Late last year, Apple shocked music lovers by being the first to debut a new, unannounced Beyonce album as an iTunes exclusive — and now Cupertino is lobbying executives to provide them with more of the same.
Forget Prince -- it was the music industry that was partying like it's 1999, although it's mostly been a downhill slide ever since. Thanks to digital music and Adele, the bleeding may have stopped for now.
Have you ever found it annoying that you can’t re-download music you’ve already purchased from iTunes? Apparently, Apple agrees with you, as a new report claims the company is hard at work negotiating for unlimited downloads as part of their initiative to move iTunes closer to the cloud.
You’ve got to hand it to Amazon -- they’ve tried just about every angle in their battle to take down iTunes’ music dominance, including lower prices, digital exclusives and DRM-free tracks well before Apple finally made that a reality. So why is none of it working?
Have you ever been frustrated while trying to buy new music, feeling that a 30-second song sample just wasn’t long enough to want to make you click “Buy”? Apparently Apple agrees, and at long last they’ve started rolling out 90-second song previews in iTunes.
If there’s one thing that Apple fans love almost as much as their beloved Macs and iOS products, it’s hearing tales of CEO Steve Jobs from years past. The founder of music service CDBaby.com took to his blog to relate one such tale from 2003 which sheds some light on how iTunes embraced independent music.
Likely confident that its iTunes music business is secure in the U.S., Apple has now hired a former digital legal affairs executive from Warner Music Group to head up the company’s iTunes and MobileMe services in Europe.
We’ve heard (and reported) rumors aplenty in recent months about Apple’s plans to extend the length of song samples in iTunes, and it appears that day may be forthcoming as Cupertino sends a letter to music labels announcing the change.
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.