This past weekend saw the debut of the official start of the Christmas season here in the UK; the John Lewis ad. Normally we like to ignore TV advertisements, but the John Lewis ad – and maybe the annual one from Coca Cola – is an exception. This years features The Bear and The Hare, and a pretty amazing backing track by Lily Allen. The good news; the song is available to buy from iTunes right now.
Google's Chromecast is a ridiculously cheap and easy way of getting content to your TV from your iPhone, but supported content is still extremely limited. One such service that has now been allowed through the gates is Pandora, with the switch flipped and now you're able to launch your Pandora stations on your TV.
If you want to listen to the absolute best of The Beatles, iTunes is possibly the best place to go. Pretty soon, the already extensive collection will get even larger with the release of some material in digital form for the very first time. Live at the BBC Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available to download from mid-November at $19.99 a piece.
We're still a way out from the start of Apple's annual iTunes Festival, but the lineup is starting to fill up nicely. The latest big name additions are Elton John and Arctic Monkeys, joining such artists as Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Pixies and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
IK Multimedia has introduced a new version of their Amplitube app, which enables iPad and iPhone users to model amps and effects pedals virtually. The new release, 3.0, adds timeline audio editing and new gear models.
The rumors of an Apple iRadio music streaming service just won't go away. With WWDC just around the corner, many think that we may see something announced in San Francisco—in the very same room Google recently announced All Access. Apple could knock it out of the park if they entered this space, and I'm sure a lot of us would love to see just such an Apple branded service. But a couple of questions still present themselves. Does Apple really need to do music streaming, and what form could it take if they do?
Amazon's Cloud Player has been around for a while now, but the only way to access it in a desktop environment has been via the web browser. Now though, Amazon has announced a full desktop client for Cloud Player, and takes the fight to iTunes in doing so.
Daft Punk are back, and their fans could not be happier. Well, until now, that is. The latest creation from the legendary pairing, Random Access Memories, is their first full studio album since 2005 and is due for general release on May 21. But, waiting sucks, so iTunes has come up big by allowing fans to stream the new album in its entirety before it's released. Every, single, track. All you need to do is head on over to the Daft Punk landing page in iTunes on your computer.