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).

iTunes: Deleting Songs (Completely) from a Playlist on Your Mac

8:50 AM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · · iTunes

The subject of today's Quick Tip is deleting songs from iTunes playlists. No, not just removing songs from playlists, but deleting songs entirely out of your library from there. So if you've got a whole playlist or two, say, filled with music you no longer want, you can get rid of all of it, lickety-split!

Apple Finally Faces Trial in Class Action Suit Over iTunes/iPod

5:45 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iTunes

Class Action Lottery

iPod. Remember when that was a thing? There's a group of lawyers somewhere who do, because Apple is finally facing a long-threatened class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations concerning iPod and iTunes. The trial starts on Tuesday, according to Reuters, and plaintiffs are seeking US$350 million in damages.

iPhoneography 101: Photo Tip Q&A

10:30 AM, Nov. 29th, 2014 · · iTunes

Q&A

Vern Seward answers some burning iPhoneography questions in this edition of iPhoneography 101: the difference between camera apps; should you use a tripod; and the all-important best way to take a selfie.

iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

10:30 AM, Nov. 22nd, 2014 · · iTunes

Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.