8 Years Later, Is Microsoft Finally Ready to Compete with iTunes?

8 Years Later, Is Microsoft Finally Ready to Compete with iTunes?
In the third major iteration of its digital music download store, after eight years of trying to compete, can Microsoft finally take on iTunes with Xbox Music? Read more…

Ping Officially Shut Down

Ping Officially Shut Down
The debacle that was Apple Maps was a strong message to people and Apple fans that not every single product or service the company has released is a resounding success. One of these duds was Ping, the social service integrated into the iTunes. Apple has officially announced that it is shutting down the service. The Read more…

New iTunes Coming With Better Search

New iTunes Coming With Better Search
Remember my article “10 Things I Hate About the App Store“? Maybe Apple was listening (yeah, right), because word has leaked out of Cupertino that they’re building a whole new iTunes, incorporating more efficient search and other features. Read more…

10 Things I Hate About the App Store

10 Things I Hate About the App Store
Most Apple users agree that iTunes needs a makeover. But one part of the iTunes Store more than all the rest fails to live up to Apple’s “simple & intuitive” credo: the App Store. Here are 10 things about the App Store that just drive me bonkers. Read more…

More Nails Going In To DVD’s Coffin: iTunes Gaining New Movie Features

More Nails Going In To DVD's Coffin: iTunes Gaining New Movie Features
Yesterday I published my first post of 2011; the hopeful prediction of Apple killing the near obsolete optical drive. Apple seems to agree that the physical media is going by the wayside as new features are being added to movie downloads on the iTunes store. The new features show up in movies such as “The Read more…

Apple Now Using New URL Shortener For Ping

Apple is adopting a new URL shortening service for use with Ping: iTun.es. Apple has owned itun.es since 2006 which has been speculated to be used as an eventual URL shortening service. The new shortener is being used with Ping when users Tweet which song they liked or bought. Read more…

Ping Now Supports Playlist Creation And Sharing

Apple added new features to iTunes — playlist creation and sharing — to enhance the social sharing aspect of Ping. The new features were added quietly and are part of Apple’s interest in making Ping more social. Anyone part of the social network can import their playlists from iTunes and share it with their friends. Read more…

90 Second Song Previews Now On iTunes

A new feature is rolling out in iTunes tonight: 90 second previews for songs. The extended previews are only available on songs longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds — anything shorter and only 30 second previews will be available. Will the extended previews make it easier for you to buy music from the iTunes Read more…

Ping Made Semi-Relevant Again With Posthumous Michael Jackson Song

Ping hasn’t received the response Apple has hoped for when it sent an email to users last month reminding them the social network still exists. To entice users, Ping users will have access to an exclusive Michael Jackson song According to TUAW the song “Much Too Soon” will be streamed for free until next Thursday. Read more…

The Beatles Sell 2 Million Songs On iTunes

The Beatles have sold over 2 million songs through iTunes since releasing their catalog on the store digitally a little over a week ago. Apple claimed it was a day we’d never forget but this statistic is something we’ll remember more. Since The Beatles’ debut on the iTunes Store a little over a week ago, Read more…