Google Acquires Mobile Music Startup Ahead of Google Music Launch?

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Google had just acquired Pushlife, a mobile music startup founded by a former Research in Motion employee, for $25 million. The company had developed technology that would allow users to synchronize a non-Apple device with iTunes as well as offered carrier a way to develop apps to combine a user’s music collection with songs in […]

Apple Orders More Storage for Data Center, Cloud-Based Services to Come?

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Apple has just placed an order for 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems. Speculation is that the vast amount of storage will be for Apple’s North Carolina data center, which will be the home to new cloud-based storage options for iTunes as well as for social networking integration for iPhone and Mobile Me accounts. […]

Ken Burns’ Civil War Available on iTunes, iPad, iPhone

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We don’t recommend movies and other entertainment here, though we do occasionally talk about something we’ve seen or experienced. In a departure for that, I will recommend that you might want to take advantage of this. To commemorate the sesquicentennial observance of the American Civil War, PBS is going to be rebroadcasting Ken Burns’ The […]

Apple Negotiating Unlimited Music Downloads for Cloud Service

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In news that probably shouldn’t be news to anyone, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is negotiating with the big music labels to change the structure of its online music business. The idea, according to all those sources who can’t be mentioned, is that customers could have unlimited downloads of their purchased music, stored in the […]

New Apple Social-Centric MobileMe, Digital Locker Expected in Spring

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While Apple has long been rumored to be building out a solution to offer customers a digital locker and enhanced social features, including photo streaming, through a new MobileMe and iTunes feature, there is now an anticipated date for when the revamped cloud-based service will launch. At its shareholder meeting during a Q&A session, Apple […]

MobileMe to Go Social in Next Major Overhaul

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Rumors of a digital locker service for Apple’s MobileMe service has been persistent, but according to Cult of Mac, the online service will get a major overhaul to bring additional social features that will compete against Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook, and Ustream. Some of the features that Cult of Mac is reporting includes: Live video streaming […]

Next iPhone to Come with Social Features to Battle Facebook

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Hints that Apple may be expanding its efforts in the social networking arena are found deeply embedded within iOS 4.3 beta. A new “Media Stream” folder was discovered in the new iOS 4.3 file system with information about “Photo Streaming.” Based on the information, 9to5 Mac is reporting that Apple will allow iPhone users to […]

Rumor: iTunes for the Desktop to Become Web App

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According to Three Guys and a Podcast, the desktop version of Apple’s iTunes software used to manage, play, and synchronize your multimedia library will soon disappear as a standalone app. The site claims that Apple will be moving iTunes from a standalone software to become an in-browser Web app–which is ironic as Apple had shifted […]

iPhone Business is Worth More Than All But 10 Companies

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Apple’s iPhone business is worth more than all but  10 companies in the world according to a report by Trefis. According to the analysts, Apple is worth $391 billion, which is 40% more than the current value of the company’s stock. The iPhone business is worth more than half that value, which means if it […]

iTunes Jumps Apple’s Beatles Announcement. I Already Forgot This Day.

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Yawn. It’s not quite 10am EST yet, and Apple’s iTunes already shows what most believed, that Apple would announce that it finally reached a deal with the Beatles to deliver that content on iTunes. Heralded as a “day you’ll never forget,” I’ve already forgotten it. I’m guessing quite a few folks who enjoy a Beatles […]

New Apple iTunes Offering Coming Tomorrow

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Apple’s home page is currently overtaken by a message that points to a new product offering tomorrow. Apple recently introduced several new features, including social networking, in iTunes 10.1, the latest version of the company’s digital storefront and media player. The new iTunes offering comes just in time for the holiday shopping season. The message […]

Technology Bites: Wal-Mart Computers Fail on iTunes Gift Card Sale

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This weekend I and my sisters are gathering to start the process of dealing with my mother’s house and belongings after her passing several weeks ago. I got the chore of running to the local Wal-Mart to pick up some supplies for the weekend this morning as well as the breakfast run. I had noticed […]

Apple’s Ping Social Service Will Continue the Decline of Music

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Yesterday amidst Apple’s fall announcement of new stocking stuffers for music lovers, Steve Jobs announced the new social service for sharing music, called Ping. Aside from taking a term that many geeks and network administrators have used for some time now, I’m sure Ping will have its desired goal of increasing discover-ability and helping Apple […]

Apple Responds to iTunes Hack and Fraud

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Apple has issued a statement about the hacking and fraud that occurred in its App Store recently. The statement takes pains to say that user data wasn’t compromised, but on the other hand Apple is saying that if you think there was suspicious activity on your account to deal with your bank and cancel your […]

Heads Up: iTunes App Store Hack

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It’s the 4th of July weekend here in the states, which means tomorrow is a holiday for many as the end of an extended weekend. Perfect timing to perpetrate a scam on something like the iTunes store. Many news sites and bloggers are taking time off, as I’m sure many support and engineering staffs, including […]

Android making it easier to buy, stream and sync music and apps

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Google is making a play at Apple’s stronghold. Not the iPod, nor the iPhone or iPad, but iTunes. Music purchasing is coming to Android Marketplace, and it’s being backed up with seamless ways to sync and stream from your PC. And they’re making it even easier to buy and install apps.