Ever since iTunes was introduced in 2001, Apple has continued to tinker with it, updating how it works and how you access and play music. iTunes 11 has introduced some interesting new interface components, but simplicity and elegance within iTunes are only skin-deep. The app remains a complex, frequently unwieldy beast, primarily because it now has to deal with managing all kinds of media on your Mac, including books, TV shows, movies, and apps. At best, you can sometimes hide the clutter, but iTunes is no longer an app with a razor-sharp focus.
The purpose of this group test, then, is to explore alternative apps that focus on the single act of playing music.
We have to confess, we don't really get the attraction to vinyl records in the year 2013. Beyond supposedly sounding "warmer" than digital music, they're just a pain to maintain and use -- a problem that Amazon's AutoRip service hopes to make easier.
There's little doubt that Spotify is an awesome way to stream music -- that is, unless you want to stream said music to your mobile device, which requires a monthly subscription. Could that soon change?
When was the last time you bought a music CD? For many of us, the answer is probably "quite some time ago," but e-tailer Amazon is attempting to merge the old with the new by debuting its new AutoRip service.
Happy hump day! Whether you're looking forward to a break from school or some time off from the job over the holidays, the calendar continues its incessant march forward and before you know it, we'll be curled up with some egg nog roasting chestnuts on an open fire with our loved ones. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe you'd prefer a handful of tech news from the last 24 hours or so, and we're happy to serve it up to you now...
It may not be the kind of big, well-promoted event we're used to from Apple, but a report claims Cupertino is heading to Moscow for an iTunes event on Tuesday evening which could finally bring the company's music offerings to Russians.
The company's big annual conference doesn't kick off until Wednesday, but Nokia is kicking things off a day early with the announcement that Nokia Music arrives in the U.S. today as a free streaming music service.