors Robin Williams with dedicated iTunes Store section

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2014

Apple has created a dedicated section in its iTunes Store entitled ‘Remembering Robin Williams.’ The addition follows yesterday’s tragic news of the actor’s passing, and it features links to his popular movies, TV series and stand-up comedy routines.

In addition to the media, the section also includes a photo of Mr. Williams and a brief paragraph on his career and philanthropical achievements, calling him “one of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business.” Read More

 

iTunes offering big discounts on TMNT, Stanley Kubrick movie bundles

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2014

If you’ve ever listened to one of our weekly podcasts, Let’s Talk iOS or Let’s Talk Jailbreak, you know that I love a good deal, and this morning I’ve got a few of them to share with you involving iTunes movie bundles. For a limited time, you can pick up 3 TMNT movies and 7 Stanley Kubrick films at a deep discount.

The first bundle includes all 3 original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies—the live action ones from the early 90′s—in HD for just $14.99. The second offers up 7 classic films from Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time, in HD for just $39.99. That’s less than $6 per movie… Read More

 

Apple begins adding Family Sharing support info to select App Store listings

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2014

Apple has been spotted adding support info for its upcoming Family Sharing feature to both iOS and Mac App Store listings. The data can be seen in the Information section of select apps (where it lists Seller, Category, etc.), under a new field called ‘Family Sharing.’

For those unfamiliar with it, Family Sharing is a new feature built-in to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that will allow families to share content like apps, music, movies, and more across all of their iOS devices, as long as their iTunes accounts are all using the same credit card… Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1 with podcast-related bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2014

Apple has this afternoon pushed out a new version of its iTunes app, bringing the music management software to version 11.3.1. The update is more of a maintenance  release, and doesn’t include any major new features or changes.

It does however, offer up a fix for a persistent problem where subscribed podcasts may have stopped updating with new episodes, as well as an issue where iTunes would become unresponsive while browsing through podcast episodes…
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