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Topic: iTunes Store

Beats Music integration only part of the story as Apple wants to 'be the music business'

02/13/2015, 01:02 pm

Apple's ambitions in the music industry go beyond competing with the likes of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, signaling that the acquisition of the Beats Music subscription service is just a part of the company's plans to overhaul iTunes.

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Neil Young's $400 Pono hi-def music player loses to Apple's iPhone in blind audio test

02/02/2015, 04:02 pm

Though it has the backing of legendary rocker Neil Young, the new Pono music player for audiophiles doesn't actually sound much better, or better at all, than high-quality MP3s played from an Apple iPhone.

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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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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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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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Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye

12/17/2014, 05:12 pm

After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.

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Apple 'iPod iTunes' antitrust case sent to jury after closing arguments

12/15/2014, 06:12 pm

Closing arguments in a class-action lawsuit against Apple's iPod iTunes ecosystem were heard on Monday, with each side arguing their case for what could potentially result in a $1 billion penalty for Apple.

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Former iTunes engineer says Apple wanted to block '100% of non-iTunes clients'

12/12/2014, 07:12 pm

A former Apple engineer appeared in court on Friday as the final witness of an antitrust case involving the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, saying he worked on an internal project meant to box out competing digital stores and media players.

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Apple lawyers say media only wants to show a 'dead man' in request for Steve Jobs deposition

12/09/2014, 09:12 pm

Attorneys representing Apple in the company's fight against an iPod iTunes antitrust class-action lawsuit suggested in court on Tuesday that media requests to unseal Steve Jobs' videotaped testimony are petty at best.

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'iPod iTunes' antitrust case to continue on back of new lead plaintiff

12/09/2014, 06:12 pm

After veering toward dismissal with eliminations of the two named plaintiffs, an iPod-iTunes antitrust lawsuit gained new life of Tuesday as a new plaintiff emerged to represent a class of 8 million iPod buyers.

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Major news outlets seek permission to broadcast Steve Jobs deposition in iTunes antitrust suit

12/09/2014, 08:12 am

Three major news organizations have filed a motion to release footage of a deposition from Steve Jobs shown in court last week, citing "substantial public interest" in rare footage of the late Apple co-founder.

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'iPod iTunes' anti-trust lawsuit loses last standing plaintiff [update: motion to dismiss denied]

12/08/2014, 08:12 pm

During court proceedings in iTunes lawsuit on Monday, new evidence presented by Apple revealed the case's sole remaining plaintiff may not have purchased iPods eligible for action, and the person was subsequently disqualified.

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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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Steve Jobs' videotaped testimony aired in iPod iTunes trial as lawyers try to add plaintiff

12/05/2014, 06:12 pm

A videotaped deposition from late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was viewed in court on Friday as part of the ongoing "iPod iTunes" trial, while lawyers for the class attempted to add a new plaintiff after dropping one earlier in the day.

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Antitrust lawsuit against Apple's iPod, iTunes ecosystem may lack plaintiff

12/04/2014, 06:12 pm

In what could prove to be a major development in a class-action lawsuit involving Apple's iPod and iTunes, new court documents filed on Thursday reveal Apple is questioning whether a class even exists.

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