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Apple counts down to 50 billion downloads in iTunes App Store

Apple counts down to 50 billion downloads in iTunes App Store

Apple has begun counting down (counting up, rather?) to 50 billion downloads in the iTunes App Store, and they're celebrating the milestone by giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the lucky person who downloads the 50 billionth app. The company will also be handing out $500 iTunes gift cards to 50 people that download the next 50 apps.

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Apple educates users on in-app purchases with new user guide

Apple educates users on in-app purchases with new user guide

Along with its refresh of the Featured section in the iTunes App Store, Apple has added a section dedicated to educating people about in-app purchases and what they are exactly. This was most likely added to address the recent fiascos with users accidentally purchasing in-app content on their iOS device.

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Apple celebrates “A Decade of iTunes” with interactive timeline

Apple celebrates “A Decade of iTunes” with interactive timeline

Apple has launched a special tribute to its iTunes Store today, with a ten-year-long interactive timeline called "A Decade of iTunes." Users can flip through each year since 2003 to see what were some of the popular songs back then, as well as look over some of the milestones that Apple and iTunes have passed along the way.

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iCloud and iTunes hit by another outage

iCloud and iTunes hit by another outage

It seems that Apple's iCloud service and the iTunes Store are experiencing yet another outage. Apple's system status webpage confirms that some users may experience issues with account & sign in for iCloud as well as purchases for iTunes. Other users are also reporting problems with Game Center and Apple ID.

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iTunes Store adds option to postpone downloads

iTunes Store adds option to postpone downloads

Apple has just added a new download option to the iTunes Store that will allow users to buy content and download the content later. The option is available for users who have iTunes 11 installed on their computers, or users who are running iOS 6 on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices. The option is only available when you purchase TV episodes, movies, TV seasons, season passes, movie bundles, or music box sets.

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Amazon blocks Apple in Goodreads purchase

Amazon blocks Apple in Goodreads purchase

Today it's become apparent that Amazon's recent purchase of the social networking website Goodreads has blocked another heavy hitter from teaming up. The report comes from a source who says none other than Apple was about to sign a deal with Goodreads for book recommendations with their iBooks program through Goodreads when Amazon showed up with a large sum of cash. This breakup is said to have knocked out a deal that was in the works for over a year.

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Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

Apple to reportedly secure licensing agreements for iRadio next week

We've known for a little while that Apple is trying to launch a music streaming service of its own, reportedly called iRadio, that will rival the likes of Pandora and Spotify. According to The Verge's sources, Apple may be extremely close to securing a music streaming licensing agreement with Universal Music Group next week. The same sources say that Warner Music an Apple are very close to securing a deal as well.

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Grand Theft Auto soundtracks now available on iTunes and Spotify

Grand Theft Auto soundtracks now available on iTunes and Spotify

We're not sure if this could have come soon enough, but it's here, at last. Rockstar Games announced today that the radio playlist soundtracks from all of the Grand Theft Auto titles, starting with the classic Grand Theft Auto III, are now available either for purchase on iTunes or for streaming on Spotify.

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Fruit Ninja is Apple’s App of the Week, free for a limited time

Fruit Ninja is Apple’s App of the Week, free for a limited time

Apple only recently began promoting certain apps and games in the iTunes App Store, by delivering an "App of the Week" and chopping off the price tag. However, they don't often highlight popular apps or games all that much, but this week, they're highlighting Fruit Ninja, a classic mobile game of fruit-chopping proportions.

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AppGratis CEO: Apple is destroying value within its ecosystem

AppGratis CEO: Apple is destroying value within its ecosystem

By now you may have heard that Apple removed the popular app discovery deal app AppGratis from the iTunes App Store after the Cupertino-based company cited that the app went against the guidelines for iOS apps -- namely push notifications that featured "advertising, promotions, or direct marketing." AppGratis CEO, however, has spoken out about the issue.

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Vine becomes top free app in iTunes App Store

Vine becomes top free app in iTunes App Store

After first releasing back in January, Twitter's popular, yet controversial social app Vine is now at the top of the free app chart in the iTunes App Store. The app has slowly been making its way to the top of the charts, but after not being well-received by some users due to the app's porn problem, Vine is now sitting pretty at number one.

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iTunes may not be ran at breakeven anymore

iTunes may not be ran at breakeven anymore

It's hard to believe that Apple's incredibly popular iTunes Store has been around for 10 years as of next month. When Apple first launched iTunes, the technology company announced that it wanted to run the store at breakeven. During the early days of digital content when people weren't used to purchasing music and other items as digital files, running at a breakeven was an understandable goal.

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