iTunes Store Best of 2013 Highlights Music, Apps, More

10:21 AM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · iTunes

Apple's annual Best Of lists for the iTunes Store and App Store are out, and as usual the company has cobbled together the best selling and most popular songs, movies, apps, ebooks, and podcasts all in one place. The top iPhone app of the year was the language learning app Duolingo, the top musical artist was Justin Timberlake, and the top song of the year was Royals from Lorde.

Beatles Bootlegs Coming to iTunes for Copyright Protection

2:15 PM, Dec. 16th, 2013 · · iTunes

Some rare Beatles bootleg recordings are coming to Apple's iTunes Store this week, and while they'll be welcome additions to fan's music libraries, the release isn't all about bringing previously unavailable music to the public; it's about extending the recording copyrights. By releasing the recordings, the copyright on the tracks will extend an additional 20 years taking them out of the public's hands for a full 70 years.

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The important part for Apple Corps is to extend the copyrights on the recordings for the songs in the collection, so don't be surprised if they're available through the iTunes Store for a limited time. Once they're gone, however, they won't be forgotten. Apple Corps is no doubt already working on ideas to continue exploiting the recordings.

Walmart Friday Sale: iPhone 5c for $27, $30 iTunes Gift Cards for $25

9:20 AM, Dec. 12th, 2013 · · iTunes

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Walmart is tapping Apple to bring in holiday shoppers again with special pricing on iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s on Friday. According to online reports, the retailer will offer aggressive discounts on iPhone 5c ($27) and 5s ($127), a $45 gift card with the purchase of an iPad mini, and $30 gift cards for only $25.

iTunes 11: Seeing Song History with Notification Center

8:35 AM, Dec. 11th, 2013 · · iTunes

Whether you're annoyed with iTunes' new "now playing" notifications or you like them as much as Melissa Holt does, this Quick Tip will be helpful to you. She'll cover how to turn those notifications off, and then she's going to tell you how to see up to the last twenty songs you've played, right within Notification Center (which is really handy when you're listening to iTunes Radio). There are practically a hundred tips stuffed in this one little article, people! OK, maybe not quite that many.

Radio Ad Veteran Michael Pallad Joins iTunes Radio

11:36 AM, Dec. 10th, 2013 · · iTunes

Apple is getting serious about selling advertising on iTunes Radio with the hiring of Cumulus Media executive vice president of sales Michael Pallad. Mr. Pallad started with Apple on December 2 and could play a big role in drawing advertisers to the company's streaming music service.

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Apple is competing with online streaming companies like Pandora and Spotify for both listeners and advertisers. Bringing on Michael Pallad looks like a really smart move because he already has a name in the radio advertising industry.