Apple released a minor update to iTunes Wednesday, version 12.3.1. The patch notes specify only that, "This update improves overall stability and performance," but it comes on the same day that iOS, OS X, and watchOS were updated.
Apple is working on increasing the number of songs supported by its music library matching services to 100,000. According to a statement given to MacRumors, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said that Apple is working on it and hopes to roll out the increase "before the end of the year."
Apple announced on Wednesday it was launching Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks in China, a significant expansion in digital media in the world's largest market. Apple Music in China will be priced well below the U.S. price, at just 10 CNY, or $1.57 per month. Apple Music will also offer the same 90 day free trial offered in other markets.
Apple is going to change its in-app purchase policy for streaming music services, either voluntarily or by force. That's my prediction, and when it happens, it will be a good change for the company. Here's why.
Revenues from streaming music services surpassed that of sales of physical media for the first time ever in 2015, and that was before the launch of Apple Music. The Recording Industry Association of America issued a mid-year report that said overall revenues were up, pushed in part by streaming revenues that made up for declines in other formats, including downloads and physical media.
Apple has committed to making improvements to London's Roundhouse theater in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the annual Apple Music Festival (formerly the iTunes Music Festival). Apple does not own the venue, but the FAQ for the event said that Apple was giving the Roundhouse an "environmental makeover."
Along with iOS 9, Apple released iTunes 12.3 on Wednesday. The update for the media management and streaming music app added two-factor authentication support for Apple IDs, along with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan support.
Before updating to iOS 9—which will be released Wednesday, September 16th—you should back up your device. We recommend doing an encrypted backup. Not only does this protect your data, it's the only way to back up your Health, Activity, and Keychain data from your iOS device.
I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.
Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.
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