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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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iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

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.

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AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

It's not that the HTC First was a terrible phone - in fact, it's bound to become a cult classic due to its ability to become all but Nexus with a quick switch-off of Facebook Home. But that's not the issue here. The issue is that this first Facebook phone was not selling well on the one and only network it was with - AT&T - but after reducing the price of it down to a buck, the company's mobile chief Ralph de la Vega has let it be known that they've sold the whole lot out.

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iOS in-app purchase settlement tuned up: credits and full refunds in order

iOS in-app purchase settlement tuned up: credits and full refunds in order

When you've got a child that knows how to use a touchscreen and a mess of web-connected machines around the house, it's only a matter of time before you have a massive bill for in-app purchases from all angles. At least that's what the reality of the situation was before a few well-placed fixes were put in place back a couple of years ago when Apple had a class action law suit on its hands - one that's just now being delivered on in the form of a home page for those affected.

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Apple’s iTunes Radio “playing catch up with Nokia Music” suggests Nokia VP

Apple’s iTunes Radio “playing catch up with Nokia Music” suggests Nokia VP

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.

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iTunes Radio official: streaming music inside Apple’s built-in app

iTunes Radio official: streaming music inside Apple’s built-in app

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.

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Apple touts 50 billion apps downloaded from store for iOS

Apple touts 50 billion apps downloaded from store for iOS

At WWDC 2013 Apple has let it be known that they've reached the 50 billion apps downloaded mark, this mark reached with a $10 billion dollar mark paid to developers in the process. Noting that they'd added $5 billion in the past year alone, Apple noted that the past 5 years of the App Store have paved the way for the future with developers, one that Apple suggests has paid "three times more than all other platforms combined."

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Google Play app downloads to surpass iOS by October

Google Play app downloads to surpass iOS by October

While Apple recently boasted surpassing 50 billion app downloads, the Google Play store isn't that far behind it seems, and at the rate that Google Play downloads are at, it's said that Android app downloads will overtake iOS app downloads this year, possibly as soon as October, according to a report.

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Apple ebook trial set to begin Monday

Apple ebook trial set to begin Monday

Starting tomorrow, Apple will be part of a trial in which federal and state authorities have suggested the latter company was part of ebook price-fixing. This trial will work with allegations that Apple has conspired with publishers to artificially raise the price of ebooks for sale in the iTunes Store for devices like the iPad and the iPhone. This trial was originally set to include five of the six largest book publishers in the US and was originally filed in April of 2012.

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iTunes profits continue to grow as users spend more

iTunes profits continue to grow as users spend more

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.

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Windows 8 iTunes app not coming “any time soon”

Windows 8 iTunes app not coming “any time soon”

While iTunes is available for Windows 8, it only works in desktop mode, meaning that there's no "metro" style app for Apple's popular music player and media store. Of course, Microsoft really wants Apple to create said app, but according to Windows CFO Tami Reller, that's not going to happen "any time soon."

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Boingo iOS app updates with iTunes subscription billing

Boingo iOS app updates with iTunes subscription billing

Boingo, the WiFi hotspot service, has updated its iOS app with the ability to pay for Boingo's monthly subscription using your iTunes account. This means that Boingo users don't need to enter in their credit card information in the app, but instead just link it with their iTunes accounts, where users will be billed monthly using the payment method they have on file with iTunes.

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