Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone: New Drummers, Apple Music Connect, Force Touch

1 hour, 14 minutes ago · · iObserver

GarageBand Icons

Apple released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8. Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple's new MacBook), and more.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update with Apple Music Support

1 hour, 31 minutes ago · · iObserver

iTunes gets updated for Apple Music

Apple released an iTunes update on Tuesday afternoon with support for Apple Music, the company's new streaming music service and Internet radio station. The version 12.2 update lets users try out and use Apple Music on their Mac and Windows PC—something we've already been able to do most of today on our iPhones and iPads.

Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

2 hours, 35 minutes ago · · iObserver

Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

Check out the iOS Designer Bundle, a collection of five training courses that will train you to design for iOS. Better yet, you can pay what you want. It works like this: pay the minimum—even a penny—and you get the first training course. Beat the average price, which is currently $12.31, and you get all five. 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons, and if you make the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll get five entries into a giveaway for an iMac with 5K Retina display. Hit any spot on the leaderboard at any time and you'll get one entry. There are details on the deal page.

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

3 hours, 17 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

7 hours, 14 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.