Apple ID and iTunes Recovery Key

How to replace your lost Apple recovery key in 8 easy steps

By on December 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

How to replace your lost Apple recovery key in 8 easy steps

After revealing in an in-depth feature how Apple’s iTunes security protocols work after a user enables two-factor authentication, The Next Web’s Owen Williams has published a quick guide on replacing a lost recovery key that you should check out right away, especially if you don’t remember what you did with yours. More →

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iTunes Two-Factor iTunes Authentication

Apple’s two-factor authentication on iTunes can easily turn into your worst nightmare

By on December 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Apple’s two-factor authentication on iTunes can easily turn into your worst nightmare

Apple this year has worked to improve the privacy and security features that protect iOS, OS X and iCloud users, particularly following the embarrassing nude celebrity hacks from September, which were possible thanks to phishing attacks that managed to steal the Apple IDs and passwords of the victims. Apple insisted at the time that users enable its two-factor authentication iTunes security feature to better protect their accounts, but The Next Web reveals that the feature is so secure that it can turn into your worst nightmare in an instant. More →

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Apple iPod and iTunes Antitrust

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

By on December 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

After 7 years, Apple admits to forcefully removing music from iPods without users’ knowledge

Apple is on trial this month, having to defend against allegations that it broke antitrust laws and stifled competition in the music players and downloads businesses with its iPod and iTunes practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs on Wednesday told jurors that between 2007 and 2009 Apple regularly deleted music from iPods that stored downloads from other services, without telling users what was going on. More →

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Apple iTunes Sales Tax

Apple is hardly paying any iTunes taxes in Europe, report alleges

By on November 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Apple is hardly paying any iTunes taxes in Europe, report alleges

Apple has been widely criticized for its tax practices in Europe, where it managed to avoid paying big taxes thanks to the special deals it has in place with Ireland and Luxembourg. A new report from The Australian Financial Review, which cites an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, says that Apple’s iTunes earnings in the region go mostly untaxed as well. More →

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iTunes Beats Music Integration

This is the future of iTunes

By on October 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is the future of iTunes

It’s been a few months since Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but the merging of products and services has only just begun. One of the first questions many of us asked when the acquisition was announced was what would happen to the relatively new Beats Music streaming service. Apple hasn’t provided an answer yet, but The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to report that Beats Music will eventually merge with Apple’s own music service. More →

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U2 Free Album

Bono apologizes for forcing the new U2 album on an unsuspecting public

By on October 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Bono apologizes for forcing the new U2 album on an unsuspecting public

On September 9th, 2014, Apple revealed several new exciting products and services, including the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, but what was supposed to be a fun surprise at the end of the event turned into a baffling debacle. The surprise was that U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, had been automatically stored on everyone’s iTunes account free of charge. Over a month later, Bono has finally apologized for this inconvenience. More →

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Conan Apple U2 Parody

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Conan thinks Apple could do more to help U2 haters

By on September 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Conan thinks Apple could do more to help U2 haters

Inexplicably, the biggest tech-related controversy of the month has without a doubt been the release of U2’s new album. When Tim Cook and Bono announced that Songs of Innocence would be injected into everyone’s iTunes account without their permission, the Internet proceeded to lose its collective mind. There were op-eds, angry tweets and enough vitriol to force Apple to provide a simple solution for removing the album that it paid $100 million to give out for free. But what if Apple didn’t go far enough? More →

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Delete U2 Album iTunes

How to get rid of the U2 album that Apple put in your iTunes account

By on September 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

How to get rid of the U2 album that Apple put in your iTunes account

Most of the announcements Apple made last Tuesday were greeted with applause from the audience and general praise from the Internet, but everyone was understandably unsure of how to react when U2 appeared to reveal that their new album had been injected into every iTunes account without our permission. For many, this strange, but ultimately harmless, gesture struck a nerve, which has forced Apple to give disgruntled iTunes users a way to quickly remove the album from their libraries. More →

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U2 Auto Download on iPhone and iPad

U2’s latest album is already on your iOS device because Apple told you it’ll put it there… sort of

By on September 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

U2’s latest album is already on your iOS device because Apple told you it’ll put it there… sort of

As rumored in the days preceding the Apple’s iPhone 6 event, U2 made an appearance at the highly anticipated keynote not only to perform, but also to announce that its latest album will be available as a free download to all iTunes users until October 13. What Apple didn’t specifically say is that it’ll force the download on all iOS devices – at least sort of – soon after the announcement, although in Tim Cook’s conversation with Bono, the CEO said that Apple could send the album to all of its iTunes subscribers, if “it gave it away for free,” thus making it the largest album release of all time. More →

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U2 Songs of Innocence Free Download

The secret reason Apple is giving U2’s album away for free… and how to get it

By on September 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

The secret reason Apple is giving U2’s album away for free… and how to get it

It turns out that most of the U2 rumors were true, Apple did invite U2 to perform on stage during the iPhone 6 event and the band’s latest album will be available as a free download to iTunes users for about a month. Did Apple do it just because it has a special relationship with the band? Business Insider thinks it has figured out the secret reason for Apple’s decision to pay for the all the free U2 album downloads that will take place through October 13. More →

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Apple iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Download Speeds

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

By on August 1, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

Apple is apparently working hard on improving iTunes content download speeds for users, Streaming Media reports, with the company having already deployed its own content delivery network (CDN) that’s already serving some digital content to users, and having inked interconnect deals with ISPs to make sure content delivery gets prime treatment. More →

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Best iTunes Concept

This sleek iTunes concept is more gorgeous than any software Apple has ever made

By on May 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

This sleek iTunes concept is more gorgeous than any software Apple has ever made

We’ve covered enough smartphone concepts in the past few months at BGR to fill up the rest of the year, so we decided to mix it up today with what might be the best redesign for iTunes we’ve ever seen. Concept artist Brye Kobayashi has mocked up a concept for iTunes that does away with all the clutter of Apple’s recent updates while reconnecting the design style with previous versions of the software. The results are stunning. More →

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Make It Rain Addictive iOS Game

Here’s a guaranteed way to make money on your smartphone – with a catch

By on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Here’s a guaranteed way to make money on your smartphone – with a catch

Make It Rain: The Love of Money is the latest addictive iOS game that has gone viral in the App Store, Re/code reports, having been downloaded 1.6 million times and raking in $50,000 per day from in-app purchases and ads. The game lets users make money on their smartphones – lots of cash – but there’s a catch: It’s only virtual cash they can spend in the game. More →

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