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Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks launch in China

Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks launch in China

Continuing its quest to conquer the Chinese market, Apple has announced the arrival of some of its entertainment apps and services to the country. For the first time ever, Chinese users will be able to enjoy Apple's entertainment ecosystem, or at least a part of it, through Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks. This opens up China's doors to a wealth of new content to devour and gives Apple a new market to chew on that is marked to be a billion strong.

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Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Online services including the Apple Store and iTunes experience outages across all app and media sales outlets. This outage approximately 9:00 AM Central Time and ramped up over the next several hours. Downed service checkers have seen troubles appearing mainly in the United States and in central Europe as well as Japan. Service troubles have been acknowledged by Apple System Status ticker as well, with a general "some users are affected" status appearing this morning. Meanwhile, the general iPhone-owning public has either not noticed or went and jumped headfirst into a tizzy.

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Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Earlier today it appeared that the iOS version of Tidal's music streaming app had pushed a price increase on users. In fact, this price increase isn't new. Also in fact - it isn't universal. It's only through Apple's mobile products. With iTunes, according to Tidal, "Apple's policy is to charge TIDAL subscribers a 30% fee on your monthly subscription, for the life of your subscription, if you activate your subscription through the TIDAL app on your iPhone that you have just downloaded."

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Apple Services may soon beat hardware

Apple Services may soon beat hardware

It's Apple's Q2 2015 and one category stands out to me above all others: Services. While the iPhone has had a 40% growth over this time last year and the Mac has had 10% growth year over year, it's the Services category that I'm most interested in. Why? Because it contains Apple Pay and all of Apple's software stores. Because its growth has been far more tempered than any other category on Apple's basic Product Summary list, and because it's about to break past two categories for the first time in a long time: iPad and Mac.

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Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google might have its own platform and services ecosystem, but it isn't shutting out others from the party. At least not all of them. As a gesture of good will, Google is updating its Play Movies app from iTunes to include one very important feature: the ability to download movies for offline viewing.

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iTunes Pass available in US, UK without good reason to use it

iTunes Pass available in US, UK without good reason to use it

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.

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Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple has updated iTunes today, bringing the software to version 11.3. The goal this time is to get you consuming more media. How do we know that? The extensive list of tweaks to media playback, and a synchronized update to Apple TV.

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Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Now that Apple has Beats under their wing, some are searching for answers. Did they covet Beats’ headphones? Was it a quick grab to get a streaming music offering? The answer to both is probably a firm “yes”, but when it comes to Apple’s music offerings, the proof is in the numbers.

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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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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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iTunes App Store turns 5: A look back on 50 billion downloads

iTunes App Store turns 5: A look back on 50 billion downloads

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.

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Apple celebrates App Stores’ 5th Anniversary

Apple celebrates App Stores’ 5th Anniversary

It's been five years since Apple first launched the App Store, the company this week celebrating the origins of the iOS-tending software vending environment with a bit of a silent wave. You may have seen the "Apple Celebrates 5 Years of the App Store" that've been appearing in tubes to the doors of Apple-friendlies: it's there that you'll be getting the same information we'll be running down here. It begins with the launch of the store back on July 10th of 2008, not long after the iPhone was first launched (in June of 2007) and the first 10 million downloads were reached not long after.

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