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iTunes May Be Revamped


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A new report is suggesting that Apple is considering a revamp of the iTunes Store in order to increase music sales in the face of streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify taking substantial amounts of market share. The report comes from Billboard, who say that Apple is still considering the launch of a streaming music service in order to increase music revenue.

The repot suggests that the overhaul would concentrate on the iTunes Store itself, rather than the iTunes software itself, although it is likely that many users would welcome such a change. With iTunes Radio only succeeding in converting 1-2% of listeners towards buying music, it is clear that streaming music is leading the market.
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iTunes Radio Updated With NPR


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Apple has added National Public Radio to iTunes Radio today, making available NPR programming 24 hours a day through a free stream (via Re/Code). The new service is available as a free stream and should be updated soon with local stations offering their own channels as well, but represents the first full news service on iTunes Radio. An NPR app for iOS devices has been available for some time but this is the first time that NPR has appeared on iTunes Radio.
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Rumor: Apple May Launch Standalone App For iTunes Radio


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A new report is suggesting that Apple is considering launching a standalone iTunes Radio app as it seeks to compete against other streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Pandora. The claim comes from 9to5Mac who are saying that the separate app is in testing phase as part of iOS 8, the next generation operating system for Apple mobile devices which is expected to launch at some point this year. iTunes Radio currently exists as a tab within the Music app that comes with iOS 7, but Apple is apparently planning to roll all of the existing functionality into a separate app for devices with iOS 8.
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Apple Offers Free Music Promotion


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Apple is offering some free music through the Apple Store app for iPhone devices. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the app is now offering music from three different artists as part of a ‘New Artists 2014′ promotion which means that the music is free from now until March 31, 2014. The tracks include Salt by the Bad Suns, Wake the Neighbors by Kris Bowers, and Calor, by Master Blaster Sound System. The music is being described as ‘helping to define this year’s musical landscape’.
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Apple Updates iTunes To 11.1.5


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Apple has just posted an update to its iTunes software by releasing a small update with the version number 11.1.5. The update contains a small number of bug fixes that deal with issues that could cause iTunes itself to quit when a device is connected. In addition, the new update also ‘improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac that are running OS X Mavericks‘.
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iTunes Wishlists Button Is More Wishful


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Apple has released an update to iTunes which apparently allows users to see a Wish List while in the iTunes library itself. According to the release notes, the new version of iTunes, version 11.1.4, also adds language support for Arabic and Hebrew and contains a number of performance and stability improvements as well. The update was released today through the Mac App Store and weighs in at just under 130MB.
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Apple Unleashes iBooks Textbooks And iTunes U Course Manager In More Countries


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Apple expanded the number of countries in which it offers iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager according to a news release issues by the company today. The services are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. iBooks Textbooks can now be found in 51 countries including Italy, Brazil and Japan, and iTunes U Course Manager has been rolled out in 70 countries worldwide.
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iTunes Store Experiencing Temporary Issues


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A small number of customers are experiencing a small temporary glitch when trying to make purchases through the iTunes Store, according to reports on the Apple online Support Forums. According to the Forums, the problem is quite widespread and indicates that the problem only affects a proportion of customers who have iTunes accounts. The customers affected with the issue encounter an error that says ‘FATAL:: Unable to process your request. Please try again’.
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Apple Releases iOS 7 And iTunes 11.1


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Apple has today released the next major iteration of the iOS operating system to the public in the form of iOS 7. The software, available free of charge as a software update through an iOS device directly or through iTunes, can be downloaded now, although it is likely that servers will be under heavy load for some time. The software itself has over 200 new features and changes from iOS 6, including a completely new user interface. The new iOS 7 operating system can be installed on the iPhone 4 and later models, the iPad mini, the iPad 2 and later models and the fifth generation iPod touch.

The company has also released a small update for iOS 7 in the form of iOS 7.0.1 which are designed singularly for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S prior to their public release on Friday. The update is not applicable to other devices at this time.
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iTunes Radio Stations Will Offer Extremely High Quality Content


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A new report is saying that Apple is preparing to launch some very high quality music stations through iTunes Radio that will significantly shake up online streaming music as we know it. According to CNET Apple is recruiting a significant number of radio music programmers which will focus exclusively on programming radio stations for the new iTunes Radio service. In addition to the human component, the company will be combining iTunes behavioral data and algorithms to ensure that the 300 or so genres with which iTunes Radio will launch, will be highly focused on discovering new music.

Despite the fact that iTunes Radio is initially only launching in the United States, although it is expected to shortly roll out to other countries, music publishers are hoping that Apple can offer breakthroughs in the music streaming market, on top of those already made by other services like Spotify or Google. Apple is also apparently asking music labels to identify music that is on the verge of becoming huge i.e. ‘heat seekers’ so that they can offer it to consumers, despite the fact that the music selections offered may not yet have a track record of success or popularity.
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