iTunes turns 12 today, Happy 12th!

itunesv1cd2001

On January 9th, 2001 Apple released the first version of iTunes at Macworld. The application was based on SoundJam MP, an old piece of software Apple purchased from a development company called Casady & Greene in 2000. Apple simplified the SoundJam MP interface, added CD burning, and rebranded it as iTunes.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.2 And iTunes Match Update

Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.2 And iTunes Match Update

Apple has released iTunes 10.5.2 to the public alongside an update to its iTunes Match service. The newversion of iTunes only deals with audio distortion issues when playing or importing certain CDs. Apple has remained vague about the specific improvements that have been made to iTunes Match.

Noting that the latest iTunes Match features “several improvements,” Apple has made its new download available in Software Update and on its website.

Here are the notes:

What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Apple releases 12 Days of Christmas app for European customers

Throughout the past few years Apple has a holiday promotion that gives away free music, movies or apps via their 12 Days of Christmas app. The giveaway starts December 26 and ends January 6. Each day there’s a new seasonal treat to download, and the app notifies users when the promotion goes live. If you download the app however be sure to download the offers on a daily basis, since they are well daily meaning they only last for 24 hours.

European readers with an iPhone or iPad can download the 12 Days of Christmas app from the App Store. According to AppleInsider, the app will be available to Canadian customers soon.

Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1, iTunes Match opens up

Coming several weeks late, Apple has just now officially launched iTunes Match to customers in the United States. The iTunes Match launch is facilitated by the release of iTunes 10.5.1, which now allows users to subscribe to the $25/year service offering cloud-based matching and upload of users’ complete iTunes libraries. iTunes 10.5.1 is available via the iTunes download page and should be rolling out to Software Update shortly.

Apple had apparently initially intended iTunes Match to launch by mid-October as part of iTunes 10.5 as seen in a number of developer betas, but the company removed the feature from iTunes 10.5 for the public release, giving it a few more weeks to complete work on the service. Even so, Apple missed its stated launch target of “end of October” and did not provide an updated timeframe for the iTunes Match debut once the target was missed, although the company continued testing with a new developer beta of iTunes 10.5.1 just this past weekend.


iTunes Match is a U.S.-only service for the time being, although the company is reportedly working hard to secure licensing to details to expand availability to other countries. iTunes Store users in a number of countries have been greeted with a “coming soon” tag on iTunes Match promo listings in their country-specific stores, suggesting that Apple is optimistic regarding expansion of the service in the relatively near future.


Apple preparing HUGE iTunes Store updates in many European Countries

Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports that Apple is set to launch the iTunes Music Store in ten new European Union (EU) countries. While the exact timing of the launch is unknown, sources have indicated that Apple could launch the services “at any time”, possibly as soon as next month.

Furthermore the company also seems to be rolling out access to iTunes movie sales and rentals in a number of European countries where it already offers music content.


Movie from Danish iTunes Store

While Apple has not yet added a dedicated movie section to the iTunes Store in these new markets, but content is accessible through the store’s search function.

Movie from Finnish iTunes Store

 

Apple updates Logic Pro & Logic Express

Earlier today Apple released two new software updates for their  music creation and audio production apps, Logic Pro and Logic Express.

Both apps have been updated to version 9.1.4, which provides support for importing projects from GarageBand for iPad. The download for Logic Express is 138.74 MB in size, while that for Logic Pro weighs in at 192.48 MB.

The updates are available through Software Update, or can be downloaded directly from the following links:

Logic Express Update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1015

Logic Pro Update: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1014

Amazon Cloud Player works on iOS devices all of a sudden

Cloud Drive service by Amazon is now working on iOS devices according to a report by TechCrunch/iFans today.

If you visit Amazon’s Cloud Player through the Safari web browser on an iOS device, you’ll see that it does in fact now work. You’ll first hit a warning page telling you that your browser is not supported, but just ignore that. Click into the music in your drive and it will begin playing. It works flawlessly — even to the point where if you get a Push Notification or incoming call, the music will be paused.

Amazon will probably announce the new compatibility at some point soon.

Mobile iTunes gets Genius recommendations


The desktop version of the iTunes Store has hadGenius recommendations for quite some time, but the feature has been missing from the iPhone/iPod touch version of the Store — until now. Tapping on the “More” tab at the bottom of the iTunes Store app will reveal the usual options, with a new option for Genius recommendations.

Just like on the desktop version, you’ll be able to view recommendations for music, movies, and TV shows based on your purchase history. You can preview recommendations and rate them “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Results for music recommendations can be filtered to show songs or albums, and you can also filter results by genre.

Just like the recent introduction of search filtering in the iPad’s App Store app, you don’t need to download anything to start using the new Genius features. All the necessary changes have already been made on Apple’s servers, so you can start tapping away and previewing Genius recommendations on your iOS device whenever you’re ready.

The Beatles sell five million songs since debut on iTunes

Well that didn’t take long, according to the Loop The Beatles have sold five million songs and one million albums since going on sale in the iTunes Store in November. While many of the songs have been downloaded numerous times, “Here Comes the Sun”  is currently the most popular song while the band’s top-selling album is “Abbey Road.”

According to reports  The Beatles’ surviving band members (and the estates of John and George) got a special royality deal from Apple in order to get The Beatles on the iTunes Store. As part of that deal, The Beatles will reportedly earn between 18 to 22.5 cents per track sold on iTunes. With five million individual tracks sold so far, that equates to a cool $900,000 to $1.125 million profit for The Beatles for just seven weeks of sales. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Survey finds that 1 in 3 iPad owners have never downloaded an app.

This will come as a surprise to many, a survey conducted among iPad owners, which is based solely on Apps, found that about a third of iPad owners have yet to download a single app – not even free ones.

According to cultofmac.com Another group, 63 percent of the participants in a Nielsen Co. survey, is the audience likely to adopt Apple’snew App Store Economy. These iPad owners purchase their games, read books, do finances – even plan their vacations on the iPad.

The survey was conducted in August, and included 5,000 owners of iPads, iPhones, Kindles and other wireless devices.