During iTunes Festival this week, I spoke with Soundgarden, Imagine Dragons, and Capital Cities about selling albums on iTunes. The story is posted on Fortune.com.
Apple on Monday announced its popular iTunes Radio service is now available in Australia. […]
There’s some good information here from Kirk McElhearn.
Rob Schlette digs into Apple’s Mastered for iTunes programs and why it matters.
An article I wrote for Fortune on how important the iTunes Festival for the bands that participate.
An article I wrote for Fortune on Apple’s motivation for doing the iTunes Festival.
Kennedy also dismissed concerns about Apple’s impending iTunes Radio launch, which will directly compete with his service. This one would be easier to take at face value if Pandora’s PR machinery wasn’t working so hard to downplay Apple’s entry.
But, for the record, Kennedy repeated the lines he has always used to describe competition in the past. “We’ve now been around for eight years. We’ve seen competitors large and small enter the market and, in some cases, exit the market,” he said. “I’ve never seen an analysis that identifies an effect from any competitor … we don’t see the picture changing.”
Yet Pandora is removing the 40 hour listening limit for mobile users two weeks before Apple introduces iTunes Radio. Pandora may not have seen any effect from previous competition, but they’ve never faced Apple before.
BlackBerry, Nokia and Microsoft never thought they’d see any effect from Apple either. You see where that got them.
Apple is going all out this year with a star-studded line-up at its iTunes Festival—Katy Perry will close out the show, according to a story on AP.
Macworld’s Jon Seff has some recommendations for apps that can help you get the most out of iTunes.
Great news for Michael Jackson fans.
During iTunes Radio’s first year, Apple will pay a label 0.13 cents each time a song is played, as well as 15% of net advertising revenue, proportionate to a given label’s share of the music played on iTunes. In the second year, that bumps up to 0.14 cents per listen, plus 19% of ad revenue.
That compares to the 0.12 cents Pandora pays labels per listen on its free service. Apple is also offering music publishers more than twice as much in royalties than Pandora does.
And Pandora is looking to pay less.
In a judgment filed Saturday, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan sided with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records, which had sued ReDigi for copyright violation.
Sullivan’s argument, in a nutshell: Unless the copyright owner gives you explicit permission to do so, you can’t resell a digital media file.
That doesn’t make sense to me.
It is also in the consumer’s interest. Just yesterday my friend Kirk found some new music because he follows me on Rdio. But I can’t do the same thing with my friends who are on Spotify. Because all of these services are silos, by definition of their paid business model. If a roaming network existed, there would be more social music discovery, listening, and, I believe, uptake of the paid subscription model by consumers.
If Apple ever does a subscription service, I think most people would default to using what they offer. Considering Apple is the most popular music distributor in the world, and if most people used their service, it seems likely it would turn into just what Fred described — except all on one service.
Good tip if you ever wondered how to do this. It’s not elegant to setup, but it works.
Apple said today that it has sold more than 25 billion songs on its iTunes Store.
Apple began highlighting independent authors in a new section of iBookstore called “Breakout Books.” Great idea.
Daniel Eran Dilger:
Among these online movie rental competitors, Apple now takes 45 percent of unit share, followed by Amazon’s Instant Video with 18 percent, the Walmart-owned Vudo with 15 percent, Microsoft’s Zune/Xbox with 14 percent share, and other players (including Google Play and Sony’s PlayStation Store) splitting the remaining 8 percent (no other player can command more than a 5 percent share).
So basically there’s Apple and then everyone else fighting for second.
One of the things missing out of AC/DC coming to iTunes was their concert videos. They are now available.
Rod Christiansen posted about how the default search now works in iTunes 11 and how you can bring back the old version of the search. Such a simple solution.
Dave Caolo has a rundown on how to buy gift cards from Facebook in case that’s on your wish list this year.
Pavan Rajam wrote an interesting piece wondering why iTunes 11 doesn’t take advantage of Mountain Lion’s notification center.
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Apple on Thursday released the much anticipated iTunes 11. First introduced in September, iTunes 11 features a simplified design and some new features. […]
Unfortunately, Apple is delaying the release of iTunes 11. Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told The Loop why today.
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”
Great tip from Chris Oldroyd.
Until I see a screenshot from a better source, this is complete hogwash. I would have revealed this first, because it’s possible to fake an iTunes version string through Xcode; creating something like this would’ve been a bit more difficult, but it doesn’t matter. The entire build that was received is fake, and if any other sources call it “credible”, I find that very hard to believe.
I have no knowledge of this one way or the other, but Clayton seems pretty sure of himself.
Jack White is great.
I’ve been listening to quite a few new tracks from iTunes under Apple’s new “Mastered for iTunes” program. This is something Apple voluntarily started to help improve the audio quality of the music we download from iTunes. From my perspective, it’s great, but Apple has received some self-indulgent criticism in some circles. […]