Apple has been hitting a lot of milestones this year, reaching 50 billion App Store downloads in May. They’re now celebrating one billion podcast subscriptions with a special section in the iTunes Store that features some of the most popular Podcasts available including This American Life, All Songs Considered, and WTF.
Just before America’s 237th birthday today, Apple celebrated the App Store’s 5th anniversary with a poster that highlights some of the milestones of the popular online store. Apple introduced the App Store alongside the iPhone 3G in 2008, allowing developers to create and sell apps. As a result, the iPhone was able to run third-party applications for the first time.
I opened Pages for iCloud in three different browsers—Safari, Chrome, and Firefox—and found that Safari worked the best which did not come as a surprise to me. Chrome did an okay job, although sometimes it would lag and throw up the rainbow wheel. Worst of them all was Firefox; maybe the worst experience you may have with a browser based document.
As part of its annual sales tradition, this year’s Apple Back to School promo has been officially launched. If you’re a qualified customer—namely a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student or a faculty or staff member from any grade level—you are entitled to a $100 iTunes gift card if you purchase a new Mac.
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).
If you have an iPhone or a Mac or an iPod, you’ll understand the magnitude and wealth of the possibilities on offer in iTunes: games, movies, music, apps, books…all the stuff you want, all in one place. The sad thing about it for me is that until Apple creates a different genre of entertainment altogether, I know exactly what presents I’ll be getting for the rest of my life!
Apple has updated iTunes to add several new features to the update released last month. The last iTunes update added an updated songs view as well as a new Mini Player that allows users to view cover art on the small iTunes control panel. Now, the company has released iTunes 11.0.4 to improve these features further.
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.
Apple’s App Store has achieved yet another milestone, with users downloading over 50 billion apps in about five years. The App Store launched in mid-2008 alongside the company’s iPhone 3G. Since then, the App Store has sold thousands of different applications, and has changed a lot since its original design.