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Apple posts deals on music in Boxing Day sale for Canada, UK

Boxing Day is a holiday recognized in a few countries around the world every December 26, and in honor Apple has posted a bunch of deals on music in the iTunes store in Canada and also the UK. Canadian music fans can grab a selection of "hit albums" from $5.99, while UK folks can enjoy similar deals starting from just £3.99.

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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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Rock out this weekend with the new Avenged Sevenfold album, now streaming for free in iTunes!

Apple is no stranger to offering hot new music releases for free streaming in iTunes ahead of a release, and the latest to get this treatment is the latest album from Avenged Sevenfold. "Hail to the King" is the sixth studio album from the band, and will be available to purchase from iTunes on Monday August 26 in the UK, and an expected day later in the U.S. But, that doesn't stop you rocking out to it ahead of time this weekend.

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iTunes music goes live in 56 new countries, movies in 4 new countries

Apple has just expanded their already formidable lead when it comes to international, online content from the iTunes Store. In total, 56 new countries now have access to iTunes music, including several in Eastern Europe and a plethora in Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. New iTunes movies countries include India, Indonesia, Russia, and Turkey.

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How to purchase and access your music from anywhere with iTunes in the Cloud

iTunes in the Cloud is part of Apple's iCloud services. It allows you to re-download and enjoy your iTunes content on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, or Windows or Mac version of iTunes logged into your account. Up to 10 devices can be enabled at once, and in addition to movies and TV shows, you can use it for every iTunes music, which means every song and album you've ever bought.

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90 second iTunes previews starting to roll out internationally

IThe new, longer 90 second iTunes music previews seem to be finally rolling out internationally. They aren't available on all songs yet, and it seems hit in miss in my testing in the Canadian iTunes Store, so whether you'll get them or not, but at least some songs are going the full 90 seconds.

After a November 2010 notification to record labels Apple originally switched to 90 second previews in the US back in December of last year. Why it took that email so long to reach beyond American borders is unknown, as is how long it will take to fully roll out now that it has begun.

In an effort to crowd source this, let us know if you're seeing the 90 second previews, what country you're in, and whether or not the 90 second previews are everywhere or just on a few songs.

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Government investigating Apple over iTunes music anti-trust?

The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department is taking a look at Apple's conduct in the digital music space:

people briefed on the inquiries also said investigators had asked in particular about recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released.

This goes back to a story in March about Amazon asking for 24hrs of exclusivity on certain new music tracks in exchange for prominently featuring those tracks on Amazon MP3. Apple reportedly asked labels not to give Amazon that exclusivity, and withdrew their own marketing support for those who made the deal with Amazon.

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Apple Begins 10K Count Down to 10 Billion iTunes Music Downloads

Apple has begun a countdown to it's 10 billionth (that's right, 10,000,000,000) iTunes music download, and to celebrate they're giving away a $10,000 dollar gift card.

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