If you happen to pop into a Starbucks today to grab some overpriced coffee and mooch some free Wi-Fi, you might notice something a little different -- the company has rolled out its own Starbucks Digital Network at more than 6,800 U.S. stores on Wednesday.
Poor Ping: Despite sharing the same name as a Flash Gordon supervillain (well, there's the slight difference of one letter), Apple’s music-themed social network has become something like a tech version of Rodney Dangerfield in the respect department. But Cupertino is working hard to change all that.
Sharing Sound, LLC recently brought a lawsuit on a few different companies offering online music sales. The lawsuit was over a patent that Sharing Sound owned for the online distribution of digital music files. The companies mentioned in the lawsuit included Apple, Microsoft, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Netflix. Today, however, Apple has officially settled the patent dispute.
Apple issued a rare weekend update to iTunes, and if you happen to be one of the few, the proud who actually use Ping, you’ll want to pay attention: They just made the social networking service much, much better.
Since Apple bought Lala, the online music store that lets you upload and stream your computer’s music online, speculation has swirled about when Cupertino will bring the feature to iTunes. If you’re sick of waiting, mSpot lets you enjoy your Mac’s music from a browser on almost any computer. While the service has room for improvement, it also puts your music in the cloud with a minimum of fuss.
If a new report is to be believed, Apple’s plans to introduce longer song samples in the iTunes Store last week was waylaid by music publishers, who at the last moment opposed the move to extend music samples from 30 to 60 seconds.
Summer is winding to a close, and we just received our invitation to Apple’s annual music-oriented event. New iPod touches are almost certainly on the menu -- possibly with a front-facing camera for FaceTime and maybe even a Retina Display thrown in for good measure.
A new version of iTunes -- which we suspect will probably be called iTunes 10 -- is also expected next month, which got us thinking about all the cool stuff that we might get to see from the ubiquitous media player’s ninth anniversary.