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Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

If the fact that Target announced that they wont be carrying Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album weren't enough, the writing on the wall should be. Here we're seeing another big push in the war waged between artists, record labels, and those that would stand to lose profit at the hands of the oncoming digital revolution. While the release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" had the record industry in a tizzy with its "pay whatever you want" model, Beyonce's "release as a surprise to iTunes first" model seems to be taking retail stores out a whole new door.

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iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

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.

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Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

There might be yet another entertainment industry paradigm shift afoot, and Beyoncé is going to be there. Just as Kickstarter paved the way for games and even films to be made sans traditional publishers, Beyoncé has just made something almost impossible, or at least unforeseeable, happen. She has just released a complete album, in digital format first, without the usual pre-release marketing stunts, and, more surprisingly, without anyone even hearing about it until it launched.

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App Store and iTunes Fatal errors appear throughout US

App Store and iTunes Fatal errors appear throughout US

There's an error appearing for users this afternoon for iDevices and desktop computers when they access iTunes or the App Store with the word "Fatal" in it. While we wouldn't recommend panicking quite yet, you can rest easy in knowing you're not the only one to see said error. A variety of users in forums and help arenas today are reporting the same login breakdown.

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Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Here near the end of 2013 the comic adventure universe of Calvin & Hobbes has reached the digital realm at last, being presented as a set of ebooks for several platforms. While it's not entirely clear whether this is the doing of Bill Watterson himself or those that he'd battled for years over the rights to his own artwork, the results are in: three of the most over-produced treasury books of this century are now digital.

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iTunes Radio to stream pre-release albums

iTunes Radio to stream pre-release albums

In an interview this month, Apple's Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said that iTunes Radio will be used to stream and help promote pre-release albums from various artists. The service, which just recently went live, will build on top of the preview streaming offered in the iTunes Store, and aims to help both artists and listeners.

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Apple launches Employees on Apple, acknowledges artistic workforce

Apple launches Employees on Apple, acknowledges artistic workforce

Apple has launched a new section on iTunes called "Employees on iTunes". All the media in that section was created by, or at least influenced by, Apple employees. And it's all free. And you can't have any--unless you work at Apple. Apple news source 9to5Mac revealed recently that Eddie Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, recently sent out a company-wide internal memo recognizing that the company is teeming with creative energy.

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Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack appears on iTunes and Google Play

Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack appears on iTunes and Google Play

The team at RockStar games have wasted no time capitalizing on the popularity of not only the game Grand Theft Auto V itself, but the music gamers are able to listen to inside the vehicles of the game. This is otherwise known as GTA Radio, having become a rather interesting side-project and powerful result of the GTA Effect - aka the opening up of games to an "open sandbox" bit of gameplay allowing the user to make the game what they want it to be. It's also part of the ever-expanding world of in-game earning, though in this case you'll need to actually exit the game to purchase each individual track.

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