Today in Apple history: iTunes catalog hits 1 million songs


Apple might start signing artists to contracts, in order to compete with the likes of Spotify. Photo: iTunes/Apple
iTunes hit a major milestone in 2004.
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August10 August 10, 2004: The iTunes Music Store catalog grows to 1 million songs in the United States, a first for an online music service.

Stocking music from all five major record labels and another 600 indies, and with more than 100 millions songs downloaded, the iTunes Music Store is officially established as the world’s No. 1 online music service.

macOS Sierra gets its fifth beta build


macOS Sierra puts Tabs everywhere.
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One week after releasing macOS Sierra beta 4, Apple is already back with a new beta build of its future operating system for Mac that is set for public release later this fall.

Apple mentions in the release notes that it has made bug fixes for Apple Pay, iTunes, Keychain Access and even Microsoft OneDrive in the new build. The upcoming update brings a ton of new features, including Siri for Mac, auto-unlock with Apple Watch, Apple Pay, better iCloud integration and more.

How to use Apple Music inside iTunes with macOS Sierra


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Get the most out of your music with macOS Sierra.
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Apple Music has had a nice clean refresh in macOS Sierra — making it far easier to search for and discover the best Apple’s streaming music service has to offer.

Here’s what tune-lovers need to know when running the new operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.