Apple releases “Best of 2014″ lists on iTunes

Published by on Dec 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

Apple-Best142014 is on its back and it is the time of year where people start compiling “The best of”-lists. Apple has announced its favorite apps, music, movies, TV shows and books of the year on the iTunes Store. Each country receives its specific “best-of” category winners and if you are looking to buy the best apps, movies or music before 2015 arrives this will probably be your first stop. (more…)

Report: Apple to integrate Beats Music into iTunes

Published by on Oct 27th, 2014, No Comments

Beats Music

The Apple and Beats deal finally became official in August and since then, speculations have been running high as tow hat the next step is for Apple and Dr. Dre’s Beats.

Besides their business of selling high-end headphones, Beats also run a music streaming service called Beats Music, in case you didn’t know. For quite some time now, rumours have been flying about Apple planning to integrate Beats Music into iTunes.

New reports by the Wall Street Journal as well as TechCrunch suggest that the Beats Music, iTunes integration is well on it’s way, with some speculating that the new roll out might come as early as Q1 next year.

The Wall Street Journal quotes a singular source – “a person familiar with the matter” – as having confirmation of the plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes:

“Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

But exactly why is Apple so interested in Beats Music and why would they want to incorporate it into their already highly successful iTunes?  (more…)

U2 releases free album on iTunes

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

U2 AppleOK, so everybody can breath again. Apple day is over, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been announced alongside the really good looking Apple Watch. You have to say since the passing of Steve Jobs, the annual Apple event has lost some of its charm and excitement. Not that Tim Cook isn’t good at hosting the show, he just isn’t Steve Jobs. So to make things more exciting and to cap of last night’s evening Apple had “one more thing” to share with the audience, U2, and they came bearing gifts… (more…)

Apple announces line up for iTunes Festival 2014

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 2 Comments


It’s that time of the year again – where we can all get excited about a month long music festival streamed directly to our smartphones. It’s time for the 2014 iTunes Festival.

Today, Apple announced the first batch of artists set to perform at this year’s festival which is being held in London, instead of the US as previous years.

The festival will take place in Camden in north London at the world famous Roundhouse venue all throughout September, from the 1st to the 30th.

As Apple says, the festival promises to bring us 30-days of exceptional performances by some of the world’s best artists; the likes of which include Pharrell, Maroon 5, Kasabian, Sam Smith, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and even legendary, Debbie Harry fronted rock band, Blondie.

But don’t get too upset if you don’t see your favourite performer on that list, Apple will gradually announce more acts as we get closer to the date.  (more…)

Apple considering iTunes Store for Android

Published by on Mar 24th, 2014, 6 Comments


The only problem with iTunes as a place to get cheap music is that you have to have an Apple device to take advantage of it (if you don’t have a Windows PC). There are multitudes more Android devices out there than Apple devices, and Apple might look to take advantage of the vast numbers. (more…)

iTunes Radio streaming in Australia. Where next?

Published by on Feb 12th, 2014, No Comments

iTunes radio

It was only a matter of time before iTunes Radio became available outside of the United States. The first country to receive the music streaming service outside of the US is Australia. Listeners on the island nation can get the same personalized radio streams as their American counterparts, and they can get rid of all the ads if they fork out $35 AUD per year for an iTunes Match subscription.

It seems that the service will become available to the UK, New Zealand and Canada next, with no word on further expansion plans. Other European countries are surely to follow shortly thereafter. We have no idea if Apple is planning to bring iTunes Radio to Africa at all, but as soon as we do we will report on it. (more…)

Infographic: The online music market – iTunes turns 10!

Published by on Apr 25th, 2013, No Comments


On the 28th of April 2013, Apple will celebrate 10 years of iTunes. Since the humble beginnings of this online music concept,  iTunes has blossomed into the first successful commercial online music store with its 99cents a song deal. Its success was intrinsically linked to the then new Apple iPod. Today it remains the biggest online music store, a full 10 years later.

The Onion news took a bit of a satirical view on the 10 years of iTunes:

  • Nov. 4, 2002: The iTunes Store is first conceived of when the revolutionary idea “I would like more money” strikes Apple CEO Steve Jobs out of the blue.
  • Apr. 28, 2003: The iTunes Store launches with the Bay Area band Steve and the Jobtones as its featured artist.
  • Jan. 5, 2004: iTunes briefly adds new and used automotive parts to its store. (more…)

Apple finally releases iTunes 11 – What is New?

Published by on Nov 30th, 2012, No Comments

Apple’s iTunes software has long been a polarizing piece of software – some people love it, others use it just because it is needed for proper use of any iDevice. In its previous versions Apple has never moved away from its “folder view” on the left, with music on the right style. But in the last few years there has been a massive shift to simplified interfaces, partially thanks to iOS and Android interfaces.

If there was ever a piece of software that needed to be simplified, iTunes was it. Every few years the interface gets a subtle refresh, but iTunes 11 is a major refresh (at least from a user interface level).  After some delays, iTunes 11 is here, and its a free download. So what is new, and is it worth upgrading? (more…)