Fnd.io is the best way to search through the App Store, iTunes Store

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Apple’s App Store and iTunes search mechanism has always been lacking in features and speed. Pages take forever to load within iTunes, and the results aren’t always the best on the iPhone or iPad.

Fnd.io is a new website that uses the official iTunes API to provide better search results faster. The website allows you to quickly search through all of the media that Apple hosts (music, movies, apps, audiobooks, and more) through a website that has been designed to work well on any device. I highly recommend it to anyone that has ever been frustrated by the stock search experience.

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NPR News now on iTunes Radio

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Apple’s first news station on iTunes Radio features NPR News. Re/code reports that the station will feature some of the most popular shows on NPR:

NPR’s station, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own stations, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

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UK iTunes and App Store prices may rise soon

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Due to new laws, digital retailers such as Apple, Amazon, and various others may have to increase their prices by up to 20% to comply with new VAT laws. According to The Guardian:

The budget document said: “As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue.”

Large companies currently get around the UK’s 20% VAT rate by selling their digital goods from countries within Europe that have lower rates. That trick, under the updated law, would be illegal.

[MacRumors]

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Apple considering Spotify-like service, Android app

spotify-logoIt’s been a slow friday in the world of Apple, but some interesting news surfaced this afternoon courtesy of Billboard. Apple is supposedly considering opening up a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service in light of declining music sales, and may also be working on an Android app for said service. (more…)

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Apple adds “Sharing Selfies” section to the App Store

selllllfffiiiieeeOh gosh. I’m pretty sure that absolutely zero people asked for this. But it’s here. Apple has given it to us: An app feature section on the App Store entitled “Sharing Selfies.”

Personally, I’m about ready for the word “selfie” to die a slow, miserable death. I cringe when I hear it. (more…)

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Apple announces iTunes Festival at SXSW

iTunesFestivalThe iTunes Festival in London, England has long been envied by those of us on the other side of the Atlantic. A festival with top-ranking iTunes artists, sponsored by Apple, and free to stream from our iOS devices and Macs? Yes, please. The American version of the iTunes festival is appropriately going to debut at SXSW in Austin, Texas, between March 11th and 15th. (more…)

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iTunes is a massive business, and growing fast

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iTunes is generally regarded as something of hobby for Apple. After all, the program and the team behind it don’t release hardware devices, which is generally what Apple is known for. However, the iTunes group within Apple is growing, and is responsible for a massive amount of revenue in comparison to any other company. Horace Dediu takes some time to analyze the numbers: (more…)

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iTunes Radio rolling out worldwide, first available in Australia

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After being a headline feature in iOS 7, iTunes Radio is expanding its worldwide presence. The service is now available in Australia, and it should soon be available elsewhere. iTunes Radio is comparable with Pandora or other streaming online radio apps. It’s built into the music app on every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 7.

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“12 Days of Gifts” App released, US gets in on the action as well

Apple has released its annual “12 Days of Gifts” app in anticipation of the Holiday season. The concept is simple: December 26th to January 6th, Apple will make an app, song, movie, or book available for free. The deal for each item lasts only 24 hours, and the gift has to be redeemed via the app. This app is also available in the US for the first time since it launched.

It’s a fun way to grab some free content, so it can’t hurt to give the app — which is also free — a download. Be sure to check the app on December 26th.

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