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U2 Gives Away Surprise New Album

'Songs of Innocence' available for download on iTunes

(Newser) - Bigger iPhones and a high-tech watch were ostensibly the stars of yesterday's much-hyped Apple event, but a few other luminaries showed up to grace the stage in Cupertino, Calif. U2 made a surprise appearance and unexpectedly announced that a) it has a new album out, and b) all 500... More »

New iPhone May Be an E-Wallet

Apple reportedly teaming up with credit card companies for iPhone 6

(Newser) - For detractors who complain that their iPhones just don't do enough, Apple may be upping the ante. Rumors are swirling that when the iPhone 6 is unveiled on Sept. 9 , it's not only going to play music, surf the Internet, and make phone calls—it will also function... More »

Coming to iTunes: 59 Beatles Rarities

Studio outtakes, live performances in 'new' batch

(Newser) - It took years for the Beatles to arrive on iTunes—but a treat for Fab Four fans could help make up for the wait. Fifty-nine rare tracks will arrive today, a mix of live BBC performances, demos, and studio outtakes. Previously, the recordings were only available as bootlegs, the Guardian... More »

Justice Department Wants to Clamp Down on iTunes

E-book price-fixing case spills over into Apple's other media businesses

(Newser) - The Justice Department is out to make sure that Apple never again fixes the price of e-books —or anything else for that matter. It's asked a judge to ban Apple "from entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, music, movies, television shows, or other content" on iTunes... More »

Get Ready for Online Radio From Apple

Plus: New iOS likely unveiled this week

(Newser) - After a decade of iTunes, Apple looks poised to delve into another form of online music distribution: Internet radio. The service, likely to be unveiled today as the company's annual developers conference begins, could shepherd new consumers into the online-radio world, experts tell the New York Times . As it... More »

'Horrible, Bloated' iTunes 11 Should Be Shot

Some like iTunes redesign, but Farhad Manjoo is deeply unhappy

(Newser) - People have been calling for Apple to radically redo iTunes for a while now, and Apple yesterday released iTunes 11, one of the biggest redesigns in the ubiquitous software's history. Ping—Apple's attempt at adding social networking to its media center—is gone. There's much more integration... More »

What We Think We Know About the 'iPad Mini'

Today's Apple event has tech world buzzing

(Newser) - Apple is expected to unveil a major new product today, and everyone and their cousin knows what it's going to be: The iPad Mini. Here's everything we know about the device, as well as what else Tim Cook's gang is rumored to have in store for us:... More »

What Apple Should Really Do: Make iTunes Suck Less

Chris O'Brien says aping Pandora isn't the way to go

(Newser) - When news broke yesterday that Apple is trying to build a Pandora rival , Pandora investors panicked—but Chris O'Brien can't figure out why. "Like much 'news' about Apple, most of this is the vaguest of the vague," he writes at SiliconBeat , and even if something... More »

Artist's Income Per Spotify Play: Fraction of a Cent

iTunes Match pays $0.003 per play

(Newser) - Some may call Spotify the savior of the music industry—but for lesser-known artists, it doesn't appear to be a cash cow. The Next Web reviews analyses of what bands are making from Spotify and Apple's iTunes Match, and the numbers aren't impressive. On Spotify, a band... More »

Now Free on iTunes: Steve Jobs' Q&As

Apple founder candidly addressed array of topics

(Newser) - From 2003 to 2010, Steve Jobs appeared at the D: All Things Digital conference and gave candid, unrehearsed answers on topics including Apple, its competitors, and many other aspects of the digital world. (He even made one appearance with rival Bill Gates.) High-quality videos of those appearances are now... More »

Whitney Album Price Nearly Doubles on iTunes

Sony blamed for UK price hike, now reversed

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Whitney Houston greatest-hits album cost about $8 in the UK iTunes store; but shortly after the singer was found dead, it had jumped to a little more than $12.50. The changed sparked a customer uproar. "It is just a case of iTunes cashing in on... More »

Fake iTunes Offer Hides Malware

'Gift voucher' email contains infected file

(Newser) - An iTunes gift voucher scam is doing the rounds just in time for Black Friday. Users receive an email saying they have been awarded $50 of iTunes credit which they can access by using a security code in an attached file, the BBC reports. The file actually contains malware which... More »

Steve Jobs: A Legacy Like No Other

His heirs may struggle as technology moves forward

(Newser) - Steve Jobs wasn't the Thomas Edison or Henry Ford of his time, but some future American business visionary may be known as the Steve Jobs of his time, writes Michael Hiltzik. Jobs—a "master of bare-knuckled business strategies from the old school"—wasn't known as an... More »

Newest Netflix Competitor: Walmart

Vudu now website

(Newser) - Netflix has a new competitor, and it's a behemoth: Walmart. The world's biggest retailer added Vudu, a movie streaming service it bought 18 months ago, to its site yesterday. Walmart now offers 20,000 titles to rent for $1 to $5.99, or to buy for $4.99... More »

Apple Will Unveil Cloud Music Storage

Company to launch digital storage locker, maybe with blessing of labels

(Newser) - Looks like Apple will beat Google to the clouds when it comes to music. Insiders tell Reuters that the company is about to launch its version of an online storage service, similar to what Amazon rolled out last month : "Apple's plans will allow iTunes customers to store their... More »

Paul Allen Re-Sues Apple, Google, Facebook

Microsoft co-founder refiles suit after judge's dismissal

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has re-filed his mammoth patent lawsuit targeting a host of major web companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, eBay, Aol, and Yahoo. Allen’s original lawsuit, filed in August, was dismissed because it was too vague, failing to name specific products or services. The refiling, which... More »

Facebook, iTunes Ruining Web ... Says Web's Creator

Tim Berners-Lee blasts those chipping away at its 'egalitarian principles'

(Newser) - Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British engineer credited with inventing the World Wide Web, has a message for us: Social networking sites, app developers, and other entities, if left unchecked, will ruin his creation—which now belongs to all of us. "The web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because... More »

Beatles Sell 2M iTunes Songs in Week

'Here Comes the Sun' leads the way

(Newser) - The Beatles had an impressive debut week on iTunes . They sold 2 million individual songs worldwide (the top seller being Here Comes the Sun) and 450,000 albums (with Abbey Road on top) after the catalog went up for sale, reports Billboard . That amounts to more than $8 million, notes... More »

Beatles, iTunes Come Together

Apple hypes it like crazy

(Newser) - After decades of legal battles over the “Apple” brand name, the Beatles and Steve Jobs have officially let it be and come together on iTunes. It’s not the big announcement many tech prognosticators were expecting , but Apple is hyping it to the nines, devoting its entire homepage to... More »

Beatles Headed to iTunes?

Fab Four's iconic catalog was noted holdout

(Newser) - Fab Four fans, rejoice: Or at least hold your breath, because the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs' pending iTunes news is that Apple is nearing a deal to bring the Beatles' catalog at long last onboard. Apple is readying an announcement, anonymous insiders say, while also warning... More »

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