iTunes

Everything you need to know about Apple's iTunes, including iTunes desktop software on Windows and Mac, iTunes Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and iTunes in the Cloud on iCloud

Everything you need to know about Apple's iTunes, including iTunes desktop software on Windows and Mac, iTunes Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and iTunes in the Cloud on iCloud

iTunes started off as Apple's desktop music player for Mac but has since become so much — perhaps too much! — more. iTunes on the desktop now runs on Mac and Windows, and in addition to playing your music, TV shows, Movies, podcasts, and more, also manages and syncs all of that, as well as apps and games, to your iOS devices via USB. The iTunes Store, which on the desktop includes the App Store and the iBookstore, is where you buy all your content. And if you're using iCloud, it's where you re-download iTunes in the Cloud, and manage iTunes Match.

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Apple updates App Store with new sections to show off iOS 7-ready apps

Apple has added some new sections to the iOS App Store, showcasing the latest apps for iOS 7. "Designed for iOS 7" promotes the apps that Apple feels look and work best with their new mobile OS, with apps such as Zillow, OpenTable, and Evernote among those featured. There is, unsurprisingly, some overlap with the other major new section, "Best New Apps". Most of the apps on this list look like they belong on iOS 7 as well. To check these out, just open the App Store on an iOS device, or open the App Store section of iTunes on your PC or Mac.

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Having trouble updating apps? Here's how to fix it

Are you trying to update the apps on your device ahead of the release of iOS 7 and having trouble connecting to the App Store? The chances are that you may need to accept the new App Store terms and conditions.

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iTunes 11.1 is out; adds iOS 7, iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle support and more

Apple has released iTunes 11.1, a new version of iTunes with support for iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, Podcast Stations and iOS 7 sync support. The new version wasn't available through the Software Update system preference as we checked just now, but is available for download from Apple's web site.

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App Store offering up older versions of iOS apps for some, leaves many unanswered questions

When iOS 7 hits tomorrow, app compatibility with older versions of iOS will become a thing again, though it looks as if Apple may be about to implement a solution for owners of older hardware. A Reddit thread has emerged, alerting us to some folks being offered a download of an older version of an app whose latest version requires a newer build of iOS.

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It's not just you: 20% of iTunes users currently unable to make purchases

As of 9am PDT/12pm EDT today, 20% of users are currently unable to make purchases on the iTunes Store. That's according to a bunch of you who are yelling at us, and Apple's System Status page.

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App Store Year Four: Subscriptions, iCloud offer fantastic new services... and controversies

The time between the developer preview for iOS 4 and iOS 5 was the longest to date. Rather than a spring event like in previous years, Apple didn't reveal any details of iOS 5 until WWDC 2011 in June. Also, rather than a summer release, general availability was held off until October of that year. So what did Apple manage to achieve with those extra months? Several things that weren't made available to developers, including Siri and Notification Center widgets. iCloud, however, and the sync services that came with it, were big. As was Newsstand and its subscription services, at least potentially. In keeping with tradition, however, neither was without controversy.

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Will you be using auto app updates on iOS 7? [Poll]

Will you be using auto-updates on iOS 7?

iOS 7 is bringing a ton of new features - see our complete iOS 7 preview - but one of the more controversial is automatic app updates in the App Store. The idea is simple enough. Instead of seeing a red, numbered badge on the App Store app, tapping it, then going in and manually updating all or specific apps, if enabled, it just downloads updates as they're ready and installs them automatically. Without any involvement on your part. The good side, it's effortless. The bad side, what if it automatically installs a buggy app?

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App Store Year Three: Mild-mannered multitasking, iAD, and getting Game Center

Going into its third year, the App Store had become successful beyond anyone - probably even Apple's - wildest dreams. It was enabling and serving more apps from more developers to more customers than any single software source in history. However, while iPhone and iPad apps were the most popular in mobile history, they were far from the most capable. That's why, in April of 2010 at the iPhone OS 4 - renamed iOS 4 shortly thereafter - preview event, Apple started amping up apps. Folders increased the raw number of apps that could be loaded onto any device at one time, Calendar access let developers hook into the event system, and iAd gave them an additional, Apple-owned option for monetizing free apps. The biggest new feature, however, for users and developers alike, was multitasking. Kind of.

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Star Trek Into Darkness beams down three weeks early on iTunes

If it seems like of anticipated media releases have been seeing early availability in iTunes recently, you're not wrong. Following a few early-release free streams of upcoming albums, the summer sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness has landed in the iTunes Store three weeks before its general release elsewhere.

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Apple urges iTunes affiliates to hurry up and transition to the new PHG program before Oct. 1

Apple's got a brand new affiliate partner in PHG and they're telling everyone within email distance to hurry up and change before the old Linkshare and DGM links go dead on October 1, 2013.

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