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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...

More about Music, Entertainment, Itunes, Itunes Store, and Beyonce

August 13 2013

'Breaking Bad' Fans Furious About iTunes Season Pass

Apple's iTunes Store is receiving an avalanche of complaints for the way it has promoted and sold Breaking Bad season five to season-pass subscribers. Some who bought the pass for the popular AMC show's final season, which started in July 2012 before taking a mid-season hiatus that ended last Sunday, just discovered the second half won't be included in the pass

To those subscribers' surprise, the final eight episodes will be sold separately and packaged as "The Final Season" instead of as part of the previous package, dubbed "Season 5."

More about Entertainment, Itunes, Itunes Store, Amc, and Tv

March 30 2013

How to Set Parental Controls on In-App Purchases

Apps have become an important part of many kids' lives. There are educational apps that lend a hand in teaching math and history skills, apps for staying in touch with parents, and apps that just read you a story when no one else is around. But when no one else is around is when some kids get into trouble — racking up huge charges from in-app purchases from free apps and games

There have been numerous stories in the past few weeks of kids making in-app purchases while playing a free game on their parent's iPad. Some adults call the added costs deceptive, others say it's too difficult to monitor. One parent went so far as to report his son for fraud so he could try to recoup the charge from his credit card company. Read more...

More about Itunes Store, In App Purchases, Parental Controls, Gadgets, and Lifestyle

February 10 2012

Mystery: Apple Secretive About Ongoing iTunes Store Hacks [VIDEO]

iTunes Store users have long reported curious problems with Apple‘s digital store — mysterious purchases, gift card money disappearing, changes to account information. And recent reports have revealed that those complaints account for more than 70 pages on an Apple forum.

These problems, which some sources such as The Global Mail say is the work of hackers, range from funds disappearing completely from PayPal accounts to purchases being made for songs or apps.

When The Global Mail asked Apple for a statement on the issues, it responded with a blanket statement.

“Apple takes precautions to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft and misuse, as well as against unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Apple online services such as the Apple Online Store and iTunes Store use Secure Sockets Layer encryption on all web pages where personal information is collected,” according to The Global Mail.

Check out the video above to learn more, and tell us in the comments: Have you experienced these kinds of problems with your iTunes account?

More About: apple, itunes, iTunes Store, mashable video

February 24 2010

Apple Could Bring Sexy Back to the App Store With New “Explicit” Category

Apple’s been doing some early spring cleaning in the iTunes App Store when it comes to sexual content, but new developer parameters hint at a future where “explicit” applications could find their way back into the store.

Apple recently removed upwards of 5,000 apps with sexually “objectionable” content from the App Store. Per Phil Schiller’s statements to The New York Times, the move served to pander to parents and prep for the iPad.

Still, there may be more to the story, as developers have uncovered a new category dubbed “explicit” in iTunes Connect. As Recombu reports, now when developers submit their applications to Apple via iTunes Connect they have a new option to select “Explicit” as the primary category, which did not exist before. The back-end only category could be a placeholder for a future iTunes App Store front-end that may serve as a more restricted corner of the market for those of us who are 18 and over and want our apps on the naughty side.

If Apple has felt the weight of the blogosphere’s disapproval in recent days, it has yet to show visible signs of sweat. Bloggers are taking the company to task for further restricting and removing App Store content based on its own subjective criteria. The maneuver, as others have also suggested, could be part of a very calculated strategy to make the app store more parent and child-friendly in light of the iPad’s pending release date.

Should Apple soften its restrictions and support an explicit category in the App Store, we doubt it will be as simple as just another App Store category. Accessing and downloading apps with sexual content will likely involve additional measures as Apple moves to maintain the store’s overall ambiance and aesthetic. Of course we’ll continue to monitor the story as it develops and report when we know more on the matter.

[img credit: recombu]

Tags: apple, itunes, iTunes Store, porn, sex

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