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.
The official Beats store breathed its last only a few days ago as an independent storefront; all that exists now is a flashy facade that redirects you to Apple's own store when you attempt to make a purchase. Today, however, Apple restored some of Beats' former prominence by granting Dr. Dre's brand its own section on the Apple Online Store.
We're back with another eclectic mix of apps this week, including a couple of new ways to call or message others, updates to a trio of streaming and informational apps, and some impressive ways to save time and keep tabs on your small business expenses. Time to fire up the App Store and take this week's lineup for a spin!
Album prices on iTunes got you down? If you're a Paul McCartney fan, Billboard reports, the former Beatle's got you covered. The legendary songwriter today released five albums from his solo career as standalone iPad apps, allowing music connoisseurs to pick them up for just $7.99 each (compared to the $12.99 or so they cost as standard iTunes albums).
Quietly, and almost without notice, a chapter in Apple's history may have started to close today. As reported by MacRumors from a Twitter user, Apple removed the link for the iPod classic from the sidebar for its online store for refurbished units in the U.S. and Canada. The disappearance may mean that Apple is preparing to phase out the device altogether soon.
We reported this morning that it looked as though Apple was going ahead with its hotly discussed acquisition of Beats Electronics, and now it's official. As of today, Apple is buying Beats Electronics and its associated Beats Music steaming service for $3 billion (a bit down from the $3.2 billion originally suggested).