You can no longer browse the App Store inside iTunes

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The App Store is back in iTunes 12.6.3.
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Apple donates $5 million to hurricane relief effort

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Satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
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We could get brand new movies on-demand in under a year

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It might not be too long before you can get brand new movies on services like iTunes.
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According to the studio head of 20th Century Fox, a deal allowing customers to watch movies in their own home just weeks after they’ve debuted in theaters is likely to be finalized in the next 6-12 months — with prices set at “less than $50.”

Up until now, media companies like Apple have been pushing for some kind of premium on-demand deal, but negotiations have been slow due to studios dragging their feet. However, at this week’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch media conference in Los Angeles, Fox studio boss Stacey Snider says that finally talks, “have started to coalesce around a concept.”

Today in Apple history: iTunes Store hits 10 million music downloads

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Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" becomes the 10 millionth iTunes song download.
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August 8 Today in Apple history September 8, 2003: Apple reveals that it has sold its 10 millionth iTunes song download. The tune in question? Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.”

Come to think of it, “You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get and you turn it into [success]” describes Apple pretty well in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Apple signs cut-rate streaming deal with Warner Music Group

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Apple will pay less for some of the hottest tracks.
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Apple has reportedly signed its first major music streaming deal since launching Apple Music in 2015.

Sources “familiar with the matter” say it has signed a new, cut-rate agreement with Warner Music Group, and is on the verge of reaching a similar deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

You can now donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts via iTunes

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1,000+ people have so far been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.
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Apple has updated its iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts to start accepting American Red Cross donations for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Tim Cook asked users to join the relief effort in a post made on Twitter over the weekend.

Apple is giving users the option of donating to the cause in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 increments.

Apple invites iTunes users to donate to civil rights advocacy group

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Apple recently made a $1 million donation the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Apple has updated its iTunes desktop and mobile storefronts to grant users the ability to donate money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S. nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.

Users have the option of donating in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 increments. Apple states that 100 percent of donations will be transferred to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and that it won’t share user information with the organization.

Hollywood wants Apple to sell movies within weeks of theater debuts

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The wait for new movies could be just two weeks.
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Hollywood is pushing for iTunes to show the latest blockbuster movies just weeks after they hit the theater.

Sources say a deal between Apple and a number of major studios could be signed as early as next year without the blessing of theater chains. However, talks are currently held up over the price that Hollywood wants to charge for new rentals.

Tim Cook’s letter re: Charlottesville will break your heart

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Tim Cook witnessed the devastating impacts of the KKK while growing up in Alabama during the '60s.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed to employees in an email this week that Apple will make $2 million worth of donations to organizations “who work to rid our country of hate.”

The donations come as a response to the tragic events of Charlottesville which Cook told employees have been deeply troubling for him personally. Cook, who has first hand experience with the devastating impacts of the KKK, took aim at President Donald Trump in his letter for supporting the white supremacists and says that Apple plans to play an important role in bringing about positive change.