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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.

Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts digital giveaway is on

As previously announced, Apple’s annual Holiday giveaway is starting today via the 12 Days of Gifts iOS app, which was released a couple of weeks ago. And what a way to kick off this annual gig but with free songs from one of the hottest singers in the world today: Justin Timberlake. That’s right, you can fire up your 12 Days of Gifts iOS app now and download two songs and videos from Justin’s performance from the iTunes Festival: London 2013 EP.

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I’m pretty much disgusted by iTunes today

First of all, I’m not the kind of guy who hates things just because they’re popular. I am, however, the kind of guy who hates the marketing machine. For example, when OK Go was a band, I thought they were pretty good. When they became an ad agency, I lost all interest (it didn’t help that their third album was pretty much unlistenable…by design!). And because I hate the marketing machine, I hate iTunes today.

Apple giving away free Christmas music on Apple Store iOS app

Through the Apple Store iOS app, customers can purchase new products, check for upgrades on their iPhone and essentially browse the Online Apple Store in the mobile form. Apple has offered many free items to customers as an incentive to use it, and today they began giving away free Christmas music through the Apple Store iOS application.

Apple TV gets iTunes Radio via software update

Just days after Apple released iOS 7 to the public, the company reminded us they haven’t forgotten about those millions of Apple TV users. Apple has updated the software to v6.0, adding new features and functionality such as iTunes Radio, AirPlay from iCloud, iCloud Photos and Videos, and iTunes Music Store.