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.

3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iTunes

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Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

iTunes: Show What Playlists Your Songs Are In

8:40 AM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iTunes

Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.

iTunes Radio Hits Top 3 in Online Music Streaming

8:48 AM, Mar. 11th, 2014 · · iTunes

Apple's iTunes Radio is just shy of six months old, but is already the third largest online music streaming service behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That comes from data in an annual radio report from Edison tracking active streaming music listeners.

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After six months iTunes Radio is the third largest streaming music service in the United States behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That has to be a pretty harsh wake up call for Spotify.