iTunes Stories January 4

Apple has joined the Alliance for Open Media, a technology consortium that is working on a new industry standard, high-efficiency video codec called AV1.

The group includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Intel, and many others. Apple was quietly added to the website’s homepage today, and is even considered a founding member (via CNET). Here’s how the consortium describes its goal:

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iTunes Stories December 19, 2017

From 9to5Toys:

We’ve nearly reached the end of the holiday shopping season, but that doesn’t mean the discounts are finished. One of our favorite annual iTunes sales just launched this morning with some of the best deals on movies and TV shows that you’ll see all year.

iTunes is discounting a number of popular titles, starting with $5 films and TV seasons, $1 rentals and bundles too. In fact, with the addition of 4K compatibility, this may be the most wide-ranging sale we’ve ever seen at iTunes. Head below for our top picks and more.

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iTunes Stories December 15, 2017

HomePod isn’t the only thing that needs a little more time from Apple before it ships. Earlier this year Apple and Microsoft announced plans to bring iTunes (and therefore Apple Music) to the Windows Store by the end of the year. Now ZDNet reports that the promised deadline will indeed be missed.

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iTunes Stories December 12, 2017

Apple yesterday denied a report that it plans to stop offering music downloads by 2019, offering only the Apple Music streaming service. Digital Music News claimed that plans to do this had been in place since 2016.

The company’s denial to us was unequivocal: Apple said it was ‘simply not true.’ But while that denial may apply to the specific report that plans are already in place with a target date of 2019, I suspect that it will happen at some point …

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iTunes Stories December 11, 2017

Digital Music News today reports that Apple is “on schedule” to rid the iTunes Store Music Store of downloads by 2019.

The report explains that the move to phase out music downloads has been in place since 2016, but in a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple denies the report and simply says “it’s not true.”

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iTunes Stories December 6, 2017

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2 with bug fixes & performance improvements

Apple has pushed a minor iTunes update this evening, which comes on the heels of the release of macOS 10.13.2 to the public. The update brings the application to version 12.7.2…

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