Valentine's Day is upon us and what better way to show someone how you feel than to plan a romantic evening? Vern Seward points out 3 apps that may help you get you love groove on in this week's Free on iTunes. Home Depot Style Guide, Jamie's Recipes, and TuneIn Radio.
Apple announced Wednesday that the company has now sold 25 billion songs via its iTunes Store. An iTunes customer from Germany downloaded the 25 billionth track and won a €10,000 gift card. At its current pace, Apple is selling 15,000 songs on iTunes every minute.
Apple has launched a new section at iBooks called Breakout Books to promote independent, self-published authors. The section exclusively lists self-published books, but only those books that are climbing the charts as opposed to all self-published books on iBooks.
Cooped up with kids? Break out that old iPhone and load it up with these three kid friendly freebies that Vern Seward highlights in this week's Free on iTunes. Endless Alphabet, GeoDash: Wild Animal Adventure, and Mr. Potato Head: Create & Play
Text adventures? On your iPhone? Yeah baby! And Vern Seward take a look at the granddaddy of the all that being offered up for free, Zork I: The Underground Empire in this week's Free on iTunes.
Amazon has taken another shot at Apple's iTunes ecosystem by launching a version of its browser-based MP3 store designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new design is responsive and easy to use and, when combined with the Amazon Cloud Player iOS app, allows interested users to completely circumvent Apple's ecosystem for digital music.
There are more ways to get your media out in the public eye and in this week's Free on iTunes, Vern Seward points out 3 that are sure to please. Whip, Tumblr, and Showyou.
Rumors suggest that Apple may be launching a subscription music service soon, but an interview with Beats Audio CEO Jimmy Iovine Thursday indicates that Mr. Iovine pressed Apple CEO Steve Jobs on such a service over ten years ago. The late tech visionary was not keen on paying the high costs demanded by the record labels, however, and was willing to wait until the fees became more reasonable.
Apple's iTunes Store will be 10 years old in April, and a new financial analysis shows that the store alone now generates more revenue per year than all of Apple did in 2003. The expansion of the store from its start with music, to books, apps, podcasts, and videos have resulted in an estimated $12 billion in yearly revenue.
Amazon may soon offer an "auto rip" service that will automatically add music from physical disc purchases to a user's Amazon Cloud Drive. The service will give users the advantages of iTunes Match plus the better quality and backup that a physical disc provides, and may put pressure on Apple to increase the value of content on its iTunes Store.
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