Apple's exclusivity deal for the U2 Songs of Innocence album released during last month's iPhone event has almost run its course, and on the eve of its expiration, Apple executive Eddie Cue has some numbers regarding how well the promotion fared. Most notably, 26 million iTunes users downloaded the full album following its launch on September 9.
Oh, Beats — we hardly knew ya. For a while there it looked as though Apple would use the Beats streaming music service as its own entity, preferring to keep its own brand attached to iTunes Radio. But that's no longer the case (if it ever was), according to a new report. Indeed, only a couple of months after acquiring the service in May, Apple is reportedly getting ready to shut it down.
Apple is a little late to the music-streaming revolution with its acquisition of Beats Music; that much is clear. According to a new Buzzfeed report, however, that tardiness has as much to do with willful ignorance on the part of Apple's executives as it does with maintaining sales on iTunes.
A site like MacLife.com would be remiss in not joining the celebration for Mac OS X, which is now officially an unruly teenager at the ripe young age of 13 this week. We remember well the excitement of first installing the OS, only to discover there was very little we could actually do with it prior to booting back into Mac OS 9, but in time that infant learned how to talk and walk and soon we spent all of our time there. Read on to find out more about the release of Cheetah 13 years ago!
iTunes Radio draws much of its inspiration from the streaming radio service Pandora, but the latest word from Billboard suggests that Apple might want to mimic the on-demand streaming model used by Spotify and Beats Music instead. That would make Apple's steaming music service more akin to Google Play Music, and the parties involved say it's likely the effort will lead to an official iTunes app for Android as well.
Maintaining the privacy of users has always been a major concern at Apple, to the point that it's apparently affecting the success of the Cupertino giant's iAd business, reports AdAge. Ad buyers say Apple is "downright stingy" with its customer information, and that it has no real drive to "foster relationships."
The story goes that Apple originally intended for iTunes to be a "break-even" business, but the popular music and video service has proven more successful than those earliest projections could have dreamed of. Indeed, based on Asymco's calculations (via 9to5Mac), iTunes on its own would rank as 130 in the Fortune 500 list of the top U.S. companies.
Our Monday recap has at least a few good reasons to celebrate as Apple begins rolling out iTunes Radio abroad, Flickr bakes a cake for its 10th birthday and CBS warms up to Hulu Plus with a gaggle of classic television viewers are sure to love. But wait, there's more -- and you won't even have to order now to get these fine bonuses, folks...