iTunes Match testing continues with iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2, still no public release

By on November 2, 2011 at 9:20 PM.

iTunes Match testing continues with iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2, still no public release

Apple’s iTunes Match service was supposed to be released to the public by the end of October and while we’re still not sure why the service has been delayed, Apple just released a new beta build of iTunes that allows developers to continue testing the service. Apple’s release notes are as follows:

iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 is now available and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. iTunes Match is also now available for testing on Apple TV.

iTunes Match stores your music library in iCloud and allows you to enjoy your collection from anywhere, any time, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer and now your Apple TV.

The new build, iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2, is available for download immediately from within Apple’s developer portal. Once released, iTunes Match will allow users to mirror their iTunes libraries in iCloud for $25 per year.

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Apple misses iTunes Match launch deadline

By on November 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

Apple misses iTunes Match launch deadline

Apple has failed to make good on its promise to deploy its iTunes Match service by the “end of October.” A beta version of the service, which allows users to access their entire music library in iCloud from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer, originally became available in late August and it was first included in early builds of iTunes 10.5. The service was supported in the latest iTunes 10.5.1 developer build, too, but that version expired on Tuesday. It remains unclear when Apple will officially launch iTunes Match or what is causing the delay. iTunes Match typically wipes a developer’s library before a new version launches, and the last wipe occurred on Thursday. That suggests either a final build or a new developer build of iTunes 10.5 will be rolled out shortly. More →

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Apple releases iTunes 10.5 ahead of iOS 5 availability tomorrow

By on October 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM.

Apple releases iTunes 10.5 ahead of iOS 5 availability tomorrow

Apple on Tuesday released the latest version of its iTunes software to the general public. ITunes 10.5 brings with it several anticipated new features including support for Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud service, and it will be required for users who wish to update an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iOS 5 following its release on Wednesday. Apple’s change log for iTunes 10.5 is as follows:

What’s new in iTunes 10.5

  • iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.
  • Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.
  • Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.
  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.
  • Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • ITunes 10.5 and iOS 5 will also finally enable Wi-Fi synchronization for iOS device users, allowing users to sync devices with iTunes without having to connect to a computer via USB. More →

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    Apple releases iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers

    By on September 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM.

    Apple releases iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers

    Apple released iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers on Friday. Apple said the new release includes a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. The update is required for developers currently testing Apple’s iTunes Match beta. Additionally, Apple reiterated that iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of the beta period. Apple said known issues include:

    • The scan & match feature is not yet complete. Some songs may not match (even if they is available in the iTunes Store) and will be uploaded to iCloud. Other songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.
    • You can only add music to iCloud from one computer at a time.
    • After updating to iOS 5 beta 7, your music may fail to play. If this happens, turn off iTunes Match in Settings > Music, then turn it back on.

    Read on for the full release notes from Apple. More →

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    Three-quarters of revenue among top apps now generated by in-app purchases

    By on September 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM.

    Three-quarters of revenue among top apps now generated by in-app purchases

    Freemium applications are driving in-app purchases according to a new report from Distimo, which was completed for the Verizon Developer Community. It is like getting a free ice cream sample at Baskin-Robbins: give a consumer a taste of something for free and then let them come back for more. Just 4% of all iPhone applications feature in-app purchases but, among the 200 highest-grossing applications in the iTunes App Store, 72% of the application revenue came from those with in-app purchases. That figure is up from just 28% last year. The revenue landscape is similar in the Android Market. 68% of the 25 top-grossing apps in the Android Market offer in-app purchases. Distimo also found that the average application in the iTunes App Store costs $3.84 while the average Android application costs $3.30. More →

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    Massachusetts Attorney General to demand answers from Apple after iTunes breach

    By on September 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM.

    Massachusetts Attorney General to demand answers from Apple after iTunes breach

    Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recently said her iTunes account was compromised by identity thieves and that she will press Apple for answers. It is unclear how the thieves gained access to Coakley’s account, perhaps through an application, but the hackers stole credit card information and made fraudulent purchases, ThreatPost said. Coakley brought up the attack during a speech for the launch of the Massachusetts Advanced Cyber Security Center. She noted that Dell blocked her credit card when the hackers tried to purchase a computer, believing the purchase to be fraudulent. Apple, however, did not. Coakley said she would reach out to the iPhone maker and demand information. ThreatPost argued that Coakley might have been speaking so strongly in an effort to build support for Massachusetts’ state data privacy, data protection and data breach notification laws. Coakley believes companies such as Apple should be held liable when in violation of the aforementioned laws. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office said any company that has had a breach which “creates a substantial risk of identity theft or fraud against a resident of the commonwealth,” should publicly disclose the attack. More →

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    Apple pushes iTunes 10.5 beta 8 to developers, release version nears

    By on September 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM.

    Apple pushes iTunes 10.5 beta 8 to developers, release version nears

    iTunes 10.5 beta 8

    We’re only (presumably) a few weeks away from Apple’s Fall iOS event, and the company seems to be getting most of its ducks in a row. Apple has just released iTunes 10.5 beta 8 for developers, and it contains support for iTunes Match like the previous beta. Sorry iPhone devs — no iOS 5 beta 8 just yet. Apple notes the following issues with the latest iTunes beta:

    • Songs in unsupported formats will not be uploaded to iCloud at this time.
    • The scan & match feature is not yet complete.
    • Some songs may not match (even if they is available in the iTunes Store) and will be uploaded to iCloud.
    • Other songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.
    • You can only add music to iCloud from more than one computer at a time.
    • After updating to iOS 5 beta 7, your music may fail to play.  If this happens, turn of
    • Songs in unsupported formats will not be uploaded to iCloud at this time.
    • The scan & match feature is not yet complete.
    • Some songs may not match (even if they is available in the iTunes Store) and will be uploaded to iCloud.
    • Other songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.
    • You can only add music to iCloud from more than one computer at a time.
    • After updating to iOS 5 beta 7, your music may fail to play.  If this happens, turn off iTunes Match in Settings > Music, and turn it back on.
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    Apple’s iTunes VP Eddy Cue promoted to senior VP of internet software and services

    By on September 1, 2011 at 11:30 PM.

    Apple’s iTunes VP Eddy Cue promoted to senior VP of internet software and services

    Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has promoted iTunes vice president Eddy Cue to senior vice president of internet software and services on Thursday. The letter from Cook, which was sent to Apple employees and obtained by 9to5 Mac, reads as follows:

    It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team.

    Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store, the revolutionary App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and Apple’s innovative iCloud services.

    He is a 22-year Apple veteran and leads a large organization of amazing people. He played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008.

    Apple is a company and culture unlike any other in the world and leaders like Eddy get that. Apple is in their blood. Eddy and the entire executive management team are dedicated to making the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

    Please join me in congratulating Eddy on this significant and well-deserved promotion. I have worked with Eddy for many years and look forward to working with him even closer in the future.

    Tim

    More →

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    iTunes Match now available for developers

    By on August 29, 2011 at 8:45 PM.

    iTunes Match now available for developers

    Apple’s iTunes Match service, which lets you store your entire music collection, including music you have ripped from a CD, or purchased or downloaded elsewhere, is now available for developers for testing. Apple’s iTunes Match service automatically scans your music library and checks your digital music files against Apple’s 18 million plus music library. If Apple has the song, you’re able to play it back at full quality, effectively transforming your library into an iTunes-approved one for only $25/year. Apple is giving developers a three-month extension on the normal 12-month subscription package for their troubles.

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    AirPlay drives iTunes momentum in online movie market share

    By on August 24, 2011 at 1:15 AM.

    AirPlay drives iTunes momentum in online movie market share

    A new report from research firm IHS suggests that Apple’s iTunes share of “consumer spending for movie electronic sell-through (EST) and Internet video on demand (iVOD)” grew during the first half of 2011, the first time since 2009, despite an increase in competition from Walmart and Amazon. iTunes had a 65.8% market share during the first half of this year, up from 64.9% during the first half of 2010. It also had the largest increase in revenue growth among its competitors. “Much of iTunes’ success can be traced to the rising usage of Apple’s AirPlay system, which allows wireless video streaming to consumer electronic devices including televisions,” said IHS research director Arash Amel. “This has expanded the reach of iTunes to new platforms, boosting sales of movies from the system.” Microsoft’s Zune Video Marketplace maintained the second largest share of consumer spending in the market with a 16.2% share, down from 18.5% during the first half of 2010. Walmart’s Vudu service saw the largest share increase among market leaders: it jumped from a 1% share during the first half of last year to a 5.3% share during the first half of 2011. Sony’s PlayStation Store now has a 4.4% share, down from 8.2%, and Amazon’s share grew slightly from to 4% from 4.2%. Read on for the full report. More →

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    Sonos PLAY:3 hands-on

    By on August 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM.

    Sonos PLAY:3 hands-on

    Sonos released a new sibling in their audio lineup recently, and it’s called the PLAY:3. You can think of it as a smaller PLAY:5 (what used to be called the S5), and it is definitely up to par with the level of quality that Sonos is known for. There isn’t an actual subwoofer, rather a tweeter and a couple mid-range speakers, though the unit does offer decent bass and low-end performance. You can also create a stereo pair with two PLAY:3 units if you’d like, using one for a left channel and one for the right channel to fill your entire room with audio. The fact you can add all kinds of music services like Spotify, Pandora, Napster, Rhapsody, Rdio, Last.fm, iheartradio and many more, including your local iTunes library, is straight up mind blowing — all your music in true Sonos fashion is at your fingertips, and it just works. At $299, the PLAY:3 makes jumping into a Sonos setup relatively inexpensive, and a setup consisting of a few PLAY:3 units and PLAY:5 units can really create the perfect music listening experience in your home.

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    Rumored 'iTunes Replay' service won't launch soon according to report

    By on August 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

    Rumored 'iTunes Replay' service won't launch soon according to report

    Apple’s upcoming “iTunes Replay” service is indeed in the works, but the company has yet to sign “cloud agreements” with at least four of the top-six film studios in Hollywood that are necessary in order to launch the service, CNET News reports. As such, the site calls earlier reports that suggested an imminent launch premature. Apple is reportedly working on a service that will allow iTunes users to stream and re-download movies purchased through iTunes. Such a service would require Apple to sign new licensing agreements with motion picture studios in order to secure the appropriate rights that would allow Apple to serve content from the cloud and to multiple devices. According to CNET News, negotiations for these rights could “drag on for months.” The report also mentions a possible hurdle for Apple: HBO. HBO has agreements in place that grant it exclusive digital distribution rights to new movies from three of the six major film studios — 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. — for a certain period of time. HBO’s deals have caused problems for streaming services in the past, and it looks like Apple could be the latest victim. More →

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    Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 [updated]

    By on August 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM.

    Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 [updated]

    Enjoying a quiet Saturday? Well, Apple has just released iOS 5 beta 5 for developers. While the update continues the tradition of bringing OTA updates to iOS devices, beta 5 will require your device to be erased before being able to update — a little frustrating, though it’s obviously not meant for the general public. Apple also released an updated iTunes 10.5 beta 5 and Apple TV beta 4.

    • I have noticed the ability to send a photo from the camera roll directly to the Messages app for iMessage or MMS, additionally the inclusion of a camera button in the camera roll to skip back to the camera after viewing a photo.
    • The terrible autocorrect algorithm seems to have been fixed.
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