Apple has announced its eighth iTunes Festival, its month-long music festival that will see artists like Pharrell Williams, Blondie, and Calvin Harris perform at London's Roundhouse venue come September. The concerts - which will see more than sixty acts take to the stage through the course of the month - will be attended by ticket winners, though Apple will also be streaming them for those who can't make it in person.
Android app downloads could get a lot more confusing in Europe, with Google agreeing to cease referring to titles with in-app purchases as "free" in the Google Play store, while Apple has been criticized by the EU for not committing to a similar system. Responding to concerns by the European Union around how "free" titles can be misleading as they subsequently push in-app downloads, Google agreed that no title with IAP content will be labeled as free as of the end of September this year. Meanwhile, Apple has also responded to the EU critique.
Spinning off from Microsoft in the near future, Nokia MixRadio - originally called Nokia Music - will become its own entity. This service will eventually be able to work with Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad as well as Google’s Android for tablets and smartphones. For now, the service continues to work with Windows Phone.
Apple has made iTunes Pass available to a wider audience. The service, previously only available in Japan, has come to the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. The US and Australia are the only countries officially listed, but users are reporting they’re available in other territories as well.
There’s an app out this week made by Facebook for Facebook users on the iPhone - but it’s more elite than that. You have to be famous to get in on the app. To use this app, you have to be a Facebook "Verified Public Figure" - if you’ve got a blue checkmark next to your name on Facebook, you’re in.
Samsung has taken the wraps off its own premium products for audiophiles, the Level lineup of headphones and related gadgets. Kicking things off are two pairs of headphones, a set of earbuds, and a Bluetooth speaker, all of which are set to launch tomorrow at Gilt.com, followed by wider availability later this month.
All this talk of a new iPhone, but what about the iPad? Rumors about the tablet have been drowned out by chatter surrounding the iPhone 6. A new report suggests all the hubbub about the tablet ahead of the various iPhone leaks might end up being true after all.