If you're in the market for a new 27-inch iMac with a gorgeous new Retina Display, we may have some good news for you, courtesy of one analyst with a pretty good track record for such predictions. Our Wednesday Morning Report also includes an apology from U2 frontman Bono for pushing that free album on iTunes users, as well as a peek at a new Mac app for Instagram. Click, read, and enjoy!
Apple generously coughed up a reported $100 million to deliver the latest U2 album free to more than 500 million iTunes customers, but over the last week an increasing number of music fans have whined on social media about getting a raw deal.
Call it the call before the storm: With iOS 8 inbound on Wednesday and the new iPhone 6 models touching down in stores Friday, it's going to be a long week for many readers. So why not kick up your feet and check out the latest Samsung attack on Apple, soak up rumors of a 5K Mac monitor, and check in on how Apple's gift of U2 is doing? It's all here in today's Morning Report.
Now here's one of those no-brainer kind of deals: Until midnight tonight, music fans can download U2's latest single absolutely free, and one of the nation's largest banks will donate a dollar to Product (RED).
It's hard not to think longtime streaming music services such as Spotify and Rdio aren't at least a little bit scared of Beats Music, the new kid in town which launches today with a whole lot of music industry street cred behind it.
Could Nintendo lift its sagging fortunes by releasing its hottest properties on other platforms like iOS or Android instead of keeping them on their own hardware? It's a question we may never have an answer to, but it's fun to speculate. And for our American readers, you'll have plenty of time to do so as we enter the three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out there and enjoy the last blast of summer -- we'll be back with a weekend recap on Tuesday morning!
Okay, it may not be the same without Kurt Loder's deadpan news and all the veejays some of us grew up with, but VEVO TV is likely the closest thing we'll ever get to an always-on music video channel ever again.
Apple is planning to dip their sizeable toe into the cloud-based music business this fall with iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match, although it’s far from the Spotify killer that many had been expecting. But a curious experiment going on now in the desktop iTunes app could be a sign of things to come.
Being jealous of Europeans is not something we Americans typically excel at. Maybe that’s why Spotify became something of a nerd cause célèbre -- watching longingly as friends in Europe shared favorite tracks and playlists on Facebook and Twitter led to too much fantasizing about all of the awesome musical riches that we’d share once American record labels finally stopped doing their head-in-the-sand routine. And at last, Spotify has landed on U.S. shores…but while we were waiting, another impressive option popped up, leaving us to wonder if Spotify was worth the wait.