Google Play Music Launches ‘Free Music For Everything You Do’

4:46 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · · iObserver

Google Play Music Launches 'Free Music For Everything You Do'

Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift’s Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

6:25 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift's Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift's open letter "solidified" the need to change Apple Music's artist compensation plan. He said that Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision.

iPhone 5 and 1-Yr Unlimited Talk-and-Text from FreedomPop: $299

4:33 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

iPhone 5 and 1-Yr Unlimited Talk-and-Text from FreedomPop: $299

We have a different kind of deal for you today on a certified pre-owned iPhone 5 and one year of service through FreedomPop. The service plan includes unlimited text and talk, and 500MB of data per month. The iPhone 5 is yours, and you can move it to Sprint or any Spring MVNO if you cancel your service with FreedomPop. Through our deal you get the iPhone 5 and the year of service for $299. Check out the deal page for details on the offer.

Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk at Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

6:58 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk Against Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

4:13 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

You know Dad's always wanted to learn how to code "some day," now here's your chance to help him along this Father's Day. We have a deal on the Mammoth Interactive iOS & Swift Bootcamp, a package of training courses for Apple's Swift programming language in iOS. It retails for $2,956, but through our deal you can get it for $99. He'll build over 70 apps during the course with 80 hours of video content. Check out the deal page for more information.

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

Apple Is Making a Healthy Profit on Apple Watch Bands

2:25 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple is raking in the profits with its Apple Watch Bands, according to a report from IHS research. In one case, an entry level sort band that sells for US$49 costs just $2.05 to make. Many factors likely come into play in this pricing decision. 

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.