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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App Store submissions reportedly taking longer to process following Developer Portal outage

After an eight day outage of the Apple Developer Portal, it's almost to be expected that there might be a backlog of submissions for App Store approval. Unless and until we start hearing grumbles from a lot of developers, or start hearing of above-average wait times, however, it's almost impossible to tell. A couple developers have reported receiving messages saying there'd be a delay in reviewing their apps, but the messages are identical to ones Apple has been using for years whenever the review process is taking longer than expected for a particular app.

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Is the iPad App Store coming up blank for you? You're not alone!

We're been getting multiple reports from readers that the iOS App Store on the iPad is coming up blank for them for the last couple of days. The iPhone and iPod touch seem unaffected. Some reports say the entire App Store fails to load, while others say only the Updates tab fails to load. Either way, it's frustrating for those experiencing it.

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The Trouble with iTunes on the Mac and Windows

For a company that prides itself on providing a top-notch user experience, Apple ought to hang its head in shame for the disaster that iTunes has turned into. It's a bloated, piggish, unreliable mess. It's the application we love to hate. It's the application that some of us just hate. But we put up with it. Because we have no choice.

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iTunes hits a billion podcast subscriptions, highlights some of the best to celebrate

iTunes is perhaps the first place many of us discovered some of our favorite podcasts, and now Apple has announced a pretty impressive 1 billion podcast subscriptions. To celebrate, Apple is currently highlighting some of the best podcasts from across the world, covering a pretty broad range of subject areas. That magic billion covers over 250,000 unique podcasts, 100 different languages and over 8 million individual episodes.

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Superman vs. Batman and Avengers: Age of Ultron have been announced for 2015, but you can catch up on iTunes right now!

Big news from the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) today for superhero movie fans, as Disney and Marvel have announced the sequel to Joss Whedon's smash hit, Avengers, and Zack Snyder's quasi-hit Man of Steel - Avengers: Age of Ultron and Superman vs. Batman respectively. And while we'll have to wait for 2015 to see them, thanks to iTunes we can catch up with all the prequels right now!

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iTunes want: Send apps from the desktop store straight to a specific iOS device

There's a feature I would love to have from iTunes over and above everything else: the ability to send apps I buy on the desktop straight to a specific iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. What iTunes offers right now, automatic all-or-nothing downloads controlled on the device and not selectable via the desktop, doesn't suit me very well. Here's the difference:

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Would you pay again for iOS 7 versions of your favorite apps?

iOS 7 is coming, and with it an all-new design language. Apps will have to update to reflect that change, or risk looking old and outdated, and lose their place to newer, hotter updates and upstarts. But great design and development aren't free -- they're expensive. So how will companies afford to restart in a post-iOS 7 world. Apple has shown their answer - charge again for the app. Will customers accept this, however? Hall of famer Gedeon Maheux of the Iconfactory wrestles with the upcoming reality on his Gedblog:

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How to request a refund for an iTunes or App Store purchase

Ever had a time where you needed a refund for either an iTunes or App Store purchase? Whether you accidentally purchased something, got double billed, or have clever children that have figured out the art of in-app purchases, Apple does give you the ability to request refunds for any kind of media as well as App Store purchases all in one place.

Follow along and we'll show you how to report a problem with a recent purchase.

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Apple puts its price tag where its policy is, charges full price for Logic Pro X upgrade on Mac App Store

Today, with the launch of Logic Pro X one of the longest running questions in App Store history has, perhaps, finally been answered: What will Apple do when one of their major apps gets updated? And that answer appears to be, charge $199 for the new version, same way they charged $199 for the old version just yesterday.

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Sharknado might be sucktastic, but here are some great iTunes shark movies to chomp on!

So, apparently something called Sharknado happened last night on SyFy and it has the Internets ablaze. It's a straight-to-TV shark flick starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid – needing the work, possibly? – that sees a massive tornado that hits Los Angeles throwing a ton of huge, vicious sharks in to the city streets. I know, right? Truth is, it's pretty sucktastic; so bad it's actually pretty awesome.

After all that, you're probably hungry for some more shark filled action, and the good news is iTunes has you covered! So, here's a selection of the great – and the not so great – shark movies you can rent or buy from the iTunes store this weekend. We accept no responsibility for the quality of some of these movies, but hey, they're still pretty fun, and some even have girls in bikinis! You have been warned!

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