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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Apple iTunes 24-Bit Music

Here’s one way Apple might make you care about iTunes again

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Here’s one way Apple might make you care about iTunes again

Can iTunes stay relevant in the era of Pandora and Spotify? That’s a key question that Apple is trying to answer as it mulls a major overhaul of its iconic digital music store that has seen revenues from music sales drop in recent years while streaming services have grown ever-more popular. MacRumors points us to a recent rumor posted by music blogger Robert Hutton, who says that Apple is planning to introduce 24-bit lossless audio files to the iTunes Store, which would vastly improve the sound quality of any songs you buy through it. More →

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Apple iTunes Store Overhaul

Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by Pandora

By on April 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by Pandora

Back in the days when MP3s were all the rage, Apple’s iTunes Store was the go-to place to pick up music for your iPod. But now that streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify have made it cheaper than ever to just stream music to our devices, people have stopped shelling out money for MP3s. This is a problem for Apple, which has seen digital music sales steadily decline even after it launched its iTunes Radio streaming service last year in an effort to get more people to buy music they like. More →

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iTunes DRM Removal

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

By on March 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

Less than a decade ago, digital rights management (DRM) debates were as common and heated as online privacy debates are today. Apple’s iTunes was, of course, the biggest digital music distribution center that utilized DRM, but in 2009 Apple finally caved and ditched its digital file-protection solution. But what about all the music people purchased before 2009 that is digitally locked to just a few devices? As it turns out, dumping the DRM on your old iTunes purchases is remarkably easy. More →

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iTunes Android App Launch

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

By on March 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

Apple is apparently working on various music-related products meant to counter the effect of dropping download sales, with the company currently being rumored to consider both launching a Spotify-like service, but also a standalone iTunes application for Android. Billboard reports that Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about launching such services, although nothing is official just yet. More →

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Digital Video Customer Satisfaction iTunes

iTunes is still America’s favorite digital video platform

By on August 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

iTunes is still America’s favorite digital video platform

Although iTunes doesn’t let users stream video as Netflix and Hulu do, it’s still the favorite digital video platform in the United States. A new survey conducted by analytics firm ForeSee shows that Apple’s iTunes has the highest customer satisfaction out of any major video platform, followed very closely by HBO GO, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. While this may seem counterintuitive since iTunes forces users to download the shows they watch onto their computers, ForeSee says that “users want fast page loads and are dissatisfied when error messages or playback issues occur,” which helps iTunes because it “bypasses… performance issues” normally associated with video streaming. ForeSee’s full press release follows below.
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