Apple doubles iTunes Match footprint

MacRumors: But as Apple now details on its iTunes Match availability page, the service actually launched in 19 new countries today, focusing on Latin America, the Baltic states, and the Netherlands. That brings the total to 37, almost doubling the … Continued

Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition

Join iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn as he helps you think like an iTunes power user so you can get the most out of your audio, video, and book collections in iTunes 10. You’ll also learn the best ways to transfer media to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod.

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Apple lists top apps, music, movies of 2011

Apple on Thursday posted iTunes Rewind 2011 and App Store Rewind 2011, which lists the best and top downloaded music, apps, TV shows, books, movies and podcasts of 2011. Apple’s top iPhone app of the year goes to Instagram, with … Continued

∞ Google Music launches

Google Music helps you spend more time listening to your collection and less time managing it. We automatically sync your entire music library—both purchases and uploads—across all your devices so you don’t have to worry about cables, file transfers or running out of storage space. We’ll keep your playlists in tact, too, so your “Chill” playlist is always your “Chill” playlist, whether you’re on your laptop, tablet or phone. You can even select the specific artists, albums and playlists you want to listen to when you’re offline.

So Google Music is called iCloud?

∞ Apple releases iTunes 10.5

Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 10.5, an update widely expected prior to Wednesday’s introduction of iOS 5. iTunes 10.5 is available for download from Apple’s Web site and through the Software Update system preference. According to Apple, changes to iTunes … Continued

∞ Rhapsody to acquire Napster

Music service Rhapsody on Monday announced plans to acquire Napster, most recently owned by Best Buy. Terms of the agreement were not announced, but Rhapsody indicated that Best Buy gets a minority stake in Rhapsody after the deal is done. … Continued

∞ Mass AG plans to investigate iTunes complaints

Threatpost: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Tuesday that her office would be inquiring into long-standing complaints about fraudulent purchases that leverage Apple’s popular online music store. In a lunchtime address to business and technology leaders in Massachusetts, Coakley … Continued

∞ Apple in talks to buy Hulu

Bloomberg: Apple is in early talks that may lead to an acquisition offer for Los Angeles-based Hulu, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. This is interesting. Apple could do a great job with an streaming video service, … Continued

∞ iTunes, iWork updated for Lion

Apple has released updates to its iTunes and iWork software to make them compatible with Wednesday’s release of OS X Lion. The updates are available through the Software Update system preference.

∞ Apple finally unveils iCloud and iTunes Match

After first acknowledging last week that it was launching a service called iCloud, Apple on Monday took the wraps off, during a two-hour keynote presentation kicking off this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. iCloud is expected to … Continued

∞ Beatles Anthology collections to debut exclusively on iTunes June 14

We sure have come a long way in a short period of time. iTunes went from not having any of The Beatles to having music released exclusively on the music service.

EMI on Tuesday said the The Beatles’ three remastered Anthology music collections will debut on June 14. Anthology, Vols. 1-3 are available for preorder on iTunes starting today.

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∞ Apple close to deal for iTunes cloud music

Talks have progressed because music industry insiders are said to be hopeful that a cloud streaming service, which would allow users to access their music from any Internet-connected device, will boost sagging music sales. This way, users would be able … Continued

∞ Report: Apple will beat Google to cloud music

Apple has reportedly finished work on its iTunes cloud music service and will launch it ahead of Google, it’s main competition in this market.

According to a report on Reuters, Apple’s service will allow users to store music on remote servers and access music via the Internet. Reuters says it has multiple sources that did not want to be named.

Google, who is also working on a cloud music service is running into some problems, according to the report.

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∞ Report: Apple ordered 12 petabytes of storage reports that Apple has ordered 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems. Isilon, recently acquired by EMC, manufactures “scale-out storage” designed to be used by large enterprises, and has a client list that includes NBC, ABC, Paramount and many other companies.

“It’s probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe.”
The blog cites “an inside source at EMC” who indicates that Apple has ordered the storage to manage video downloads for customers using iTunes.

Apple Ordered 12PB (!) of Storage on Isilon’s Systems []

∞ Album recorded entirely in GarageBand for iPad released

You knew it was going to happen. Someone was going to release an album recorded on the iPad using GarageBand.

Pop punk band The Ultramods on Monday released its latest album that was done using GarageBand for iPad’s eight-track recording studio. All of the instruments used to record the album come bundled in GarageBand, according to the band.

Even the vocals were recorded using the iPad’s built-in microphone.

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