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Samsung’s first TVs with AirPlay 2 and iTunes are now on sale

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iTunes is now available on some Samsung TVs.
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The first wave of AirPlay 2 enabled TVs are already here.

After revealing at CES 2019 that some of its new TVs would ship with an iTunes Store app and AirPlay 2 support, Samsung announced today that its QLED TVs are shipping out now. Sharing video from your iPhone to the big screen just got a whole lot easier.

Make TV shows and movies look great in iOS with iFlicks 3

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iFlicks makes your movies look awesome.
iFlicks makes your movies look awesome.
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If you like to add movies and TV shows to your iTunes library, or to the Videos app on your iPhone and iPad, then you should be using iFlicks. iFlicks is an app that takes these plain video files and makes them beautiful. It adds artwork and metadata, and even converts them to a nice, iTunes- and iOS-friendly format. And now iFlicks 3 is out, with some great new features.

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Apple apparently not ending iOS downgrades

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The official iOS 12 release date is next week, but you can download it now.
The newest beta of iTunes blocks people from downgrading their iPhone to an earlier iOS version, but it’s apparently a bug not a feature.
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The most recent beta of iTunes reportedly won’t allow iPhone and iPad owners to reinstall an older iOS version. This is apparently the result of a bug rather than a change of policy by Apple.

It seems Apple will continue to allow users to downgrade to a previous version if a serious problem is found in a new one.

Vizio kicks off AirPlay 2 beta test in U.S. and Canada

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Vizio will soon add AirPlay 2 support to some of its most recent TV sets, and you can try it out early by signing up for the new beta test in the United States and Canada.

AirPlay 2 support will let you stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac — including 4K movies you’ve purchased on iTunes. It will also allow you to control your set from an iOS device.

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This app lets you skip iTunes to recover lost iPhone data easily and precisely.
This app lets you skip iTunes to recover lost iPhone data easily and precisely.
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If you need to deal with data on iOS or Android devices, iSkysoft Toolbox can help.
If you need to deal with data on iOS or Android devices, iSkysoft Toolbox can help.
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Today in Apple history: iTunes rips its way onto Mac

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Do you remember the first iTunes slogan?
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January 9 Today in Apple historyJanuary 9, 2001: Steve Jobs introduces customers to iTunes at Macworld.

In a world before the iPod or the iTunes Store, iTunes is simply described by Apple as, “the world’s best and easiest to use jukebox software that lets users create and manage their own music library on their Mac.” Even the biggest Apple fanboy can’t imagine just how significant a step this will be for Apple.

Apple starts charging iTunes and Apple Music sales tax in Canada

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iTunes and Apple Music just got a bit pricier in Canada.
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iTunes purchases have undergone a slight shakeup in Canada, as Apple Canada has started charging sales tax on top of its standard prices.

This applies to music, movie rentals, audiobooks, Apple Music subscriptions, and more. The move is in line with a new digital sales tax for non-resident suppliers which came into effect on January 1, 2019.