iTunes Radio users can now tune into the latest news broadcasts, with NPR announcing that it has become the first news provider on Apple's radio service. The stream will be available 24-hours a day, and with it will come the segments faithful listeners enjoy, including the Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Sources have surfaced speaking of new Apple music ambitions, with the company reportedly contemplating launching an on-demand music streaming service that will directly compete with Spotify and other similar on-demand services. According to these same handful of sources, Apple is also considering launching an iTunes app for Android.
The selfie is a common staple among images found online, comprising vast quantities of Instagram and other social photography websites, often smattering Facebook and Twitter feeds, among other online locations. So popular is the form of self-expression, the word selfie earned its own slot in the dictionary and was named word of the year in 2013. Now it has its own section in the App Store.
Building up the excitement over the upcoming Tuesday event, Apple has just added the official iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV. The channel will whet viewers' appetites with information on the performers as well as the festival itself in preparation for the big event to be held during SxSW this week.
Apple has brought its iTunes Festival to the US for the first time, announcing that it will be streaming concerts across five nights at SXSW 2014 in March. Having run for several years as the iTunes Festival in London, the new US push for the free entertainment offer will be streamed to iTunes on PC and Mac, as well as to iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, and to the Apple TV.
Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia, the first country outside of the US to get access to the streaming music service. Available across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV, iTunes Radio includes 100 preconfigured stations and the ability to create new ones from initial seed tracks. The Australian launch is believed to be the first in a broader international roll-out.
Apple has announced the expansion of iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager into additional countries across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and more. With the expansion comes the availability of iBooks Textbooks in a total of 51 countries globally, while iTunes U Course Manager is now available in 70 countries across the world, expanding educational opportunities.
With the end of 2013 closing in, Apple's annual App Store and iTunes numbers are in, and among them we find an eclectic mix of apps, albums, movies, books, and other varied content categories. Not surprisingly, "Candy Crush" topped the free iPhone apps chart, beating out Google's YouTube app and similar, while Macklemore makes a double appearance on the music charts, Gravity trumps all other movies, and Happy Tree Friends takes top slot in the podcast category. Read on to find out what other content took 2013 by storm.
Beyoncé's surprise iTunes-only album sold almost 830,000 copies since its release on Friday, Apple has confirmed, with the unexpected eponymous record topping download store charts in 104 countries. Demand was strongest in the US, Apple told The Guardian, with 617,213 of the 828,773 copies sold there. Meanwhile, streaming services are expected to get access to the album imminently.