iTunes
The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal deliberations. iTunes Radio, which launched in September with much fanfare, so far only sees about 1%-2% Continue Reading →
Which music streaming service do YOU use most often? A recent study found that iTunes Radio, which only launched last September, is now the third-most popular choice for music listeners in the U.S. The survey found that iTunes Radio had already surpassed Spotify and finds itself on the heels of iHeartRadio. The study, which polled Continue Reading →
App Store
As first noted by developer Olga Osadcha, Apple is testing a related search suggestion feature on the App Store, which started rolling out earlier this week for iPhone users on iOS 7. The new menu, a scrollable bar with suggestions for searches related to the current search, allows users to discover more apps in search Continue Reading →
Oink
A 13-year-old with access to his parent’s iTunes account can potentially rack up a sizable bill in an afternoon of Candy Crush — a tab mom might potentially refuse to pay because she didn’t authorize the purchase. Payments company Oink has created a solution that lets kids buy what they want, but still stay within Continue Reading →
iTunes Radio
When iTunes Radio launched last fall, the service was designed for music fans (and music labels). Now it is branching out: National Public Radio is adding the first news station to Apple’s audio streaming service, with more on the way. NPR’s station, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a Continue Reading →
Kickstarter
Kickstarter recently launched a new room on iTunes, featuring “hundreds” of films that have launched thanks to the crowdfunding service. Some notable Kickstarter-funded films in the room include Veronica Mars, Gimme the Loot, Indie Game: The Movie, Putty Hill, Trash Dance, and Buzkashi Boys. Kickstarter took the opportunity to remind everyone that $200 million has Continue Reading →
iTunes Radio
In an effort to boost usage of its new streaming music service that launched alongside iOS 7 last fall, Apple is considering changes to iTunes Radio. The Cupertino company is now testing iTunes Radio as a standalone application with iOS 8, according to sources briefed on the plans. iTunes Radio first arrived as a feature Continue Reading →
BEYONCÉ
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store — a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter. Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download Continue Reading →