Archive for: itunes

Apple Rolls Out iTunes Tone Store For Texts And Alerts

  • October 12, 2011 2:12 pm

The iPhone and iOS in general may be a bit late to the (officially supported) custom text/alert sound party but…at least the feature is here now. Along with OSX Lion 10.7.2 and iOS 5, Apple today released a new section within the iTunes Store specifically for custom text and alert tones. Getting to the new section can be done via the iTunes Store or by launching Settings > Sounds > Buy More Tones.

Alert tones are priced at $0.99 each.

Apple Kills Off $0.99 TV Rentals. Partners Focusing On iCloud Offerings?

  • August 29, 2011 6:51 am

Apple is killing off $0.99 rentals — at least that’s what the removal of $0.99 rentals from iTunes would seem to elude to. Add to that that any and all support documents relating to iTunes rentals is also missing.

In a slightly perfect world, this would be a sign of Apple experimenting with alternate ways to market and sell TV rentals. Unfortunately, it is likely greed-driven and backwards-thinking movie/TV executives who are to blame for the latest development. TV studios have long maintained that Apple’s “too low” $0.99 price tag “devalues” their content. The only problem: Price/dollar amount does not denote actual “value”. The two are not connected in any shape or form and yet that’s what tv, movie and music studios argue till this day.

Whether the above statement is true or not may never be known. Apple officially responded to requests for comment by AllThingsD simply stating that “customers vastly prefer purchasing TV shows as opposed to renting them”.

iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows. iTunes in the Cloud lets customers download and watch their past TV purchases from their iOS devices, Apple TV, Mac or PC allowing them to enjoy their programming whenever and however they choose.”

Most intriguing, however, is Fox’s response that mentions the price/value argument as well as mentioning ongoing discussions about Apple’s upcoming iCloud functionality.

“After carefully considering the results of the rental trial, it became clear that content ownership is a more attractive long-term value proposition both for iTunes customers and for our business. To further enhance the value of ownership, we are working with Apple to make content available within their new cloud-based service.”

Apple TV customers: Thoughts?

Apple Launching “iTunes Replay” Within Weeks. Re-Download Lost iTunes Content. (Streaming Too?)

  • August 3, 2011 9:26 am

You’d think in the modern age of 2011 we could re-download purchased content via big name digital media providers such as iTunes. But as many of you know, re-downloading lost content often takes a fair amount of groveling to Apple CSRs, if they even give you the option of re-downloading said content at all. But AppAdvice paints a more optimistic picture with claims they have heard and independently verified a new service Apple will allegedly launch in the coming weeks called “iTunes Replay”.

Even more tantalizing than the ability to re-download lost iTunes content, however, are new rumors pointing to iTunes streaming dropping underneath the iTunes Replay moniker.

What’s unknown at this point is how or if Apple will tie iTunes Replay into iCloud. According to AppAdvice, Apple is actually planning on keeping the two separate. Also in the dark are how Apple will integrate iTunes Replay into iOS and OS X — will their be dedicated mobile and desktop apps?

Nothing has been confirmed *officially* of course given Apple’s super secret nature. Nonetheless, we’re pretty stoked. If Apple can push out a reliable (and simple) streaming service/feature built into iTunes, our Spotify and Rdio accounts will quickly get pink slips — that is of course assuming any associated costs are minimal.

Stay tuned…

Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 4 & iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 — (OTA Updates Now Enabled)

  • July 22, 2011 5:43 pm

Devs (and everyone else paying for a dev account): Apple has officially released iOS 5 beta 4. If you’d like to get your sync on, you’ll also need to pick up iTunes 10.5 beta 4 as well. Enough reading. More downloading. Get going…


Well whataya know — OTA updates now work in beta 4. Other new feature — Wireless iTunes sync on Windows.

Gadgetsteria Invites You To A Really Angry Pignic - Please Watch Out For Birdie Droppings

  • June 22, 2011 8:45 pm

As we informed you yesterday, the newest installment of the Angry Birds Seasons game was to be released soon. Little did we know it would be out today! I can 100% verify that the game was pushed through iTunes as a 1.5.0 update on the App Store. The game is free if you already have purchased Seasons, if not - $.99

The Summer edition features:
-30 Jam-packed new levels, one per day for a month
-Sunny summer theme
-Fun summer greeting cards to send to your friends

So hop on into the App Store and give the newest update a try, and once you have it installed, never leave your mom’s basement again!!!!

Apple’s iCloud Details Spilled Ahead Of WWDC Announcement? $25 Annual Subscription?

  • June 2, 2011 9:03 pm

We already know what the upcoming iCloud icon will look like, and now thanks to a new report by the L.A. Times, we might also have a price.

For $25/year, Apple will supposedly provide a digital locker for consumers to upload (and possibly mirror) their entire music library for streaming on any supported devices. Also suggested though not expected to come until a later date are movies, TV show rentals, and other digital content sold through iTunes.

The logistics of the new iCloud service will see music labels taking a full 70% of subscription revenue while music publishers secure 12%. Apple will recover the remaining 18%, or ~$4.50 from every $25 subscription.

What is certain, however, is that Apple literally chased the major music labels and music publishers down to the wire. In the same report as listed above, sources familiar with the matter claim Apple just secured (for a fact) all four major music labels today (Warner Music Group, EMI Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment) and will finish the initial iCloud feature set by closing deals with music publishers tomorrow. iCloud is scheduled to be released in four days on June 6th at the annual WWDC conference.

Stay tuned as the details of WWDC will likely continue as the event nears…

Apple iCloud Details Trickle Out, Hint At Google’s $100 Million Offer.

  • May 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Ongoing rumors concerning Apple’s iCloud and Google Music continue as a new report from BusinessWeek sheds light on the future of cloud-based music, Google and Amazon’s ongoing troubles in wooing music labels, and how Apple could shift the balance of power away from Google and back into their court.

As we already know, Amazon and Google’s recently launched cloud-based music storage lockers are pretty basic. They allow users to upload a set amount of music and stream it from a host of web-enabled devices. The biggest problems with the self-upload method is that uploading can take quite a long time, especially if we’re talking about 50+ GBs of music. That’s where Apple’s so called “iCloud” service really pulls away from the pack…

Review: FX PhotoStudio PRO For Mac

  • May 23, 2011 8:47 am

For many years, “Photoshop” has been engrained in our minds as “photo editing” to the point the two words are interchangeable. Almost in the same way Google has become a verb, so has Photoshop become a way to describe digitally manipulating pictures. However, the are many different apps and suites across multiple platforms touching on various levels of complexity and features.

Today we’re going to look at FX Photo Studio PRO, a photo editing program developed by MacPhun LLC. Hop inside for the rundown…

Apple Begins Phasing Out G3 Support For iTunes Store?

  • April 25, 2011 12:37 pm

9to5Mac reader Alex W found a possible glitch/new development regarding the iTunes Store and G3 support — or that is, the lack thereof. When said reader tried visiting the iTunes Store on his G3 running iTunes 8.2.1 recently, he found the image plastered above encouraging him to upgrade to iTunes 10. Of course, running the old hardware he doesn’t have a choice.

We’re all for preserving the lives of computers in general, but at 10 years out you’ve got to say goodbye at some point, dude. Nevertheless, it’s still unconfirmed if this is a deliberate move by Apple or a user error of some sort. We’ve sent an email out to Apple and will update you accordingly…