Apple Says iTunes 12.2 ‘Coming Soon’ for Mac and Windows

40 minutes ago · · iObserver

iTunes 12.2 Coming Soon

Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.

Apple’s new iTunes Terms & Conditions highlight Apple Music, Expose iCloud Music Library

4 hours, 37 minutes ago · · iObserver

iTunes gets new TOC for Apple Music

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.

The big changes are the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of "iCloud Music Library" that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.

8 Years After Launch, It’s an iPhone World

6:15 PM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · · iObserver

iPhone Birthday Cake

Apple shipped the first iPhone eight years ago today. It was June 29th, 2007. That's not so long ago, and yet it feels like forever because Apple has made this into an iPhone world. 

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

3:42 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

We have a deal for you today on a 10-foot MFi-certified Lighting cable for $18.99. That's a penny less than Apple's 1-meter Lightning cable. It's available only in the U.S.—check out the deal listing for more automation.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

2:15 PM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · · iObserver

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

We have another very clever device for you today called the Satechi Bluetooth Home Button. It's a standalone Bluetooth button designed to activate Siri on your iPhone or iPad. More importantly, it comes with a mount for putting it on your car's steering wheel or your bicycle's handle bars. Clever clever clever! You can get it through our deal for just $23. Check out the deal page for more information.