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After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

Apple's App Store and iTunes have sprung back into life, after technical issues brought the download stores offline in the early hours of this morning. Downloads of apps, music, and video resumed at approximately 1:30pm Pactific today, after what Apple described as a DNS issue left users not only unable to get to the App Store and iTunes on their iPhones and iPads, but temporarily killed the Mac App Store and iBooks Store too. In total, the services were offline for more than ten hours.

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App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

Apple may have had a good Monday with the launch of the Apple Watch and the new MacBook, but Wednesday is proving to be a downer with App Store and iTunes problems meaning new downloads and updates are unavailable for many. The downtime began more than five and a half hours ago, according to Apple's own service status page, with users unable to access not only the App Store and iTunes for software, music, and video downloads, but the iBooks Store and Mac App Store also affected.

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Report: Apple seeing pushback on iTunes streaming price point

Report: Apple seeing pushback on iTunes streaming price point

The promise of a streaming iTunes library is still on the horizon, reportedly coming to us during WWDC later this year. The idea is simple: take iTunes, and open it up for streaming. The actual execution isn’t so easy. Apple has to re-negotiate existing distribution contracts with record labels to get them to allow for streaming. We’d once heard Apple was aiming for a $7.99 price point for streaming, but a new report says record labels aren’t going for it; they want Apple to charge $10 or more, monthly.

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Apple reportedly aiming for paid iTunes streaming — no free option

Apple reportedly aiming for paid iTunes streaming — no free option

Remember the Taylor Swift/Spotify slap-fight? She yanked her music because the streaming service wasn’t paying enough, and they retorted she was making a ton of cash. It drug on for a bit, but she was ultimately right — streaming doesn’t pay artists enough, especially when it’s free for consumers. In discussing their new iTunes music streaming option, Apple execs are reportedly telling record labels to “get behind a paywall”. As such, their new service is not believed to offer any type of free tier.

iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

That Beats/iTunes streaming music service Apple is believed to be working on won’t be showing up Monday, a new report claims. The new service, which is widely expected to roll in a total iTunes streaming option, is being ‘delayed’ as Apple finalizes details. Instead, Apple will roll the service out in June alongside a new Apple TV platform, replete with slimmed-down hardware. Though Apple hasn’t yet announced WWDC’s dates, many are looking to the second week in June as a time for this event.

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Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Drawing apps for iOS are easy to come by, with Paper by FiftyThree or Adobe’s Sketch being the most notable and identifiable apps. Those ask that you use them to completion, though, and provide you with the tools necessary to finish works of art. What if you just want a sketching app, though? Those do the trick, but a new app, Forge, is made for it. Rather than creating something that looks like a painting, Forge is meant for brainstorming.

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Apple says no more AOL log-ins for iTunes, App Store

Apple says no more AOL log-ins for iTunes, App Store

If you’re still using an AOL email to log-in, we’re not sure if that’s impressive or sad. Though you may have been around since the early days of the Internet, times have definitely changed for the better. If you were using that email to log-in to iTunes, you’re going to have to change your ways. Apple has announced they’re pulling support for iTunes AOL log-ins, meaning you’ll have to use something else. The change also affects iBooks and the App Store.

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Apple hiring for iTunes, could be for over-the-top streaming service

Apple hiring for iTunes, could be for over-the-top streaming service

While nothing is confirmed or known beyond some strong rumors, Apple’s streaming music service is probably incoming. Though late to the game, Apple still sits on the iTunes library, which is the most attractive ‘get’ for streaming fans. Their Beats acquisition gave an early signal on Apple’s intent, as it was the most glamorous acquihire by any tech company, ever. Now, a new job posting has us scratching our heads again, as Apple is searching for an editor with strong connections to the music industry.

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Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

We’ve been speculating on it for some time, but with good cause. Apple’s iTunes business model is dated and tired, which is evident by so many reports of digital sales giving way to streaming music. Some sort of iTunes streaming was expected — necessary, even — so the speculation was much less wishful thinking and much more giddy expectation. Details are starting to emerge about Apple’s latest streaming offering, suggesting we’re getting just about everything we want, even cross-platform streaming for Android users.

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iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

It's fair to say that iTunes isn't a universally loved app for music management, but Apple has at least boosted usability with the fresh release of iTunes 12.1 this week. The biggest change in the new app is the addition of a Notification Center widget allowing shortcut control over what's playing, and hopefully allowing you to leave iTunes itself minimized to the dock more of the time. The same widget also offers extra features during iTunes Radio streaming, which Apple is presumably hoping will encourage more music downloads.

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