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Apple adds Notification Center widget, enhances syncing performance in iTunes 12.1 update

01/29/2015, 07:01 pm

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.1, an update to its venerable media organization and synchronization app that brings a new OS X Notification Center control widget and fixes performance issues during syncing.

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Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

01/28/2015, 04:01 pm

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

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Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with new 'Free on iTunes' section

01/26/2015, 09:01 am

Consumers who lamented the cancellation of Apple's long-running "Single of the Week" program can once again fill their digital entertainment centers at Apple's expense, as the company has added a new "Free on iTunes" section with musical tracks and television episodes.

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week' iTunes promotion - report

01/13/2015, 12:01 pm

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Apple to raise App Store prices in EU and Canada, 'change' Russian fees

01/07/2015, 06:01 pm

In a note sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple announced an imminent prices increase for Canada, Norway and all countries in the European Union, as well as an undisclosed change in app cost for Russian customers.

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US government sanctions North Korea for Sony hack as 'The Interview' reigns atop iTunes charts

01/02/2015, 03:01 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday, placing new sanctions against North Korea related to its government's believed involvement in an act of cyberterrorism that targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Digital music sales dropped 9% in 2014 while streaming surged 54%

01/02/2015, 01:01 pm

Apple's acquisition of streaming service Beats Music looms large over the latest music sales data, showing once again that the industry is trending away from sales of digital songs and albums.

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Apple codifies 14-day refund policy for iTunes purchases in the EU

12/29/2014, 10:12 am

European consumers now have two weeks within which to request a refund for most content purchased from the iTunes Store, according to recently-updated Apple support documentation, unifying the company's return policies for both physical and digital goods.

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'The Interview' lands on iTunes as Sony's best-selling online movie ever

12/28/2014, 09:12 pm

Apple has agreed to start streaming and download sales of Sony Pictures' controversial comedy "The Interview" starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, making the straight-to-online film available to iTunes customers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Apple not offering '12 Days of Gifts' promotion for first time in six years

12/27/2014, 07:12 pm

Since 2008, Apple has given away songs, apps, movies and other digital goodies as part of a holiday tradition dubbed the "12 Days of Christmas," or "12 Days of Gifts" for U.S. users, but this year the company has apparently opted to call off the promotion.

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How to listen to your favorite podcasts over the holidays

12/25/2014, 04:12 am

Holiday season is coming to a close and those days off will be a great time to catch up on your favorite podcasts. Here are some of the best podcast apps available for Apple's iOS.

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Sony renting 'The Interview' for $6 on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox & Crackle, but not iTunes

12/24/2014, 11:12 am

Though Sony apparently held talks with Apple about debuting the film "The Interview" on iTunes, the movie is instead now available for rent on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Live and Sony's own Crackle service for $5.99, while viewers can purchase the movie for $14.99.

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Sony wanted 'The Interview' on iTunes for Christmas, but Apple rejected fast timetable

12/24/2014, 08:12 am

In attempt to make its controversial film "The Interview" available to view on Christmas Day, Sony Pictures reportedly pursued a deal with Apple that was brokered by the White House itself, but the timetable to place it on iTunes was apparently too aggressive.

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Apple launches iTunes Tumblr page as part of social media push

12/22/2014, 06:12 pm

Apple on Monday took its social media presence to a new level by launching a new Tumblr page dedicated to iTunes, which currently contains pictures, video and GIFs focusing on the "Best of 2014."

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Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1

12/17/2014, 08:12 pm

In an email sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple reminded developers of an upcoming value-added tax (VAT) rate policy change that will see customers pay fees based on their country of residence rather than other EU locales with lower taxes.

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Apple's iTunes DRM didn't violate antitrust laws, jury finds

12/16/2014, 01:12 pm

After years of litigation, Apple on Tuesday was found not to have violated U.S. antitrust laws with the FairPlay digital rights management software that prevented users from loading content from rival music stores on early iPods.

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Pixelmator, Beyonce, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' & 'Fargo' lead Apple's iTunes Best of 2014 awards

12/08/2014, 08:12 am

Apple on Monday debuted its curated list of the best content available from its various digital platforms, including apps, music, movies, books, podcasts and more.

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Apple flips switch on holiday-themed iTunes Radio stations

12/05/2014, 02:12 am

Apple on Thursday activated a number of curated iTunes Radio stations playing nothing but Christmas tunes for the holidays, including tailored genre-specific track lists ranging from children's sing-alongs to Latin.

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Antitrust laws could cost Apple $1 billion in iTunes monopoly case

12/02/2014, 09:12 am

Though plaintiffs are seeking $350 million in damages in a case alleging that Apple created an unfair monopoly with its iTunes Music Store, U.S. antitrust laws say the final damages could be triple that amount, exceeding $1 billion.

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Apple faces $350M in damages from iTunes antitrust suit first filed in 2005

12/01/2014, 08:12 am

Though Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week.

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