Apple sued again by Smartflash following $533 million verdict

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

 

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent infringement trial

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

 

How to fix the “Can’t find Apple driver” issue with TaiG for Windows

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

 

Apple to no longer support logging into iTunes through AOL come March

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

Apple said in a support document on Monday that it will no longer allow iTunes customers to use their AOL screen names to sign into the iTunes Store.

“Starting March 31, 2015, AOL will no longer allow customers to use their AOL Username (also known as an AOL Screen Name) to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store,” Apple wrote on its support website. Read More

 

Apple hiring people with ‘specific expertise in music journalism’

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Ahead of a rumored revamp of the Beats Music service it had obtained as part of its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, Apple is now hiring people with a background in music and pop culture commentary, Music Ally reported Monday.

The company is looking to hire a London-based individual with “a specific expertise in music journalism” who must be a “seasoned writer with broad pop culture background.” Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 for Windows users with fix for Outlook syncing and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2015

Apple today rolled out a new version of iTunes specifically for Windows users. Windows-only iTunes updates are rare for Apple, but the changelog says that today’s release fixes some significant bugs related to Outlook-device syncing, as well as an audio playback glitch.

Users can update to 12.1.1 by either visiting the Updates section from the Updates tab within iTunes, or they can visit Apple’s website and download the software in its entirety. Windows users must be running Windows Vista 64-bit or later, and have 400MB free space. Read More

 

BBC Radio 1 announces popular Zane Lowe leaving for Apple

By Jake Smith on Feb 15, 2015

BBC Radio 1 has announced that its popular DJ, Zane Lowe, is leaving the radio giant for a job at Apple in March.

There’s no word on what position Lowe is taking at the Cupertino-based company, but it would make sense he would take a job with iTunes Radio or Beats Music.  Read More

 

First episode of Better Call Saul is free on iTunes

By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2015

Breaking Bad fans listen up: The first episode of Better Call Saul, which premiered Sunday on AMC, is available to download from iTunes for freeRead More

 

Apple could bring new music service to iOS in coming months thanks to iOS 8.4

By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2015

Apple plans to release iOS 8.4 in the coming months, and it could include Apple’s new music streaming service, 9to5mac wrote in a report on Monday.

While iOS 8.3 hasn’t even hit the public scene, iOS 8.4 is currently in development at Apple, and is codenamed Copper after a popular ski resort in Colorado. Read More

 

Beats Music revamp details: deep iOS integration, Android app and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

Back in September, Re/code learned that Apple was looking to unveil a reworked, re-branded Beats Music service in early February of this year, possibly even in time for the Grammy Awards.

Now 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman casts new light on Apple’s plans for Beats Music, revealing in his Wednesday morning report that a yet-to-be-named music service will be paid for, entirely Apple-designed and based on Beats’ technologies and music content. Read More

 

iTunes 12.1 update introduces a widget for Notification Center

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

Apple this evening posted the first notable update for iTunes 12 since the music management app was refreshed for OS X Yosemite back in October of last year. The release comes labeled as iTunes 12.1, and it includes a new media control widget for Notification Center.

The widget includes back, forward and pause buttons, much like the buttons on the Lock screen and in Control Center of iOS, as well as track information. And, when playing iTunes Radio, the widget allows you to favorite songs and purchase the currently playing song.
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TodayRemote is a widget with iTunes playback controls

By Lory Gil on Jan 28, 2015

With Apple’s Remote app, you can access your computer’s iTunes playback controls so you don’t have to get off the couch to switch songs. But, unlocking your iPhone, opening the app, and selecting your device is still just way too much work.

TodayRemote lets you control playback of iTunes right from the Lock screen of your iPhone. You’ll never have to work for your music again. Read More

 

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

 
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