Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.
Atari is celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving away 100 of its most popular retro games for free on iTunes. Each iOS version pays homage to the original and is designed to mimic the gameplay that Atari fans remember. The games are in an app called Atari's Greatest Hits, which normally costs $9.99.
Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.
If you were a fan of Apple's iTunes Match cloud-based music service before, once iOS 6 launches you're really going to be in love. This is because while the service has always been implied as a streaming content service, while you played any song in your library in the cloud it was also downloaded to your device. With it's upgrade to a new version in iOS 6, Apple's iPhone and iPad-friendly music service will be able to truly stream music - not taking the opportunity to download the music to your device as it does so.
Recently we've heard speculation over iTunes 11 bringing iOS 6 support and tighter iCloud integration, but today Apple has just released the new iTunes 10.6.3 -- bringing with it full support for the just announced and released (for developers) iOS 6. It's available for download right this minute from the link below.
The iPhone will soon be getting a much easier way to keep track of all of your mobile-based passes, be then movie passes, airplane tickets, or Apple store receipts, with an app called Passbook. This application will work with brands such as Target, Major League Baseball, United Airlines, Amtrak, Starbucks, and Fandango for movie tickets right out of the box. Apple made the application seem very possibly game-changing (or not?) with the following: "Is Apple answering a question no one asked with this one? Possibly. Or this will change you life."
A brand new bit of software has been introduced this week at Apple's WWDC 2012 called Power Nap, an application that allows your computer to continue working while you're asleep. This software takes applications like notes, iPhoto, Calendar, and Mail, and "keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps." This software will keep your data backed up at all times, even while your computer is asleep - like magic!
This week Tim Cook began at WWDC 2012 by speaking about how gigantic the iTunes App Store had become, ringing in the new season with no less than 400 million store accounts. This fact was blessed with a massive 650,000 apps on the App Store with a giant 225,000 of them made for the iPad specifically. Cook let the audience know that the 30 billionth download had been made recently from the App Store, this certainly giving the whole set of attendees a sense of confidence in the future of the ecosystem.
If you've never played the Cartoon Network / Adult Swim app for iPhone and iPad called Monsters Ate My Condo, you probably either haven't heard of it - or your prone to seizures. Apple this week has decided to grand this application the honor of being the iTunes free app of the week, and without a doubt this is a deal you should partake in - if only to test the limits of your device's display. We've also reviewed this application in full for your pleasure several weeks ago, so let's have another peek at it today!