iTunes Movie/TV Rentals and Purchases
Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app–which is released annually—is finally getting to the more robust offerings such as movies and TV shows. The application offers customers a free gift every day for 12 days after Christmas. Up until now, the app has offered select songs from artists Lorde and Justin Timberlake, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 book, and an episode of ABC TV’s, Once Upon a Time. Now, Apple is offering customers Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film, Hugo, to iTunes users in the United States and Canada, while international users of the app will get the Christmas classic, Home Alone.
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.
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.
Got yourself an iTunes gift card for Christmas? Sweet! Apple doesn’t do a great job of explaining how to redeem an iTunes gift card with the App Store app, but it’s very simple. Here’s how you do it. Remember, though, that gift cards have to be redeemed in the iTunes store of the country in which the card was purchased.
As they do every year around the holidays, Apple has published the “App Store Best of 2012.” The annual list was previously known as “iTunes Rewind.” Apple’s staff has chosen their favorite list of winners and runners-up for this year in music, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts and apps.
Apple has updated iTunes v11 to fix a few bugs and bring back duplicate finder functionality. Apple has also made some stability enhancements to their iTunes Music Store. iTunes v11.0.1 will squash a bug that prevented users from seeing their purchased items in iTunes Match subscription service, along with an issue that kept the AirPlay icon from showing up.
Last Week, Apple’s iTunes 11 was finally released to the public, offering new features and a resigned interface. However, many Apple forum users have been voicing concerns about critical software bugs found in the new software. Now, AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg has reported that Apple will soon be launching a software update for iTunes 11.
Traditionally, the only way to redeem iTunes Gift Card codes was by typing the unique 16-character code into your computer or iDevice. In iTunes 11, Apple has added the ability to snap a photo of the code using your computer’s camera. Once users have done that, iTunes will verify the code and automatically transfer the funds to the user’s iTunes account.
iTunes 11 brings a new user interface to Apple’s “viewing, listening, browsing, and shopping” software, along with deeper integration with their iCloud service, which allows users to sync and share media content with several Apple devices. The update also supports social media clients such as Facebook and Twitter. This also means users can finally say good-bye to Apple’s failed Ping music-oriented social networking service.