iTunes Radio Hits Top 3 in Online Music Streaming

8:48 AM, Mar. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's iTunes Radio is just shy of six months old, but is already the third largest online music streaming service behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That comes from data in an annual radio report from Edison tracking active streaming music listeners.

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After six months iTunes Radio is the third largest streaming music service in the United States behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That has to be a pretty harsh wake up call for Spotify.

iOS 7.1: Killing the Cartoon Button Colors

4:28 PM, Mar. 10th, 2014 · · iObserver

One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.

iOS 7.1: Enabling In-app Button Shapes

1:53 PM, Mar. 10th, 2014 · · iObserver

iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.

Apple Adds iTunes Festival Channel to Apple TV for SXSW

8:40 AM, Mar. 10th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple added a new iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV over the weekend so its SXSW concert series can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Viewers will be able to watch the concerts live, and this marks the first time Apple has hosted an iTunes Festival event outside of London.

Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Works with iOS 7.06

5:11 PM, Mar. 6th, 2014 · · iObserver

iTunes festival 5.0

Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.

iLoud BT Speaker Features 40W of LOUD with Clear, Clean Audio

3:10 PM, Mar. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

"If it's too loud, you're too old" doesn't mean much if what you're listening to is distorted and fuzzy. Fortunately, IK Multimedia's new iLoud mobile monitor (you can call it a speaker) delivers a crystal clear, blow-the-door-off-the-hinges output and a built-in feature that has a special appeal to Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous and other iRig-loving musicians.

Gruber: iOS 7.1 Coming Any Day Now

9:05 AM, Mar. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

Get ready for iOS 7.1, because if the sources talking with Daring Fireball's John Gruber are right, it's coming before next week. Word on the street is SXSW iTunes Festival show streaming requires the new version of iOS, and since the event starts on March 10, Apple has only days to get the update on user's iPhones and iPads.