Not a big fan of Apple’s built-in iOS iPod app and wishing you could simply replace it with another one of your choosing? Apparently so was developer Clever & Son, who are planning to bring just such an offering to the App Store soon.
Perhaps feeling the heat from Music Beta by Google and the forthcoming iTunes Match after being first out of the gate earlier this year, Amazon has reworked their Cloud Player and Cloud Drive initiative to give users with 20GB or more of paid storage a free upgrade to unlimited space -- at least for a while.
If you follow any of the Mac|Life staff on Twitter, you may have noticed tweets from a mysterious service known as Turntable.fm. Imagine iTunes DJ on the Internet and you get a good idea of what Turntable.fm is.
Mobile music tagging is so 2007! What the kids really want these days is to learn the words of the songs they’re tagging, which is why Shazam has announced its first corporate acquisition, bringing synchronized lyrics to its iOS apps -- well, at least the paid ones, anyway.
Another WWDC, another breathtaking array of new offering Cupertino. One of the big reveals was iCloud, Apple's upcoming cloud-based storage service. iCloud will let you more conveniently access your music from any of your devices, whether they're iOS, Mac or even PC. Music you've purchased from iTunes in the past will automatically be available to you online, but by default, your other music won't be. If you want it to be, you're going to need to subscribe to iTunes Match. This is a service that scans your iTunes library, and makes your non-iTunes-store songs available to you everywhere. The cost of sweet portability? $24.99 a year.
Earlier this week, Apple silently released iTunes 10.3 with a system-wide software update. Riding on the coattails of the week's iOS 5 announcement, you might think you've heard everything there is to know about Apple's next big mobile operating system update. However, there are still more goodies to be found in iTunes 10.3 that Apple hasn’t yet told us about directly.
Now that Apple has finally played its hand with iCloud at this year’s WWDC keynote, we’ve finally seen the best and brightest of what the major players plan to bring to their streaming music services. One of them, Music Beta by Google, is still an intriguing option -- one you get past the hours of uploading necessary to enjoy it in the first place.
After introducing the new iCloud-based iTunes in the Cloud service, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils his “one more thing” in the form of iTunes Match, a new service which aims to put your music collection in the cloud with no downloading required.
While others chose to walk away from negotiations (Google) or ignore them completely (Amazon), it appears that Apple was successful at getting the record labels on board for its new iCloud service -- but at what cost?
A few short days away from the start of WWDC 2011, and the unveiling of iCloud, Apple has reportedly cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group which will give Apple the ability to now offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies. Not only that, but Apple has also come to agreement with some of the largest music publishers.