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Get into the festive spirit with these great Christmas movies from iTunes!

It's the last weekend before Christmas, work begins to draw to a close and we come together with our loved ones for the holidays. Eating too much, drinking too much, listening to those delightful Christmas songs, and of course, the traditional festive movies. And, with iTunes, you've got a lot of festive to choose from!

So, the iMore team has come together to share their favorite Christmas movies – or several favorite Christmas movies – that it just wouldn't be the holidays without. Enjoy!

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Why can I gift internationally with Amazon... but not iTunes?

Earlier today Apple enabled iBooks gifting. It's been a long time coming. Steve Jobs introduced the iBookstore alongside the original iPad in 2010, and it's taken until well after the 5th generation, iPad Air, shipped in 2013 for gifting to become available. I was ecstatic at first, because I'd been "forced" to use Amazon's Kindle service to gift ebooks until now. Finally, I thought, I could gift iBooks. But I thought too soon. Apple and iTunes, I quickly remembered, only allows gifting to someone who uses the same regional account you do. So, for example, I can only gift an iBook - or iTunes song or movie or App Store app or whatever - from the iTunes Canada store my account is in, to someone who also uses the iTunes Canada store. That eliminates a ton of my friends who just happen to live in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere. Amazon, by contrast, not only lets me use my Amazon.ca account to login to Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk, but it lets me gift Kindle books, send gift certificates, and even order real material goods, for friends in those countries. In this increasingly important way, Amazon is absolutely pantsing Apple and iTunes.

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Apple adds iBooks gifting ahead of the holidays

It's been a long time in coming, but finally Apple has begun to allow the gifting of books from the iBookstore. We've been able to gift media content and apps for some time now, but just in time for the busy holiday season, Macworld has reported that we can now send our loved ones that digital read.

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Apple shows us the best iTunes content of 2013

Just as we've opened the voting for the iMore readers choice awards for 2013, Apple has gone and presented to us the best of iTunes from the past 12 months. Apps, movies, TV shows, music, books, podcasts, all are present and correct, with a series of Editors' picks as well as the top selling apps, and a bunch of highlights from this past year.

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Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, Netflix exclusive in Europe and Latin America

The success of digital video services continues to rage, and the latest big news item is that in certain territories the new Breaking Bad spinoff will be exclusive to Netflix. European and Latin American viewers will be turning to their Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or any number of other Netflix compatible devices when "Better Call Saul" begins in 2014.

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iTunes Radio vs Spotify free: Which free mobile music service is best?

With the launch of iTunes Radio earlier this year, Apple certainly ruffled a few feathers in the mobile music world. The seamless integration into iOS 7 and iTunes Desktop for Mac and Windows meant that folks who'd never entertained a music streaming service before were being exposed to it for the first time in a simple manner. Well, folks in the United States anyway.

Then, just this past week Spotify finally threw its hat in the free music ring. Previously, free account subscribers were only allowed to listen to music while at their computers, with mobile access requiring a premium subscription. All that has now changed, with a free, ad-supported model to help you get your groove on using your iPhone or iPad – and yes, it's also supported on Android right now.

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Spotify announces new free mobile tier, Led Zeppelin and 20 new markets

As previously rumored, Spotify has today officially launched a new, free mobile listening option for its subscribers, as well as confirming an earlier report that rock legends Led Zepplin would be joining its library. At a press event in New York, Spotify has detailed the new mobile service that comes with a couple of conditions; namely ads and shuffling.

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Led Zeppelin collection reportedly headed for Spotify today

Spotify already boasts one of the largest libraries of all the music streaming services, and will today reportedly get access to one of the biggest jewels in the crown; Led Zeppelin. Following on from adding such artists as Metallica and Pink Floyd in recent memory, according to the New York Times another box will get ticked today:

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There's a new Johnny Cash album releasing in 2014, enjoy his best of with iTunes!

Huge news has come the way of Johnny Cash fans today – myself included – with word that a brand new record will see the light of day in early 2014. Out Among The Stars is the first new release since the American Recordings series came to a close in 2010 and will be compiled of songs recorded by the legendary Country Music star in the Eighties.

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iTunes Match hits Scandinavia, iTunes in the Cloud expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal

Apple's music library matching service, iTunes Match, has expanded its reach with the news it is now supported in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. iTunes in the Cloud now also becomes available in these countries. Elsewhere, it appears that iTunes in the Cloud support has been expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal to now include movies.

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