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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…)

Digital Music Sales Surpass Physical Music Sales, SA still stuck in Stone-Age.

Published by on Jan 6th, 2012, 21 Comments

For the first time digital music sold more than actual physical store sales of music, according to the latest results by Nielsen and Billboard. Digital Sales jumped by 8.4% to take 50.3% of the market. Physical sales dipped by 5%. Here are some interesting facts about this year in digital music sales:

  • For the first time, digital music sales are larger than physical sales; accounting for 50.3% of all music purchases in 2011.
  • Digital track sales set a new record with 1.27 billion sales in 2011; an increase of 100 million sales (8.4%) over 2010.
  • Digital album sales exceeded 100 million for the first time with a new all-time high of 103.1 million sales (up from 86.3 million in 2010); an increase of nearly 20%.
  • Digital album sales accounted for nearly 1 out of every 3 album purchases (31%) in 2011; compared to 26% in 2010, 20% in 2009, 15% in 2008, 10% in 2007 and 5.5% in 2006.
  • Nearly all digital album genres had a positive year in 2011; except for Soundtracks which were down just over 2% compared to 2010.
  • For the last week of 2011 (week ending 1/1/2012), digital album sales set a new high with sales of 3.5 million

Clearly people were eager to download even more music during the festive season, or maybe a lot of people needed to fill up their new music player or phone with some songs. Adele’s 21 was the year’s top selling album, and is also the best selling digital album of all time.

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Apple Announces All You Can Eat Games Subscription Service on the iPad with Big Fish

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2011, No Comments

 

Apple has been pretty late to the subscription game for its iTunes store, and has only recently started offering its iTunes Match service in the US. But Apple has now made a deal with Big Fish Games, the creator of games like “Mystery Case Files” and “Mahjong Towers”. The service will give dozens of the Big Fish games for $7 a month.

This will work in a similiar fashion to services like Netflix. Instead of purchasing a game once off, you only pay the subscription fee, and use a internet connection to play the game. You can access a free version of the service which limits the games to 3o minutes a day. This is a significant change for Apple, as they have not used a trial version system of software until now, and the use of a monthly fee for a catalogue of games is a pretty great idea. Right now the user will install the Bigfish app, and then purchase a monthly subscription in app, which is taken from iTunes credit. Apps will be streamed over air, so you might need a decent internet connection.

While iOS games typically have low purchase prices, they tend to have limited game time associated with them. While $5 for a great game is a lot cheaper than other handheld platforms, you eventually stop playing it. We can only hope Apple brings this service to other game publishers as well – only time will tell if someone like EA is willing to work with this type of distribution model.

Oh – this is of course not available in SA, so you will need a US iTunes account to make this work. If you want to be able download Apps, Music, Movies, TV Series etc from the US iTunes store, even if you live in SA, here is how to do it.

Source: Bloomberg

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