Apple Revamps Free on iTunes, Brings Back Free Songs

8:54 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iTunes

Apple quietly dropped its free weekly songs on the iTunes Store about a week ago but has now brought them back, along with a makeover for its Free on iTunes page in iTunes. The revamped Free on iTunes showed up over the weekend and includes multiple free songs, TV shows, and more.

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It's good to see free songs back on the iTunes Store. First Play on iTunes Radio is nice, but it seems a lot of people really enjoyed their weekly visit to the iTunes Store for new songs.

Goodbye Free on iTunes: Apple Stops its Weekly Song Promotion

2:24 PM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · · iTunes

The free song of the week promotion Apple offered through the iTunes Store for years went from a big badge to a small text link, and now is gone completely. Searching for free songs doesn't turn up anything, either, and comments in Apple's own forums claim Free on iTunes—at least for music—has officially come to an end.

iOS 8: View Siri’s Identified Songs History

2:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · iTunes

Today we're going to cover how to ask Siri what music is playing, and then we'll show you where to find the history of what you've previously identified. No more will you have to try to remember that funky-cool song from three days ago, because your iPhone can tell you what it was! Melissa Holt is going to go over it all in this Quick Tip.

MGG 533: Schrödinger’s Boson

7:28 PM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · & · iTunes

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For this last show of the year Dave and John talk about Dave's iMac repair (it was the graphics card, but took a lot to get there, and Dave benefitted nicely!), then a tip for scanning WiFi networks on your standard (non-jailbroken) iPhone, how to create iTunes Extras, Aperture to Lightroom migration techniques and lots more. Download and enjoy today!

EU iTunes Stores, App Stores get 14-day Refund Policy

3:32 PM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · · iTunes

iTunes Store, App Store, and iBook Store customers in many EU countries can now request refunds for any reason up to 14 days after making a purchase. The change brings Apple into compliance with EU consumer rights regulations that allow for a 14 day right of cancellation or return.

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Just because Apple is complying with the EU's 14-day refund policy doesn't mean there's a loophole that lets people buy apps, use them for two weeks, and get their money back. Sorry, cheapskates, Apple has your number.

Apple Puts Iovine to Work on Landing iTunes-exclusive Album Deals

11:13 AM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple wants exclusive album releases from top artists for the iTunes Store, and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine is working at getting deals in place. Apple bought Beats Music in 2014 and Mr. Iovene has plenty of connections in the music industry, which makes him just the man to get those content deals in place.

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I've felt that when Apple bought Beats they more or less got Jimmy Iovine with a streaming music service and headphone maker thrown in. Assuming he can swing plenty of exclusive album releases for the iTunes Store, that'll go a long way towards making Apple the fist company people think of when they want to get the latest music from their favorite artists and bands.

Sony’s ‘The Interview’ (Finally) Available on iTunes

5:27 AM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · · iTunes

The Interview on iTunes

Apple added The Interview to iTunes on Sunday, three days after Google's YouTube and Google Play, as well as Microsoft's Xbox Video services launched the movie. The low-brow comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco had been pulled from distribution after the largest U.S. theater chains backed out of showing in the wake of terrorist attacks by a North Korean hacker group called Guardians of Peace (GOP).

‘The Interview’ Movie on YouTube for Rent, Google Play to Buy at 1:00 PM EST [Update]

12:47 PM, Dec. 24th, 2014 · · iTunes

The Interview

Google announced Wednesday that The Interview will be available to rent on YouTube starting at 1:00 PM EST. It will also be available for purchase through Google Play. In a blog post announcing the deal, Google even pointed out that it will be available to Xbox Video customers and at seetheinterview.com (that URL redirects to kernel.com as of this writing).