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Why Apple Should Start Streaming Games

Why Apple Should Start Streaming Games

iOS gaming could be greatly improved if Apple invested some of its billions into a game streaming service.

On Monday, Sony Computer Entertainment acquired cloud-based game streaming company Gaikai for around $380 million in a move that is sure to excite fans of the company’s PlayStation devices. If the Japanese company uses its purchase to create a compelling alternative to OnLive, it has the potential to gain a huge advantage over rivals like Microsoft and Nintendo.

The same service could provide an even bigger advantage to Apple. In fact, there are a number of reasons why the Cupertino company should use its ever-increasing cash pile to make Mac and iOS gaming even greater.

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Apple Brings The iTunes Store To 12 Additional Countries In Asia Today

Apple Brings The iTunes Store To 12 Additional Countries In Asia Today

The iTunes Store extends its reach across Asia today.

Just days after opening the App Store to 32 additional countries, Apple released a press release this morning to announce that the iTunes Store is also extending its reach to another nine countries in Asia today, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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Amazon Is Negotiating With Record Labels To Launch Its Own iTunes Match Competitor [Report]

Amazon Is Negotiating With Record Labels To Launch Its Own iTunes Match Competitor [Report]

Coming soon to Amazon?

Amazon is said to be in the final stages of negotiations with record labels over licensing deals that would allow the online retailer to launch a competitor to iTunes Match. It has reportedly reached agreements with Universal Music Group and EMI already, and is now close to wrapping up deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Bros. as well.

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You Can Finally Stream Your Tracks Using iTunes Match In iOS 6

You Can Finally Stream Your Tracks Using iTunes Match In iOS 6

We’re not quite sure how we missed this, but we did: in iOS 6’s first beta, iTunes Match has gone from a download-only service to a true streaming music service. It’s about time.

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iTunes Match Rolling Out To More Countries, Now Available In Italy, Greece, Portugal, Austria

iTunes Match Rolling Out To More Countries, Now Available In Italy, Greece, Portugal, Austria

iTunes Match in Italy! (image courtesy of MacStories.net)

Apple’s iTunes Match service is rolling out to more countries across the globe, including Italy, Greece and Portugal. The music storage and streaming service can be purchased directly in the iTunes Store.

This marks Apple’s second major international rollout of iTunes Match to date, following the service’s expansion to parts of Latin America and Europe back in January.

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Apple Developing New HD Audio File Format That Adapts To Bandwidth [Rumor]

Apple Developing New HD Audio File Format That Adapts To Bandwidth [Rumor]

Do you want to rock? Well get ready to enjoy your favorite Justin Bieber tunes in crisp, clear, audio HD, because according to a new rumor, Apple is hard at work developing a new audio file format that will offer adaptive streaming to provide high- or low quality files to iCloud users based on their current bandwidth capacities. Apple’s new format could mean users will have the ability to download high-definition audio to their iOS device via iTunes Match.

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Friday Night Fights: Google Music vs. iTunes Match [Feature]

Friday Night Fights: Google Music vs. iTunes Match [Feature]

Friday Night Fights: Google Music vs. iTunes Match [Feature]Laaaaaaaaaaadies and Gentlemen, welcome to Friday Night Fights, a new series of weekly deathmatches between two no-mercy brawlers who will fight to the death — or at least agree to disagree — about which is better: Apple or Google, iOS or Android?

After this week’s topic, someone’s going to be spitting teeth. Our question: What’s the better music-in-the-cloud service? Google Music or iTunes Match?

In one corner, we have the 900 pound gorilla, Cult of Mac; in the opposite corner, wearing the green trunks, we have the plucky upstart, Cult of Android!

Place your bets, gentlemen! This is going be a bloody one.

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iTunes Match Is Ruining The Lives Of Customers And Rappers By Censoring Explicit Tracks

iTunes Match Is Ruining The Lives Of Customers And Rappers By Censoring Explicit Tracks

Nothing helps me turn my swag on more than when I’m listening to rap music during my morning jogs. Swimming in a tidal wave of beats fused with magically crass lyrics, I get this uncontrollable tick that slowly mutates into spasms of weird arm movements as I trot along. I think it’s called “crunking”, but I’m not sure. All I know is I need my terribly cheesy rap music to survive my jogs, but today I loaded up songs on my iPhone using iTunes Match and there was a subtle but devastating difference in the tracks I listened to: all the curse words were gone!

iTunes Match had successfully filtered out all the profane and derogatory words by changing the tracks to clean versions of the albums, which pretty much ruined my jog because I was really really wanting to sing along and drop 50 “F-bombs” a minute. Maybe this is just a rare glitch in iTunes Match’s system, but it’s a travesty tantamount to treason in my eyes and I want it fixed.

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iTunes Match Is Now Open To An Additional 19 Countries Across Latin America & Europe

iTunes Match Is Now Open To An Additional 19 Countries Across Latin America & Europe

Apple has expanded the reach of iTunes Match this week by adding support for an additional 19 countries across Latin America and Europe. The music matching service, which only launched late last year, is now available to users in 37 countries in total.

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Apple Attempts To Explain iTunes Match With A Dedicated Webpage And Video

Apple Attempts To Explain iTunes Match With A Dedicated Webpage And Video

Apple has felt the need to create a dedicated webpage and how-to video for iTunes Match, the company’s new music service. iTunes Match became available for US customers in November, while 17 other countries were added to the availability list last week.

The new webpage for iTunes Match is home to a handy video walkthrough and more details about the service, including a 10-question FAQ.

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