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Apple buys Beats for $3 billion; will Android get iTunes?

Apple’s Beats deal has been confirmed, with the Cupertino firm snapping up the flashy headset maker for $3 billion. In the deal, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will get seats on the Apple board, and Beats CEO Ian Rogers will report to Apple’s Eddy Cue. The deal will keep Beats operating separately from Apple, which could be big for Android users.


Though Beats has reportedly been struggling to find a foothold in the streaming music realm, this acquisition will undoubtedly spark interest in their service. Though it gives Apple control over both Beats Electronics and Beats Music, it might bode well for Android users over time. Apple typically absorbs acquisitions into their fold, making them part of the company. Beats will operate independently.

The deal will close by the end of September, when Apple’s fiscal year ends. From there, Apple says they will work on the future of Beats with Apple. Beats, as a cross platform offering, could give Android users one thing we’ve been desperately wanting for quite some time.

If Beats gains access to the iTunes music library as a streaming service, it could catapult the service from struggling to stellar. If Apple does the right thing, and keeps the monthly subscription cost low, Beats will almost instantly realize a flood of new subscribers across platforms.

Though offerings like Play Music All Access are fantastic, they still fall well short of iTunes when it comes to music selection. For users across iOS and Android, a Beats subscription service with iTunes access would easily be the best on offer.

Let’s hope it happens that way.

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Would Apple really make an iTunes app for Android? New rumors say “yes”

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The Steve Jobs Apple of just a couple of short years ago might not have given an inkling of a thought to creating apps for Android, but things could be changing under the Tim Cook regime. New reports suggest Apple is thinking about making an iTunes app for Android to combat ailing digital music downloads.

Beyond that, Apple is also reportedly looking to transform iTunes into a more contemporary service, with the company said to be in the “exploratory” stages of crafting a subscription-based model to rival the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music. It’s a natural evolution of the business Apple helped create, and they don’t want to be left behind if popularity of subscription-based streaming models stay on the rise.

It isn’t far-fetched to believe that all of this could eventually find a home on Android. Apple has supported competing platforms in the past, with Windows versions of Safari, iTunes and Quicktime all being prominent pieces of software.

Apple’s motives might have been due to the fact that Windows was blowing Mac OSX out of the water in terms of market share, but the important thing to remember is that they did it. There’s no reason the same couldn’t happen on the mobile side of things (especially considering Android growth is currently outpacing iOS in all facets of mobile, tablets included).

Such a move could be seen as an admission of defeat in the long run, but the businessmen at Apple would probably be more pleased with a better bottom line than the need to uphold the reputation and views of a former, crazed mastermind of a CEO. There’s no word on when this would go down if it were to all come to pass, but you know we’ll be keeping tabs on this particular rumor from here on out.

[via Billboard]

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Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android

In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report.

Much like many other stories that concern Apple’s long-term goals, Steve Jobs was brought up, as it was known that he felt fans would never pay subscription prices for music. At the time, he might have been right, but the market is ever changing. If Apple wishes to continue remaining relevant in the music sales space (they currently hold more than 40% of recorded music revenue in the US), it may be time to look at subscription avenues

According to Billboard’s sources, the thought of an iTunes app for Android is still in the very early stages, meaning we could be months upon months before we see any evidence of an actual app.

If an iTunes app launched for your Android device, would you use it? If you are a Mac user, it’s sometimes hard not to use iTunes, but thanks to All Access from Google, I haven’t used iTunes in quite some time.

Via: Billboard

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Apple may be bringing iTunes to Android

Apple may be looking to bring iTunes to Android. According to a new report from Billboard, Apple is looking for ways to drive more revenue as sales of media slump. The Cupertino company is also looking to create a music service to rival the likes of Pandora and Spotify, according to the same report.


Apple is also reportedly considering spinning iTunes radio away from iTunes, and into its own app. That service would likely be the Spotify-esque service we’re hearing about, which quite honestly needs a bit of work. The winning strategy for streaming seems to be access to a library in its entirety, not fed via radio station. All Access from the Play Store accomplishes that nicely.

Apple could also be offering incentives to music labels for early release of albums on iTunes. The strategy is believed to be for iTunes to get a record a week ahead of CD launches, with sales of singles not available via iTunes until the CD hits stores. That, again, seems a band-aid solution.

The iTunes library is the gold standard, and one we’d welcome on Android — unless it was in the form of radio. If we’re getting an iTunes radio station, it’s not nearly as appealing a subscription model as an all-access offering. While there are no difinitive plans for iTunes on Android, it’s said to be an attractive model for executives at various labels. More exposure means more revenue — for both Apple and music labels.

The Play Store is available on iOS devices, with the lone caveat being that you can’t purchase music on the Apple devices. You have to go a website or use an Android device to buy a track or album, but that’s a small concession. It also doesn’t matter much for All Access subscribers, which is the play we’d like to see Apple make on Android.

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Apple may finally bring iTunes to Android due to drop in download Sales

finally bring iTunes to AndroidFor the longest time, Android users have had to deal with the absence of an official iTunes app from the Google Play Store; sure there are substitute apps, but that’s a far cry from an official app that evolves with Apple‘s aspirations and focuses, much like other music providers like Spotify and Pandora have done over the last few months. That void may be filled soon, however, as Billboard reports that Apple may finally bring iTunes to Android.

The change in heart is primarily due to a decrease in music download sales, down 11% according to Nielsen SoundScan. Conversely, while download sales are down, revenues from streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora have risen 39% in the past year, signalling to Apple that they should probably consider something along the lines of a music streaming service with an “All-Access” subscription model, possibly using the existing iTunes Radio platform as a starting point.

Whatever does happen, I’m sure many users will be ecstatic if, and when, iTunes finally arrives on Android. What do you think about Apple finally considering to bring iTunes to Android? Let us know what your opinion is in the comments.

Source: Billboard via Android Community


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Disney Movies Anywhere service launches with an unprecedented link to iTunes

Last year Apple introduced store sheet, a feature that allows developers to offer sell things like music and movies inside their apps without making you leave and head to iTunes. Now a new app from Disney is taking the feature a step further, allowing you to play iTunes purchases in-app as well. The first of its kind, Disney’s new Movies Anywhere app not only allows you to purchase and play new Disney movies within the app, it also allows you to stream Disney content you’ve already purchased from iTunes without downloading it again onto your device.

As long as the app knows you’ve purchased the movie before, you’ll be able stream it for free on your favorite iOS device or on your home computer. As you might expect, movies purchased within the app will also be available through your iTunes library to play on your iPhone or iPad without the Disney app, and can be played on your TV via Airplay. To use the app you’ll need to first sign in with both your Disney and iTunes account information. Once you’re logged in, it automatically brings in any Disney flicks you’ve purchased through iTunes previously, as well as any Disney Movie Rewards digital copies you might have redeemed from Blu-ray or DVD purchases.

The app is built using Disney’s proprietary digital rights locker, KeyChest. A technology we’ve been hearing about for years — and part of the reason Disney/Apple haven’t joined in with Ultraviolet digital copies — it could help Movies Anywhere stretch beyond iOS to other platforms in the future. As originally designed, it can work with any studio, DRM system or digital video store that wishes to participate, and unlock copies purchased via one storefront on any other automatically. That could include Ultraviolet shops like Vudu and Redbox Instant, or those going it alone like Amazon, Google Play and Comcast video on-demand — not to mention other hardware platforms like Android and Roku. Of course, Disney has talked up the buy-once play-anywhere tech since 2009 and it’s only now arriving on a single platform and store, so patience may be required.%Gallery-slideshow181653%

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myGolfstats + GPS 3.4.3 adds a myHandiap Card and goes Free in iTunes

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Sports Data Systems, Inc. today is proud to announce the release of myGolfstats + GPS 3.4.3, an important update to their wildly popular sports app, developed exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The myGolfstats + GPS app upgrade helps golfers pinpoint areas of improvement for their games by using stats usually available to touring pros. It also provides a myHandicap Card on a separate screen.

The app accurately measures all distances via their iPhones. Tour pros and serious golfers alike rely on specific sets of data to find the areas of their game that need improvement. Whether it’s missing fairways, greens or getting up and down statistics provide the golfer insights of where their performance on the course is falling short.

Here’s where myGolfstats + GPS comes in:
myGolfstats + GPS provides detailed statistical analysis for the most crucial areas of your golf game all in one convenient place. But with this new update it’s packed with even more benefits.

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doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder copies your iTunes streams to Android

If you’ve ever wanted to have a copy of your iTunes Radio content on your Android device, then doubleTwist might just have the app for you. From the makers of the popular music player comes AirPlay Recorder, which, given a few caveats, tries to do what its name says, that is, record iTunes music via AirPlay.

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The way it works is quite simple. Utilizing Apple‘s AirPlay protocol, the app tries to record anything that’s playing on iTunes. Simply play in iTunes and then select “dT Recorder” as the AirPlay device recipient and the streamed audio will automatically be recorded on your Android device.

The entire setup is less than perfect, however, which is no surprise considering this is probably beyond Apple’s intentions for the protocol. For one, due to AirPlay being a real-time streaming process, one has to record as long as the music is playing. That is, a 5-minute song needs 5 minutes to record. Another is that the process is very dependent on your network connection, so the app will keep your display lit up while recording in order to prevent the WiFi connection from sleeping.

doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder is available for free on Google Play Store but an in-app purchase will allow you to get higher quality AAC VBR recordings. As noted, however, AirPlay is heavily dependent on network quality so there might be some packet loss. The app, however, will only save a recording if it was completed without problems.

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Download: doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder on Google Play Store

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Record iTunes Radio tracks with doubleTwist’s new tool

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A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music

With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known music app makers doubleTwist have just released an app in the Play Store, iTunes Radio Recorder, that does just that.

The process is pretty simple — launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, start playing iTunes Radio and launch the new iTunes Radio Recorder app on your phone. Your phone will then show up as an AirPlay device, and once you select it from iTunes on your computer it will begin to download every track that is played in real time.

After each track is finished streaming, you'll have a music file that is ready for offline listening from any music app of your choice — though we bet doubleTwist wishes you'd use their own. By default you get a 32 Kbps track that frankly sounds bad, but you can unlock high-quality AAC recording with a $4.99 in-app purchase.

We're not sure of the issues doubleTwist may run into with Apple going forward, but for what it does the tool seems to work just fine and can be an option for those who listen to iTunes Radio on the desktop and want to save those tracks for later. Hit the Play Store link above to grab a download.

    



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Mobile Action RPG App Dragonslayer Invades iTunes App Store

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Dragonslayer, an incredibly expansive, action-packed new mobile game from the developers at RNTS Media just swooped into the iTunes App Store and Google Play store. This much anticipated title brings PC-scale gaming to a much smaller platform. In both the size of the world and the level of detail in which it has been rendered, Dragonslayer is head and shoulders above its current competition. It combines a fine-tuned combat system; a huge, fully three dimensional world; and a nuanced storyline with insightful character development.

Dragonslayer also features beautiful, creative artwork, and custom sound effects. Both are further enhanced by the game’s instrumental score, which complements the fantasy epic theme. Players may choose to play as one of two classes. Those that prefer the straightforward manner of a man who solves problems with his sword will gravitate toward the warrior class. For those who tend toward cunning and finesse, the lovely but deadly female mage is a better choice.

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doubleTwist Sync For Windows Arrives, Provides MTP Support, iTunes Integration, Multiple Sync Options, And More

doubleTwist-ThumbOne strength of iOS is that everything works seamlessly together. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, it doesn’t take much effort to get music over to your iPhone. With Play Music, Google has taken a different approach for Android users looking at an out of the box experience, and if you don’t have the internet connection to rely on the cloud for music listening, it’s less than ideal. doubleTwist takes the iTunes approach, and with the reinvented doubleTwist Sync app that’s now available for Windows, it looks more promising than ever.

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Why iTunes Videos Won’t Play in the Galaxy S3?

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There are several underlying reasons why iTunes videos cannot be played in the Galaxy S3, or in Android phones for that matter.

The Reasons Why iTunes Videos are Not Playable in the Galaxy S3

According to a number of sources like About.com, AndroidCentral and Aimersoft, one reason for this is that the format of the videos may be unrecognizable by the video player of the Galaxy S3. Examples of these are MOV and M4V formatted files.

Another reason for this is the Apple’s iTunes DRM. DRM means digital rights management. According to Wikipedia, DRM is basically a restriction set by hardware manufacturers to limit the use of their digital contents to a certain device or specified category of devices only. In this case, the iTunes videos are only limited to iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Solution to the iTunes Videos Not Playing in the Galaxy S3

The only way for you to be able to play iTunes videos in your Galaxy S3 is through the use of an applications designed for this purpose. Among them are Aimersoft’s Video Converter, HD Media Converter and other similar products. These types of software work by converting the format of iTunes videos into something recognized by the Galaxy S3 or other Android devices like the MP4 file format and other common types.

Keep in mind though that using these types of programs to circumvent the DRM protection has legal repercussions as provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA which was passed in the US in 1998.

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Apple adding 500,000 iTunes accounts daily

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Apple has one of the largest user databases in the world, second only to Facebook. iTunes currently has about 575 million users connected onto the database, and this number is growing at 500,000 per day.

This means Apple could have 600 million within the next two months and could have 1 billion in four years, provided iTunes keeps growing at its current rate.

Having all this user data allows Apple to utilise products with better usage on the iTunes store. We believe the iTunes Radio project will do really well because it is tied into the iTunes experience.

However, we have yet to see a stellar service release from Apple involving a social network. This could be utilised through the huge iTunes database records.

SourceMashable

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The Official Man of Steel Movie Game Expensively Lands on Android

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The official Man of Steel Movie game has landed on Google Play, less than a day after its release on Apple’s iTunes. From an early review in iTunes, it appears to be a one on one swiping combat game. I have not played the game yet (I do not want any chance of spoilers before I watch the movie tomorrow) so I do not want to venture any comments on it, except regarding the sticker price.

The sticker price of this Warner Bros. title may be a bit of a shocker. It is selling for US$4.99 on Google Play, which is on the higher end for a mobile game. But what is really puzzling is that Warner Bros. is offering the same title for US$2.99 on Apple’s iTunes, making the Android version seem terribly expensive. The game seems to have in app purchases, so maybe the price balances out down the line. Still, if you want to save Metropolis, it looks like it will cost you more on an Android.he game yet (I do not want any chance of spoilers before I watch the movie tomorrow) so I do not want to venture any comments on it, except regarding the sticker price.

The game requires Android 3.2 or higher, so if you are still rocking Gingerbread, saving Metropolis has to wait for another day.

Source: Android Police

 

 

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iTunes Radio will only be available in the U.S. at launch

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iTunes Radio was one of the big feature of iOS 7 at WWDC which allows users to stream music and it is integrated in to the mobile operating system. When iOS 7 is launched in the fall iTunes Radio will only be available in the U.S. at launch, this is because Apple has to set up licensing agreements with each label in each country before they are allowed to launch iTunes Radio in that country.

The developer version of iOS 7 still allows the developers to use iTunes Radio and fiddle around with different things but that is because it is not ready for public use yet. There was a mention at WWDC that more countries will be added over time but there is no news when specific countries will get the service. This is the only feature in iOS 7 that you will have to wait for the rest of them will be ready to use at launch in every country, there has been no specific date set for the launch of the software it is just said to be launch in the fall.

The iTunes Radio service will be a massive competitor in the streaming business because all iPhone users will have access to it on their phones within seconds.

Source: CultofMac

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New APIs to allow Chrome to interact with your iTunes library

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The users iTunes library is one of the default destinations for the new mediaGalleries API in Chrome

The mediaGalleries API is what Chrome and Chrome OS use to access images, videos and audio that is stored locally on the device. This means your media can be treated the same way online media is by Chrome apps, making them available for your viewing and listening pleasure right inside the Chrome browser.

A quick posting on Google+ from François Beaufort, everyone's favorite Chromium Evangelist, let everyone know that recent code changes mean that your iTunes library is one of the APIs default locations (your iTunes folder has a system-wide variable so it can be found by any program), meaning that music and other media you've stored there will show up automatically after a local media scan from Chrome — with your permission, of course.

Why is this important? Imagine the Google Music website web app, redesigned so that you can play local music files as well. Or the Google Movies and TV Chrome app, or the upcoming image viewer. All your current media could be easily made available right inside these web apps from Google, or other third party extensions and Chrome apps. We're confident that Google knows that Chromebooks need at least a little bit of ability to play offline content, and building it into an API means that desktop Chrome users can benefit as well, with access to a possibly hefty iTunes library full of DRM-free "stuff".

You can check out an example of what they're doing currently if you're running Canary by loading up this Chrome app from Google's github.

Source: Chromium.org; Via +François Beaufort

    

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iTunes Radio announced at WWDC, free with iAds

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Apple finally revealed iTunes Radio at the WWDC keynote event, the new streaming music service will be coming with iOS7 and features all the artists from iTunes.

iTunes Radio is built into the iOS7 Music app and is free to all users with iAds. Any users with an iTunes Match account will get iTunes Radio ad free and it will roll out with iOS7.

Featured Stations will be the core of iTunes Radio, these will allow users to find stations relevant to their music taste. Users can then change radio stations and change tracks on a station through the app.

Image Credit: AllThingsD

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Hipstamatic’s photo filter app Oggl now open for everyone

Hipstamatic's photo filter app Oggl now open for everyone

Hipstamatic’s subscription-based photo filter app is now publicly available on iTunes, a few weeks after its invite-only launch. Oggl is a free download, and you get five of its parent app’s virtual lenses and films that you can mix and match to concoct your own filters from the get-go — it also lets you edit a photo’s effects after you’ve taken it. But if you find its small selection of lenses and films limiting and you’d prefer to have the whole enchilada (read: all Hipstamatic filters), you’ve got to part with $2.99 per quarter or $9.99 per year. No word yet on whether an Android version is in the works, but a preview of the app shown at the Nokia Lumia 925 launch event indicates that it’s on its way to Windows Phone 8.

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iPhone 5 Hack Reportedly Enhances the Data Speed of the Device

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When Apple provided a software update last month to bring in unlocked iPhones to T-Mobile’s network, some users have complained about having troubles with their data speed according to Yahoo! News. But thanks to developers Sky Zangas and Joseph Brown, a way to hack into the carrier update was discovered which could bring faster data speeds.

The Full Signal website was very generous to share a way to do the iPhone 5 hack. However, please be reminded that The Droid Guy hasn’t tested the method presented by the site yet and we are merely relying information from a third party. Thus, we can’t really say the success rate or the risks involved with the process.

How Windows Users can Hack iPhone 5

For anyone who is interested to try the methods presented by the source, here is a step-by-step way to hack your non-jailbroken phone to boost its speed according to The Full Signal:

1. Connect your device to your iTunes. Back up your data to ensure that you do not lose anything in case the process is unsuccessful.

2. Access the “Settings” of your iPhone followed by “General”, “Reset” and all the way to the “Reset Network Settings” command. This will reboot your smartphone automatically.

3. Download the file for the hacked carrier update from this link.

4. After the download, your iPhone will boot up into iTunes. Be sure to decline any prompts to update your carrier settings. Then, enable iTunes to accept carrier bundles.

5. Perform the following in your command prompt:

a. For 64 bit: cd

Type “C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes”

Then type: “ iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1”

b. For 32 bit: cd

Type “C:\Program Files\iTunes”

 Then type: “iTunes.exe /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1”

6. Once you have entered the appropriate commands, click the “Update” menu for your iPhone 5 while pressing down the Shift key.

7. Next, navigate to the directory where you placed the update file called “TMobile_US_iPhone.ipcc” and open it.

8. Reboot your phone to complete the task.

How to Restore Original Settings

If by chance you did not like the changes done by the iPhone 5 hack or you are having problems with the outcome, simply perform the steps presented above using the default file instead which can be acquired from this link.

Article Sources: Yahoo! News and The Full Signal

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Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

On April 28th, the iTunes Store turned 10. Back in 2003, Apple opened up shop for its digital goods and the impact on the industry is still quite evident today. In a new edition of our weekly, we examine the iTunes influence and whether or not streaming services could cut into its success. Eyes-On goes after a set of Ultimate Ears, Switched On spends three days without Google Glass and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman tackles the Q&A. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include a slide of cake with each download, but you can rest assured that there’s plenty of fresh-baked digital goodness via the usual repositories.

Distro Issue 90 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

Distro in the Windows Store
Distro APK (for sideloading)
Like Distro on Facebook
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Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

On April 28th, the iTunes Store turned 10. Back in 2003, Apple opened up shop for its digital goods and the impact on the industry is still quite evident today. In a new edition of our weekly, we examine the iTunes influence and whether or not streaming services could cut into its success. Eyes-On goes after a set of Ultimate Ears, Switched On spends three days without Google Glass and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman tackles the Q&A. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include a slide of cake with each download, but you can rest assured that there’s plenty of fresh-baked digital goodness via the usual repositories.

Distro Issue 90 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

Distro in the Windows Store
Distro APK (for sideloading)
Like Distro on Facebook
Follow Distro on Twitter

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Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

Distro Issue 90: A decade under the influence of iTunes

On April 28th, the iTunes Store turned 10. Back in 2003, Apple opened up shop for its digital goods and the impact on the industry is still quite evident today. In a new edition of our weekly, we examine the iTunes influence and whether or not streaming services could cut into its success. Eyes-On goes after a set of Ultimate Ears, Switched On spends three days without Google Glass and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman tackles the Q&A. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include a slide of cake with each download, but you can rest assured that there’s plenty of fresh-baked digital goodness via the usual repositories.

Distro Issue 90 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

Distro in the Windows Store
Distro APK (for sideloading)
Like Distro on Facebook
Follow Distro on Twitter

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Applint Introduces NutriAid, the Only Point-Plus Diet App in iTunes

NutriAid Diet Tracker – Lose Weight Without Calorie Counting  
Developer: Gad Levy  
Price: $0.99   Download

Taking the world of diet and nutrition to a new level, Applint today is proud to announce the release of NutriAid, its revolutionary new diet app that allows users to customize their eating plans to suit their body type and tastes for maximum weight loss results. This innovative new app for iPhone is now available for download in the iTunes App Store.

NutriAid, which is touted by Applint as the first and only point-plus diet application, allows users the opportunity to not only keep track of the amount of calories they are eating each day, but also to manage their diets to ensure they’re eating foods that are nutritious and meet their individual dietary needs.

“With the development of this ground-breaking new dieting app, we’re making it easier than ever before for people to manage their food intake and meet their own personal goals,” said Gad Levy, developer of the app at Applint. “We wanted to develop something for people with busy lives that is easy enough to be sustainable over the long-term. The NutriAid app is something that can easily and seamlessly be integrated into the user’s daily life, and bring big changes.”

The goal of the app is to design and provide diet plans that fit easily and efficiently into the user’s lifestyle, without the user having to compromise and eat foods they don’t enjoy. In addition to keeping track of the amount of calories a user consumes, the app also allows users to see the amount of foods they have eaten from particular food groups throughout the day.

The diet plans are completely customizable, and can be tailored to suit any personal weight loss or gain goal, as well as individual body type.

With the foods separated into groups, users can easily swap foods out of a particular group if it is something they don’t enjoy eating, making the process of dieting more sustainable in the long term. The food list also contains items from some of the world’s biggest restaurant chains, including Subway and Pizza Hut, so that users can keep track of their diets even when dining out.

Additional user-friendly features offered by the app include weight and food intake graphs, integrated social networking capabilities and snack alarms.

Features of the NutriAid app include:
* Personalized diet plans
* Extensive food list
* Weight graph progress tracker
* Food intake graph
* Comprehensive list of prepared food from worldwide restaurant chains

NutriAid Diet Tracker 1.4 is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category for $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies).

“Applint Introduces NutriAid, the Only Point-Plus Diet App in iTunes” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Applint Introduces NutriAid, the Only Point-Plus Diet App in iTunes

NutriAid Diet Tracker – Lose Weight Without Calorie Counting  
Developer: Gad Levy  
Price: $0.99   Download

Taking the world of diet and nutrition to a new level, Applint today is proud to announce the release of NutriAid, its revolutionary new diet app that allows users to customize their eating plans to suit their body type and tastes for maximum weight loss results. This innovative new app for iPhone is now available for download in the iTunes App Store.

NutriAid, which is touted by Applint as the first and only point-plus diet application, allows users the opportunity to not only keep track of the amount of calories they are eating each day, but also to manage their diets to ensure they’re eating foods that are nutritious and meet their individual dietary needs.

“With the development of this ground-breaking new dieting app, we’re making it easier than ever before for people to manage their food intake and meet their own personal goals,” said Gad Levy, developer of the app at Applint. “We wanted to develop something for people with busy lives that is easy enough to be sustainable over the long-term. The NutriAid app is something that can easily and seamlessly be integrated into the user’s daily life, and bring big changes.”

The goal of the app is to design and provide diet plans that fit easily and efficiently into the user’s lifestyle, without the user having to compromise and eat foods they don’t enjoy. In addition to keeping track of the amount of calories a user consumes, the app also allows users to see the amount of foods they have eaten from particular food groups throughout the day.

The diet plans are completely customizable, and can be tailored to suit any personal weight loss or gain goal, as well as individual body type.

With the foods separated into groups, users can easily swap foods out of a particular group if it is something they don’t enjoy eating, making the process of dieting more sustainable in the long term. The food list also contains items from some of the world’s biggest restaurant chains, including Subway and Pizza Hut, so that users can keep track of their diets even when dining out.

Additional user-friendly features offered by the app include weight and food intake graphs, integrated social networking capabilities and snack alarms.

Features of the NutriAid app include:
* Personalized diet plans
* Extensive food list
* Weight graph progress tracker
* Food intake graph
* Comprehensive list of prepared food from worldwide restaurant chains

NutriAid Diet Tracker 1.4 is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category for $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies).

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Apple celebrates a decade of iTunes

iTunes Store

 

The iTunes Store is almost ten years old and on April 28 the company will celebrate arguably one of the best innovations Apple brought about.

Back in a time when bootleg and copied CDs and MP3 songs were all the range, Apple stepped in with a collaborative solution to all the problems in the music industry.

It wouldn’t fix everything and it would pull from both the consumers and from the music industry something they hold dear. From the music industry, it was price and albums; from the consumer, it was paying for music.

Impressively, the combined effort paid off and with iTunes the iPod became one of the biggest revolutions in the music industry. Hundreds of millions were sold in the years that followed.

This decade long trip shows iTunes from the start and the progress Apple has taken in the music world, from the original iPod to the iPhone to the present day iTunes store.

From what we know, Apple will not be celebrating this with any free audio or video. Unlike Google, who regularly do this for apps and services, Apple has never seemed to be bothered.

Apple has shared a list of artists, songs and albums popular at that time. Ten years ago, the top-selling song that day was U2′s “Stuck in a Moment,” and the top-selling album was Beck’s “Sea Change.”

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Bringing A Taste Of Nirvana With A Simple Press Of A Button

Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds  
Developer: Eric Fassbender  
Price: free   Download

Australian Nature Sounds(C) has announced its launch of of Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds, a recording of authentic sounds of the Australian rainforests, deserts, beaches and the birds and animals of Australia on iTunes. This 67 minutes recording has been made available on iTunes for free download to help listeners relax and reduce their anxiety levels whenever they need to.

This recording is the results of Dr. Eric Fassbender who has been conducting studies on the effects of music and nature sounds on the body. Fassbender’s results confirm what a lot of neuroscientists have long ago established: that spending time in nature can improve and heighten the senses, and reduce fatigue and stress. This is not a foreign philosophy or concept; it goes back centuries when natural healers and shamans used nature sounds to enhance healing. The sounds of ocean waves, the chirping of birds or rain falling in a forest can help reduce stress and consequently bring about other health benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiac arrests and strokes.

The relevance of Nature Sounds in today’s world is still regarded as an aid that works much better than anything to calm your nerves and quieten the noises from the outside world that will try to encroach into a quiet mind. The natural sounds of the Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds are not merely magically captivating but physiotherapists and other therapists, meditation and yoga instructors find that using these recordings can enhance the effects of body therapies and anti-stress techniques. With this new offering by Apple iTunes, anyone who has an active iTunes account can have the quality recordings downloaded on an iPad, iPhone and any Apple computer that runs an iOS 4.0 operating system.

Categorized as a lifestyle app on Apples’s iTunes, Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds recordings by Eric Fassbender is another field recording album that utilizes the sounds of nature as an aid to relax and distress. Although this particular recording has been available for download since September 2012, it is only now that iTunes users have access to them. There is more than one way to get the recording. If 112 MB is too much space then you have the option of recording the shorter 1:30 minute sample which you can play continuously in a loop. Making it into iTunes means that Fassbender’s work is useful to some people after all. It would be expected that a certain price be attached to this album or recordings and on the anchor site itself there are albums that have price attached, being on iTunes and being free means that the people at iTunes recognize how special these recordings are and how beneficial they are to the human psyche.

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Bringing A Taste Of Nirvana With A Simple Press Of A Button

Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds  
Developer: Eric Fassbender  
Price: free   Download

Australian Nature Sounds(C) has announced its launch of of Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds, a recording of authentic sounds of the Australian rainforests, deserts, beaches and the birds and animals of Australia on iTunes. This 67 minutes recording has been made available on iTunes for free download to help listeners relax and reduce their anxiety levels whenever they need to.

This recording is the results of Dr. Eric Fassbender who has been conducting studies on the effects of music and nature sounds on the body. Fassbender’s results confirm what a lot of neuroscientists have long ago established: that spending time in nature can improve and heighten the senses, and reduce fatigue and stress. This is not a foreign philosophy or concept; it goes back centuries when natural healers and shamans used nature sounds to enhance healing. The sounds of ocean waves, the chirping of birds or rain falling in a forest can help reduce stress and consequently bring about other health benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiac arrests and strokes.

The relevance of Nature Sounds in today’s world is still regarded as an aid that works much better than anything to calm your nerves and quieten the noises from the outside world that will try to encroach into a quiet mind. The natural sounds of the Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds are not merely magically captivating but physiotherapists and other therapists, meditation and yoga instructors find that using these recordings can enhance the effects of body therapies and anti-stress techniques. With this new offering by Apple iTunes, anyone who has an active iTunes account can have the quality recordings downloaded on an iPad, iPhone and any Apple computer that runs an iOS 4.0 operating system.

Categorized as a lifestyle app on Apples’s iTunes, Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds recordings by Eric Fassbender is another field recording album that utilizes the sounds of nature as an aid to relax and distress. Although this particular recording has been available for download since September 2012, it is only now that iTunes users have access to them. There is more than one way to get the recording. If 112 MB is too much space then you have the option of recording the shorter 1:30 minute sample which you can play continuously in a loop. Making it into iTunes means that Fassbender’s work is useful to some people after all. It would be expected that a certain price be attached to this album or recordings and on the anchor site itself there are albums that have price attached, being on iTunes and being free means that the people at iTunes recognize how special these recordings are and how beneficial they are to the human psyche.

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Bringing A Taste Of Nirvana With A Simple Press Of A Button

Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds  
Developer: Eric Fassbender  
Price: free   Download

Australian Nature Sounds(C) has announced its launch of of Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds, a recording of authentic sounds of the Australian rainforests, deserts, beaches and the birds and animals of Australia on iTunes. This 67 minutes recording has been made available on iTunes for free download to help listeners relax and reduce their anxiety levels whenever they need to.

This recording is the results of Dr. Eric Fassbender who has been conducting studies on the effects of music and nature sounds on the body. Fassbender’s results confirm what a lot of neuroscientists have long ago established: that spending time in nature can improve and heighten the senses, and reduce fatigue and stress. This is not a foreign philosophy or concept; it goes back centuries when natural healers and shamans used nature sounds to enhance healing. The sounds of ocean waves, the chirping of birds or rain falling in a forest can help reduce stress and consequently bring about other health benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiac arrests and strokes.

The relevance of Nature Sounds in today’s world is still regarded as an aid that works much better than anything to calm your nerves and quieten the noises from the outside world that will try to encroach into a quiet mind. The natural sounds of the Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds are not merely magically captivating but physiotherapists and other therapists, meditation and yoga instructors find that using these recordings can enhance the effects of body therapies and anti-stress techniques. With this new offering by Apple iTunes, anyone who has an active iTunes account can have the quality recordings downloaded on an iPad, iPhone and any Apple computer that runs an iOS 4.0 operating system.

Categorized as a lifestyle app on Apples’s iTunes, Back to Nature with Australian Nature Sounds recordings by Eric Fassbender is another field recording album that utilizes the sounds of nature as an aid to relax and distress. Although this particular recording has been available for download since September 2012, it is only now that iTunes users have access to them. There is more than one way to get the recording. If 112 MB is too much space then you have the option of recording the shorter 1:30 minute sample which you can play continuously in a loop. Making it into iTunes means that Fassbender’s work is useful to some people after all. It would be expected that a certain price be attached to this album or recordings and on the anchor site itself there are albums that have price attached, being on iTunes and being free means that the people at iTunes recognize how special these recordings are and how beneficial they are to the human psyche.

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Social Movie App Rises To Top 10 iTunes Ranking

Movie Clock Lite  
Developer: Mediaspree LLC  
Price: free   Download

FlickDirect Inc. today is proud to announce an updated version of its award winning iPhone movie app, Movie Clock 5.5, which now ranks in the top 10 paid apps in the world. A sleek, redefined user experience, calendar integration and enhanced, worldwide social sharing features highlight the apps new offerings.

The app is the first to allow simple social interaction over various networks including facebook and twitter with a focus on upcoming movies. A single tap allows users to ‘check-in’ to upcoming films and interact with friends and followers around the globe.

Over 2,500 fans (from 70 countries) of the upcoming film ‘The Hunger Games:Catching Fire’ have flocked to the app by way of, and for, its unique social features. By checking in with each other, tweeting about the film, and counting down with friends, fans have been able to connect in new, revolutionary ways.

Movie Clock’s central feature is its unique ever-running countdown clock for individual movies coming soon to theaters. Users can easily search the extensive movie database for their favorite upcoming movie and set an alert to remind them on the film’s day of release.

“We wanted the singular countdown experience to extend beyond the app.” Nathan Rose, CEO of FlickDirect said. “Allowing your network to tap into the movies you are following really makes the anticipation for that new release much more fun and exciting.”

Once checked-in, users will be able to see how many others around the world are counting down with them and connect with new friends and followers who share the enthusiasm for their favorite films.

Other extended features of Movie Clock include the ability to find show times for local theaters based on your GPS coordinates, in-app ticket purchasing and newly added streaming movie trailers.

“Users are going to love everything we’ve added.” Said Rose “I find myself opening Movie Clock multiple times each day just to check the updates of my movies and see when I can be the first to buy tickets. It’s awesome as a fan to watch the momentum start building for a film towards the day of release as well.”

“Bringing all of these great movie focused features into one app was the vision when we began [the development process]” added Eric English, president of Flickdirect “With version 5.5 we finally got it all together in one streamlined package you can enjoy with friends around the world.”

Movie Clock has a growing database of Movies with current release dates up to 2016. FlickDirect strives to include every movie regardless of genre.

Previous versions of Movie Clock were named one of the Top 9 Movie Apps by NextMovie.com and have been featured in iTunes “Whats Hot- Entertainment” category.

Movie Clock 5.5 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. A Lite version is also available with a limited feature set, allowing an in-app upgrade to bring the functionality up to par with the full paid version. Also available for iPad is Movie Clock HD which features high definition movie posters and trailers.

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