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Apple announces 1 billion iTunes U downloads

Apple announced today that iTunes U, their podcast-like service that provides for educational content from universities, museums, libraries, and like-minded organizations on iTunes, has topped one billion downloads. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:

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iPad 2 launches tomorrow in the US

Apple has sent out a press release reminding us -- as if we needed it! -- that iPad 2 will go on sale tomorrow in the US. Online orders via begin at 1am PT/4am ET so it'll be early to rise for internet buyers. Retail sales start at 5pm local time but if you plan to get one in person be aware the lineups will probably start much earlier!

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Apple announces AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch coming with iOS 4.2 in November

Apple today announced AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch coming with iOS 4.2 in November:

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

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Apple announces 1 million Ping users in 48 hours

48 hours after Apple introduced Ping, their new social music network, they've announced 1 million users already signed on.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,“ said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.“

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, U2, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma and more, to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes® and the concerts you plan to attend.

Several of us here at TiPb are among them:

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Apple: 300,000 iPads, 250,000 iBooks sold on launch day, 1,000,000 apps downloaded

Apple has just announced that they sold 300,000 iPads on launch day, including pre-orders delivered straight to the door, and sales made at Apple Retail Stores and partners like Best Buy. In addition, over 250,000 iBooks were bought and over 1,000,000 App Store apps were downloaded to iPads. Says Steve Jobs:

“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world—it’s going to be a game changer. iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”

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