Cult of Mac reports:
Some sources previously stated that the [macOS 10.15 Music] app would be made using Marzipan, which lets developers easily port iPad apps to the desktop. But new information reveals that won’t be the case.
The Mac’s next-generation Music app will be based on iTunes, not ported over from iOS.
This makes some sense. The legacy macOS iTunes has a lot of Mac-specific code, including iOS device syncing and encrypted backups. But it’s probably also just phase one in the evolution of iTunes/Music on the Mac.
In iOS 12.3 Apple gave customers the ability to use Apple Pay in iTunes and the App Store for apps, movies, games, and more. Here’s where to find the setting.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the possiblity of Marzipan updates to iTunes, and the future of macOS.
More movies exclusive to iTunes have been leaked to pirate websites, providing stronger evidence for an iTunes DRM crack.
A pirate copy of Aquaman circulating among torrent sites could suggest that iTunes DRM has been broken, and tvOS could be to blame.
Sales of physical music media, like CDs and vinyls, have surpassed the number of people downloading music from iTunes. Which makes sense because everyone else has moved on to streaming music, which accounted for 75% of revenue last year for the recording industry.
Downloads represented just 11 percent of US labels’ revenue last year, a music industry trade group said Thursday. Physical sales — the term for music formats you can actually hold, which are mostly CDs and vinyl at this point — booked 12 percent.
Because the Academy Awards is in a couple days, iTunes is having an Oscars movie sale for past and present nominations.
If Apple execs really want to alleviate their firm’s dependence on iPhone sales, they should grow their media offering.
Netflix stopped new users globally from paying for their subscription via iTunes, following an experiment in 33 countries last year.
Apple is welcoming 2019 with some iTunes movie deals, including the Superman 80th Anniversary Collection.
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Peter Cohen to discuss Apple’s cloud services, including the ones they do really well and the ones that suck. They also talk about password management and practices, and look at Apple’s leadership team 8 years after Steve Jobs’s passing.
This week’s iTunes movie deals include Disney Movies and a Harry Potter bundle featuring all eight films, as well as other movie deals.
There are also non-horror bundles on sale as well, like Lord of the Rings, a bunch of Dreamworks movies, Batman, Twilight, etc.
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use macOS Mojave’s Marzipan to split iTunes apart, plus they look at some apps that make using your iPhone even better.
The update includes support for AirPlay 2 and multi-room audio.
The devastating floods in Kerala left a million people at least temporarily homeless, and 445 dead with more bodies being discovered. Over 50,000 houses were destroyed, and more than 6,200 miles of roads have been lost. Apple donated US$1 million to the relief fund, and you can help out, too. Apple added Mercy Corps donation buttons to the iTunes Store ranging from US$5 to $200. Like other relief funds Apple has supported, 100% of the money goes to the charity—Apple doesn’t take its usual 30% cut.
App Store guidelines say that developers can’t “directly or indirectly target iOS users to use a purchasing method other than in-app purchase.”
The music world lost a pillar with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer, as did Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. To commemorate her life Apple has several playlists on Apple Music celebrating her powerful contributions to soul, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Aretha’s influence crossed musical genres and that won’t likely change even though she’s gone. You can check out her Apple Music playlists in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or under the Browse tab in iTunes music section.
Apple banned Alex Jones’s Infowars podcasts from the iTunes Store over hate speech violations, yet his Infowars app is still available on the App Store.
Concerned about it’s bottom line, Apple found a way to boost Services earnings by no longer thanking publishers for spreading the word about apps in the App Store.