By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2014
Apple has released version 5.0 of its iTunes Festival app this afternoon, updating the app with information pertaining to next week’s Festival at SXSW and an all new iOS 7 design. The Festival takes place March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX.
This will be the first time Apple has hosted one of its iTunes Festivals within the United States, and the lineup we’ve seen so far has been star-studded with musical acts like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, ZEDD, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden and several others… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2014
As first noted by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Apple has added Kendrick Lamar to its star list of performers at the upcoming iTunes Festival SXSW next month in Austin, Texas.
Support acts ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Band of Skulls and Capital Cities have also been added to the list of performers.
Lamar, 26, is a popular American hip-hop artist who first gained major attention in 2010, after the release of his fourth mixtape, ‘Overly Dedicated’.
The Los Angeles based lyricist also delivered a flawless set during last year’s iTunes Festival at London’s historic Roundhouse venue, where more than 400 artists performed in front of more than 430,000 fans, according to MTV… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014
Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.5. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with only a handful of improvements.
Those improvements include a fix for a problem that may have been causing iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, as well as better compatibility with iBooks for users on OS X Mavericks… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2014
Earlier in the month, Apple said it will be bringing the iTunes Festival to the United States, marking the show’s first appearance on U.S. soil as iTunes Festival used to be a UK-only affair. But as Apple’s influence grows and its brand gets more powerful, the company reckoned the time has come to bring iTunes Festival to the United States.
In addition to the previously announced acts, Apple on Wednesday added Soundgarden, the popular Seattle, Washington rock band, to its star-ladden list of performers. Soundgarden performing at the show will also mark the 20th anniversary of one of the band’s best albums, Superunknown ($9.99 in the iTunes Store)… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2014
As a kid who grew up in the 90′s, I spent a lot of my free time watching cartoons on Nickelodeon. I’m not too familiar with the stuff that’s on now, but I know there was some really good shows on back then like Doug, Rugrats and Hey Arnold!
So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across the Nickelodeon Animation Showcase promotion in iTunes this afternoon. Apparently, Apple has made a deal with the network to offer episodes from some of the 90′s TV shows for free… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2014
Apple this morning announced via a press release iTunes Festival SXSW, the very first iTunes Festival to be held in the United States. The music event will be held March 11-15, 2014 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, which is the home of Austin City Limits.
The lineup of stars includes Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD “and more to come”. It gets even better as all five nights of the event will be available as a free live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC devices.
Additionally, music lovers will be able to stream the event in high-definition through the iTunes Festival app on iOS devices and the Apple TV set-top box… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2014
Apple has posted an update for its iTunes Connect portal this evening. Developers use this portal to track and manager their App Store apps, and tonight’s update has brought about a new Sales and Trends sections that allows them to better parse sales data.
The move should appease developers, who have long-complained that the iTunes Connect portal lacked useful reporting tools. In fact, many developers have forgone using iTunes Connect entirely for app figures, opting for other analytics services like App Annie… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2014
If Apple’s iTunes were a separate company, it would rank 130th on Fortune’s annual list of the Top 500 companies in the United States. It’s also half the size of Google’s search business! The high-volume, low-margin store raked in an astounding $4.4 billion in revenue during Apple’s fiscal 2014 first quarter ended December 28, 2013.
And according to independent analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco, total iTunes revenue in 2013 topped – wait for it – an incredible $23.5 billion. That’s an awful lot of money for an online-only content store… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2014
Apple has officially launched its streaming music service iTunes Radio in Australia this morning, making it the first non-U.S. country to gain access to the service since it was introduced last fall.
It was reported in October that Apple had plans to rollout iTunes Radio to the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in early 2014, and this appears to be the first step of that International push… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014
U2, the famous Irish rock band from Dublin, has teamed up with Bank of America in a new promotion where the latter donates $1 for every free iTunes download of U2′s new single titled Invisible to (Product) RED’s charity which fights against AIDS.
The promotion was announced via a Super Bowl ad and was designed to help end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Product (RED) was founded in 2006 by U2 frontman Bono, together with Bobby Shriver of the ONE/DATA, as a way of raising awareness and funds to help eliminate AIDS in Africa… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jan 26, 2014
In an effort to generate iTunes sales on iOS devices, Apple has long placed a Store button in the top menu bar of its Music app. As you would expect, tapping on Store exits the Music app and brings you to the iTunes Store for everything from songs and albums to movies and TV shows. It’s a convenient link from one app to another on iOS devices, but some users might not find use in it. If you’re one of those people, a new jailbreak tweak called NoStoreButton7 is a quick fix for you…
By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014
Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.4. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with a handful of enhancements.
Those enhancements include the ability for you to view your Wish List while in your library, as well as improved support for Arabic and Hebrew languages. There are also the usual stability improvements… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2014
Today is a big day for Apple’s strides in education as the company in a media release announced a significant expansion of its educational content.
iBooks Textbooks are now available in a total of 51 countries around the globe while iTunes U Course Manager is available to customers in 70 countries, Apple said.
Starting today, iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are rolling out to new countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe, including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2014
iTunes has scored another interesting win as the English rock band Black Sabbath and its publisher have finally relented and agreed to make the band’s 1970s albums available on iTunes.
Although Black Sabbath’s later material was available on Apple’s online content store, this is the first time their 1970s work came to iTunes, including Paranoid and Masters of Reality albums.
Apple was also able to secure limited exclusivity as iTunes will get to sell the band’s first eight studio albums, along with three compilations, during a short window of time before the albums hit other streaming services… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2014
It’s day 12, and what we assume to be the final day, of the big 12 Days of Gifts event. Apple has removed Mr. Crab and has posted a new item for download. Today’s free gift is an EP (or extended play) from the English rock band The Rolling Stones.
The band really needs no introduction. These guys have been making music for over 50 years, and are ranked #8 on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists” chart. They’re legends, and widely considered one of the best rock bands that ever lived… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2014
Proponents of digital music are in for a surprise as sales of digital albums and individual songs nosedived last year, for the first time since Apple revolutionized the music business with its iTunes Music Store back in 2003. According to a report by Billboard, industry executives are once again oblivious to the fact that consumers’ tastes are changing and are blaming streaming music services such as Pandora and iTunes Radio for the drop. The full breakdown is after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2014
We are now on day 9 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning Apple has removed the Diary of a Wimpy iBook and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is an EP (or extended play) from the American rock band Kings of Leon.
The band is widely popular in the UK, and more recently the US, taking home 3 Grammy Awards in 2010 thanks to hits like ‘Use Somebody.’ And today’s free EP includes some of those hits, which it played at Apple’s iTunes Festival this year… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 31, 2013
We are now on day 6 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning the company has removed the Hugo movie and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is the song ‘New Year’s Eve Mix’ by popular Swedish producer Avicii.
It’s been a huge year for Avicii, who has been topping charts around the globe with his latest album True. And New Year’s Eve Mix is a 9-minute track that features a mashup of some of his hit songs from that album such as ‘Hey Brother.’ Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2013
We are now on day 5 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning Apple has removed the Toca House game and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is the award-winning historical adventure drama Hugo.
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret,’ and directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, Hugo tells the story of a 12-year-old boy living in the walls of the Paris Gare Montparnasse railway station… Read More