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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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More Details Emerge About Ads On iTunes Radio


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A new report is today offering a little more detail on some of the advertising partners for the new iTunes Radio service that is set to launch later this year. According to Ad Age, a number of high profile companies such as Nissan, McDonalds and Pepsi will be part of launch line-up for iTunes Radio and will be offered exclusive ad space on the service until the end of 2013. While subscribers to iTunes Match, which is $24.99 per year, will be offered the service ad-free, users who don’t subscribe will be served ads from the range of advertisers. The ads will be reportedly served once every fifteen minutes in audio format, and users will also be served a video ad every hour, normally when skipping a song, or playing a track.
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Apple Releases iOS 7 Beta 4 And iTunes 11.1 Beta With iTunes Radio


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Apple has today released the fourth beta of the latest generation operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 7. Beta 4 of iOS 7 contains a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, and is available to members of the iOS Developer program as a delta update or through a direct download in the Apple Developer portal.

The new beta arrives a week later than was expected, no doubt due in part to the issues that Apple experienced with vulnerabilities revealed in the Developer Portal. These issues were dealt with last week as Apple rapidly rebuilt the underlying code to make it secure and, as such, can once again use the portal for the distribution of beta software.
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A New Twitter #Music Service


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Following on from confirmations this week that Twitter had purchased the music discovery service We Are Hunted, a new music discovery service has been launched called Twitter #music. The service comes to iOS devices in the form of an app which is available free from the App Store and allows users to utilize trending topics on Twitter to discover new music.

The service gives four mastheads to facilitate new music discovery and playback. These mastheads are termed Popular, Emerging, Suggested and NowPlaying. Both the Suggested and the NowPlaying mastheads give information about what friends are listening to and new artists based upon musicians that are followed by the user. The app itself takes its music from either iTunes, Rdio or Spotify although only Rdio And Spotify offer full track playback i.e. iTunes will only offer previews until a track is purchased.
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Rumor: iRadio Agreements Now ‘Imminent’


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A licensing agreement between Apple and Universal Music Group for the rights to stream audio for the highly anticipated iRadio music streaming service is now apparently ‘imminent’ according to a new report. The Verge suggests that the negotiations have almost reached a satisfactory place for both Universal and Apple and that Warner Music, another major music label, isn’t too far away. The news follows on from previous reports suggesting that the negotiations were moving forward significantly.

Apple is apparently working on an iRadio service much like Pandora and the service is expected to launch later this year once agreements with the multiple music licensing companies have been reached. The company is expected to pay similar royalty rates as Pandora, which are thought to be around 12 cents per 100 hundred songs streamed. This is despite heavy negotiating by Apple for a 6 cents per 100 songs royalty rate.
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Rumor: Big Progress Has Been Made On iRadio And It’s Coming This Summer


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The long-rumored iRadio streaming music service from Apple will apparently be launching this summer, according to a new report from The Verge. The company has apparently made some significant progress on negotions with two of the major music labels; Universal Music and Warner. As such, one of the sources from the report have said ‘iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore’ noting that Apple is working hard for a summer 2013 launch of the service.

Previous rumors had suggested that one of the reasons that the iRadio service had not launched thus far is because Apple was looking to significantly limit the amount of royalties that it would pay music labels per song played. For example, existing music streaming service Pandora pays around 12 cents per hundred songs streamed, Apple was negotiating on a 6 cents per hundred song rate. This is in contrast to services like Spotify, which pay around 35 cents per hundred songs (although reports suggest that Spotify is looking to lower this rate).
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Rumor: Apple Looking To Launch Music Streaming Service For Less


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Apple is apparently in negotiations to launch a long-rumored ‘iRadio’ service, but is looking to pay significantly less royalties for the music than some of its competitors are paying for comparable services. A report from the New York Post is suggesting that one of the ways in which Apple seeks to make its own streaming radio service successful is by offering a royalty rate that is around six cents per one hundred songs streamed. This is around half of the twelve cents per one hundred songs paid by services like Pandora.

In contrast, Spotify, the music service that offers complete on-demand streaming of its music library pays around thirty five cents per one hundred songs served to users. The new Apple service is apparently being targeted as another platform for iAds and was initially supposed to launch alongside the iPhone 5, but complex negotiations have meant that the service is not yet ready for public release.
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Movies Via iTunes In The Cloud Launches In New European Countries


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Apple has today rolled out additional offerings for their iTunes in the Cloud service to 11 new European countries. The company has made available new movie support for iTunes in the Cloud meaning that users are able to re-download content that they have already purchased and downloaded from iTunes (via MacRumors). The addition of this new functionality joins the existing ability to re-download music from iTunes in the Cloud.
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Apple Awards €10,000 Gift Card To Buyer Of 25 Billionth iTunes Song


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Apple today announced that a significant milestone in the context of the iTunes Store had been reached in the sale of the 25 billionth song download. The company announced in a press release that the buyer of the song was Philip Lüpke from Germany who, in a unadvertised offer, received a €10,000 iTunes gift card from Apple as part of the celebration.
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