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  • Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

    Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

    Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or… Read More

  • Apple Lets You Preserve Your Musical Taste With A U2 Album Removal Tool

    Apple Lets You Preserve Your Musical Taste With A U2 Album Removal Tool

    Apple listens to user feedback, which is evident by the introduction of a new tool that lets users remove the U2 album Songs of Innocence from their iTunes library entirely (via 9to5Mac). The album was given away to all of the over 500 million iTunes registered users as part of Apple’s new iPhone 6 launch last week. But some users (like our own Matt Burns) weren’t thrilled to find… Read More

  • Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album. Read More

  • Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russia’s online music businesses march to the beat of their own drum. But they’re about to get one well-financed leader to call the tune as music streaming service Zvooq closes on $20 million in new funding. One of the critical problems for music in Russia is online piracy. Indeed, last week, a group of record labels including Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner… Read More

  • Apple Rolls Out iTunes Pass For In-Store iTunes Account Top-Ups

    Apple Rolls Out iTunes Pass For In-Store iTunes Account Top-Ups

    Apple has a new way to load up your iTunes account with funds, and it makes use of Passbook – just hit the “Redeem” button in the iTunes Store and when you’re in an Apple Retail location, you can call up your iTunes Pass in Passbook and an Apple sales associate can scan it, take a payment via card or cash, and your iTunes balance will be updated right away. The… Read More

  • Apple Will Operate Beats Music’s Streaming Service Separately From The iTunes Download Store

    Apple Will Operate Beats Music’s Streaming Service Separately From The iTunes Download Store

    Apple just bought Beats, but rather than risk cratering iTunes download sales by evolving it into a streaming service, it will operate Beats Music’s streaming service in parallel to give listeners an all-they-can-hear subscription option. This confirms my scoop from last week that Apple wanted to run the two separately to allow for a graceful transition as download sales decline and… Read More

  • MLB Fan Podcasts Removed From iTunes To Return Shortly

    MLB Fan Podcasts Removed From iTunes To Return Shortly

    Over the last couple of days there’s been a furor in the podcasting community related to the removal of some MLB fan-produced shows being unceremoniously removed. The long and short of it is that there was an error made and that the podcasts should return to iTunes over the next few days. Read More

  • Apple Gets Its 30% Take On Office 365 Subscriptions Microsoft Sells Through Office For iPad

    Apple Gets Its 30% Take On Office 365 Subscriptions Microsoft Sells Through Office For iPad

    Microsoft is not just placating user demand with the Office for iPad apps it launched today; it’s also selling Office 365 subscriptions directly within the app. Those subs are worth a pretty penny to Microsoft, as it collects a recurring revenue stream starting at $99 per year per user from Office 365, but it turns out Apple also reaps a reward from sales made through the iPad… Read More

  • Vevo Will Live Stream The iTunes Music Festival On iOS, Apple TV And Mac

    Vevo Will Live Stream The iTunes Music Festival On iOS, Apple TV And Mac

    Vevo announced this morning it will begin streaming the iTunes Festival at SXSW starting today, going through Saturday, March 15th, for users of the Vevo iOS and Apple TV applications, as well as Mac users via the Safari web browser. The concerts will be available in real-time, allowing those not in Austin to experience what’s arguably one of the better parts of the entire SXSW… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Lip Sync

    Gillmor Gang: Lip Sync

    The Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — Boy, the way Glenn Miller played, those were the days. The Gang was a deck stacked against the Gillmor young versus old, Lorde versus The Stones. Just when we finally convinced everybody Beatles was spelled with a Capital T. The talent drought continues. Sure, there are great artists. And… Read More