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 pushes out iTunes update to address iTunes in the Cloud issues

Apple has pushed out an update to iTunes for Mac and Windows that addresses issues users may have been having with iTunes in the Cloud. The bump to version 11.0.5 corrects an issue where iTunes in the Cloud would download or play unexpected items, and while it's not something we've seen ourselves, we're never going to turn away important fixes such as this.

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Apple updates App Store review guidelines

Apple has published updated App Store review guidelines that include changes and clarifications to policies for apps aimed at children, as well as new restrictions on gambling apps and apps that might result in a user injuring themselves. Apple has created a new section in the guidelines regarding what is acceptable for kids under the age of 13. Apps that are intended for use by children under 13 must conform to these new rules, including the prohibition on they kinds of ads developers can display in them, says Apple:

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Head to Paradise Valley with John Mayer, now streaming on iTunes

Following recent pre-release streamings of new albums from Daft Punk and Black Sabbath, iTunes is back with another early look at a big new music release, this time from John Mayer. Paradise Valley is set for release in the iTunes Store on August 19, but fans that just can't wait can hear the whole thing, in full, for free, right now.

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iTunes movie bundles offer some great savings on popular titles

Movie buffs listen up, the U.S. iTunes store has a great selection of movie bundles for sale, with some reduced to frankly ridiculous prices. The selection covers a wide range of movies, and includes such hit titles as the Back to the Future trilogy, the X-Men quadrilogy, the Die Hard series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps one of the best price reductions comes on the full Harry Potter collection, though.

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Final episodes of Breaking Bad reportedly require new season pass on iTunes, Amazon, other services

Breaking Bad fans who purchased an iTunes - or Amazon or Xbox - season pass for the fifth season last year will have to purchase a separate pass for the final eight episodes, despite the fact that AMC had previously billed these episodes as the second part of season five. iTunes lists the new episodes under "Breaking Bad, The Final Season", and a season pass sells for $22.99. Apparently, the iTunes receipt has fine print saying that the season pass for the fifth season of the show only applied for last year's episodes, according to 9to5Mac:

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Heisenberg is back, get your Breaking Bad catch-up hit with iTunes!

The television event so many have been waiting on finally begins this weekend, as the smash-hit show Breaking Bad returns to our screens for the grand finale. After literally months of waiting since the first half of the final season finished airing, fans are eagerly awaiting the final eight episodes in the story of Walter White/Heisenberg and Jesse Pinkman.

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App Store Year Two: Pushy new app options, iPads, and the advent of freemium

The App Store might have launched in 2008, but it didn't stop there. At the Apple iPhone OS 3.0 preview event, held in March of 2009, the iPhone and all its apps, first and third party, got copy and paste, Spotlight search as an ersatz secondary app launcher, and access to the dock port. Among 1000 other new and improved API, the previously announced push notification service was also re-introduced, which wasn't multitasking but would enable whole classes of apps to be more useful than previously possible. Arguably, however, the most transformative new feature in iPhone OS 3.0 was, for good and ill, in-app purchase (IAP).

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iTunes Store experiencing problems, some people unable to download apps

We've been getting reports from some people, in some parts of the world, unable to get to the iTunes Store or to download apps. As of now, Apple System Status is reporting problems with the iTunes Store, but not yet the App Store. Since they're connected, it's safe to assume the problem is pretty general.

If you're having trouble accessing iTunes Store or downloading apps, let us know where you are, when your trouble started, and when it starts working again!

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iOS 7 preview: App Store gets location-based popularity, goes kid-friendly

The App Store debuted with iOS 2 (iPhone OS 2), got card-based search in iOS 6. Now, in addition to a complete visual make-over in iOS 7, it's also getting in on the location game with Apps Near Me, and finally - yes, finally - adding a kids category for children of all ages.

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Apple does offer upgrade pricing in the App Store. It's full retail pricing they've obliterated.

When Apple released Logic Pro X as a new, $200 app a couple of weeks ago, I immediately thought that it finally answered the question as to where Apple stood on the issue of upgrade pricing. It was the first paid Apple app on the App Store to update a full version, after all, and instead of adding a mechanism to the App Store to allow existing users to upgrade at a discount, Apple, like Tweetie 2 back in 2009, simply released the new version as a separate app and asked anyone and everyone, new and existing customers alike, to pay in full. Only... it wasn't really "in full", was it?

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