Music

Apple Quietly Adds Browser-based iTunes Preview

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has updated links within iTunes to redirect the user to a browser-based preview page called "iTunes Preview". So now you can send a link for a certain album to a friend and they can view it regardless of whether or not their computer has iTunes installed. Previously a link would recognize iTunes was missing and require that iTunes be installed.

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Lala iPhone Music Streaming App Coming Soon

Streaming music has gotten pretty popular among iPhone owners and today we'd like to introduce you to one more option, Lala.

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Music Creators Want Apple to Pay for iTunes Song Samples

Composers, writers, and publishers of the music Apple sells in the iTunes stores are petitioning the government to mandate that Apple should not only pay them their cut of the sale price (which they already get) but should also fork over a performance fee for the 30 second samples iTunes provides to help sell that music.

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Apple Approves Rhapsody App, Palm Rejects NaNPlayer

Rhapsody [free - iTunes Link] is now available in the iTunes App Store. It was less than a month ago that we told you about the submission of RealNetwork's Rhapsody iPhone app, well Apple may have been scared straight by the FCC because it's been approved and is now available as a free download.

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Quick App: Spotify Music Subscriptions for iPhone (Europe Only)

Spotify [Free with premium subscription - iTunes link] is now available for iPhone (and iPod touch) is now available -- if you live in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway or Finland.

According to Spotify, if you live in those countries and have a premium subscription, you can enjoy:

  • Access to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
  • Search and stream music instantly. Browse by artist, title, album, genre, label or year
  • Create and synchronise playlists. Updates from the desktop application will be synced instantly and vice versa
  • Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or subway, or abroad and subject to roaming data fees
  • Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
  • View cover art for all tracks and albums

So, if you live in one of those countries, and have a premium account, and an iPhone or iPod touch (list long enough yet?) and you try out the Spotify App, let us know how it works for you!

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Napster Will Not Be Appearing in the App Store Anytime Soon

Lars Ulrich rejoice, Napster will NOT be heading into Apple's coveted App Store any time soon. Strange considering they once toyed with our emotions by mentioning an iPhone app was in the works? Sadly, unlike Spotify, it is just not going to happen anytime in the near future. Did Apple reject it? No, so do not go ditching your iPhone for a Android or RIM device just yet -- Napster have scrapped apps for those devices as well.

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Apple Approves Spotify for iPhone

Apple went ahead and gave the green flag for the music streaming service Spotify, whose biggest selling point is the fact you can create playlists in a free desktop app, and then listen to those playlists via your iPhone at any point in time, with or without a data connection. Apple told the developer:

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Rhapsody App Coming to iPhone - Approval Pending...

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RealNetworks recently submitted their on-demand music streaming application for the iPhone and iPod Touch to Apple for review. Yes, this is the moment all of you Rhapsody subscribers have been waiting for.

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Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI to Launch iTunes "Cocktail" Album Competitor?

According to Times Online, It now seems as if Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI are putting the finishing touches on their new album format, CMX, and are ready to do battle against Apple's rumored "Cocktail" enhanced album format.

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Apple Launches iTunes Store (Music) in Mexico!

Apple today announced that they've added Mexico to growing list of international iTunes Stores. And we say... it wasn't there already?

“The iTunes Store in Mexico is off to a great start with music from all of the majors and hundreds of indie labels,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “And the revolutionary App Store in Mexico gets bigger and better with great new apps using amazing new features, and we can’t wait to see what developers come up with next.”

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