Apple spent all that money on Beats earlier this year, and they really, really want you to see what the service has to offer. And just to ensure that you have no excuse not to try it out, the company's reportedly going to start bundling it with iOS starting sometime next year. According to the Financial Times, that could happen as early as March.
Only a week after documents from the FCC heralded their arrival, the first Beats headphones developed under Apple's ownership have officially been announced. They're the new Solo 2 Wireless on-ear headphones, representing a cord-free version of the Solo 2 headphones that were released to the public just a day after Apple's widely publicized acquisition of Beats was announced.
The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.
It's well known that Apple was a little late to the streaming music party, and thus its fantastically expensive acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics makes sense for a company looking to get ahead in the business. It'll need it, too. The Wall Street Journal reported today that traditional digital music sales on iTunes have dropped by 13 percent so far this year.
This week's edition of the New App Recap is almost literally an explosion of sight and sound! We've got an Apple Pay-enabled update for smart bulbs, Flickr landing on the iPad, a whole bunch of ways to create music while on the go, and even a couple apps for anonymously expressing yourself or getting the word out on your personal blog. Sit back and join us on this groovy trip through the world of new and updated apps!
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.
Despite their claims to the contrary in the preceding weeks, world-renowned rock band U2 performed at today's Apple event after all. But it wasn't just a entertainment gimmick. Apple CEO Tim Cook joined U2 frontman Bono on stage to announce that every user of iTunes gets the band's latest album "Songs of Innocence" entirely for free today.
'Tis the season to head back to school, and this week's New App Recap has a handful of titles to help students and teachers alike get back in the swing of things. We've even got a bit of Hollywood royalty in the lineup, along with a new app dedicated solely to the task of finding a flight to get out of town within hours of buying a ticket.
Two months have flown by since word of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics first surfaced, but only now has the Cupertino company gotten around to adding the brand's Beats Music app to the App Store's "Made by Apple" list.