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The Video Divide: 4K Haves and Have Nots

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Courtesy of Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing, I am the proud owner of a brand new, top-of-the-line 82” Samsung 4K TV set. It is huge, awesome, and amazing. The picture quality is breathtaking. You just run out of superlatives when trying to describe the viewing experience. There’s only one problem. The best 4K content is only available over-the-top (OTT). Regular TV viewers (cable TV customers and antenna users) are simply out of luck.

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How to Download U2’s Free iTunes Album ‘Songs of Innocence’

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If you haven’t already heard, Apple and U2 are giving away a copy of the band’s latest album “Songs of Innocence” to more than 500 million users to tie in with the launch of the iPhone 6 and Watch. The album is available to stream or to download from the iTunes store, but finding the […]

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Apple Launches iTunes 12.0 for OS X

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Apple just released the latest build of OS X Yosemite, including a brand new iTunes. It’s only a little bit anti-climactic. Version 12.0 does indeed look a lot like Version 11.3, the version that’s probably on your computer. But it’s got some neat little treats nevertheless. The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is the […]

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Apple Beefs Up iTunes Extras to Add it to iOS 8 and Apple TV This Fall

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Apple’s iTunes Extras feature has always been extremely limited, but that’s just changed. Before, only iTunes on the desktop users could view extras that came with movies that were purchased from Apple; things like production stills and deleted scenes. Now, as part of iTunes 11.3 —which went out today — along with a push to […]

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iTunes U Version 2 Improves Discussion, Adds Course Creation from iPad

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Apple has updated iTunes U with a bunch of new features, cranking the version number up to 2 and introducing improved discussion features and the ability to create and update courses directly from the iPad app, which previously has been mostly a user-facing client for consuming content. The update, live now in the App Store, […]

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Spotify Hits 10 Million Paying Customers: Streaming Rules

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Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide. Since Spotify launched in 2008, more than 12 billion hours of music have been streamed. The most streamed artist? Eminem. (Rihanna is the most streamed female artist.) […]

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Report: Apple Bought Beats to Save iTunes, the Record Industry

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Why would Apple buy Beats when it could just evolve iTunes into a streaming music service? Well, it wants the talent of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But according to a source with direct knowledge of iTunes’ executive strategy, by buying and operating an external streaming service like Beats, Apple can coin off a smooth […]