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Sony Has Launched iTunes Rival





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Yesterday Sony has launched a new service of streaming music subscription to compete with Apple's iTunes, but in opposition to the latter it will offer another approach in digital music sales.

New cloud-based music service is called "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" and offers users to stream music they want to listen to, but not purchase and download it.

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New patent application reveals a spiral Cover Flow UI for music selection



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Another Apple's patent application had been unveiled this week by the U.S. Patent and trademark Office. It is entitled "User Interface for Media Playback" and describes a new UI for browsing music albums on the iPhone and other touch-based devices.

The technology uses the idea of Cover Flow interface, which allows users to flip through album art and select the desired music, but now albums are proposed to be moved in a spiral form, not horizontally.

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Written by SimplyMax

Saturday, December 18th, 2010. 21:07

Apple releases iTunes 10.1.1, iBooks 1.2



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Today Apple has released another minor update for its iTunes software. New version 10.1.1 addresses some issues and bugs that could cause the program to crash. Here is its list:

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Google Announced New Version of Android Market



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This week Google has released a new version of its client app for Android Market, which will work on any smartphone running Android OS 1.6 or higher.

The company aims to facilitate the process of discovering new software and its purchase. That's why new Android Market will have a Cover Flow-like style of app listings and include new categories like Widgets and Live Wallpapers, as currently the catalog is filled pretty much with these kinds of software. Besides that, app pages will now have more info and links to related content.

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Apple Has Announced Top Apps of 2010



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Today Apple has announced its year-end top lists for iTunes called "iTunes Rewind", which span music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, etc. The most interesting list in our sight is a list of apps.

So here are the four "award winners" for 2010:

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Apple Starts Rolling Out 90 Second Song Previews in iTunes



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Today Apple has begun offering 90-second previews of songs in the iTunes Store. All songs longer than 2 minutes 30 seconds will now have a 90-second preview available. Songs shorter than this length will continue to offer only 30 second previews. Good news for us, consumers! But Apple literally forced labels to accept new terms. Any labels who do not wish to agree with the terms must withdraw their music from the iTunes Store.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, December 9th, 2010. 10:42

Android Approaches iOS In Overall Smartphone Subscribers



Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 39.3% 35.8% -3.5
Apple 23.8% 24.6% 0.8
Google 17.0% 23.5% 6.5
Microsoft 11.8% 9.7% -2.1
Palm 4.9% 3.9% -1.0

Today comScore released its monthly smartphone mobile report, which shows again that the Android OS gains more and more points at the smartphone market, while RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iOS continue to lose its positions. The report is based on the smartphone usage over a period between July and October of 2010, and shows that there 60.7 million people with smartphones in the USA, which is 14% more than three months before. According to comScore, every fourth mobile subscriber uses smartphone.

Other facts:

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New Michael Jackson Song Was Exclusively Released On Ping



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To promote its new musical social networking service Ping Apple landed an exclusive track from Michael Jackson called "Much Too Soon".

The song is included in the pop star's forthcoming album "Michael" and can be streamed within iTunes if you access Ping and navigate to the official account of Michael Jackson. This is a new way Apple successfully promotes its social network, as over a million users had listened to the song within first 48 hours after its release.

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Written by SimplyMax

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. 20:30

Apple will release iOS 4.2 today



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Apple recently published a press release stating that new firmware iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will be available today.

Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

However users are unable to update through iTunes right now, as well as there are no download links yet. The expected release time is 10 am Pacific Time.

Full press release is under the cut:


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Apple bringing Beatles to iTunes after a seven year wait



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The Wall Street Journal is predicting that Apple will announce that The Beatles' music will soon be available in the iTunes Store. The magazine confirms that Apple finally made an agreement with The Beatles rights owners. iTunes launched almost 8 years ago, and during this period Apple has been negotiating with the rights owners.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. 13:05

Ping now available on iPad



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With the release of iTunes 10.1 Apple’s music service, Ping, comes to the iPad. Good news for Ping addicts! Now you may find all the usual Ping features in the iPad's iTunes app. With Ping for iPad, users can check their friends' activity, see who they're following, or make changes to their profile. The iPad integration also allows users to "like" or comment on posts from people they follow, and quickly purchase recommended music from the iTunes Store. Then, you can use it to find new people to follow and control your news feed.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, November 15th, 2010. 15:11

Apple Releases 'iPad is Electric' Commercial



Some days ago Apple released a brand new iPad commercial entitled "iPad is Electric" and posted it to the company's iPad site and YouTube page. The new advertisement offers the same music, format as the other iPad’s commercials and follows the same of theme of displaying a series of quick shots of the iPad's capabilities interspersed with corresponding single-word descriptions relevant to the "iPad is..." theme.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010. 11:13

Apple to Extend iTunes Song Previews to 90 Seconds in U.S.



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Apple sent e-mails to music label representatives to inform them that it that it is preparing to extend the length of iTunes Store song previews in the United States. The new 90 second samples only affect songs that are longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds, with shorter songs keeping the original 30 second preview length. The company believes that longer songs samples will lead to more purchases. Apple's email notes that by continuing to offer their music on the iTunes Store, labels are indicating their acceptance of the new terms. But it didn’t say any time frames when the extended previews will be available to U.S. customers.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010. 10:34

Live from Apple's "Back to the Mac" event (constantly updating)



11:28AM Thanks for reading along!
11:28AM Hands on time!
11:28AM Well, we definitely want a MacBook Air after seeing the video.

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Apple announces live streaming of "Back to the Mac" event



Apple has confirmed it will offer live streaming of its event today. The live video will be available here: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2010/

Media Alert
Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of Today’s Event
What: Live video stream of Apple’s October 20 event
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Where: www.apple.com/

Live Video Streaming

Apple® will broadcast its October 20 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010 at www.apple.com/uk.


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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. 18:15