Apple’s music-themed social network, Ping, has been something of a red-haired stepchild since its September 1 debut, but the feature is at least now available to iPad users at long last, no software update or app download required.
With the announcement of Ping integration with Twitter, Apple seems to be stepping more and more into the web arena with their products. So, it's no wonder that they would purchase the iTun.es domain name. But, what could it be used for? We hope an iTunes URL shortening service.
Yesterday, we reported that Apple and Twitter had entered into a partnership whereby Ping users could have their likes, follows, and purchases tweeted using their Twitter account, and users on the social micro-blogging service would be able to listen to song previews right from the Twitter web interface. But, why did Apple not choose Facebook over Twitter? After all, there are many more Facebook users than Twitter.
Fire up that Software Update app, because iTunes is ready for a tune up. iTunes 10.1 has just been released and it includes the following:
- ability to use AirPlay to wirelessly stream videos from iTunes to the new Apple TV - installation of iOS 4.2 on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch - a number of important stability and performance issues
If there’s one thing that Apple fans love almost as much as their beloved Macs and iOS products, it’s hearing tales of CEO Steve Jobs from years past. The founder of music service CDBaby.com took to his blog to relate one such tale from 2003 which sheds some light on how iTunes embraced independent music.
While Facebook and Apple are still working things out over the Ping social music service, Twitter has decided to hook up with Apple, allowing users of the 140-character microblogging service to spread the joy of music they purchase in iTunes. This partnership means there are a few new things for users of both services.
Verizon introduces a new iPad commercial with a pretty sweet Mi-Fi deal. So sweet that Susie's pretty bummed about her iPad 3G. Apple drops another patent and this time it looks like our beloved menubar is in trouble. Oh no, not the menubar!
Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.
A massive iTunes library is great for pumpin' up the jams at home, but what if you want to take those tunes out on the road with you? If you've got two main Macs, but only your desktop is loaded with all those awesome b-sides, maybe it's time to consider setting up a NAS to get your iTunes library synced across all your systems. While Apple does include a Home Sharing feature, it doesn't work when you're far away from your headquarters.
And that’s where MediaRover comes in: this little piece of software enables you to have your iTunes library sync across your entire home network. So, when you bring your MacBook home, MediaRover will automatically sync with any NAS device on your network.
Likely confident that its iTunes music business is secure in the U.S., Apple has now hired a former digital legal affairs executive from Warner Music Group to head up the company’s iTunes and MobileMe services in Europe.