c4cast.com Hits Apple with iTunes Patent Infringement Lawsuit

10:29 AM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple is facing a infringement lawsuit from c4cast.com over allegations that the interactive resource features in iTunes come from a patent it holds. c4cast.com is a California-based company, but chose to file its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known to be a favorite of patent trolls.

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Another day, another patent infringement lawsuit. You know there's a problem with the U.S. patent system when simply filing a case in a specific court can make you look like a patent troll even if you aren't.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

8:40 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · iTunes

There’s a neat feature of iTunes Radio that’ll let you create a custom station from what you’re currently listening to—or from any item in your library—with just a click or two. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna cover it, and if you’ve never tried out iTunes Radio, we’re telling you that now’s the time. It’s cool!

Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

9:55 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.

Puzzled? 3 Free Puzzlers For iOS

7:51 PM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · iTunes

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If you're a fan of puzzles then you've come to the right place. Vern Seward points out three free iOS puzzle games in this week's Free on iTunes. DOOORS, Montezume Pussle, and Sudoku 2.

3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

4:30 PM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · · iTunes

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.

Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With Record Execs Hoping To Increase Sales

5:09 PM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.

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An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.

Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

2:37 PM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · iTunes

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Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.

UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax Hike

9:08 AM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · iTunes

The days of £0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

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Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.

How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

10:30 AM, Mar. 22nd, 2014 · · iTunes

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The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.