Neil Young rips Apple Music over streaming audio quality

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Neil Young takes Apple Music to task for "low quality" audio tracks.
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Canadian rocker Neil Young, an outspoken promoter of high-definition audio, calls out Apple in his latest diatribe about declining standards in the streaming music biz.

While ripping Apple Music for distributing what he calls “low-quality audio,” he throws down the gauntlet and challenges Apple to make music great again.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie

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The producers of Purple Violets took a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
The producers of Purple Violets take a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
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November 20: Today in Apple history: iTunes movie distribution November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes.

A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. Having received limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front of viewers.

Apple Music will miss new Taylor Swift album at launch

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Reputation has arrived.
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Apple Music won’t be streaming Taylor Swift’s new Reputation album when it makes its official debut on November 10.

The Bad Blood singer has decided to hold back from all streaming services for at least a week. Sources claim Swift’s team are still negotiating a release date.

Today in Apple history: iTunes sales hit astonishing new heights

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iTunes coming to Windows proved a smart move for Apple.
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November 6 Today in Apple historyNovember 6, 2003: After porting iTunes to Windows, Apple sets a new record for digital music sales: a massive 1.5 million downloads in one week.

Bringing iTunes to PC users opens up a new, lucrative market for Apple. The record-breaking sales clock in at five times more than the 300,000 downloads Napster (remember it?) achieved in its debut week. And 1.5 million sales is double the 600,000 iTunes downloads per week Apple reported selling to Mac users prior to the Windows release.

Apple’s earnings call will be the calm before iPhone X superstorm

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Apple earnings are on the way.
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Today in Apple history: iTunes video takes world by storm

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Artists like Kanye West helped drive music video downloads past 1 million in less than 20 days.
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October 31: Today in Apple history iTunes video takes world by storm October 31, 2005: Less than three weeks after launching video downloads with iTunes 6, Apple reveals that it has already sold more than 1 million music videos.

Apple’s dive into the online digital video market — with 2,000 music videos, Pixar short films, and a selection of hit TV shows for $1.99 — was the logical next step after selling individual songs on iTunes. Passing the 1 million download benchmark so quickly suggests the plan is a roaring success.

MacX MediaTrans backs up iPhone data the way iTunes should [Giveaway]

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For a limited time, you can grab a free licensed copy of iPhone data syncer MediaTrans.
For a limited time, you can grab a free licensed copy of iPhone data syncing app MediaTrans.
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Why you shouldn’t trust Apple ID prompts in third-party apps

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Not all Apple ID prompts are created equal.
Not all Apple ID prompts are created equal.
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