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Is Apple Really Getting Rid of iTunes?

On January 9, 2001, Steve Jobs announced iTunes from Apple, a single media player and library that would play, download and organize music, movies, and podcasts.

Jobs said in 2003, “We think people want to buy their music on the internet by buying downloads, just like they bought LPs, just like they bought cassettes, just like they bought CDs”.

But according to the New York Times Mr. Jobs’s prophecy was wrong. People wanted to rent access to a centralized streaming library, not pay a small fee to own every song. As streaming services grew, sales of music downloads plummeted. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, downloads now make up a smaller percentage of recording sales than physical albums — a twist Mr. Jobs could never have seen coming.

Now 18 years later at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that with the upcoming macOS Catalina due this Fall, iTunes will be replaced with three all-new apps that greatly simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.

The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos. And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.

The all-new Apple TV app brings together different ways to find and watch movies and TV shows into one powerful app. The Apple TV app features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent — so users can enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies.1 The Watch Now section features Up Next, where viewers can keep track of what they are currently watching and resume on any screen. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.

The popular Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows in its catalog and the option to automatically be notified of new episodes as soon as they become available. The app also features new categories, curated collections by editors around the world and advanced search tools that can find episodes by host, guest or even discussion topic.

For users who sync their media to their devices using a cable, they can quickly and easily do so in the new entertainment apps. And when users connect a device to their Mac, it will immediately show up in the sidebar of Finder, enabling them to backup, update or restore their device.

So fear not, Apple Music and Movies in macOS Catalina will import users’ existing libraries from iTunes in their entirety. That includes not just music and movies purchased on iTunes, but rips from CDs, MP3s, and the like added from other sources. The iTunes Store will still remain and people can still purchase music and movies if they choose to however it’s obvious with this strategy that streaming, not purchasing is the current direction most want to get their media.

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Season 1 of Cobra Kai Now Available To Purchase On iTunes, Vudu, Comcast, Amazon & Google Play

Season 1 of Cobra Kai is now available to purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Comcast, Amazon and Google Play.

In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in Cobra Kai.

So if you’ve wanted to watch, but couldn’t sign up for YouTube Premium, now’s your chance! 

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iBooks Adds Exclusive Enhanced Editions of Harry Potter Series

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Apple announced that enhanced versions of all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are now available in the iBooks Store for download on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac. These exclusive editions contain “interactive animations and elaborate artwork” as well as the full original text of the saga. This is the first time the Harry Potter books have been available digitally outside of the series’ own online store, the Pottermore Shop. Each book is currently available for $10 on the iBooks Store in English, with French, German, and Spanish versions of the books coming next month.

“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way,” J.K. Rowling said.

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Apple Releases Latest U2 Album As Free iTunes Exclusive

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During today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2’s Bono jointly announced that Apple and U2 will be distributing the bands’ latest album, Songs of Innocence, to all 500 million iTunes customers, entirely free of charge.

Cook noted that this is the largest album release of all time, with a simultaneous launch in 119 countries. Users should be able to find the new album in their iTunes Music library and also available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music. The new album will also be available exclusively with Apple through mid-October.

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U2′s New Single “Invisible” Free On iTunes During The Super Bowl

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U2 are set to return this spring with a new as-yet-untitled Danger Mouse-produced album and you can get their new single for free!

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2014) U2 will offer a free download of their new song “Invisible” and do something great for the world in the process.

“Invisible” will be available as a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the Super Bowl commercial airs. For every download during that time, Bank of America will donate $1 (up to $2 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services in many of the world’s poorest countries. Beyond the downloads, U2, (RED) and Bank of America expect to generate more than $10 million in donations and funding for the campaign.

U2 have also filmed a Super Bowl commercial, so expect to learn a whole lot more about their upcoming new album while you’re watching the big game.

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Beyonce’ Becomes Fastest-Selling iTunes Album Ever

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Beyoncé‘s self-titled, initially iTunes-exclusive album “Beyoncé” has become the iTunes Store’s fastest selling album ever, Apple announced. The company said today that Beyoncé sold 828,773 albums worldwide in its first three days, with 617,213 of those albums sold in the U.S., breaking the iTunes first week album sales record. 

It’s unknown which albums previously held those records, however, Apple has rarely had a global exclusive on an album’s release, and has previously not allowed most albums to be sold solely in album form; the vast majority of albums have been made available alongside individual singles on the day of release.

Beyoncé‘s album notably includes 14 songs and 17 videos, all of which initially must be purchased together in album form rather than as singles. Single sales for the album will begin on December 20, and the album will become available in other stores as a CD+DVD combination before the end of the year.

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Apple Enables iTunes Donations For Philippines Typhoon

Apple is now offering the ability to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines through iTunes, after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The option is available at the top of the iTunes store. iTunes will transfer 100 percent of a donation — of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 — to the American Red Cross.

As Apple notes, while donors will receive an email receipt, the American Red Cross will be “unable to further acknowledge your donation,” as iTunes doesn’t share personal information with the American Red Cross. The donation doesn’t qualify for any tax deduction, and iTunes Store credit cannot be used.

Typhoon Haiyan has already caused a confirmed 1,774 fatalities; estimates claim that as many as 10,000 people may have died in the disaster.

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Apple Launches A Decade of iTunes

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Apple’s iTunes store is now featuring “A Decade of iTunes,” an interactive timeline celebrating the past 10 years of iTunes. The 10th anniversary of the iTunes Store is this Sunday, April 28. The timeline lets users view the top selling songs and albums each year from 2003 onward and lists a number of Apple and iTunes milestones along the way.

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15% Off Any iTunes Pre-Paid Card From Target This Week

There is a great deal on iTunes gift cards at Target this week: 15% off with in-ad coupon! The coupon can be found in a smaller coupon section that is wrapped around the main ad. The details about the promo are on page 11 of the ad.

For instance, a $25 iTunes gift card will cost you $21.25 after coupon. A $15 gift card will cost you $12.75 after coupon.

There is also a code so you can get the same savings online! Use code TGFHJVZ8 to save 15% online at Target.com on all pe-paid iTunes gift cards!

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