iTunes in the Cloud Stories March 15, 2016

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Music Tracker’s latest iOS update improves large music library scans on older devices

Music Tracker, an app that tracks your music library’s changes, received an update today that will make it process larger music libraries more efficiently. Ben Dodson outlines in his latest blog post that instead of needing to scan through an entire music library, it could handle the library in batches. Music Tracker keeps users aware of when music that had been added to their music library may have been removed by accident or because of music licensing deals expiring.

iTunes in the Cloud Stories April 17, 2015

Known for publishing previously confidential documents, WikiLeaks has released a large collection of emails from last year’s widely publicized hack of Sony, notably including Apple agreements covering Sony’s Crackle Apple TV channel, video sales through iTunes, and other topics. The leaks include:

  • The terms of Apple’s agreement to add Sony’s Crackle video service to the Apple TV, notably including a 3-year term (starting December 11, 2013), Sony’s retention of 100% of advertising revenue, and a promise that Apple will permit new types of overlaid/display ads on Crackle if it becomes technically feasible and Apple OKs it. Few details were previously known about the business terms between Apple and channel providers for the Apple TV.
  • Apple’s agreements to distribute Sony videos through the iTunes Store, including the original 2007 agreement between the companies covering TV shows such as Charlie’s Angels and Who’s The Boss, term extensions and high-definition amendments, and the addition of iTunes in the Cloud (which Apple originally called “Virtual Storage Locker”).
  • Sales forecasts for Sony games sold in the App Store, as well as charts suggesting that Sony’s iPhone and iPad game revenues far surpassed the amounts made on competing platforms.

The leaks go on to describe Apple and Sony product tie-ups, including the iPad’s “character” role in the film Sex Tape, as well as Sony’s internal reaction to Apple’s “Stickers” ad featuring a Breaking Bad reference, and an apparent effort by Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg urging Sony not to collaborate with Apple… expand full story

iTunes in the Cloud Stories April 1, 2015

Latest Apple service outage affecting App Store & iTunes Store “due to scheduled maintenance” (Update: Restored)

Update: The maintenance lasted about half an hour and is now complete with all services restored according to the system status dashboard.

Apple’s system status dashboard is reporting an ongoing service disruption for multiple store services “due to scheduled maintenance.” Apple’s message says service unavailability may affect all users. Specifically, the maintenance is impacting the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store services.

Unlike recent Apple service outages, the service disruption is intentional as part of scheduled maintenance, although some users are reporting iCloud syncing issues and iCloud Mail delays not acknowledged by the system status dashboard. A widespread outage last month prompted Apple to publicly apologize to customers for the service interruption.

iTunes in the Cloud Stories May 1, 2014

Apple brings iTunes Match to Japan

As shown on Apple’s iTunes Match availability page, Apple has now brought its iTunes Match service to Japan. This follows an expansion of iTunes in the Cloud and Apple TV content to Germany, earlier today.

For $30 a year, iTunes Match uploads your entire music library and makes it available across all your devices automatically. Lower quality, or pirated music, is replaced with high-quality 256kbps legal songs.

The service in Japan is priced at 3980 yen.

(via MacRumors)

iTunes in the Cloud Stories August 16, 2013

Apple seeds iTunes 11.1 beta 2 to developers

Apple has seeded a second beta of the upcoming iTunes 11.1 to developers. iTunes 11.1 includes Apple’s iTunes Radio functionality, and it will likely be rolled out publicly alongside iOS 7. Today’s update follows the general release of iTunes 11.0.5 with an iTunes in the Cloud fix, so perhaps this iTunes 11.1 beta is the same type of update.

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A new version of iTunes 11 has been released today, fixing issues with iTunes in the Cloud.

This update corrects an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.

This appears to fix the same issue that iOS 7 beta 6 fixed yesterday, although the iOS beta also required users to install a configuration and press a button in settings to completely flush out media on the device. For iTunes 11.0.5, the update does not require any additional configuration.

The iTunes 11.1 beta, which includes iTunes Radio and is only available to developers, has not received an updated beta yet, although it can only be expected as Apple runs through all of its iTunes-related software and fixes the iTunes in the Cloud bug.

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