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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.