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iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

Technology has alleviated our need for many physical products, like DVDs or CDs. Apple may be trying to do away with more plastic, as a recently launched service in Japan allows users to get iTunes Store credit without even snatching a gift card. Called iTunes Pass, the program uses a familiar app to hold onto the credit.

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Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.

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Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple has updated iTunes today, bringing the software to version 11.3. The goal this time is to get you consuming more media. How do we know that? The extensive list of tweaks to media playback, and a synchronized update to Apple TV.

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Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

There’s an app out there this Summer called "Yo." This app has been released to the iTunes App store, originally getting rejected by Apple because of its super-simplicity - they thought it wasn’t finished, or that it was a joke based on its April 1st submission date. Now that the app is out and gaining steam - 50,000 users strong in just a few months - it’s also earning investment dollars.

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Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Supposing you’ve got a Chromecast and you’ve never heard of Qplay before, you’re in for a treat. This week the folks at Qplay - previously working with their own Chromecast-like hardware - have updated their app to work with Chromecast natively. Coming from the people that created TiVo, this app allows you to collect all of your favorite networks for video, photos, and music, in one place for casting to Chromecast.

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Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.

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iTunes Radio may get sports programming, local advertising

iTunes Radio may get sports programming, local advertising

The iTunes Radio platform might be getting a bit more radio-like. The music service, which offers up a streamed playlist, is rumored to be working with several radio stations to bring their broadcasts online. Even more telling is that the inclusion of actual radio stations would bring “locally targeted advertising”.

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Apple has best products coming later this year, iTunes chief says

Apple has best products coming later this year, iTunes chief says

Apple’s got something major in the works, according to their iTunes and iCloud chief Eddy Cue. At the Code Conference this week, Cue said Apple has the best products he’s seen in his quarter-century with the company coming later this year. That’s a bold statement from a guy who’s seen just about everything Apple’s ever done.

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Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Now that Apple has Beats under their wing, some are searching for answers. Did they covet Beats’ headphones? Was it a quick grab to get a streaming music offering? The answer to both is probably a firm “yes”, but when it comes to Apple’s music offerings, the proof is in the numbers.

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OS X, iTunes, Safari update: 4K display support, better security

OS X, iTunes, Safari update: 4K display support, better security

Apple sent out an update for OS X and iTunes today, both of which are incremental but make necessary changes. With OS X, support for 4K monitors has improved on both the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro 15-inch. Contact syncing also gets a wired update, as well as some in-depth tweaks most will never encounter.

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Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines hits iBookstore

Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines hits iBookstore

Earlier today, Apple's senior writer Dave Addey fired off a tweet announcing the company's "iOS Human Interface Guidelines" is now available to grab from the iBookstore. The download is free and available for anyone who wants it.

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iOS 8 rumor roundup: multitasking, maps, and more!

iOS 8 rumor roundup: multitasking, maps, and more!

With WWDC right around the corner, speculation abounds regarding iOS 8. Much like iOS 7 brought a wildly updated UI, iOS 8 is said to bring added functionality. From new Apple apps to a brand new way to multitask, iOS 8 could usher in a new age for iPhone and iPad users.

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