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February 19 2014

February 04 2014

Weight-Loss App Uses Tough Love to Get You Fit

Working out has never been so sadistic.

Carrot Fit is a new app that will reward you if you meet your weight-loss goals, but seriously chew you out if you slip up

The brainchild of iOS developer Grailr, Carrot Fit knows more than 2,000 phrases — some kind and some cruel — thanks to iOS 7's new text-to-speech capabilities. Users enter their current weight when they download the app, and are given rewards such as workout tips and cat facts if they shed pounds. If users gain weight back, however, the app gives them a tongue-lashing

"Meatbags," as the app refers to users, can set reminders to avoid missing a weigh-in, share their progress with friends and check their body mass index, among other features. Future updates of Carrot Fit will include features such as a six-minute workout and the ominous-sounding Deathmarch 5K, according to the product's description in the iTunes store. Read more...

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Bruno Mars Tops iTunes After Most-Watched Super Bowl Halftime Show

After breaking the record for the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show ever with 115.3 million viewers, Bruno Mars has roared his way up the iTunes sales charts on Monday

The 28-year-old's sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, which recently won Best Pop Album at the Grammys, secured the No. 1 spot on iTunes' Top Albums chart and his debut album moved up to No. 3. Two other versions of those albums are Nos. 8 and 17

Meanwhile, 14 versions of 12 of his songs snagged spots on iTunes Top Songs, with "Locked Out of Heaven" at No. 6, "Just The Way You Are" at No. 7, "Treasure" at No. 13, "Young Girls" at No. 16, and "When I Was Your Man" at No. 19. Read more...

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December 16 2013

Beyonce's Album Breaks U.S. iTunes Record, Goes No. 1 Globally

Beyoncé's fifth studio album, Beyoncé, which was released exclusively on iTunes on Friday without any promotional marketing, has sold 828,773 copies in three days, Apple announced Monday

The unconventional release, featuring 14 songs and an unprecedented 17 videos, sparked an impressive 1.2 million tweets about the album in 24 hours after premiering. And now, it has become iTunes' fast-selling album. Domestically, the iTunes Store has already sold 617,213 copies, breaking the store's first-week album sales record.

The previous record holders were Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience, which sold 580,000 worldwide on iTunes (U.S. number aren't available) and Taylor Swift's Red (465,000, U.S.). Read more...

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December 13 2013

Lorde Pulls a Beyonce and Drops a Song Without Warning

Seventeen-year-old Lorde, best known for her breakout viral hit "Royals," unexpectedly dropped a new single on iTunes titled "No Better." The song arrived Friday, just hours after Beyoncé surprised everyone with a secret album featuring 14 songs and 17 videos

It's been a big year for the electro pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Most recently, Lorde earned four nominations for next year's Grammy Awards on the strength of "Royals" and debut album Pure Heroine. To boot, her music video for "Team" crashed Vevo.

Her Twitter and Facebook accounts offer no explanation about the release, both places she routinely turns to as a way to fill fans in about her music. But it's not a bad way to end a breakout year, right? Read more...

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Beyonce Releases Surprise Album on iTunes With 14 Songs, 17 Videos

Beyoncé surprised the world early Friday morning with the unanticipated release of her fifth studio album on iTunes. Described as a "visual album," the self-titled album features 14 tracks and 14 videos to go along with each song as well as three additional videos

Among the many guests on the album is daughter, Blue Ivy, on a song called "Blue." Blue Ivy famously made a cameo on Jay-Z song ("Glory") two days after she was born in 2012

Beyoncé, who released the album without any promotional marketing or traditional teasers, explains the project in this video posted on her Facebook page:

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December 12 2013

Spotify May Kill Pandora and iTunes, but Not Just Yet

Spotify may eventually make your iTunes and Pandora accounts obsolete, but don’t delete them just yet

Spotify's introduction of free streaming on-demand music to mobile devices, announced Wednesday, will not cause an overnight collapse of the major online music players, and may provide a short-term boost for services that still sell music. The more serious questions surround the long-term implications for a music industry already grappling with change.

Music lovers still buy musicSales of music on iTunes have not only weathered the storm of online music streaming, but benefitted from it. Even with the growth of streaming music, per-buyer spending on downloads rose 6% in 2012, according to NPD Group,market advisory service that tracks sales. Read more...

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November 26 2013

Britney Spears' Album 'Britney Jean' Now Free to Stream on iTunes

Britney Spears is letting fans stream her upcoming Britney Jean album free on iTunes a week before its Dec. 3 releaseApple often streams major albums in advance of their releases to encourage preorders, placing the play button directly beside the buy button

Britney Jean (click here to launch the album in iTunes) is the 31-year-old pop star's eighth studio album, which features the energetic hit lead single, "Work B*tch." Spears appears topless on the cover of Britney Jean.

After releasing the album, she will begin a two-year Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, which is described as a "performance hybrid where club meets theater." Read more...

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November 12 2013

iTunes Accepts Donations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

The iTunes store now lets customers donate $5 to $200 to victims of Typhoon Haiyan via the American Red Cross. The storm smashed into the Philippines over the weekend of Nov. 9, leaving at least 1,774 dead, 2,487 injured and 660,000 displaced, according to CNN

All contributions will be sent to the American Red Cross to "provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims," the donation page reads, and iTunes won't share user information with the relief agency. The site also notes that, if the amount donated exceeds what is needed to assist people affected by the typhoon, the Red Cross will use the money to help victims of other disasters. Read more...

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Lady Gaga Releases 'ARTPOP' Album Companion App

"ARTPOP" by Lady Gaga “could mean anything,” as sung in the title track on the album. With the release of Lady Gaga’s third studio album “ARTPOP,” Gaga and her TechHaus team have built an intriguing companion app. The main question is whether the ARTPOP app is more than a gimmicky way to boost album sales.

The "ARTPOP" app is centralized around the idea of “the auras,” which is the community of users within the app. Named after “Aura,” the first track on the album, each user has a personal profile that they develop while using the app. Think of it as an overall presence of your activity, accessed by tapping on the glowing orb at the bottom of the main menu, which will reveal your activity scattered across the screen. Read more...

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Discovery Problem: Why It's So Hard to Find New Podcasts

Postcasts have a serious discovery problem.

As a medium, it's hot right now. It’s building loyal and potentially lucrative communities around niche topics. Independent producers are finding success, fame and even a little money. But as a technology and an industry, podcasting has failed at connecting people with content in a dynamic and efficient way. There’s no Spotify for podcasting.

When it comes to podcasts, people are just lost. They don’t know where to start

Late this summer, a party-crashing podcast appeared. After about a year of modest growth, Welcome to Night Vale suddenly unseated This American Life from the No. 1 spot in iTunes’ Top 10 List. For a virtual unknown like Night Vale, this is a huge accomplishment Read more...

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October 22 2013

iTunes Radio Users Have Played 1 Billion Songs in a Month

At Tuesday's iPad event, Apple gave a brief glimpse at how iTunes Radio is performing since launching the streaming music service on Sept. 18.

Tim Cook revealed that iTunes Radio has 20 million "listeners," who have listened to 1 billion songs, so far. The music service is only available in the United States. Cook also mentioned Justin Timberlake premiered his 20/20 Experience Part 2 album on iTunes Radio, perhaps hinting at even more album premieres in the future

iTunes Radio — which is free with no ads for users of iTunes Match or costs $24.99 for a year of ad-free subscription — lets listeners create custom radio stations based on songs and artists as well as discover music through featured stations like genres Read more...

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October 02 2013

Listen to Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Album Free on iTunes

October is a big month for Miley Cyrus, who already has had a standout year for her commercially successful new songs as well as her provocative antics. To thank her fans, the 20-year-old twerker is letting them stream her upcoming Bangerz album free on iTunes a week before its Oct. 8 release

The album stream hit iTunes just days before her Oct. 5 hosting-and-performing gig on Saturday Night Live and the Oct. 2 debut of Miley: The Movement, an MTV documentary that will expose her backstage life (and events leading to her viral VMAs performance).

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September 26 2013

New on iTunes Radio: NFL Players as Your Personal DJs

Attention, football fans: Your favorite NFL star is about to become your personal DJ on Apple's new streaming music service iTunes Radio

Pepsi told Mashable on Wednesday that it launched #FanEnough, a series of iTunes Radio stations curated by 16 NFL players. When iTunes Radio became available on Sept. 18, the service debuted with stations featuring such celebrity guest DJs as Katy Perry and Jared Leto. The addition of athletes expands Apple's blossoming guest DJ program

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is one of the 16 new iTunes DJs. His playlist will include Jay Z, J. Cole, Drake and other artists he listens to pump up Read more...

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September 18 2013

iTunes Radio Debuts Stations Curated by Celebs and Twitter

New streaming music service iTunes Radio debuted Wednesday, when iOS 7 became available. Though users can create custom radio stations based on songs and artists, they can also discover music through featured stations.

Among the featured stations are those curated by guest DJs Katy Perry and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto. At launch, Twitter and Pepsi also offer stations.

The Twitter #music station on iTunes Radio will play songs trending on Twitter, while Pepsi's (co-branded Pulse #NOW) four stations will play trending and emerging pop, country, latin and electronic dance music. Read more...

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iOS 7 Apps: Download These Now

From Evernote to Shazam, it’s a big day for app updates.

iOS 7 is now available for download, and many of the App Store’s biggest players updated their apps accordingly.

iOS 7 represents a complete re-imagination of Apple’s mobile operating system. The OS, which is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, brings a new look and brighter colors to the devices.

Check out the gallery above for a look at some of the apps that received major updates for iOS 7. Select the button on the bottom-left corner of the gallery to view as a list, and check back throughout the day for more additions. Read more...

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Apple Updates iTunes to Include iTunes Radio

Apple updated iTunes to version 11.1 Wednesday, bringing a number of new features to the music software.

The biggest update: iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a new streaming radio offering from Apple that lets you build stations around your favorite artists and tunes. Much like other online radio services it learns from you as you listen, making better recommendations over time.

iTunes Radio will be available not only through iTunes on your computer, but also on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV with the release of iOS 7. Read more...

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September 14 2013

'Shadow' App Helps You Track Your Dreams

You probably don’t remember what you dreamed about last night.

A new app called Shadow is attempting to change that, offering an easy way for you to record your dreams, track them, and discover what they might all mean.

According to Shadow, 95% of dreams are forgotten if they’re not recorded shortly after waking up. It aims to combat that by working first as an alarm clock that gently wakes you up through escalating alarms, transitioning you smoothly from sleeping to being awake

Once you wake up, the app instantly has you type or speak answers to questions about your dreams, recording those memories while they’re still fresh in your mind. The longer you use the app, the more information you’ll be able to record, and the better your chances will be to discover patterns within those dreams. Read more...

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September 10 2013

iTunes Radio Launches on Sept. 18

Apple continues to tease its forthcoming streaming music service, iTunes Radio, which the company introduced in June. On Tuesday during its iPhone event, Apple announced the service will launch when iO7 becomes available on Sept. 18. The service has been touted as a "Pandora killer," though Pandora strongly disagrees.

iTunes Radio is free with no ads for users of iTunes Match, which costs $24.99 for a year's subscription. It's also free with ads for non-iTunes Match subscribers. iTunes Radio will work on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV) and iTunes on Mac and PC Read more...

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August 16 2013

iTunes Holds Mega Movie Sale

iTunes kicked off a massive sale on movies on Tuesday, slashing prices on favorites such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy — now going for just $17.99.

Among the deals on movie bundles are all 10 of the original Star Trek movies, available in HD for $49.99. You can also buy several other blockbuster trilogies such as The Godfather, Spider-Man and Back to the Future for $19.99 each

The Internet went wild when the entire Harry Potter series was posted for $9.99, but Apple quickly revised the price to $59.99

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company doesn't typically make such deep price cuts, so act quickly. Read more...

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