Italian antitrust officials have launched an investigation of Apple, Google, Amazon, and developer Gameloft over the marketing of so-called freemium games. Freemium generally means that an app is free to download, but in-app purchases are all but required to actually play the game for any length of time.
Apple has already released a fix for the /users folder bug that many people encountered after updating to OS X 10.9.3. The bug seemed to make the folder completely disappear, but with a recently released iTunes update, Apple appears to have fixed it, even though the update didn’t include any mention of the folder issue.
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.
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.
We often come across tales from iTunes users complaining about their children making unauthorized in-app purchases, resulting in a hefty credit card bill at the end of the month. It has happened many times, with the parents apparently having no option whatsoever other than paying for the purchases and restricting iDevice access for their children. It seems things are about to change…
Apple’s iTunes Festival is about to come home, with the company bringing it to the United States during SXSW 2014. Apple will be holding five shows from March 11-15 which will be available to all users for free. The shows will be held at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas as a part of the larger annual SXSW (South by Southwest) festival.
According to a report at TechCrunch, Apple is rejecting “Flappy” titled applications from the App Store. Apple notes that attempting to leverage a popular application to achieve success is against App Store rules. A recent title called “Flappy Dragon” was rejected on these grounds, and Apple sent the developer an email, citing the violation of App Store Review Guideline 22.2.
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.
Some international Apple customers are now going to be able to take advantage of Apple’s iTunes Radio streaming service, as Australia has become the first country outside the U.S. to receive the service. Apple launched iTunes Radio in Australia on Monday, kicking off the International rollout that was promised when they first introduced the service.
According to new rumors, Apple has a solution on the way that will make Safari bookmarks available for all users through iCloud.com. While this is currently just speculation, it’s hopefully a strong indication that Apple is still dedicated to expanding their iCloud services beyond Apple devices, and will allow users to access their bookmarks from any web browser on any mobile computer.
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’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.