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Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!

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Apple DRM trial now hinges on mystery iPod as plaintiff dismissed

Apple DRM trial now hinges on mystery iPod as plaintiff dismissed

Outrage by proxy, maybe? A plaintiff in the Apple DRM lawsuit was withdrawn by their attorney today after it was discovered neither of the two plaintiffs named in the suit actually had an iPod that deleted music. As we noted previously, the Judge in the case, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, was “concerned” about the lack of a true plaintiff. In one of the two plaintiffs being pulled, the other — who is in a similar circumstance — is also likely to pull out.

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Apple allegedly deleted iPod content from rival services

Apple allegedly deleted iPod content from rival services

It was a subtle tactic to give users the worst experience should they make the mistake of purchasing music from elsewhere other than iTunes, in effect driving them and locking them into Apple's walled garden. This was the accusation against Apple that attorneys told the US District Court in Oakland, California. Said lawyers are representing consumers in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company that is already a decade in the making. If found guilty, Apple could pay damages close to $350 million at the very least.

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Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

At Apple, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has no actual role. The music mogul reportedly works alongside Eddy Cue, who heads up Apple’s iTunes department. In the acquisition, Apple got a lot more than Beats hardware and streaming service; they got talent. In being named one of GQ’s men of the year, Iovine spilled some details on what led Apple to snap up Beats, and what he might be working on. Once again, we’re getting excited for the promise of iTunes streaming to us.

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That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

Rolling Stone, like any online or print publication, has an opinion on their topic. Now that we’re officially into December, the magazine is counting their musical blessings, and has released their top 50 albums of the year. At the top of the charts sits a surprise — or at least a surprise if you bought into the social media uproar surrounding its release. At number ten is another surprise; again, only if you jumped on the bandwagon of social media forced outrage about its availability, too.

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Star Wars 7 trailer release set for iTunes online

Star Wars 7 trailer release set for iTunes online

This Friday you'll find Star Wars: The Force Awakens, aka Star Wars 7, available not only in the theaters we listed earlier this week. Instead, the limitations are being expanded just a bit to Apple's iTunes Trailers. No longer will you need to actually get out and go to a movie theater to see said trailer - no way! Now we can begin speaking about the possibility that Apple will be able to release the movie itself through iTunes early. Can you imagine not having to go to the theater to see the next Star Wars movie?

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Report: Apple will make Beats a native app, re-brand it under iTunes

Report: Apple will make Beats a native app, re-brand it under iTunes

In purchasing Beats, many wondered just what Apple would do with the service. Would they shutter it, or somehow make it worthwhile for everyone? The latter seems to be the case, or at least more people will be force-fed access to it. A report from the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, says Apple will make Beats Music a standard Apple app in the middle of 2015. The app will be pushed to your device (and made unable for deletion) around March 2015.

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Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Secure messaging is a big deal to many, with ephemeral services like Snapchat a popular choice. Still, that service has been violated many times, leading some to search for a new path forward. The last time we talked about Wiper, the service was new, and pretty amazing. For a messaging platform, the encrypted app-to-app pipeline and ability to clear the chat on both ends is special. The company has recently released version 2.0 of their app, bringing the encrypted platform full circle.

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iTunes sales down 14% — it’s time for Beats!

iTunes sales down 14% — it’s time for Beats!

Apple’s iTunes used to be one of the biggest deals in digital. Prior to streaming music apps and services, we were left to purchase music the traditional route, buying singles or albums via iTunes, which did little more than un-clutter our offices from towers of CDs. Over time, the Spotify, Pandora, and Play Music All Access’ of the world have eaten into iTunes’ business model, as we more toward a monthly fee and unlimited streaming. A new report suggests Appel is feeling the pinch, and iTunes sales have dropped dramatically.

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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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