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Usher Opens iTunes Festival

UsherUsher kicked off the iTunes festival in London last night.

The "Yeah!" hitmaker got the party started on the opening night of the month-long free festival at the city's Roundhouse venue with a hit packed set and his trademark super-smooth dance moves. The muscular singer may have slipped up as he performed "You Make Me Wanna," but after a cheeky suggestion from his backing dancers, did 40 push-ups for the crowd to make up for it.

The singer's set featured hits including "Burn," "OMG," "Climax," "Scream" and his collaboration with David Guetta, "Without You."

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e-Book publishers shell out $69 million in price-fixing allegation case

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Corporate News,

Apple Amazon DOJ antitrust ebook suit

In the midst of Apple and ebook publishers collusion allegations brought forth by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley (Democrat), is tossing in her hat by filing a civil antitrust lawsuit. Three book publishers are shelling out over $69 million, $2 million of which is going to Massachusetts customers, to settle out of court. The ongoing lawsuit alleges that Apple got together with publishers and devised a plan to raise ebook prices in Apple's own iBookstore, which is in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle ebook store. Amazon is known for selling it's ebooks at rock-bottom prices, often at the expense of publishers and authors. So, although it appears that the DoJ's lawsuit greatly benefits consumers, who it really benefits is Amazon. Look at it this way: Amazon makes its lion share of money from many different sources, therefore, it can afford to sell ebooks at a loss since consumers buying through Amazon Kindle are exposed to advertisement promoting everything else they sell. Meanwhile, other booksellers are going out of business unable to compete, inadvertently creating a monopoly where Amazon reigns supreme. In the long run, who is this really benefiting? The way I see it, the DoJ lawsuit, although good intentioned, will eventually have the opposite effect of what its trying to achieve; and while now it appears to benefit consumers, in the end, Amazon wins.

Ebook publishers Macmillan and Penguin have not settled and Apple vowed to fight the allegations in court.

Read More | Boston Globe

Hulu Plus now available on Apple TV

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Home Entertainment,

Hulu Plus Apple TV

In a move that's far overdue, Apple has finally launched Hulu Plus on the Apple TV. A software update was released early this morning that adds the Hulu Plus app to the second- and third-generation Apple set-top-box, but it's a behind-the-scenes update. All you need to do is restart your Apple TV if you don't see Hulu Plus on the home screen.

Users can get a 1-week trial, log in with their existing Hulu Plus account, or subscribe right from the Apple TV using their connected iTunes account.

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Apple set to bring back horizontal iPod nano design with iOS-style home button?

iPod nano home button

Macotakara is reporting that Apple is set to redesign is iPod nano line, getting rid of the small clip form factor in favor of a more traditional horizontal design. The next iPod nano will purportedly also be about 1/4 shorter than the previous horizontal design, and will also feature a home button, similar to what's found on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Read More | Macotakara

Apple to kill Ping social network in next major iTunes update

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Internet, Music, Rumors,

iTunes Ping

Apple's Ping, the music-based social network that has struggled to find any sort of dedicated fanbase, is set to be killed off with the next iTunes update and the public release of iOS 6, according to The Wall Street Journal. According to the publication:

Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3 and the iOS 6 beta - where it doesn't work, will be gone with the software's next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple's social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.

We don't know too many people who'll miss it. Ping has been a far too barren wasteland for far too long. If its something you enjoy, though, then start saying your goodbyes.

Read More | WSJ

iTunes 10.6.3 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music, Software,

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Apple has released iTunes 10.6.3, which includes support for Mountain Lion and the iOS 6 beta, both of which were announced at this morning's WWDC 2012 keynote. Download it now!

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There are now 650,000 apps in the App Store, 225,000 specifically for iPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Software,

225,000 iPad apps

In addition to the announcement that there have been over 30 billion App Store downloads, Apple has also announced a couple of other stats during its WWDC 2012 keynote. First, there are over 650,000 apps available for download, with 225,000 of them specifically written for the iPad. Apple made sure to mention that this is compared to just a few hundred that are available for Android and other competing tablets.  Also, there are now over 400 million iTunes accounts with credit cards and one-click buying affiliated with them. Lastly, App Store sales have resulted in over $5 billion being paid out to developers. This is definitely a force to be reckoned with.


Apple 2012 Back to School promo to feature $100 iTunes credit for Macs, $50 for iPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop,

Apple appears ready to kick off its annual Back to School promo, continuing where it left off last year by offering a $100 iTunes Store gift card with the purchase of a new Mac computer. Additionally, and for the first time, student who purchase an iPad during the promotion will also receive a gift card--this one for $50. The credit is good towards anything you can buy or rent on iTunes, the App Store, the iBookstore, and the Mac App Store. We expect a bunch of new Mac hardware to be announced later this morning during the WWDC 2012 keynote.

Read More | MacRumors

Will.i.am Calls for Better Use of Music Technology

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Industry News, iTunes,

Will.i.am at the London Royal College of ArtWill.i.am has called for the music industry to better embrace technology. The Black Eyed Peas boss believes record labels should look to the success of Apple's iTunes and invest more money into using digital advances to further their market and prevent further decline in the ailing industry.

"The music industry never had an appreciation for technology. We're going to work out how to make money once we marry music and science. Apple is worth $800 billion now - the music industry far less. Music helped define what that company is, but they made all the money," he said, speaking at London's Royal College of Art's Innovation Night last night.

The "I Gotta Feeling" hitmaker later admitted he had had fun at the event and was pleased to get the chance to express his opinion. "I had fun... I'm glad you got to see that side of me... this is how I think & talk every minute of the day outside of music. I like future talk," he wrote on his Twitter.

(FYI - You can also follow Albumista on Twitter.)


iPad carrier settings update now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Software,

iPad 4G carrier settings update

Apple has released a carrier settings update for the iPad. The one we're running if the Verizon LTE 3rd generation model, so your mileage may vary. Plug in and check iTunes to see if it's available for you. If it is, the download and update will take all of just a few seconds, and you're done! Also, if you haven't seen it, check out our new iPad review.


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