Apple Focuses on Podcast Interface in iTunes 11.2

2:04 PM, May. 15th, 2014 · · iTunes

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Apple released iTunes 11.2 on Thursday, an update that focuses on the software's podcast interface. Apple added two new tabs, Unplayed and Feeds, to give users more options for browsing their podcasts, and added a way to directly save favorite podcasts to your Mac. Users can also automatically delete podcasts that have been listened to.

Rumor Claims Hi-Def Audio Support Coming in iOS 8

9:48 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple may be planning on adding support for high definition audio playback support in iOS 8, and will release new in-ear headphones and updated Lightning cable designed to take advantage of the better audio quality. If true, that means iPhone owners would be able to listen to 24-bit 48 kHz audio files, which can offer better fidelity than the 16-bit files iOS 7 and earlier support.

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Better audio quality playback in the iPhone and iPad would be a welcome treat, but if our listening options are Apple's own earbuds or Beats headphones, why bother?

3 Free Funny Apps for iOS

7:54 PM, May. 9th, 2014 · · iTunes

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Need a laugh? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll have you knee slapping in no time in this week's Free on iTunes. Comedy Central, Comedy Central Standup, and WitStream.

3 Free Odd Apps for iPhone and iPad

9:30 PM, May. 2nd, 2014 · · iTunes

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This week in Free on iTunes Vern Seward points out several iOS apps that are towards the odd side. Sick Weather crowdsources illness reports, Now This News finds stuff that's a bit different, and the Digg app...well, it's Digg.

Apple’s iTunes Match Lands in Japan

8:59 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple's iTunes Match has finally made its way to Japan, adding yet another country to an already long list. Just like in the United States, iTunes Match lets users store their iTunes library online and upgrade lower audio quality recordings to higher quality versions.

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It seems crazy that iTunes Match wasn't available in Japan before now. It's also crazy that iTunes Radio is still available only in the United States and Australia.

3 Free iOS Tech News Aggregators

8:41 PM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · · iTunes

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Have you got a nose for tech news? In this week's Free on iTunes, Vern Seward has three news aggregators dedicated to gathering tech news for you, including: Ez Tech News, Tech News Tube, and Tech Wire.

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!