The 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…)
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…)
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.
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.
iTunes Radio was one of the staple features of iOS 7. With it, Apple offered a complete competitor to Pandora or other streaming services for free, and integrated directly in to the music app on every new or updated iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That’s a powerful proposition, and users have already reported that they enjoy the service and its seamless integration.
However, the largest limitation of the service has been its geographic restrictions: unlock other streaming services, iTunes Radio is only available in the United States. That appears to be changing: Bloomberg reports that Apple is actively negotiating deals to open the service in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and that the company expects to offer the service in these locations and more by early 2014.
Apple has just released iTunes 11.1 ahead of the impending iPhone 5s and 5c launch. In this new release is support for iOS 7, as well as the latest iPhone models and, most interestingly, iTunes Radio. Unfortunately, due to licensing iTunes Radio is only available in the United States. In some countries, Pandora lives to fight another day.
Another new feature found in this new release is a revamped iOS app organizer with home screen pages appearing side-bye side. What else have you found?
You can download the new update at Apple, or by updating from the app itself.
Incidentally beta 6 was a minor update weighing in at just 13 MB, and was seemingly only seeded to fix iTunes in the Cloud purchases. BGR reports this morning that beta 7 is going to drop today and will be the final beta before the GM, which is likely to be seeded at Apple’s next event on September 10th.
Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today. We are told by our trusted sources that Apple has once again seeded a new build of iOS 7 to partners, and that it should be released to developers later today.
If Apple does seed beta 7 today, it’ll likely be at 1 PM EST. We’ll keep you updated. What do you think? Is iOS 7 even close to a public release yet?
Announced at WWDC 2013 iTunes Radio is a new music streaming service from Apple. Similar to services such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio streams music from the largest of all online music stores with over 26 million songs (as of September 2012) to you from anywhere. Officially launching in the fall alongside the next-generation iPhone, iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1. iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers at the cost of $25 a year while non-subscribers will have advertisements like “This is iTunes Radio” and limited amount of song skipping. (more…)
This isn’t typical of Apple, but they’ve seemingly put a lot of the iTunes movie library on sale. For example, you can grab every single Harry Potter movie for a measly $9.99. And there are more deals where that came from. How about the Lord of the Rings trilogy for $9.99? If any of this sounds interesting to you, hit the break for an incomplete list of some of the movies that are currently on sale. No word on how long these deals will last, so you might want to act fast. (more…)
Apple announced yesterday that they had surpassed one billion podcast subscriptions through iTunes. Apple’s podcasting efforts launched in 2005 with an update to iTunes, and since then it has become the dominant way to download podcasts.
Compared to other recent Apple milestones, however, one billion seems small. It speaks less to iTunes’ efficiency as a podcast network and more to the overall popularity of podcasts in general. Personally, I love podcasts — they are how I consume my news at this point. I find that audio is just far more versatile than video, and even text in many cases — I can listen through headphones, in my car, or over my stereo system in the shower.
But podcasts don’t seem to be gaining as much traction as previously thought. Even Apple seems to have de-prioritized podcasts, as the functionality has been removed from the native music.app and replaced by an optional download in the App Store. Do you listen to podcasts?