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  • Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s latest payments reader is coming to an Apple store near you, the company tells TechCrunch. The devices will retail for $49 and be available online and in-store throughout the U.S. Launched last fall, Square’s new contraption is NFC-enabled and works with Apple Pay. Now the standard in many countries, it accepts EMV chip cards, which are more secure than credit cards… Read More

  • March 15th Apple Event For iPad, Small iPhone, Some Apple Watch Stuff Is A Go

    March 15th Apple Event For iPad, Small iPhone, Some Apple Watch Stuff Is A Go

    Back when I reported on whether we would see a full new ‘Apple Watch 2.0’ in March (still no), I mentioned that a March event from Apple could still happen — and that likely releases would be an iPad and smaller iPhone. At the time, the event was in a state of flux, according to a couple of sources — basically in a holding pattern that depended on what hardware was… Read More

  • Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Ad-supported iTunes Radio stations have today gone off the air. As we reported earlier this month, Apple decided it would shutter its free streaming iTunes Radio offering, a competitor to Pandora, in an effort to boost subscriptions to its paid service, Apple Music. Going forward, the only free radio option is Apple’s Beats 1 radio – the DJ-hosted station, which Apple is now… Read More

  • iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. Apple will still be offering free radio, however. The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than the Beats Music app, which was recently… Read More

  • Here’s How To Cancel Your Apple Music Subscription

    Here’s How To Cancel Your Apple Music Subscription

    Apple Music launched. We signed up and used it. The three month trial period is over (depending on the actual date that you signed up), though. You were signed up to auto-renew by default but maybe you want to turn that off like I did. Personally? I’m sticking with Spotify and just didn’t use Apple Music enough. You can renew manually if you like. Here’s how to change… Read More

  • Apple Watch’s Airstrip Can Differentiate Between Baby And Mother’s Heart Rate

    Apple Watch’s Airstrip Can Differentiate Between Baby And Mother’s Heart Rate

    Apple announced a new Apple Watch app for healthcare providers today called Airstrip. The app can receive and view vital information sent over to physicians by nurses and staff. Co-founder of Airstrip Dr. Cameron Powell took to the stage at the Apple live event this morning to demonstrate how the app works with the human body – including monitoring heart rate, contractions during… Read More

  • Apple And Cisco Ink Nebulous Enterprise Partnership

    Apple And Cisco Ink Nebulous Enterprise Partnership

    Apple playing nicely with enterprise companies is a sight for sore eyes. The edict that Microsoft has enterprise on lockdown is dissipating. Huge enterprise player Cisco and Apple announced a “Fast Lane” for iOS enterprise users, which promises a more streamlined and optimized experience for those enterprise customers using Cisco networks and products. There aren’t a lot… Read More

  • Apple Music, App Store, Beats1, iTunes Experiencing Outage

    Apple Music, App Store, Beats1, iTunes Experiencing Outage

    Apple and MTV were supposed to announce the Video Music Award nominees. But it looks like many Apple services are down right now, including the iOS and Mac App Store, Apple Music (and Beats1), Apple TV, the iBooks Store, many iTunes services (iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, iTunes U) and the Podcasts app. Read More

  • Apple, The Record Label?

    Apple, The Record Label?

    You better believe that when Apple’s streaming music service comes out later this year, it’s going to come hard. Apple’s MO is to arrive late but with superior firepower, as it did with the iPhone and will with the upcoming Apple Watch. What does that mean for its quest to steamroll Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and everyone else in streaming? I’d bet part of it will be… Read More

  • ‘The Interview’ Is Now Available On iTunes For $14.99

    ‘The Interview’ Is Now Available On iTunes For $14.99

    If you didn’t catch ‘The Interview’ when Sony began offering it for rental or purchase online earlier this week, and aren’t one of the many who have reportedly torrented it, then you may be interested to hear that the controversial flick has landed on iTunes today. Read More

  • Apple’s Best Apps Of 2014 Include Elevate And Threes, Best Of iTunes Lauds Taylor Swift

    Apple’s Best Apps Of 2014 Include Elevate And Threes, Best Of iTunes Lauds Taylor Swift

    Apple has launched its annual Best of iTunes year-end lists, which include Elevate, a brain training app for iPhones and iPads, as well as Threes, the addictive puzzle game. On the media side, Taylor Swift’s 1989 takes Best Album, which isn’t surprising given it was a massive success, as well as the focal point for a debate about the merits of the streaming model of distribution. Read More

  • In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    Spotify may be smarting from the removal of Taylor Swift’s music catalogue from its platform, and Taylor Swift may not care, since she is riding a sales blockbuster in the form of her new album 1989, but it turns out that in the bigger picture, Spotify’s streaming service continues to gain an edge over downloads, specifically via iTunes. Kobalt, a company that helps… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    As we return from Disrupt London, we give you the stories you won’t want to miss from the past week (10/18-10/24). 1. Josh Constine wrote a long form piece called “Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks” about the future of Spotify and what it will take for them to win the music streaming race. 2. Columnist Jon Evans explored the concept of Developaralysis… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

  • Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October

    Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October

    Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and treatment center created to combat not only breast cancer, but also diabetes and other life-threatening diseases including lymphoma and brain cancer. The organization aims to make it easier to… Read More

  • 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

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