By now, it should be obvious that Apple has eyes on cloud-based media, particularly for iTunes music. After acquiring the iCloud.com domain and now reports that two of the big four music labels have signed up, along comes a new patent discovery dating back to late 2009 that starts to bring Cupertino’s plans into focus.
We've got high expectations. Not only do we want to be able to use our phones to make calls and send texts, but we also want internet access, games, apps that get us to social media, a music player as well as online music. We want to watch movies and read books and take pictures and -- whew, our little phone is starting to get a little crowded. And pretty much the same story goes for the iPad even with its bigger memory. Streaming music can take some of the load off, but if we could move a few of those episodes of Mad Men off our iOS devices, that sure would free up some space.
No matter whether you love them or hate them, its a fact that Comcast touches the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis. Later this year, the cable giant's reach will become that much more pervasive as the company has unveiled plans to offer at home streaming of TV content to Comcast subscribers as well as access to on-demand content while on the go.
Netflix has let the lid off of a bit of good news and a minor amount of bad news this morning. The good news is that the media giant has finally made an unlimited streaming-only subscription option available to the media hungry masses for $7.99 a month. And now the bad news: for those of you who want their unlimited streaming cake but also wish to feed their DVD players too, the monthly cost of a combined streaming and rent-by-mail subscription is going up.
During their third quarter earnings conference held by Comcast yesterday, it was revealed that the company's fortunes were looking pretty rosy: Revenue has increased by 7%, operating cash flow and income had gone up and best of all, the was reportedly sitting on $1 billion in cash. With things running so smoothly, you'd think it would be business as usual and cable boxes for everyone. According to the company's CEO, this won't be the case for long. Comcast has seen the future of content delivery, and for them at least, it's a future that belongs to devices like the iPad.
Whatever it might be that Apple has planned for Lala--the much-mourned music streaming property that the Cupertino-based behemoth acquired and woefully shut down back in May--they're playing it close to their chest.
While you wait for what we're all hoping will be the awesome power to stream our entire music iTunes music library from the cloud, let Mac|Life show you how anyone with a MobileMe account can start streaming their tunes for free right now. While you won't be able to listen to a playlist you've hashed together, the ability it groove to individual audio files streamed to your iOS device on the cheap is a great first step. Let's get started!
Who knew that a Monday could be such a mad storehouse of riches? First the iOS software update and now this: Elgato has updated their EyeTV software to stream live TV to your iPad over 3G or WiFi. At this rate, we'll have to declare a new day of the week to be the worst out of seven. Wednesday, we're looking at you.
If you're already an EyeTV hardware owner running EyeTV 3.4 on your Mac, you'll need to download Elgato's EyeTV App ($4.99 to purchase new, or a free upgrade to exisiting EyeTV App owners) to get the WiFi streaming party started. If your TV consumption plans involve a 3G connection, Elgato recommends that you consider picking up an Elgato Turbo.264 HD, which utilizes adaptive streaming to provide decent reception under changing network conditions. Just be sure that your system is up to specifications before running out and buying something that may not work well for you--you don't want to ruin that awesome Monday buzz.
Have Google and Apple stopped having super-fun sleepovers with smores and pillow fights? The New York Times seems to think so and we're not that surprised. An analytics firm points to some surprising sales information concerning Android and iPhone handsets.
Finally, one of our favorite apps and services makes an announcement that makes us sad. So very sad.
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