Will Apple Announce Cloud-Based iTunes Music at WWDC?

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Apple is getting ready to complete deals with most major music labels to bring music to the cloud to rival recent offerings by Google and Amazon. The company had already signed a deal with Warner Music Group last month, according to CNET, and now is getting ready to ink its deal with Universal Music Group […]

Google Aims to Succeed Where Microsoft Has Failed

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Watching the announcements streaming out of Google this week, I could not help but notice a certain trend. There were a slew of accessory devices and gadget applications shown off in what is unofficially being called “Android Everywhere”. They’ve bolstered their offerings with music streaming and movie rentals. They seem intent on breathing new life […]

iPhone to Android Switch Part Two – Playing Media

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When I bought an Android phone my first thought was how good it would be for playing music. I’ve been using iPods for years and my foray into iOS began with the iPod Touch the spring before the iPhone 3GS was released. I assumed that Android would not be as good as iOS for playing […]

Android Users Now Get AirPlay via DoubleTwist

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If you’re an Android user and feel like you might be missing out when it comes to using Apple’s AirPlay feature to stream your music to another device then you’re in luck. Turns out the popular App DoubleTwist, which allows you to sync and play your iTunes media on your Android device now incorporates a […]

Verizon to Deliver Untethered iOS 5 Updates OTA

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Unconfirmed speculations posit that Apple, at least for Verizon Wireless, will be delivering iOS updates over the air in iOS 5. This will be a new change for iPhone, and potentially iPad and iPod Touch, owners as currently Apple requires users to tether their smartphones and devices to a computer to download and install the […]

Apple Registers iCloud.com for Online MobileMe Replacement?

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It was reported that Apple bought the domain iCloud.com from a Swedish company called Xcerion and now we learned from Apple Insider that Apple is using the name internally as it preps the newest versions of iOS and Mac OS X. When you type the domain icloud.com you get a page redirect to cloudme.com and […]

Apple’s iTunes Digital Cloud Storage Won’t be Free

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Early speculations about Apple’s digital cloud storage plans suggest that the service will launch for free initially, but that the iPhone-maker would eventually charge users a small annual fee for the service much like what it does with its cloud-based Mobile Me offering. According to Billboard, Apple may charge users around $20 a year for […]

Apple To Place Second to Amazon in Race for Cloud Music Storage

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Let’s call it short memories. The Interweb is jumping up and down this afternoon reporting and re-reporting a Reuters story that Apple will beat Google to the punch in terms of offering a cloud based music streaming service. At least that’s what the headlines and the leads all say. Scroll down the story a bit […]

Apple Patents Wireless iPhone Activations

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When the original iPhone launched, many had heralded what Apple had done for the phone industry–allowed users to buy unlocked phones and activate the phones themselves at home when they connect the smartphone to their computers via iTunes. The process reduces the amount of time that users spend in stores and is quick, and intended […]

Deal: $100 iTunes Gift Card for $80 at Sam’s Club

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Sam’s Club is offering a great deal on iTunes gift cards. From now through April 24th, you can pick up a $100 iTunes gift card for $79.64, a savings of just over $20. This deal is available in store and online for Sam’s club members, and is a $15 discount off the standard Sam’s Club […]

mSpot Movies On Demand New Pricing and Streaming to Mobile Devices

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mSpot Movies has been in the streaming video business for a while, but they are announcing today a new membership model with discounts when compared to renting streaming video from competitors like Amazon and Apple. This is not a subscription based service like Netflix or the new Amazon video streaming service for Prime members. Instead […]

Apple Hiring for the Cloud, New Services Coming?

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Apple recently posted a job listing for a Cloud Systems Software Engineer, which may be indicative of the company’s speculated plans to expand and create cloud-based services beyond what is found in today’s Mobile Me offering. According to the listing, the engineer would join a small team in creating ‘the future of cloud services’ at Apple’s […]

Carbon Fiber iPods to Sync Wirelessly

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There is a prototype of a carbon fiber iPod that is supposed to be able to sync your songs and other media wirelessly, so says the rumor reported at Cult of Mac. The evidence suggests there is something going on with carbon fiber at Apple, but does it have to do with wireless iPod syncing? […]

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 […]