Looks like Apple picked the right time to launch its iTunes Radio based on the streaming-music numbers (and to think how everyone said Cupertino should have done it sooner). A long-lost app returns to the App Store, the Activation Lock feature gets some serious testing, a sneaky bit of malware is making the rounds, and Google Maps makes it to the iPad at long last. That and more, just step right this way.
Judging from the statistics released by Billboard and Nielsen this morning, we're definitely in the midst of another music revolution--much like the one that followed in the wake of the MP3's first appearance. Based on their findings, fewer people are actually buying music, but almost everyone is streaming it. In the first six months of 2013 alone, streaming soared by 24 percent to 51 billion streams.
When it was rumored to be simply "iRadio," reports claimed that Apple was twisting the arm of major labels to receive better royalty rates than competing services like Pandora -- but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Apple only mentioned Apple TV in passing during the WWDC keynote last week, but that doesn't mean it's neglecting the little black box. As of today, two new important features have made their way into the beta for the diminutive media device. For one, the iTunes Radio compatibility that was announced at WWDC is now available; for another, Apple added a new Conference Room mode.
Move over, Pandora--Apple's moving in. Apple announced its long-anticipated iTunes Radio for streaming music this morning (previously known as "iRadio" when mentioned along with its associated rumors), and you'll be able to find it in iOS 7's version of the Music app.