On Monday, Apple TV beta software was made available, and within it are signs that the company will be restoring iTunes music purchases to its set-top media box. While present users can only buy TV shows and movies via Apple TV, with the feature found in the latest beta release, those same users will be able to browse, preview, and buy songs and albums as well.
Right on the heels of iOS 7 beta 4 for developers comes the release of iTunes 11.1 in beta mode, appearing this afternoon with iTunes Radio ready for action. Announced at Apple's developer event WWDC 2013, iTunes Radio is a personalized streaming music internet radio station service that becomes more personalized the more the user listens to it. This system will also be built-in and/or available to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.
It may be hard to believe, but at one point, there was no app store to accompany the iPhone. In fact, a whole year went by when original iPhone owners didn't have an app store to download the latest apps for their device, but just a day before the iPhone 3G's launch, the iTunes App Store was officially born.
Apple's iTunes Radio terms for record labels have been revealed, and look likely to ramp up attention on Pandora and other rivals who have recently been accused of short-changing artists. The royalties iTunes Radio will pay, according to the WSJ's insider glance at the offers made to independent labels, will kick off at 0.13 cents per play, as well as a proportionate share of 15-percent of net advertising revenue.
With the announcement of iOS 7 last week, Apple showed off a handful of new features coming to the new mobile OS later this fall, including Control Center and an entirely new design that aims to be a flatter design than past iterations. While Apple TV was left out of the discussion during the event, it seems Apple will be including some of the new features with the latest Apple TV beta.
It's not often that Nokia gets to take a moment to snark on Apple, so it's certainly not surprising that immediately after Apple releases information on their iTunes Radio service, the VP of Nokia Entertainment has responded with a reminder about Nokia Music. As iTunes Radio was made official, this streaming music service with iAd integration and the ability to purchase songs on the fly was picked at by Nokia.
As rumors have suggested, Apple is outing their own music discovery platform, and they're calling it iTunes Radio. The new feature will be built right into the company's existing Music app on iOS, so users who take advantage of the app won't have to switch to another app to use the new iTunes Radio.
Apple is all about the music today, with the new 16GB iPod touch, word of 100m iPod touch selling since 2007, and now details of the upcoming iTunes Festival 2013. First held in 2007, the 2013 show marks the festival's seventh outing, with acts including Justin Timberlake and Jack Johnson set to appear, while the tickets are handed out as iTunes prizes.
No one can deny the fact that Apple is doing impressively well with its App Store and iTunes. ITunes certainly revolutionized the music industry, despite the fact that many in the music industry didn't want to change. A new report has been published by research firm Asymco looking specifically at how much money iTunes users are spending.