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.
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.
pple is really pushing the Back to School sales this year, now offering an iTunes album sale for numerous popular artists. The new Back to School discount drops the price of albums to as low as $6.99, and also works in tandem with with Apple’s “Complete My Album” feature. I think this is a great discount, especially because a lot of people are looking for new songs to dance along to as they head back to school and work after the long summer break.
Apple’s iTunes Radio terms with independent record labels have been a mystery until now. Since iOS 7 hasn’t been released, the service has yet to be used on a large scale, and labels aren’t getting many royalties as a result. However, The Wall Street Journal has revealed the terms for iTunes Radio after the company sent them to each label. The report shows Apple is currently paying out 0.13 cents to record labels every time a song is played, in addition to 15% of the net advertising revenue.
Rumors have been swirling around a new radio service by Apple, and during the company’s WWDC 2013 keynote, they delivered. As previously rumored, iTunes Radio will allow users to discover new music based on artists that they like, and will also let users listen to a song as many times as they like (with ads playing in-between of course).
Apple has announced that it will be holding its annual iTunes Festival in London again this year. The festival consists of performances by many notable artists, including Justin Timberlake, Jack Johnson, and Jessie J. It will be held in September at The Roundhouse where different artists will perform each day for the full 30 days of the month.
Apple’s rumored iRadio service may be delayed beyond the expected launch during the company’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). According to a report from CNET, negotiations between Sony and Apple have been delayed over an issue with song-skipping. Currently, Universal Music is the only record company that has completed a deal with Apple.
Apple has released an iTunes update, bringing it to version 11.0.3, with new additions to the mini-player feature that allows users to play music in a compact square from the corner of their screen. Users have full control of their music, and can organize it with the Up Next feature. With the update, the mini-player also gets album artwork and a progress bar.
April 28th of this year will mark the iTunes Store 10th Anniversary. And to celebrate a decade of revolutionizing the world of music distribution, Apple has posted a Decade of iTunes micro-page at the iTunes store-front to honor the event. Visitors to iTunes will immediately notice the interactive timeline in front of the iTunes Store, giving fans a quick look at how the music store has matured over the years.
Apple made a minor update to the iTunes Store this week, giving customers the choice to store music and video purchases for later downloading. The new “Later” or “Download” option window appears in iOS 6 and in iTunes 11 when users purchase music, movies or TV shows. Users will need to have an iCloud account activated to use this feature.
Despite the horror stories you may hear about Apple customer service, give them a chance next time something goes wrong, be it your fault or theirs. You might save yourself some money…and you could just end up with a new best friend in the process. A Single White Female kind of best friend, but a best friend nonetheless!
iTunes update v11.0.2 is now available from Apple with a slew of enhancements and bug fixes. The update makes improvements on how iTunes handles large music files, solving the issue of some users whose purchases weren’t showing up in their iTunes library. In addition, iTune v11.0.2 comes with a new Composer view for Music.