Apple made a lot of music fans happy with its iTunes Match feature. For only $24.99 per year, the service scans and matches tracks a user’s library and makes it available from iCloud to other devices. But one group that may be even happier are the independent musicians using TuneCore to sell their music.
As we all wait to see what Apple might have its sleeve for up-ending the education market on Thursday, the rumors are already swirling around the New York City media event -- as if the world needs more evidence that anything related to Apple can really stir up the tech press! And that’s not all: A Japanese blog is predicting an iPad 3 media event just two or three weeks from now, if you believe that kind of stuff. So let’s put on our tinfoil hats and delve deep into what’s making news for this terrific Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
If you didn't get your Steve Jobs action figure, then you sure better do it soon, because Cupertino is putting the legal smack down on the Chinese manufacturer -- and more stories just like this tucked away in this week's scorching red hot barn burner of the top ten hot Apple stories you might have missed this week.
There haven’t been any truly significant advances with iTunes music since Apple unshackled songs from the FairPlay digital rights management ball and chain in early 2009. That all changed with the recent introduction of iTunes Match, a new scan-and-match subscription service offering access to your entire music library from any Mac, PC, or iOS device which can also upgrade matched tracks to higher quality versions, regardless of where you acquired them.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had access to your entire music library at all times? And what if you could share that library amongst all your Macs and iOS devices? iTunes Match is an optional paid iCloud component that offers exactly that, and while it’s charms are obvious, there are some limitations and usability issues that make Match’s forecast a little cloudy.
Well, that was fast: Another Christmas weekend is over, the presents have all been unwrapped and retailers nationwide are bracing for a throng of returns to hit this week for all those unwanted misfit toys, gadgets, clothes and other items. Since the holiday fell on a Sunday this year, many of us have the day off to get out and spend any cash we received (or cash in on those gift cards) -- but when the spending is over, kick back and take a break by reading up on the day’s events for Monday, December 26, 2011.
You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m tellin’ you why: Santa Claus is coming to town! That’s right, folks, the Christmas weekend is here and the fat man will be slipping down the chimney to gorge on your milk and cookies mere hours from now. Last chance to get those gift requests in! It’s also your last chance to read some “hot off the press” tech news before Christmas, so here’s the latest for Friday, December 23, 2011.
It’s been one of those busy days for tech enthusiasts: Rather than dreaming about the weekend ahead, we’ve had product launches all over the place in the mad pre-Christmas holiday rush before things start to shut down next week. If you’ve already played around with your Facebook Timeline update or nabbed that sweet new Roku iOS app and are waiting for your Apple TV to update, take a breather and see what’s new for this Thursday, December 15, 2011.