All items tagged with "iTunes"

App Store, iTunes and other Apple services are down

Ain't that just the way that life goes down, down, down, down. Photo: Apple

Ain’t that just the way that life goes down, down, down, down. Photo: Apple

Update: Apple has updated its service status page to reflect the problem, although there’s still no word on when it will be fixed.

Apple is having problems with a number of its services, with the iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store all experiencing sporadic outages, while app submission service iTunes Connect is also down and beta testing platform TestFlight is unavailable to some.

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Apple will kill free music with Beats revamp

Beats redesign is coming to WWDC 2015. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Beats redesign is coming to WWDC 2015. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple will supposedly unveil a big redesign of Beats Music in June, but if you are hoping it will come with a free, ad-supported tier, you’re going to be out of luck.

Apple wants to help music labels kill free music streaming by inking deals that will give subscribers exclusive access to albums before they hit rival players like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.

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Apple ordered to feed patent troll $533 million

The lesser-spotted patent troll. Photo: Andrew Becraft/Flickr CC

Want… Apple… money. Photo: Andrew Becraft/Flickr CC

Apple has been ordered to shell out $532.9 million to a patent troll after apparently infringing on intellectual property with iTunes features related to data storage and managing access through payment systems.

The fee was awarded by a Texas court, and was positioned between the $852 million Smartflash was seeking in damages and the $4.5 million Apple had argued for.

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iTunes and AOL end their love affair

All good things must come to an end. Photo: iTunes

All good things must come to an end. Photo: iTunes

Many of us have had AOL accounts throughout the years, but if you’re still using your AOL account to log into iTunes, you’re soon to be S-O-L: Apple has just announced that customers who use an AOL username to sign-in to iTunes will need to convert to an Apple ID before March 31st.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with these great apps, movies and books

Photo: Cult of Mac

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your favorite apps. Photo: Cult of Mac

The Year of the Goat is finally upon us and to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, Apple has curated a special section in iTunes full of apps, movies, books, and music to mark the special occasion.

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Siri lets you relive your audio misadventures

Want to see all the songs you've found via Siri or iTunes Radio? Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Want to see all the songs you’ve found via Siri or iTunes Radio? Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac


iOS 8 includes Shazam — a magical technology that gives your iPhone the power to listen to a song and tell you what it is. In the car, at a movie theater, or even at a crowded bar, you can just ask Siri, “What song is playing?” or hold your home button for a few seconds, and your iPhone will use Shazam tech to tell you exactly what song is in your environment. You can also (surprise) buy the song you just recognized via a little button in the results screen.

But what if you want to buy it later? Or remember what song was playing at the bar last night when that cute girl gave you her number? You can easily do just that with a quick trip to iTunes on your iPhone.

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Can Drake’s surprise album re-create ‘Beyonce effect’ on iTunes?

Can Drake’s surprise album re-create ‘Beyonce effect’ on iTunes?

Drake’s new mixtape could be big for both him and Apple. Photo: Brennan Schnell/Flickr CC

To use hip hop parlance, Canadian rapper hip hop artist Drake has “dropped” a new surprise mixtape on iTunes. The precursor to his next studio album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” is a 17-track opus — announced late Thursday via Drake’s Twitter.

Boasting guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR, the mixtape is expected to be the artist’s last under his current contract with label Cash Money Records.

However, while hip hop-heads will no doubt see the release as the big news here (and, if you’re a Drake fan, check out the track “You & The 6”), for Apple-watchers it’s significant for another reason.

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Apple aims much higher than Spotify with upcoming music service

Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Andre Young, and Eddie Cue. Photo: Apple

Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Andre Young, and Eddy Cue. Photo: Apple

Apple plans to launch a new streaming music service this spring, but music industry insiders say Apple isn’t trying to just compete with Spotify, it wants to become the music business.

Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine were two of the most in-demand people at this year’s Grammys. Eddy Cue and iTunes VP Robert Kondrk were also in attendance according to a new report from Billboard, which claims artists and labels execs alike were lined up at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala to get a meeting with the biggest names in tech that are now poised to take on music, again.

Jimmy Iovine has devoted recent weeks to meeting senior execs at major and indie labels to talk about the new music service that will launch by summer at the latest and come alongside a major redesign of the iTunes Store as the company struggles to adapt to decline music sales.

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How to enable that sexy new iTunes Notification Center widget

Quicker than switching to iTunes, for sure. Screengrab: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Quicker than switching to iTunes, for sure. Screengrab: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

The advent of iTunes 12.1 gave us a sweet new widget that lets you control iTunes from the Notification Center’s Today section, without ever having to switch to the app itself. You can even favorite songs and buy currently playing tracks if you’re listening to iTunes Radio.

Unfortunately, this widget doesn’t seem to appear by default. To enable it, you need to drop into System Preferences. Here’s how to get it up and running.

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Who says Apple doesn’t care about backward compatibility?

Who says Apple doesn't care about backwards compatibility? Photo: Matthew Pearce

Who says Apple doesn’t care about backward compatibility? Photo: Matthew Pearce

Apple has a reputation for not being afraid to move on.

Buy a new iPhone, and you’re lucky if iOS supports your device just four years down the line. Buy a Mac? Apple’s constantly making older models obsolete with every new OS X release. Heck, there’s an entire ocean of old PowerPC apps that were orphaned by Apple when they migrated to Intel.

Yet Apple isn’t without loyalty to the gadgets that once made it great. Case in point: If you plug a first-gen iPod into your modern-day Mac, iTunes 12 will still sync with it.

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