Category Archives: iTunes

Is Spotify an iTunes Killer?

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spotify logoI was recently invited to sign up for Spotify, an online music service that has been big in Europe for a number of years and is just now coming to America.

So, I signed up. Pretty easy to do. Then, I was somewhat surprised that Spotify is a downloadable application that runs on your computer. I downloaded it, ran the install and fired it up.

Within seconds it was up and running, importing all my music from my iTunes folder. It got everything, except the files Apple DRMed into prison.

The application seems much lighter and faster than iTunes, which is a welcome change. It looks sexy, with a grey/black background and white font.

Digital Podcast 29: How to get podcasts into iTunes

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How to get podcasts into iTunes and how to get more than just the most recent show to download are questions I get frequently. In the past, I have used the descriptions in the Digital Podcast Forums, but I thought I would create a short video tutorial that explains how to get podcasts into your   …Continue Reading

Apple to Rent Fox Movies

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In what must have been some marvelous licensing legal wizardry, The Financial Times is reporting that Apple has signed a deal with News Corp’s 20th Century Fox studio to provide an online video-on-demand service. The service will allow consumers to rent the latest Fox DVD releases by downloading a digital copy from Apple’s iTunes platform for a limited time.

Christmas Traffic Jump Means Lots of iPods and Zunes

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I just checked Google analytics for the daily stats at Digital Podcast and I saw the biggest one time increase in daily visitors and page views. Digital Podcast’s traffic jumped up by 80% on Christmas day. I looked at the distribution of search terms for some anomaly, but it wasn’t there. Search terms remained consistent   …Continue Reading

Universal’s Total Music May Not Play Well

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Business Week is reporting that Universal chief Doug Morris is enlisting other big music players for a service to challenge iTunes and the iPod. The world’s most powerful music executive aims to join forces with other record companies to launch an industry-owned subscription service. BusinessWeek has learned that Morris has already enlisted Sony BMG Music   …Continue Reading

eMusic to Offer Audiobooks in MP3 Format

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eMusic, the music service that has given Apple’s iTunes the most competition in the song-download arena will now offer audiobooks in mp3 format, too. The biggest selling point for eMusic is also its biggest point of controversy: the site uses the MP3 format, which works on any digital player but lacks digital rights management technology,   …Continue Reading

Apple’s Big News – A Cheaper iPhone – How Depressing

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Apple had it’s big announcement event today and had a lot to share, but the big news that has caught the attention of the media is the price cut on the iPhone. The 8GB iPhone will now be $200 less costly coming in at $399. As expected, Apple also announced a video Nano, a touch   …Continue Reading

Apple and NBC Split Up

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Apple will not add new NBC shows in iTunes due to a contracting disagreement between Apple and iTunes. NBC tried to force Apple to raise prices on its shows to $4.99 from the current $1.99. This means that popular shows like The Office, Heros, Saturday Night Live and other NBC shows will no longer be   …Continue Reading

iTunes is number 3 in music sales

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iTunes blew by Amazon to become the third largest music retailer in the US. Amazon was growing, but not as fast as iTunes apparently. iTunes still lags behind Best Buy and Walmart, but I bet that it’s only a matter of time before iTunes digital downloading blows by those two as well.

DRM-Free Tracks Launched on iTunes

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Apple has followed through with an earlier announcment about launching DRM free MP3s from EMI. Apple announced the launch of iTunes Plus—DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus is launching with EMI’s digital catalog of recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah   …Continue Reading