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iTunes update released by Apple

Performance and feature upgrades, the most notable of which is a Notification Center widget.

New free music promotion available on iTunes

The “Single of the Week” is now “Free On iTunes,” and it includes TV.

Jimmy Iovine may be talking with artists about exclusive iTunes albums

We have a feeling he has yet to ring up the Ting Tings.

12 Days of Gifts not offered after six years on iTunes

12 days of be happy with what you already have.

Steve Jobs’ deposition says DRM strategy wasn’t anti-competitive

Companies affected by the iTunes updates were “collateral damage.”

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iTunes update fixes podcast issues

On Friday, Apple released a minor software update for the iTunes application for both Mac and Windows. The iTunes update is centered around correcting a bug that prevented iTunes podcast subscribers from being able to view new episodes on the podcast playlist. The update also addresses a problem that caused iTunes to become unresponsive while the user navigated the list of downloaded podcasts.

Apple’s 8th Annual iTunes Festival is set in London in September

Apple has announced that its 8th Annual iTunes Festival will be held in London throughout the month of September. Scheduled to perform during the month-long music celebration are famous artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Blondie, and many more.

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Apple acquires Dr. Dre’s Beats for $3.2 billion

Having been rivals in the audio equipment industry, it’s interesting to know what Apple will do with Beats. The latter’s music streaming services were part of the business deal, so the Cupertino company could be using that. We mentioned last month that Apple is working on a music streaming service, so this must be it.

AppleTell All Night speaks with Robby Takac about J-Rock and iTunes

This April, the indie rock label Good Charamel Records released albums by three outstanding Japanese rock bands: Shonen Knife, Molice, and Pinky Doodle Poodle. That’s a big month, and it prompted me to get into contact with Good Charamel owner and founder Robby Takac to discuss how he ended up working with so many J-Rock acts, what it takes to promote them in the U.S., and how Apple and iTunes has helped (or possibly hurt) the process.

iTunes album review: “The String Arcade” by Dren McDonald

To say “The String Arcade” is an album of popular video game music performed by a string quartet is selling it short. You’ll recognize game titles from arcades (Galaga) to early consoles (Sonic 2) to computers (Secret of Monkey Island) to modern mobile devices (Plants vs. Zombies), but you may not instantly recognize the music itself.

Classic arcade themes opening soon at The String Arcade

This is the kind of thing I like. Having played piano, trombone and bass guitar, I’ve got a pretty decent appreciation for classical music. Having played Intellivision, arcade games, Nintendo, Mac and iDevices, I have a pretty decent appreciation for classic video games, too. When the two come together, you get a project like The String Arcade, which will be released February 11th via CD and digital download.

Apple offering Boxing Day iTunes sales in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada is a bank holiday that typically takes place the day after Christmas, on December 26th. However, sales from retailers are usually held from December 24th until January 2nd, which seems to be the course Apple is also taking. Apple is offering some decent deals on hit iTunes Music albums for about $5.99 from some good artists such as Thirty Seconds to Mars and Arctic Monkeys.