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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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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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HTC SyncManager update to put the focus on iPhone imports

HTC SyncManager update to put the focus on iPhone imports

HTC recently announced the One smartphone and it looks like the company is going to try and make things a bit simpler for those switching from an iPhone. HTC is reportedly working on improving their SyncManager software so that it will be able to import data from an iPhone backup file. These are the files that are created with iTunes and if things arrive as expected, One users should be able to get data to include images and videos as well as calendar entries and text messages.

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New Apple ad focuses on the 300,000 apps available for the iPad

New Apple ad focuses on the 300,000 apps available for the iPad

Apple launches a new ad campaign that simultaneously boosts their iPad's brand image while attacking every other tablet out there. Their new ad campaign features both the iPad and iPad Mini, but the main focus is the "300,000 apps" that are available and optimized for Apple's tablets. Apple highlights that there is an app out there for every type of consumer, and they have been made to take full advantage of the screen real estate on both iPads.


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Dropbox for iOS offers new notifications and a pdf reader

Dropbox for iOS offers new notifications and a pdf reader

Dropbox for iOS has just been updated to version 2.1, and with it comes a few updates that should make your Dropbox experience much more pleasant. In order to take advantage of this new Dropbox update, your mobile device has to be on iOS 5 or higher. The update is only about 13.8MB, so you won't have to worry about the update taking up all of your space on your iPhone/iPad (if you do, you should probably move some files on over to Dropbox).


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iPhone “Mailbox” live in app store, keeps a line outside

iPhone “Mailbox” live in app store, keeps a line outside

The first rule of running a successful nightclub is: always keep a line - and that's exactly what the folks at Orchestra are doing to make their new app "Mailbox" a success right out of the box here at launch. This app is what the developers describe as an end-all be-all organizational tool for your mailboxes of all kinds, especially if you're a Gmail user working with an iPhone. Registration for this app began well before the app was released to the iTunes app store and now, here on launch day, a massive line of those "in line in front of you" begins.

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Three temporarily free iOS games you NEED to download

Three temporarily free iOS games you NEED to download

Today there are three apps out there in iTunes land that you're going to need to go ahead and download as fast as you can - each of them is temporarily free and each of them is excellent. The first of these three apps goes by the name Galaxy on Fire 2 HD - this is a game we've followed since before it was released back in 2011 - now you'll find it on your iOS device for no cost at all (instead of $6.99). It's a masterpiece of a space battle game in which you're online in a massive way with people from all over the planet - literally and figuratively!

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iTunes breaks 25 billion songs sold – a new record!

iTunes breaks 25 billion songs sold – a new record!

This week Apple has made it clear that they're continuing to bust up the record books with a massive 25 billion songs sold. This record takes on the digital sales record with the iTunes Store having reached a 15,000 song downloads per minute mark on average - crazy stuff! The 25 billionth song sold goes to none other than Chase Buch with the song “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix), and rewards are in store!

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SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

Just yesterday the 2013 Super Bowl revealed the very first glimpse most of the world had at Apple's URL-shortening "AppStore.com" in the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser - and lucky you, you're already signed up! The AppStore.com structure is not one where there will be a massive "land grab" as often is the case with these sorts of things, instead Apple has opted for a more automatic sort of push, with URLs like http://appstore.com/slashgear being active automatically. That particular address will bring you straight to the iTunes App Store listing of the SlashGear app - easy as pie!

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Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Microblogging service and teen-favorite Tumblr has quietly scaled up its iOS app age warning, giving the latest version a 17+ recommendation in what appears to be a preemptive defense against Apple's latest porn witch hunt. Tumblr for iOS was updated overnight to version 3.2.4 [iTunes link], but in addition to "small bug fixes" the refreshed app also demanded users confirm they are 17 or over.

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