Apple told customers on Friday that ad-supported stations on iTunes Radio will go dark on January 28th and 29th, 2016, and that Beats 1 will be the sole free streaming radio service available to those who don't subscribe to Apple Music. iTunes Radio was launched in 2013 as part of iOS 7, but it has been replaced by Apple Music, which launched in June of 2014.
It’s no secret that Dr. Mac doesn't care much for recent versions of iTunes. Find out why in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #158, also known as, "Why iTunes Must Die!"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters, and now the soundtrack for the movie is available on Apple's iTunes Store. The soundtrack was scored by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, but don't check out the track listing if you want to avoid movie spoilers.
There wasn't any fanfare over the weekend when Apple quietly increased the online storage limit for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library above 25,000 tracks, but big music library users noticed. There isn't any official word on how many songs you can add to Apple's online music storage services, but earlier this year Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the company was planning on raising the limit to 100,000 songs.
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Eddy Cue said Apple wanted to bump up the online storage cap for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library to 100,000 tracks before the end of the year. Who's up for trying to hit that?
Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it makes buying movies more complicated. Long ago, when brick and mortar video stores ruled the earth, Dr. Mac says he had far fewer options. Read his account of the technical trials and tribulations of watching a movie on your Apple devices. (Hint: It has a happy ending, so you should definitely read it!)
Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired. It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.
Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast—if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.
Apple released the Apple Music client for Android on Google Play, marking a major expansion of the music streaming service. It's also only the third Android app from Apple alongside a migration assistant tool called Move to iOS and Beats Pill+, a controller app for the Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker.
I think this is super cool—very cool indeed. Apple and U2 have collaborated on a virtual reality music video released on an app called Vrse. While the 360 degree music video was designed to work with Google Cardboard, you can also experience it with just your iPhone.
If you're running out of space on your Mac, you should definitely check to see if you've got old or unneeded iPhone/iPad backups within iTunes. They're easy to delete! Within today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will show us how to clean those out, and she'll also go over a few more handy ways to use those device backups, too.
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