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Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

While we wait for the assumed launch of the service, Apple’s streaming ambitions are being widely rumored. Last we heard, Apple was muscling music labels to disavow themselves of ‘freemium’ streaming. Now we get a better idea of why that might be; Apple wants to offer a free trial and limited free listening, according to a new report. Apple is also said to be leaning toward a curated radio service, which is why they are hiring away big-name talent from terrestrial radio.

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Apple’s alleged anti-competitive App Store hurts Spotify

Apple’s alleged anti-competitive App Store hurts Spotify

As Apple preps for the upcoming global launch of its "Spotify-killer", Beats Music platform, industry insiders and competitors are becoming more vocal about the strings Apple is pulling behind the scenes. The latest issue isn't exactly new, but the recently hostile industry environment is finally primed to dispute it. In question are some of Apple's App Store policies that make it unfriendly to third parties looking to compete on iOS. Apple has a built-in advantage at a key time when Beats is looking to undercut Spotify and competitors with its new, low-priced subscription service.

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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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The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The first day you own an Apple Watch is a strange one, to be sure. You're not really sure if you want to stick with the software you get on the device right out the box, or if you want to dive in with a collection of apps that's already over 3,000 strong. As it were, there are a number of apps we'd love to suggest you start out with. Nothing too hardcore just yet, just the essentials. This is the Day 1 Essential Mix.

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App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

It's time to have a peek at exactly how many apps are being released to the Apple Watch at "launch" this week with the new App Store for Apple Watch. What is an "App Store for Apple Watch", you might ask? It's basically a category within the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. You can also access this category for the Apple Watch specifically through iTunes on your desktop computer. This "Apps for Apple Watch" section has not yet been released in its entirety to the full Apple software system.

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App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

In just over one month, both Google and Apple will hold their respective annual conferences. At both events, the companies will make applause-inducing comments regarding the strength of their respective app portals. A new report is shedding some light on both, suggesting there are (still) issues with Google Play and revenue. While the iOS App Store moves at a steady pace, Google Play spiked when it came to downloads. Google Play also brought in almost half the revenue of the App Store, suggesting — once again — Android users just don’t want to buy apps.

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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Apple is looking for exclusive content from big-name artists, says a new report. Specifically named were Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, but it’s possible Apple had even larger aspirations. In a recent interview, Kanye West hinted he recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple, though he didn’t really discuss what it entailed. The artists were approached to provide content for Beats Music, which has gone largely untouched since Apple purchased it last year. It’s also said to be the service Apple is leveraging for their rumored streaming service.

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iTunes update brings better support for Photos

iTunes update brings better support for Photos

In our preview of Photos for OS X, the line “Photos has two advantages there out of the gate, and it's both faster and easier to use than the software it replaces” was (and is) telling. Photos is just plain better than iPhoto in so many ways, and Apple is keen to take advantage of it quickly. Now that the new software is out for both OS X and iOS, Apple is also updating iTunes to aide with syncing photos in Photos across all your devices.

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Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

It's not yet May the 4th and it's definitely not yet Christmas, but it seems that the Force will be in full, well, force this Friday. Come 10th of April, the Interwebs will most likely be clogged when hundreds of Star Wars fans try to download and stream all at once the Star Wars Digital HD collection which, for the first time, brings all, yes all, Star Wars film in digital format, HD quality. That means you can enjoy all of the good and the bad that Star Wars has to offer, wherever you are and on whatever device.

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